Match corresponding to the 7th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 18th November at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.
Gibraltar United 0 – 2 Glacis United Football Club
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
3 Mattia Rosato
5 Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4 Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
8 Filipe Aguiar
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
9 Ayman Elghobashy
Manuel Roman Salado on for Jamie Bosio
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michale Negrette
United are looking to bounce back after last week’s loss to Lincoln. The only change in the line up is up front where Manolo is giving Elghobashy a start while Roman drops to the bench having been ill during the week. Glacis come into the game after a morale booster of a win against Mons Calpe on Monday and with several former United players in their ranks the game may prove to be a feisty affair.
A very bad day at the office for Gibraltar United as Glacis United took home a valuable victory by 2 goals to nil. United started the stronger of the two teams with Aymen putting a corner wide in the early exchanges of the game. Glacis were happy to contain United’s attack demonstrating their defensive doggedness that has characterised their season.
The game was a hard one with many fouls and the referee having to blow his whistle with regularity. Yet for the first 30 minutes it was just Gonzalez in the Glacis goal that had only been called into action. 35 minutes in and the game turned. Elghobashy won a free kick which was followed by some afters. Glacis players were claiming a headbutt; following appeals to Mr Borg he immediately showed Ayman the red card and issued him his marching orders. United with 10 men and no striker on the pitch. Rules are rules and they are to be respected however when the rules are applied with the level of inconsistency shown during this match then questions need to be asked. Glacis began to creep into the game with the one man advantage they now possessed. Chino gathered up a meek corner as a second weak Glacis header signalled the end of the first controversial 45.
Manolo introduced Roman for Bosio at the start of the second half as United continued to dominate the play as Glacis looked for the counter. Indeed it was after a foul on Roman that Glacis qucikly threw the ball upfield and Gonzalez was able to beat Chino to give the Claret and Blues the lead. 1-0 down and with 10 men, Gib Utd were up against it. But the fight did not go out of the team as they sought to equalise. Mr Borg continued to dish out yellows as the match appeared to move out of his control. A tussle by the by line, right in front of the linesman, saw a Glacis player lash out, violent conduct one may ask? United supporters were irate as they were expecting the letter of the law to be applied as it had been in the first half. Yet it was only a yellow card that was flashed, another example of the frustrating officiating on evidence.
Pipo replaced Negrette and his guile and skill gave new wind to United’s attacking impetus. It was clear that if anyone was going to unlock this Glacis defence it was going to be him. Indeed it was his shot that was brilliantly saved by Gonzalez. A great piece of goalkeeping that frustrated United once again. Shortly after there was a loud clamour around the stadium for a Glacis handball on the goaline. No eagle eyed officals around when one needed them the most!
With United looking for that elusive equaliser, Mahamud put the game to bed with a clumsy finsh on the 90th minute to give Glacis the 3 points. It was not an attractive game of football and United stay 2nd thanks to Mons’ earlier victory over St Joseph’s. Certainly there is some work to be done on the training pitch as United, for the first time this season, fail to score in consecutive games.