Match corresponding to the 13th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.
Gibraltar United 0 – 0 Lions F.C.
1 Kyle ‘Chino Goldwin (C)
8 Filipe Aguiar
6 Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
9 Ayman Elghobashy
Manuel Roman Salado on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
Micheal Negrette on for Leo Pereyra
Tito De Torres on for Manuel Roman Salado
United come into this game with morale sky high. A priceless 3 points against St Joseph’s last week and a thrid win on the bounce. Last week’s efforts however did have its casualties. Baio, Barnett and Meireles are all missing for this game due to suspension and in for them come Mouelhi, Pipo and Aguiar, the latter also returning from a one match ban for 5 yellows. United know that only 3 points against Lions will make all the effort and sacrifice made last week count.
A game that was dominated by the 16 bookings Mr Barcelo dished out and the terrific injury suffered by Roman that has seen him hospitalised and awaiting surgery. United dominated a first half that was punctuated by non stop fouling and a referee’s whistle that seemed to go off every 15 seconds. Indeed it only took 1 minute for Breakspear to get the first booking of the game for sycthing down Pipo straight from the kick off.
United had the best chances of the half with Aguiar and Farinha pressing forwards and the Lions defence having no solution to Elghobashy other than incessant fouling, soon enough three Lions players would have bookings to their name for fouling the Egytptian. Ayman was to have the clearest chances in the half. He skyed a dropped corner from four yards out and pinged a shot from an impossible angle off the crossbar on the cusp of half time. Dani also rustled the side netting with a sublime free kick. Small islands of quality play amid the start-stop-start-stop imposed by the refereeing team that sent two Lions coaches to the stands and were not tolerating any back chat whatsoever. It made for a somewhat turgid 45 minutes that saw more bookings than chances.
There was little change in the second half as Mr Barcelo kept booking players left and right with both teams eventually ending up with 10 men for double yellows. As Lions dug in deep Nuñez made somewhat of a rarity, play with two out and out strikers as Roman replaced Pipo in the 55th minute. As our dymanic became more attacking so did our number of chances increase. Ayman was twice thwarted by the excellent Gonzalez in goal and Roman himself had two gilted edged chances. The first he created with his trademark lightning pace and pulled just shy of the goal. The second, and cursedly so, was a turn and shot that resulted in the forward crumpled on the floor screaming in pain clutching his left leg. Gonzalez in the Lions goal was quick to get the ref to get the medical services on the pitch as he sensed there was something wrong. Indeed Roman would end up being evacuated to St Bernard’s hospital via ambulance where he is awaiting surgery on his injury. Season over for the likeable native of Chiclana and our thoughts and prayers are with him.
The game petered out with Lions at times defending with 6 players as United tried to breakthrough. Dani, Ayman and Ayman spurrned more chances and were soon were joined by De Torres as he replaced Roman. Alas it ended in staltemate with the injury overshadowing the result as concern for Roman’s health occupied the thoughts of those at the Club.