Match corresponding to the 3rd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 15th October at 18:15.
Gibraltar United Football Club 1 – 3 Mons Calpe SC
Gibraltar United Football Club
11 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
22 Jamie Currer
21 Erin Barnett
19 Brad Power
5 Jason Pusey
2 Carl Thomas
24 Jamie Bosio
26 Ashley Rodriguez
15 Aymen Mouehli
9 Evan Green
7 Robert Montovio (C)
Paul Podesta on for Carl Thomas
Andrew Hernandez on for Aymen Mouehli
Kaylan Rumbo on for Evan Green
Premier Division football resumes after the recent Internationals and Gib Utd face a familiar foe in Mons Calpe SC. United remain unbeaten versus their opponents today after meeting and beating Mons 3 times during the Second Division Championship season in 2014/15 but the 2016 version of Mons Calpe is currently the surprise package of the Division sitting joint top and unbeaten so far. Anthony Hernandez is still missing through injury so Evan Green makes his first appearance of the season with Manolo seeking his pace to supplement Robert’s movement up front. Jamie Currer returns in the left wing back role with Ashley Perez dropping to the bench. Elsewhere its as we where with young Tyron ‘Tiger’ Oton making his first appearance in a call up with the subs keeper berth on the bench.
United suffered a very bad day at the office with Mons Calpe deservedly taking the 3 points home in a match that saw United show very little attacking intent until the dying moments of the game. That said Mons had two chances for their goals and little else. United started the match looking to their solidity to hold Mons’ dangerous forward ‘Pibe’, formerly of Glacis United. As is becoming the norm, United gifted possession to their rivals relying instead on their strengths at the back to provide counter attacks.
As it was Mons had plenty of the ball but little penetration to bother Chino with. The first goal when it came was the antithesis of what United stand for. A darting run was covered by Chino. A deft dink over the keeper left the ball in the 6 yard box with two of our defenders to cover the line and the ball. A catalouge of errors left the ball at the feet of Di Piedi to tap in unexpectedly among the perplexed look of our defenders. Their second goal, courtesy of Otero came with a free header from the penalty spot from a corner. United went in 2-0- down at half time with nothing to show in terms of attacking intent other than the incessant running and chasing down of Evan Green.
Evan was joined by half time substitute Paul Podesta who changed the dynamic of the team somewhat. He gave our attack a focal point and he was impeccable in the air winning every ball that came his way and also winning the physical battle too. Testament of this is the fact that two of Mons’ defenders started to pick him up and our first chances were to come due to his fighting spirit. Evan Green was provided with a gilt edged chance from about 10 yards out. Following good work from Paul and Robert he found himself in space but with ball falling to his weaker left foot he drilled his shot wide at a time when United were putting Mons under the cosh.
The first 20 minutes of the second half showed that when this team shows attacking intent it can hurt and bring damage to bear on its opponents. The question is why wait? With ‘Pishu’ Hernandez coming on for Aymen United’s left wing saw the best of our forward play with Currer, Hernandez and Podesta harrassing the Mons right back Dos Santos. Little work however for the Mons keeper was created. It was Mons instead who were gifted a 3rd goal when the whole of the defence just stood still to give Cascio enough time to lob the ball over ones head and rifle the ball past Chino.
The last act was to fall to Jamie Bosio, who gave his all in the heart of the midfield; getting booked but receiving little protection from the ref. Half falling over he lobbed the Mons keeper from just outside the 6 yard box to open his account with the club i a spectacular manner. Little consolation but United supporters in the stands will expect a more ambitious approach from the manager int he games to come.