Match corresponding to the 15th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Monday 30th January 2017.
Gibraltar United Football Club 1 – 1 Lions Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
8 Andrew Hernandez
21 Erin Barnett
5 Jason Pusey
3 Ashley Perez
24 Jamie Bosio
26 Ashley Rodriguez
15 Aymen Mouehli
4 Anthony Hernandez
14 Paul Podesta
7 Robert Montovio (C)
Evan Green on for Ashley Rodriguez
Kaylan Rumbo on for Paul Podesta
Dexter Panzavechia on for Ashley Perez
Nuñez welcomed back Podesta and Montovio to the starting line up after recovering from their respective niggles giving the line up a rather offensive looking edge with both forwards playing in front of Hernandez. Brad Power also confirmed his recovery by ,aking a welcome return to the bench where he was joined by new signing from Europa Point FC Paul Grech.
The game proved to be a dull and torrid affair which at times became a pitch battle across the pitch, the 8 bookings the teams shared a testament to this. United proved to be the most effective with the chances created. Podesta was to have a goal chalked off due a rather harsh offside position, considering he was behind the ball as the play was made. Paul was also guilty of a glaring miss after great work by Montovio and Pishu in the build up. A rasping cross was blasted over the crossbar from point blank range by the striker. The younger of the Hernandez brothers has made the right wing back berth his own and has been playing with a maturity beyond his years and proved to be United’s best man on the field on the night.
Ultimately the game was to be the tale of two penalties. First it was Aymen that was felled in the Lions area. Mr Gilbert pointed to the spot without hesitation and Robert proved to be his effective self by burying the pen and notching up his 5th goal of the season. However United failed to capitalise on their advantage and allowed Lions to creep back into a game they had had few chances to boast off. Their tenacity was rewarded by a penalty in the 93rd minute of the game. An incoming cross seemed to cannon off the outstretched hands of Erin Barnett. Though United players vociferously protested that the ball had struck the defender’s face Mr Gilbert was resolute in his decision. Gonzalez equalised with virtually the last kick of a game United should have safely put away.