Match corresponding to the 26th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Divison and played on Monday 9th May 2016 at 20:30
Gibraltar United Football Club 7 – 1 Angels Football Club
Montovio (4, 1 Penalty)
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
77 Kaylan Rumbo
19 Brad Power
88 Carl Thomas
24 ‘Pitu’ Anes
21 Duane Robba
3 Ashley Perez
90 Jamie Currer
9 Lython Marquez
8 Robert Montovio (C)
Evan Green on for ‘Pitu’ Anes
Steven Gilbert on for Carl Thomas
James Ellul on for Jared Buhagiar
United come into their most important match of the season on the backs of a 3-1 defeat versus St Joseph’s. Angels on the other hand seem a club in disarray. A massive defeat to Lincoln FC by 13 goals to 1 and adrift at the foot of the table. United know that a win will see them leap-frog Britannia into 8th place and out of the play off places with one game to go. The effort of a season’s worth of hard work hinges on 90 minutes worth of football. Lython Marquez makes his first start for the club after opening his account last week. Ashley goes back into centre defence and Manolo welcomes Pitu back into midfield. The 3 points the clear objective but bearing in mind that Angels are a hurt beast!
It was clear from the off that the shackles were off for this game. An attacking trident of Montovio-Currer-Marquez were quick off the mark and taking the game to a rather forlorn looking Angels side. Indeed it only took a few minutes of game time for Robert to try an audacious flick over a defender’s head to set up a volley which narrowly went wide of the post. Jamie Currer was having his best game in the United shirt. His endless running down the wing and his clever runs inside were giving the Angels full back a lot of work to cope with. Likewise Lython on the opposite flank was harassing his marker and generally coming up tops. 20 mintues in and United felt they had a clear shout for a penno. Robert deftly left his defender for dead and skipped into the area. As he hugged the by-line the covering defender closed him down and down he went. Despite the appeals of the crowd referee Mr Parody showed Robert a yellow for simulation.
The wait for our first goal was not long in waiting though and what a goal it was. Pitu, who once again gave a master class in passing, floated in a peach of a corner that was met full on by GFA international Brad Power. He connected solidly with his head, gave the ball some spin and it thundered into the top corner of the goal. A ‘Sherearesque’ finish that would have pleased Toon Army fan Brad. United’s players celebrated wildly as some of the visible tension was released. United’s football flowed and Robert was guilty of some glaring misses before he opened his account on the stroke of half time. A clever Pitu (who else) ball left Robert with only the keeper to beat and this time there was no mistake. 2-0 and into the dressing room.
Gibraltar were in no mood to stop in the second half. Jamie Currer scored a well deserved goal as he capped a top notch performance. Though he should have scored earlier his near post finish and subsequent celebration showed what it meant to the club. Clear daylight now between us and, the now, 9th placed Britannia. Manolo was, rather rarely, urging his players forward sensing blood in the air and his players were relishing the opportunity. Yet, as always, the defensive bedrock provides the support the forwards need. Robba and Rumbo were having tremendous games in the middle of the park. So was Ashley Perez in the heart of defence. Kaylan’s very well taken close range goal from an Evan Green cross was well merited. By the time Robert nabbed his second, yet again after more wasteful shooting, the result was put beyond any doubt.
After completing his hat trick from the penalty spot, Robert completed the rout with a classy lob over the advancing Angels keeper to make it 15 for the season, remarkable!! In the interim Carl Thomas came off injured while Angels scored a rather beautiful consolation goal via a sublime long range shot from Cristian Mena. As the game petered off to an end reserves stalwart, James Ellul came on as a substitute. As the referee’s whistle brought proceedings to an end United knew they had risen to 8th place and only an unlikely Britannia win over Lincoln in the last game of the season would see them drop back into the relegation play off position.
A point versus Manchester 62 FC will mathematically see us safe so the focus is on that match. Similarly a victory will see us go onto 31 points, the same total Man 62 have. Whatever the case United had a job to do today and they emphatically responded in all areas of the pitch.