Match corresponding to the 25th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 28th April 2016 at 20:30
Gibraltar United Football Club 1 – 3 St Joseph’s Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
30 David Gallardo
19 Brad Power
88 Carl Thomas
3 Ashley Perez
77 Kaylan Rumbo
21 Duane Robba
6 Dexter Panzavechia
90 Jamie Currer
8 Robert Montovio (C)
Steven Gilbert on for David Gallardo
Evan Green on for Dexter Panzavechia
Lython Marquez on for Jared Buhagiar
Return to league action after a fortnight since our magnificent win over Lynx FC. Its pretty much as we were going into the last 3 games of the season. The only change is Dexter coming into the side for Pitu. Our bench is looking pretty strong too with Steffan Cardona and Sean Gilbert making comebacks from injury. Ayden Viñales gives way to Chino who returns after a 3 match ban. 9 points left to play and 3 teams fighting to avoid a relegation play off versus the runners up in the Second Division.
St Joseph’s FC showed their class in possession from the early moments of this match. Their midfield players were proving to be a handful to contain but they had little to show for it. This essentially summarises a first half of football in which there was little goal mouth action. Jordan Perez in the Saint’s goal had an easy Robert Montovio shot to gather up while at the other end Chino nervously fumbled a shot that luckily bounced off the post and out of play.
The second half was to prove a rather different affair. Though United were trying to make their possessions count and at times did encroach dangerously into the St Joseph’s area, it was the latter’s quality that ultimately was to have the decisive effect. A deliciously delivered cross was met by Javier Lopez had buried his header into the back of the net. Both the header itself and the cross were of the highest quality leaving neither defence nor keeper with a chance. United’s players looked utterly devastated when the goal went in as they had generally held their own quite respectfully until then.
That devastation was doubled 10 minutes later when Chino spilled what looked like a routine save under his body to see the ball trickle between his legs and into the goal. The United keeper looked completely devastated aware of the magnitude of his mistake. Yet one error among a season of point winning displays can be forgiven and credit to both his team mates and opponents who both game to raise Chino off the floor and give him encouragement and support.
The result was put beyond doubt a couple of minutes later when Jorge Torres scored quite a delightful solo goal to gift St Joseph’s the 3 points that takes them 3rd in the table. A consolation first goal for the club by Lython Marquez gave United some hope of a comeback, especially when Evan Green had a snapshot go wide a minute later. Yet it wasn’t to be. United will have a do or die match against Angels FC next to determine their fate this season. A win will most likely see us go above Britanna. Crunch time has arrived.