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
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.
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.