Match corresponding to the 16th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 20:30. Match report courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.
Gibraltar United 4 – 1 Glacis United F.C.
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
6 Brad Power
5 Erin Barnett
8 Filipe Aguiar
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9 Ayman Elghobashy
Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy
Manolo keeps faith with the bulk of the team that qualified for the semi-finals of the Rock Cup on Sunday. The only absentee is Yalany Baio as Ponce de Leon makes his return after being rested against O13. With St Joseph’s dropping points against Mons Calpe on Wednesday evening, it is imperative for United to defeat Glacis United to catch up with St Joseph’s.
A game of two very distinct halves that saw a sublime United in the first 45 and a much more jaded version of itself in the second. Glacis United started the stronger and sharper of the teams and for the first 5 minutes or so were dominant in possession and in territory. It was not to last long as Marco and Dani began to take control of the ball and the game. The latter in particular, gave former United defender Ashley Perez a torrid time.
As United’s domination of the ball began to tell the first chances began to fall. First it was Bosio with a curled, placed shot that brought an excellent save from Gonzalez in the Glacis goal. Then it was Ponce de Leon who put a direct free kick just shy of the post. Bosio shot a header wide soon after as the siege on the Glacis goal became more and more evident.
The breakthrough came from Elghobashy. Full of confidence after having rediscovered his goal scoring touch against Olympique in the cup, he capitalised on a defensive mistake, forced upon Glacis by the gegenpress Gibraltar United were exerting, and reacted the quickest to pounce on the ball and score his first league goal since November. His second goal, however, was something special. It epitomised every aspect of Ayman as a footballer. First his effort to harass the defenders out of possession. Then his strength to keep the defenders off him. Thirdly, his pace to give himself that bit of space and finally, power as he bulleted a shot past Gonzalez and into the goal. Quality in all phases of play. United were coasting at this point.
Dani’s next play further helped to increase United’s lead. Using his pace and skill he left Perez far behind him as he won the by line and drilled in a bullet cross which was thrust into the net by an onrushing Aguiar to put United 3 – 0 up 35 minutes into the game. Glacis looked incapable of response as the confidence in United’s players was palpable. Ayman put us 4 – 0 up 5 minutes later. Once again he unleashed a powerful shot that cannoned off the upright and out; unfortunately for Glacis the ball then hit the keeper on the back and went into the net. As Mr Borg called time United were justifiably ahead as Chino had had little to do in the first 45.
The second half, however, was to be won by the Clarets and Blues as United took the foot off the pedal. Credit to Glacis United that tried very hard from the kick off to come back into the match. They won the midfield battle so woefully lost in the first half to gain control of the ball. An under employed Chino was then made to work a number of times in this his 100th appearance for the Club; a fantastic save from Amado the pick of his interventions. Glacis would earn a consolation goal via a Jimenez header, Chino’s outstretched hand touched the ball but could not stop it from going in, and it was justly deserved. Glacis almost conceded a comical own goal as a back pass almost crept into the net and one which the keeper only barely clawed out. Things did get a bit heated as Glacis’ frustrations resulted in a number of bookings and a double yellow for Tyson Ruiz. Sidi also appeared to have suffered a painful arm injury as well following a fall.
Ultimately the first half performance was enough to gain us an invaluable three points that brings us level with St Joseph’s who remain third courtesy of a solitary goal. With football now taking a two week hiatus for the Internationals we look forward to our next game against Gibraltar Phoenix on the 2nd April.