Month: February 2018

Gibraltar United vs Manchester 62 F.C.

Match corresponding to the Second Round of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and played on Wednesday 7th February at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Manchester 62 F.C.

Ponce de Leon

Gibraltar United 

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
8   Filipe Aguiar
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
23 Andre De Oilviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
4   Yalay Baio
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Manuel Roman Salado on for Ayman Elghobashy
Michael Negrette on for Marco Meireles

Elghobashy, Farinha, Power and Bosio all return to the staring IX after a very good run out for the Reserves earlier in the week. Carrasco makes his full debut in midfield as Manolo shuffles the pack for the third game in five days. Cup football under the lights with the challenge to progress into the Quarter Finals of the Rock Cup for the first time since the early 2000’s.

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Barnett, Elghobashy, Power, Carrasco, Ponce De Leon. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Baio, Bosio, Aguiar, Farinha

It took United all of 5 minutes to stamp their authority on this game after a goal shy attempt versus Lynx last weekend. Elghobashy, restored to the line up following a 3 match ban, took the bull by the horns and blasted United into a 5 minute lead after picking up a delightful ball from deep delivered by Chino. A drop of the shoulder and he had ghosted past the full back and into the area. The powerfully placed shot had almost burst the back of the net before Cafer in the Manchester goal had time to react. An explosive start and it set the tone for the first 45 minutes.

The Red and Whites dominated the game from then on. Ayman was a constant pressure up front harrassing the Man 62 play makers while Dani and Marco picked up on any lost balls. Behind them Jamie Bosio, also recalled to the starting line up, was having his game of the season so far. He was immense and seemed to be everywhere at the same time. Indeed it was his bravery in going in for a ball at the near post that was the source of United’s second goal. After crashing solidly into the post and winning the ball, Boiso left Marco, who was following up play, with a simple tap in. 2-0 up and sailing but both Jamie and Cafer were left on the floor. Though the former recovered quickly the latter was subbed off a few minutes later.

Man 62 were incapable of stopping United’s attacks and several chances were created. Bosio himself narrowly sent the ball just wide of the stanchion while Dani blasted just over from the D. Farinha was bossing the right wing and as Mr Borg called time on the first 45 minutes United supporters were elated to see their team in the ascendancy.



Man 62 started the second half meaning to make a fight for it and though an element of roughness came into their play, they fought hard to get into the game. Striker Morgan was fighting for every ball and was making life somewhat uncomfortable for United’s centre halves. Thats until Ponce de Leon showed his class. He had come close to a goal previoulsy and his rasping finish, close to the post, sealed Man 62’s fate as he drilled a shot past Gonzalez in the 53rd minute. Vanessa Correa captured the moment on video.

The 3rd goal however served to galvanize Man 62 that surged forward. Their efforts were rewarded with frankly a fantastically taken goal by Galvez that thundered in an unstoppable shot following a corner. As time ebbed away the game took on a further physical bent with Mr Borg forced to brandish a number of yellows to both sides. Indeed former United defender Catania saw a second booking and received his marching orders late in the half.

United deserved winners and move on to the Rock Cup quarter finals. Next up its…Man 62 once again in the league on Monday at 20:30



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St Joseph’s Reserves vs Gibraltar United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 6th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Monday 5th February at 20:30.

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Gibraltar United Reserves 9 – 0 St Joseph’s Reserves

Power (3/1P)
Elghobashy (2)
Ponce de Leon (2)

Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
6   Brad Power (C)
33 Steffan Cardona
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
11 Yassine Idouaziz ‘Minni’
27 Tito De Torres
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Javier Cantelmi on for Andre Farinha
Habbib Dannoun on for Ayman Elghobashy
Jamie Pratts on for Daniel Ponce de Leon


Back Row (l to r): Pichardo Perez, Cardona, Farinha, Elghobashy, Ponce De Leon, Carrasco, Power (C). Front Row (l to r): Alberto, De Torres, Bosio, Minni

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Match Preview: Rock Cup Round 2 Manchester 62 FC

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

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Record versus Manchester 62 FC

Played: 8
Won: 2
Drawn: 3
Lost: 3

Last Result: 1 – 1 (15-10-17)

Manager: Jose Manuel Manzanero Prieto
Captain: Aaron Duran
Top Scorer 17/18: James Adams (2)

Cup football under the lights up next this coming Wednesday at 20:30. Man 62 knocked us out of the Cup at this stage last season and Manolo is no doubt looking for a better Cup run this season as United are still to progress beyond this stage.

Farinha and Elghobashy are free for selection after their respective bans and the team will look to progress into the next Round fully aware that the Cup winners are rewarded with a spot in next season’s Europa League Qualifiers.

Man 62 come into the game after losing 3-1 against St Joseph’s on Saturday evening while United a rueing missed chances against a 10 man Lynx. Winner takes all this Wednesday at 20:30.


Lynx F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 10th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 18:15. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 0 Lynx Football Club

Gibraltar United

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8  Filipe Aguiar
5  Erin Barnett
15 Ayman Mouelhi
20 Michael Negrette
4   Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
10 Filipe Ramalho
19 Manuel Roman Salado


Carlos Carrasco Llorens on for Michael Negrette

Football is back on the Rock and this weekend sees the start of Round 2 of the Premier Division. With Farinha and Elghobashy serving the last game of their respective suspensions Manolo has tried Negrette and Aguiar as full back against basement club Lynx FC. A 2-0 win way back in September say United get all three points and a similar outcome is hoped for today. Debutant Ponce de Leon will hope to impress while Pereyra makes his debut in midfield.

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Back Row (l to r): Roman, Pereyra, Chino (C), Barnett, Mouelhi, Ponce De Leon. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Baio, Ramahlo, Negrette

Gibraltar United kicked off the first game on the much vaunted new surface laid at the Victroia Stadium on a cold and brisk Saturday evening bathed in the dying light of the winter sun. The cold did not seem to affecet debutant Dani who was quick to drift out to the left and with a mix of pace and deft skill beat the Lynx full back and deliver a delightful ball into Roman that totally unhinged the Yellow and Black defence. Roman, with only the keeper to beat, had a clear shot with his left foot mere seconds into the game. Perhaps he lacked the confidence on his weaker foot or perhaps it was early doors; he chose to swivel and to place the ball on his right foot. This allowed Ketlun the second he needed to position himself and defelct the belated shot away for a corner. An explosive opening!

Though the game settled down soon after it was Lynx who were to provide the next moment of action. Erin was outfoxed by Lopez whose dinked in cross was met by a Lynx forward all alone in the box and with Chino in no man’s land. The Lynx player seemingly had to nod the ball into the net. Nod the ball he did but thanfully for us he nodded it wide of the goal. Wake up call heeded!

United pulled up their socks and took total control of the ball form then on. Dani drifted out to the right and was the target of several hard challenges, indeed full back Moran Blanco was to see two yellows that would result in his dismissal in the 35th minute; both fouls carbon copies of each other. Despite the one man advantage and the lion’s share of possession, United could not create a clear cut chance; a well controlled ball on the chest by Roman and subsequently sliced shot the highlight of this spell. Ketlun did however pull off a masterful save from an Aguiar shot on the cusp of half time.


The second half saw 10 man Lynx entrench themsleves in their half and batter the Black and White storm in a masterful manner. The 9 outfield players masterfully protected their goal and were tight and compact and were able to frustrate the efforts of Dani and Negrette to unhinge the defence. Pipo employed his guile and skill to no avail while Baio was supporting from the deeper areas in picking up the balls constantly batted away by the defence.

The breakthrough seemed to be on when, from a Miereles pass, Roman’s pace pulled him free from the last line. Chuky knew he could not beat him in a flat race so cynically pulled him back as he darted into free space and the goal. Mr Barcelo qucikly blew and flashed a yellow when perhaps a darker shade may have been in order due to the nature of the foul. Once again the Black and Yellow wall remained unbroken.

Erin came very close from one of the many corners United had in the second half while a Pipo cross cum shot was kept out in extremis by Ketlun (the Lynx Man of the Match), who demonstrated great felxibilty in keeping the ball out, a nasty bump against the post his reward. He once again proved his worth late in the game by producing a double save from Roman and Pipo to keep his goal safe. Carlos Carrasco came on for his debut but there was no breaking down of these resolute Lynx players who deserve credit for their performance and they take a justified point with them.

Attention now turns to Manchester 62 in the Rock Cup on Wednesday. The magic of the cup under the lights!


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