Match corresponding to the 18th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 25th February 2017 at 18:15
Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 1 Europa Point Football Club
Gibraltar United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
3 Ashley Perez
5 Jason Pusey
15 Aymen Mouelhi
8 Andrew ‘Pishu’ Hernandez
24 Jamie Bosio
23 Jesse Victory
6 Dexter Panzavechia
14 Paul Podesta
10 Anthony Hernandez
7 Robert Montovio (C)
Ashley Rodriguez on for Jamie Bosio
Kaylan Rumbo on for Anthony Hernandez
Evan Green on for Robert Montovio
Jesse Victory and Anthony Hernandez are rewarded with recalls to the first XI after their performances against Europa FC last time out. Montovio is also back after injury which means Rodriguez and Green drop to the bench while Barnett has been unable to recover from a niggling injury.
If last week was all about losing with honour this match was quite the opposite. Gib Utd proved incapable of breaking down a dogged Europa Point side. Though the first half was one of United dominance the lack of bite up front meant that on loan Lincoln keeper Hankin only had to deal with floated in crosses. One of those crosses was summarily meant by Aymen’s head and was only a whisker wide. An Ashley Perez cross cum shot cannoned off the upright and the ball unluckily went between the open legs of Podesta. Fortune, that fickle mistress deciding to abandon United for the moment.
The second half could not have had a worse portent. Jamie Bosio went into a 50/50 tackle with another Lincoln loanee Debarr. Both players clashed fiercely in a fairly contested contest but Jamie’s cry of pain was audible to anyone at the Stadium. He writhed in pain on the floor as the physio run on. Any concerns supporters had quickly deepened as news filtered through that an ambulance had been summoned. Jamie was stretched off the ground and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
United continued to fail to penetrate Europa Point’s defence with aimless long balls and substitutions had no major impact on the result. A somewhat generous penalty given by Mr Warwick in the 90th minute sealed the 3 points for Europa Point who give themselves a life line in their fight for relegation. For United these are worrying times as form has dipped the first murmurs of disgruntlement can be heard amid supporters.