Month: October 2017

Premier Division 4th Round Review

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Round four saw the first managerial casualty of the season as Lynx FC and Allen Bula departed ways. Lynx are rock bottom with no goals scored and no points on the board. They had the toughest of tasks against an in form and unforgiving Lincoln FC. Glacis Utd remain a point and a position above them but the Clarets and Blue have not had the rub of the green so far this season and they were unlucky to lose against Europa FC; the champions finally getting a win on the board. St Joseph’s bounced back from the loss to United by comfortably seeing off Phoenix. Mons Calpe made it two wins on the bounce while United saw off Lions to consolidate the 2nd position in the table.

Round five throws up some tasty games. In Gib Utd vs Mons Calpe and Lions Vs St Jospeh’s we see the teams in 2nd to 5th all in action and with sorely needed points to play for they should be entertaining matches. Glacis and Lynx square off in a basement battle with the latter in search of their first points and goals of the campaign. Man 62 face a tough game versus Lincoln while Europa will seek to find some momentum against Gib Phoenix.

Round Four Results

St Joseph’s FC (Mejias, Verdejo, Duarte)     3   1 Gibraltar Phoenix FC (Carrasco)
Lynx FC     0   4 Lincoln Red Imps FC (Dieguito, Garcia, Cabrera, R.Chipolina)
Europa FC (OG, Carreno)     2   1 Glacis United FC (Mahamud)
Manchester 62 FC     0   3 Mons Calpe SC (Blanco, Pibe, Santos)
Gibraltar United (Barnett, Negrette, Elghobashy)     3   1 Lions FC (Rodriguez)

Round Five Fixtures

Glacis United FC     Vs Lynx FC
Lincoln Red Imps FC     Vs Manchester 62 FC
Mons Calpe SC     Vs Gibraltar United
Gibraltar Phoenix FC     Vs Europa FC
Lions FC     Vs St Jospeh’s FC

League table as of 29-10-17

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Gibraltar United vs Lions Football Club

Match corresponding to the 4th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 28th October 2017 at 20:30. Match report brought to you by Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Lions Football Club

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Negrette
Elghobashy (P)

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
8   Filipe Aguiar
19 Manuel Roman Salado

SUBSTITUTES

Ayman Elghobashy on for Manuel Roman Salado
Igor Djoman on for Jamie Bosio
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette

A rarity for Manolo in that he names an unchanged side and he keeps faith with the eleven that defeated St Joseph’s last time out. With several subs also showing their worth with the Reserves mid-week competition for places is at an all time high and both Cantelmi, Djoman and De Torres are rewarded with a spot on the bench after their performances on Thursday evening.

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Back Row (l to r): Barnett, Alberto, Chino (C), Farinha, Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguair, Baio, Bosio, Negrette, Roman

Both clubs came into the match knowing that a win would consolidate a 2nd place in the table that would have been unthinkable a year ago. Lions’ tough defence would seek to neutralise Roman’s pace while their defensive midfielders were given the task to snuff out the creative hub of our midfield. Yet it was the Oranges that started on the stronger foot taking the game to United. It seemed to catch the team off guard and it was an early goal that became the catalyst for what was to come.

A ball dinked over the top caught both Erin and Aymen flatfooted. Rodriguez was both faster and stronger to the ball as he out muscled both defenders to get himself goal side. He blasted his shot past Chino to give Lions a 6 minute lead. This was certainly not in Manolo’s script. It was time for this team to show its character and what followed was a great 40 minutes of football in which both teams went all hell for leather and provided a great spectacle for the neutral spectator.

United reacted as one expected them to. Aguiar took complete control of the match and the ball and simply produced a brilliant 40 minute display. He used his pace and guile to outfox his opponents but also demonstrated a physicality to his game that we had not yet seen. He tracked back to support the defence and was qucik and accurate in transitioning the ball forward. Ably supported by Meireles and Negrette he took the attack to Lions.

The equaliser came on the 22nd minute and it was only fitting that it came from the boots of Aguiar. A free kick on the left of the Lions box was crossed in by Filipe into a crowded 6 yard box. Erin Barnett seemed to run into the ball as he propelled it into the net past a helpless Oliva in the Lions goal; though it may have come off a Lions defender too. A justified equaliser as United had taken complete control of the match since the Lions goal.

Lions picked up the gauntlet and began to be more expansive in their play. They surged forward and the midfield began to ressemble a battlefield with tackles going in and handbags flying all over the place. Amid all this there were reports of racial abuse towards one of United’s players and this led to some heated pushing and shoving which Mr El Yettefti took a few minutes to control. If these allegations are confirmed it is hoped that the powers that be act swiftly to stamp out these acts that have no place in our game.

Roman shortly fluffed his lines by miskicking what appeared to be an easy chance. This was followed by a save from Chino from Gonzalez while moments later Bosio totally miscued what seemed to  be a certain goal. Certainly end to end stuff and exciting but not too kind on the nervous system! The breakthrough finally game on the 38th minute as youngster Michael Negrette got his first goal for the club. Once again the goal came after great work, again, from Aguiar, this time operating on the right. He crossed the ball which found itself with Marco. He quickly looked up and spotted Negrette on the left. The video below shows the quality and precision of the shot that put us 2-1 up. Thanks to Vanessa Correa for tweeting the goal!

Lions shoulders dropped as United supporters celebrated a deserved lead given to us by the Gibraltar Under 21 International. As the game petered down to half time there were more scuffles as the players left for the changing rooms, a hangover from the earlier allegations perhaps?

 

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The teams leave the field at HT with United 2-1 up.

 

The second half kicked off with Lions going all out to find an equaliser. They pushed hard and started to peg United back and the Red and Whites were happy to contain and hold the Lions attacks that though numerous were largely ineffective as they sought to find the killer ball over the top. A weak penalty claim was waved away by the referee as Untied weathered the storm.

Elghobashy replaced Roman who succumbed to an injury and with Ayman in red hot form, United supporters were expecting a 3rd goal. Yet the Egyptian striker played a selfless game and was the first defender in pressing the ball and harrassing the Lions’ playmakers. At the back both Aymen and Erin were commanding in the air batting away the constant missiles being thrown their way.

With Lions’ shift to a 3-5-2 and a tiring midfield Manolo threw on Djoman first and then Pipo to energise the team. Igor’s energy was a welcome boost while Pipo’s quailty was to prove Lions’ undoing. In a late counter attack Pipo put himself through on goal after a clever 1-2 with Elghobashy. As he drove into the area he was felled by a crunching tackle by illustrious veteran Al Greene, or should he change his name to Evergreen! Mr El Yettefti had an easy decision to make as it was a stonewall penalty. He pointed to the spot and there was only going to be one player to take it…

Ayman put it away to the keeper’s left. His third Premier Division goal and his 10th in 8 matches for the club. The final whistle followed shortly after and supporters were left as exhausted as the players on the field. A tremendously exciting game of football that has been marred by some very serious allegations. Yet United finish round 4 in the second position of the table but with Mons Calpe up next the club knows that there are no easy games in this division and the hard work will once again be evident in the traning pitch during the week.

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Vi et Animo, Ad Vicotriam

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Gibraltar United Reserves vs Lions FC Reserves

Match corresponding to the 4th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Thursday 26th October 2017 at 18:15

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Gibraltar United Reserves 5 – 1 Lions FC Reserves

Ramalho
Elghobashy (3)
Cantelmi

Gibraltar United Reserves

31 Jorge Avellano
22 Jamie Pratts (C)
33 Steffan Cardona
21 Pedro Hidalgo Calvente
12 Mohamed Ashraf Ramadan
7   Cecil Prescott
35 Igor Djoman
11 Yassine Idouaziz ‘Minni’
27 Tito De Torres
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Javier Cantelmi on for Yassine Idouaziz
Habbib Dannoun on for Ayman Elghobashy
Tarik El Hlou on for Jamie Pratts

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Back Row (l to r): Cantelmi, Dannoun, Cardona, Avellano, Elghobashy, Perez Pichardo, Hidalgo, Elouahabi, Minni. Front Row (l to r): Djoman, De Torres, Prescott, Ramalho, Pratts (C), El Hlou, Ramadan

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Match Preview: Lions FC

Match Preview brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin

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Record against Lions FC

Played: 7
Won: 2
Drawn: 3
Lost: 2

Last result: 0 – 0 (29-4-17)

Manager: Rafa Bado
Captain: Kailan Perez
Top Scorer 16/17: Samuel Gilroy

Formed in 1966 in the wake of England’s World Cup triumph the Orange and Blues have been a staple name in local football since. A well established and supported club Lions also boast an impressive youth setup. Though United merged with them in 2011 both clubs now compete as independent entities and enjoy a healthy rivalry on the pitch. In recent times Lions have enjoyed the benefits of investment but also suffered from the loss of that investment due to financial issues completely out of the club’s control.

United vs Lions matches tend to be hard fought and feisty affairs. Last season saw three draws that saw the sides share the spoils, though United just pipped them to finish 7th, one spot above Lions on goal difference. Indeed both club’s flirted with relegation at various points last year. The 17/18 season, however, has seen a total reversal of fortunes for the better for both. Last season’s basement battle has now turned into a 2nd versus 3rd match up this coming Saturday that will no doubt excite the football going public. Both sides know that 3 points will consolidate the 2nd position on the table.

 

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Junior Leagues kick off!

A great weekend of Junior Football in the early autumn sunshine as the GFA Youth leagues kicked off. Most of our youth teams were in action both inside and outside. Both coaches and players have put in a lot of hours into this opening weekend. Our thanks to the GFA’s Grassroots Division for organising the leagues and tournaments. All our teams kicked off with their brand new kits modelled on the senior’s. Some great performances but the most important thing is the smiles on the kid’s faces and the sheer enjoyment of being on the field of play!

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Premier Division 3rd Round Review

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Lincoln empahtically defeated Europa 3 – 1 in the game of the round on Saturday evening to leave the defending champions yet to win a point, though they do have a game in hand. Lynx continued their bad start to the season after a defeat to Mons Calpe in the opening game of the weekend. United climbed into 2nd position after defeating St Joseph’s; and were joined there by Lions FC after their very late equaliser against Man 62 on Saturday night. Glacis and Phoenix shared the spoils following a 1 all draw in the remaing game of the round.

Round four brings a 2nd versus 3rd clash in Lions FC vs Gibraltar United. Last year’s basement battle suddenly transformed into a top of the table clash, no doubt the game of the tie. Lynx face a tough ask against Lincoln while the champions will look to get off the mark against Glacis United on Friday. Mons Calpe square off against Man 62 while St Joseph’s play Phoenix

Round Three Results

Mons Calpe SC (Rodriguez, Sastrie 2)     3   0 Lynx FC
Glacis United FC (Jimenez)     1   1 Gibraltar Phoenix FC (Narvaez)
Gibraltar United (Roman 2, Elghobashy)     3   1 St Joseph’s FC (Ferrer)
Lincoln Red Imps FC (Hernandez, J. Chipolina, R. Chipolina)     3   1 Europa FC (Carreno)
Lions FC (OG, Gilroy)     2   2 Manchester 62 FC (Adams 2)

Round Four Fixtures

St Jospeh’s FC     Vs Gibraltar Phoenix FC
Lynx FC     Vs Lincoln Red Imps FC
Europa FC     Vs Glacis United FC
Manchester 62 FC     Vs Mons Calpe SC
Gibraltar United     Vs Lions FC

League table as of 22-10-17

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Gibraltar United vs St Joseph’s FC

Match corresponding to the 3rd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 20th November 2017 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 St Joseph’s FC

Roman (2)
Elghobashy

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
8   Filipe Aguiar
19 Manuel Roman Salado

SUBSTITUTES

Ayman Elghobashy on for Manuel Roman Salado
Igor Djoman on for Michael Negrette
Yassine Idouaziz on for Filipe Aguiar

Injuries and the performance against Man 62 have moved Manolo into shuffling his pack. With Brad out after injuring his ankle against Man 62, Erin comes in to partner Aymen in defence while both Aguiar and Negrette start to provide the width so sorely missed last time out. Elghobashy drops to the bench alongside Ramalho as United look to exploit their pace against a tough St Jospeh’s side.

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Back Row (l to r): Barnett, Farinha, Alberto, Chino (C), Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Roman, Baio, Bosio, Negrette

It was a perfect evening for football with little wind and a balmy, early autumn temperature as both teams took the field of play. St Jospeh’s were looking to continue their 100% start to the season while United looked to put the disappointing performance against Man 62 behind them.

It was a cagey start but United looked menacing when going forward. Roman was keen to exploit his pace from the off, as it turned out this was the key facet of the match. While Aguiar and Negrette sought to widen the pitch at every given opportunity. It was from a Aguiar cross that United got their breakthrough in the 6th minute of the match. Robba in the St Joseph’s goal came out and fumbled what seemed a run of the mill catch. Roman, hovering on the keeper’s blind side was rewarded with a gift of a ball as it sailed through the keeper’s hands. A simple point blank range header and Roman had finally broken his duck and put the misses on Sunday behind him. United 1-0 up and game on.

St Joseph’s sought to get back into the game and fought hard for it. The centre backs relied on their physicality to control Roman’s lightning bursts of speed while up front JP Duarte tried to stretch our defence perfectly marshalled by Erin and Aymen. Indeed the match went through periods were it resembled a pitch battle. These are the scenarios in which Baio and Bosio excel in. They broke up St Joseph’s attempts to create and the Blue and Whites resorted to longer and longer balls as thier playmakers were squeezed out of time and space.

The one time they were afforded space St Jospeh’s equalised and what a goal it was! Ferrer was given the freedom and time to turn full about 35 meters from the goal. He was given the time to line up his shot and let loose a well placed, powerful shot that left Chino with no chance. There is no denying the quality of the finish but Ferrer was largely allowed to set up the goal with no pressure at all. Great timing for the Saints as the goal came while they were dominating the midfield. United however have a rapier up front.

Untied’s lead was once again restored by Roman. His harrassing of the Saints’ playmakers saw him exploit his pace once again as he bored on Robba like an arrow. The keeper started to come out of his line as the striker closed in, the Blue and White defence trailing behind him. Roman looked up saw Robba’s postion and drilled a shot past him to the far post. As the ball nestled into the net Roman and the team wheeled away in celebration with the half time whistle close on their heels.

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The second half however proved to be an exciting 45 minutes of football. Both teams came out all guns blazing to gain the lead. St Jospeh’s looked a bit more creative and forced Chino into his only save of the game but they exhibited little real danger after that. Roman however was denied a hat trick. Once again he outfoxed the Saints’ defence using a mix of guile and pace and it was only a bobble on the Victoria’s surface that came to Robba’s resuce as he faced Roman for the third time.

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He was subbed soon after and received the applause of United supporters as a well deserved plaudit. The rapier was replaced by the broadsword. In Elghobashy we have a different type of forward relying more on sheer power and close ball control. As is his want, he began harrasing the tiring St Joesph’s defence and it was clear they could not handle him. He had a number of chances and buried his second one after rounding Robba and tapping into an empty net. Had he shown more composure a few minutes later he would have doubled his tally for the match.

Mention as well to Marco Meireles who demonstrated his experience and nuance in controlling the ball and the game masterfully for the last 25 minutes. He seemed to be everywhere at once, supporting the defence and sending balls forward for Ayman to chase. It was a night to remember for all in Red and White as Mr Murphy called time on the game. Our first win versus St Joseph’s and a good performance to bolster morale before our next game against in form Lions FC.

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Match Preview: St Joseph’s FC

Match preview brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank

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Record against St Joseph’s FC

Played: 6
Won: 0
Drawn: 1
Lost: 5

Last result: 0 – 0 (9-4-2017)

Manager: Raul Procopio
Captain: Ivan Gonzalez Lobato
Top Scorer 16/17: John Paul Duarte

Another historic name of local football. Founded in 1912 St Joseph’s is the South District Team and have one league title to their name and 9 Rock Cups, the most recent coming in 2013. A regular in the top division St Joseph’s qualified for European competition for the first time last season and participated in the qualifiers for this season’s UEFA Europa League.

Chino gave us his prematch thoughts, ‘the squad has been more focused since the Man 62 game and everyone is eager to get the game started and get back to winning ways, however as always it will be a tough match against St Joseph’s and we are under no illusion it will be an easy game’

St Joseph’s have finished 3rd for the past two seasons and have been a very consistent team for the past few seasons. Despite a decent 0-0 draw last time out St Joseph’s have always been a tough nut to crack but the squad is eager and has been working hard to improve on Sundays result and the game promises to be an exciting one. Kick off Friday at 20:30

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Europa FC Reserves vs Gibraltar United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 3rd Round of the Gibraltarian Reserve Division and played on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 18:15.

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Gibraltar United Reserves 2 – 0 Europa FC Reserves

Minni
Dannoun

Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo ‘Pichi’
22 Jamie Pratts (C)
34 Alberton Fortune Macomba
21 Pedro Hidalgo Calvente
12 Mohamed Ashraf Ramadan
11 Yassine Idouaziz ‘Minni’
14 Javier Cantelmi
35 Igor Djoman
7   Cecil Prescott
27 Tito De Torres
29 Habbib Dannoun

SUBSTITUTES

Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Tito De Torres
Ilyias El Ouahabi on for Habbib Dannoun
Tarik El Hlou on for Cecil Prescott

 

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Back Row (l to r): Macomba, Perez Pichardo, Dannoun, Cantelmi, Hidalgo, Elouahabi, Minni. Fron Row (l to r): Djoman, De Torres, Ramadan, Prescott, El Hlou, Pratts (C)

 

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Quantocoin, new club sponsor!

 

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Gibraltar United are absolutely delighted to announce Quantocoin as a new club sponsor. Quantocoin is a new and revolutionary cryptocurrency. QTC is a first global alternative asset with immediate liquidity and currency functionality. Extreme speed, reliability, and efficiency at a low cost with optional anonymous transfers. Readily available for those without access to bank services.

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Gibraltar United is looking forward to our partnership with Quantocoin and are very pleased to welcome them into the Gibraltar United family!

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