Match corresponding to the 5th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Sunday 31st January 2016 at 16:30.
Gibraltar United Football Club 1 – 0 Glacis United Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
19 Brad Power
26 Jaydan Catania
88 Carl Thomas
21 Duane Robba
24 ‘Pitu’ Anes
77 Kaylan Rumbo
7 Evan Green
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
8 Robert Montovio
Steven Gilbert on for Evan Green
Neal Medina on for Kaylan Rumbo
Naufal El Andalussi on for ‘Pitu’ Anes
As the transfer window winds to a close Gibraltar United’s rejuvenated sqaud knows that today’s game is the biggest of the season so far. A game due to have been played in November but rained off due to storms, its sees an in form Glacis United come up a Gib Utd side that comes off a rather hapless showing vs St Joseph’s last time out. Manolo Nuñez was spoiled for choice as players return from injury and new signings reinforce the club. The injured Jamie Currer leaves his spot to Evan Green who makes his debut. Brad also returned to center half after recovering from the injury he suffered during the warm up last week. Jaydan Catania makes his debut next to Brad at the heart of the defence. ‘Pitu’ Anes also makes a start, Manolo no doubt looking to his class to feed the Gunslinger up front. New signing Neal Medina is joined on the bench by a fit Steven Gilbert who is looking for his minutes since in injuring himself in the 1st Round match versus Europa FC.
Both teams were perfectly aware of the ramifications of the result. Glacis would catch Gib Utd on points, while Gibraltar would open a 6 point gap on their rivals. As it was the cagey, tense game we all expected unfounded before us. Gibraltar United would have the first attempt at goal quite early on with Robert Montovio getting a shot in after great work by deubtant Evan Green. A block by Argentine, Leo Pereyra steered the danger away. A few minutes later it was United heart’s in mouths as makeshift centre back Kaylan Rumbo diverted a shot past the post. Manolo’s tactical acumen in evidence as he played Kaylan in an unfamiliar position to combat one of Glacis’s main threats.
The game toed and froed for the reminder of the first half. Both sets of players showing the tension with which the game was played. There was little danger to either goal other than two Glacis United free kicks towards the end of the half that did not trouble Chino. The new players were bedding in well and the established stalwarts were guiding the team safely through the first tense 45 minutes. It had the feel of a cup or knock out competition!
The second half kicked off with no changes as the pitched battle continued on the field of play. That was soon to change after a somewhat magnificent move by fullback ‘Paco’ Thomas. He was felled in the area by Pereyra and the referee, Mr Parody, had no doubt when he pointed to the spot. Gunslinger John Wayne, aka Robert Montovio to you and I, calmly stepped up, took one look at the keeper, sent him one way and the ball the other. 1-0 and some tension relieved.
Glacis United to their credit began to assert more pressure on the steadfast United defence. Brad and Jaydan stood firm and so to did Mr Paraody when he waved Glacis appeals for a penno. Seeing the lie of the land Nuñez gave experienced defender Neal Medina his debut by subbing him on for an excellent Kaylan Rumbo. Terrier-like Steven Gilbert soon followed him onto the pitch. The best coif in the club was getting his first minutes having recovered from an injury that has left him out of the pitch for four months.
Despite some nervy moments Gibraltar were able to see out this most important of results. 3 points that almost taste like 6 against a resurgent Glacis side that most pundits had as favourites for the game. You underestimate the locals in red and white at your won peril! 3 points, clean sheet and sitting safely in 8th ahead of the game versus basement club Angels FC next week.