Match corresponding to the 27th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 17:00
Gibraltar United Football Club 2 – 2 Manchester 62 Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
3 Ashley Perez
19 Brad Power (C)
88 Carl Thomas
6 Dexter Panzavechia
16 Steven Gilbert
24 ‘Pitu’ Anes
90 Jamie Currer
7 Evan Green
9 Lyhton Marquez
Sean Gilbert on for ‘Pitu’ Anes
Objective achieved. Last week’s win versus Angels FC and Britannia’s loss to Lincoln FC last night meant that United could finish no lower that 8th and we had maintained our position in the top flight. With Robert Montovio serving a ban for an accumulation of yellow cards, it was tasked to Lython Marquez to lead the line against Man 62 in our last match of the season. Both Dexter and Evan return to the starting XI while Ashley Perez retains his position in the centre of defence after excelling there last week. Brad takes the arm band for the last game and United can play with no pressure having achieved the targets set out at the start of the season. Jared makes it 27 games in the league making him our only ever present!
What a tremendous game of football to see off the season! Both teams had nothing to play for but pride but both teams gave the gathered supporters a tremendous sending off. The game started very brightly for United and they took the game to Man 62 from the kick off. Dexter and Jamie were working the flanks well while Lyhton’s physical presence up front was proving to be a handful for the Man 62 defenders that included Matthew Reoch who was playing his last ever game.
20 mins in and Man 62 took the baton and started to take the game to United but with little danger other than a shot by Navarro which Chino parried away. The first half was coming to an uneventful close when Mikey Yome gave Man 62 the lead. Ashley Perez had deflected a Toncheff shot for a corner. The resulting delivery caught the Untied defence very flat footed. Yome pounced upon this and gave his team the lead a few minutes before Mr. Borg brought the first half to a close.
A similar body blow was suffered a few minutes into the second half when Chino made a hash of a routine pick up to fumble the ball at the feet of Jack Sergeant. The GFA international made no mistake as he buried his shot into the Gib Utd net. Yet this team does not know when to give up. A mere 3 minutes later Ashley Perez rose majestically to meet a beautifully floated Panzavechia corner. With great poise he darted a header past the hapless Man 62 keeper. Ashley chose not to celebrate his goal against a team he had played in for many years but that did not prevent United from clawing a goal back.
The game suddenly sparked into life. Evan Green was tirelessly probing the Man 62 flanks while Pitu kept on trying to find Lython with his passes. The former was soon substituted by Sean Gilbert having received a nasty kick. Sean’s introduction further galvanised United. He moved out to right as Manolo tucked Dexter into the middle of the field. Man 62’s defenders could not with his pace and power as he sped past them at will. Man 62 likewise threw all caution to the wind. Chino made a couple of great saves from Toncheff and Yome as United searched for the equaliser.
It was a great one when it came. Evan Green had won a dangerous free kick on the right edge of the Man 62 area. Dexter, assister extraordinaire in Pitu’s absence today, once again drove a cross of great quality into the box. There it was met by Lython Marquez who cheekily, but with great class, back heeled the ball past Mateo and into the far corner of the net. United had clawed their way back into the game and now had the wind in their sails.
Indeed, despite and Aaron Payas free kick which Chino easily gathered up, it was United who had the clearest chance to win the game. Not before the aforementioned Reoch was given a standing ovation by supporters of both teams as he left the field of play for the last time. The last act of this thrilling game was to fall at the boots of Jamie Currer. Sean had, for the umpteenth time, run in behind the full back. As he broe down on goal he spotted Currer making his run into the box. Squaring the ball it fell to Jamie’s feet right in front of the keeper. Picking his spot he was sure to score, only that Mateo pulled off an impossible save to keep the scores level at 2-2.
So we come to the end of a long and arduous season. Our objective of remaining in the top flight was achieved. Work on the 2016/17 season has already started apace.