Month: March 2017

Dip a Day With Stuart Felice

Our Futsal Keeper Stuart Felice has been carrying out a Dip a Day challenge with a view to raise funds for RICC. He has set himself the goal of having a dip in the sea everyday between Boxing Day 2016 and Boxing Day 2017. Last Friday it was Dip Number 89 and the club decided to support Stuart in this most worthy endeavour.

Grey skies and pouring rain and a drop in temperatures did not deter the Gibraltar United family from doing its Civic Duty and players, officials and coaches from the Youth all the way to the Senior Division all joined Stuart in his Dip. It was great fun and indeed Stuart has already surpassed his initial target and is now ploughing ahead to new goals.

A welcome drink was had by all after the shock of a wintry,March Dip!

Gibraltar United Football Club versus Lincoln Red Imps Football Club

Match corresponding to the 20th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 17th March 2017

Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 1 Lincoln Red Imps Football Club

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
3  Ashley Perez
5 Jason Pusey
19 Brad Power
21 Erin Barnett
8  Andrew ‘Pishu’ Hernandez
17 Kaylan Rumbo
15 Aymen Mouelhi
6  Dexter Panzavechia
22 Jamie Currer
4  Anthony Hernandez

SUBSTITUTES

Jesse Victory on for Kaylan Rumbo
Duane Robba on for Jamie Currer
Jamie Bosio on for Dexter Panzavechia

Tough game against Champions Lincoln that are currently locked in a death struggle with Europa FC for the title. United are in a poor vein of form but Nuñez has gone for a solidly defensive line up to try and shore up a team that let in 3 versus Man 62 last time out. Erin and Kaylan are recalled to the starting line up with Jamie Currer also coming in. Victory, Green fall to the bench while Robert Montovio is serving a ban for accumulated yellow cards. Further bad news in the week for Paul Podesta who was injured in training and will be out for a protracted amount of time. More positive news in that Jamie Bosio was fit enough to make a berth on the bench despite his recent injury.

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A match that showed that the character and guts that personified us last season is still there. Lincoln had the most fortuitous of 1-0 wins with an 89th minute goal from Kyle Casciaro, a player who many argue should not have been on the pitch after ref Mr Reoch had forgiven him a second yellow on the stroke of half time. Yes they may have dominated possession as is their wont but United had more shots on target and the clearer chances in the match. First it was Pishu in a one on one which he shot straight at Navas. Then it was Dexter who also squandered a well developed chance versus the Lincoln stopper. Anthony, sublime and back to his very best, would also have a decent chance to put United ahead. But that old adage of football, the one that goes along the lines of if you forgive the opponent he will come back to haunt you, proved true in the dying embers of the game. Defeat with honour and this performance serves as inspiration that we can do this and get out of the mire. Certainly assistant manager, Javier Alfaro Sanchez, thought we deserved to get something out of the match by saying that ‘Lincoln were never comfortable at any point in the match and we counter attacked very well without that little bit of luck that is needed.’ Indeed plaudits came from fans and supporters online too who finally saw the team play with purpose and vigour.

Hopefully the International break serves to charge batteries before the final stretch home.

International Call Ups

The Gibraltar Football Association has today named their initial 28 man squad for the FIFA World Cup Qualifier versus Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 25th March. Gibraltar United, as can be seen below, has seven players named in the squad. Some have been called up regularly before, whereas for others it is a very well deserved call up in the UEFA/FIFA era.

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Regulars Chino, Erin, Anthony and Jamie are joined by Pishu, Paul and Jason. We took some time today to canvass some of the players as to their thoughts regarding the call ups.

Paul Podesta was ecstatic considering his recent past with long running injuries which at times questioned his continuity on the pitch. Upon being asked for his thoughts he replied, ‘After being injured for two years and the possibility of never kicking a ball again, just playing football again is an amazing feeling in itself. Being selected for the preliminary squad of my nation; Lost for words!’ Certainly a reward for his immense efforts on and off the pitch.

Fellow newcomer, Jason Pusey, possibly the best in form local center half in the league, had the following to say, ‘Really proud to be called up for the national squad. Never give up and never give in! Hard work dedication!’ Indeed the epitomy of never say die this season, Jason has ably led the Red and White rearguard in the Premier.

Anthony commented that the bonus of international football served as additional motivation to improve, ‘Its a great honour as always and one of the biggest factors which make me want to improve as a player every day. Looking forward to it once again and working everyday to make myself an important player in the squad.’

Another regular in Erin Barnett also commented that, ‘it’s always an honour to be selected to represent my country, and it always feels just as special as the first time!’ thoughts echoed by goalkeeper Chino, ‘Its always an honour to see my name up there with Gibraltar’s best players! Its good to see that one’s hard work and dedication is getting recognised. I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and allowing me to chase my dream of representing my country at international level.’

Jamie Bosio repeated similar sentiments as he told us that, ‘for me each call up is as good as the first. It’s always an honour to be called to represent Gibraltar, which is something that I will never take for granted. I’d like to thank our coaches at Gibraltar United who have helped me throughout the course of the season.’

Gibraltar United is very proud that our players are called up to represent our Nation, A just reward for their hard work in a difficult season and also motivation for other players with aspirations of international football. We wish all our players the best and of course wish the National Team the best of luck.

Manchester 62 Football Club vs Gibraltar United Football Club

Match corresponding to the 19th Round of the Gibraltarian Division and played on Saturday 4th March 2017 at 20:30.

Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 3 Manchester 62 Football Club

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
3  Ashley Perez
19 Brad Power
5  Jason Pusey
8  Andrew ‘Pishu’ Hernandez
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Jesse Victory
6  Dexter Panzavechia
14 Paul Podesta
4  Anthony Hernandez
7  Robert Montovio (C)

SUBSTITUTES

Evan Green on for Dexter Panzavechia
Jamie Currer on for Ashley Perez

United had a number of key players missing. Rodriguez was on deployment with the Regiment while Bosio was out injured, thankfully Jamie’s injury is not as bad as first feared by all. Bothen is still out with a niggling leg injury while Grech also joins those on the sidelines. Jesse Victory continues in the first XI while Brad Power makes a welcome return.

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Gib Utd uncharacteristically started the stronger of the two teams and dominated both territory and position for large swathes of the opening 20 minutes of the game. Anthony was showing plenty of evidence of his class and was eager to impress against his former team. His link up play with Robert and with his younger brother Pishu brought a lot of productive play but little bite up front. Robert was to have a goal chalked off for a somewhat dodgy offside call but United showed promising play. Man 62 were relying greatly on the probing passes of Fran Mejias but had done little to trouble Chino.

Things were looking great for the second half with United looking to push on and capitalise on their play but concentration, that vital and often under looked quality in football, evaporated on the 46th minute of the first half. A Man 62 corner found Alvaro Navarro with the freedom of the Gib Utd area. His deep lying run from midfield had not been tracked as United’s defenders were caught ball watching and the Spaniard scored with the last kick of the half. A kick that would eventually result in a mortal blow.

With the start of the second half United’s spirit of last season, ‘el si se puede’, seemed to resurface as our players fought very hard to get back into the game. The introduction of Evan Green further galvanised the team as his direct running and fast play began to harry the Man 62 full back. A promising one-two was Podesta saw the big man find himself goal side of the defence, he seemed poised to charge into the area only for ref, Mr Barcelo, to call back play for an earlier foul when an advantage seemed the most logical thing for the referee to apply. Nevertheless as United continued to surge forward the lack of concentration struck again. Chino fumbled a zipped in cross from the Man 62 left, damp gloves and a wet ball combining, and the ball fell once again to Navarro who buried the gift with aplomb. Shoulders began to droop as the belief ebbed from the players. Yet several of the men on the pitch were heard to shout encouragement to their team mates to once again stoke the fires of confidence.

A shout out at this moment to the Man 62 gaffer, Carlos Inareios, who exhibited fair play of the highest order. Man 62 supporters, and even players on the pitch , were extolling their manager to remove the ball boys in order to waste time. The manager rightly responded that that was not the correct attitude to show and it shows the man’s integrity. His side secured their 3 points, invaluable for their cause, after catching a United totally launched into the attack, on the counter with Payas finally settling the game. A scoreline that certainly flatters Man 62 but does no good to United’s cause that is slowly seeing the cushion with the teams below them start to erode.