Month: March 2018

Lincoln Red Imps F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 15th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 4 Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Cecil Prescott on for Michael Negrette
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Tito De Torres on for Marco Meireles

United welcome back Baio and Aguiar back into the XI following bans for accumulations an red cards. They come in for Bosio and Pereyra. The former suspeneded and the latter on the bench where he is joined by Mouelhi as Brad Power returns to the line up for this most testing of matches against the rampant Red Imps.

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A wet and windy 90 minutes of football that were dominated by Lincoln’s first 15 minutes and a frnankly brilliant Lolo Soler in the second half. United came out of the blocks cold and had no response to the Imps’ blistering start with Chipolina and Bernardo Lopes running the show. United just couldn’t keep hold of the ball and get their rhythm going.

The deadlock was broken from a corner that was not a corner and from a ball controlled via a player’s hand. Mr Borg judged that a ball going out of play last came off Farinha, which it didn’t. The resulting corner came in and Oliver rose higher than anyone else to claim it. The ball hit his chest and nestled briefly on his arms, this last action allowed him the second he needed to settle himself and rifle the ball past Chino. A clear handball that was unseen by the refereeing team, who did have a very good game in very harsh conditions in all honesty.

Lincoln’s second 10 minutes later had the touch of the fortunate as a shot from distance from Bardon took a wicked deflection and flummoxed the diving Chino giving him no chance. A third goal two minutes later was gifted by our defence as they all stood still from a corner as the loose ball fell in the area. Bernardo Lopes reacted the quickest to give Lincoln a deserved lead but perhaps by too large a margain.

Not that United were taking it lying down either. The retunring Baio and Meireles had shots saved by Soler and we were fighting hard in the swirling wind and rain to get a goal and back in the game. As Mr Borg called time fans wondered what was in store in the second 45.

The figure of Lolo Soler loomed liked a colossus over the second half. From the off it was clear that United were the better team. Whether Lincoln had paid the physical bill of the first 30 minutes of pressure or had taken their foot off the gas with the three goal advantage, United had the measure of the green. Elghobashy had one shot go wide, while Soler made the first of several crucial saves from Dani. Minutes later he produced a dramatic double save from the same players. The keeper was standing tall and we couldn’t find a way past him.

The best opportunity came 20 minutes in as Mr Borg judged a foul on Baio as being inside the area. Penalty! Up stepped Dani who already has two spot kicks to his name and against him was Gibraltar’s penalty expert. Soler’s spot kick record in frankly impressive having stopped 8 of the 10 spot kicks he has faced so far. Dani stepped up and the inevitable happened…

There would be no deserved award for the team’s efforts. Prescott came on for his debut and would show glimpses of his talent. Pipo and De Torres also came on and with United tilted forwards to the attack Lee Casciaro was able to net Lincoln’s fourth with a well taken finish following a counter.

Beaten but not bowed and broken, Gibraltar United’s attention now turns to the Rock Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday against some old friends in the ranks of FC Olympique 13.

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Match Preview: Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

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

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Record against Lincoln Red Imps

Played: 8
Won: 0
Drawn: 0
Lost: 8

Last Result: 0 – 1 (10-11-2017)

Manager: Julio Cesar Ribas
Captain: Roy Chipolina
Top Scorer: Rafael Aranda ‘Falu’ (6)

 

Lincoln pretty much carried on where they left off pre winter break and the only points they have dropped all season has been in the game against Europa FC. That said they have been taken to the wire a number of times this season. Shrewd transfer business in January has strengthened the main unit and the Imps are still running away at the top of the league.

United come into the game following a 3-1 victory versus Mons Calpe. Though Jamie Bosio is missing due to an accumulation of yellow cards, both Baio and Aguiar are back following suspensions. United are playing well and in good form with kick off scheduled for Wednesday at 20:30 it promises to be an interesting match up

Premier Division Review: Round 14

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Gibraltar United made it a second half comeback to see off Mons Calpe 3-1 while Lynx F.C. got their first points in 6 games against Glacis United seeing them off with a similar scoreline. Lincoln suffered a scare going 1-0 down to Manchester 62 but evenutally run out 3-1 winners in a game that the Red Devils fought hard and well. St Jospeh’s once again crept into second beating Lions 4-2 in a match that was close until the dying moments. Worryingly, a few weeks before International football returns to the Victoria Stadium, Europa vs Phoenix had to be called off due to a power outage with Europa 1-0. All in all a very wet Round 14.

Round 15 once again sees the top four sqauring off against each other as leaders Lincoln meet Gibraltar United and champions Europa meet St Joseph’s in the Friday night kick off. Manchester 62 versus Glacis United and Phoenix versus Lynx will all have an effect at the bottom end of the table while Mons and Lions will meet in a mid-table clash on Thursday evening.

 

Round Fourteen Results

Gibraltar United (Negrette, Farinha, Meireles)     3   1 Mons Calpe S.C. (Pibe)
Lynx F.C. (Camara, Badr 2)     3   1 Glacis United F.C. (Ruiz)
Manchester 62 F.C. (Navarro)     1   3 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Paris, Lopes, Cabrera)
St Joseph’s F.C. (Ortega 2, Duarte,     4   2 Lions F.C. (Breakspear, Nieto)
Europa F.C. (Kike)     1   0 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.

Round Fifteen Fixtures

Lincoln Red Imps F.C.     Vs Gibraltar United
Mons Calpe S.C.     Vs Lions F.C.
Europa F.C.     Vs St Joseph’s F.C.
Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.     Vs Lynx F.C.
Glacis United F.C.     Vs Manchester 62 F.C.

League Table as of 3-3-18

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Premier Division Review: Round 13

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Lions and Gibraltar United fought out a dour 0 – 0 draw that was marred by 16 bookings across both teams. Lincoln and Europa returned to winning ways as they saw off Lynx and Glacis respectively, the latter proved a hard nut to crack for the Black and Greens. Man 62 lost again and are starting. St Joseph’s also bounced back from their 1 – 0 loss to United by beating Phoenix

Round 14 seems some interesting match ups. In form Mons Calpe meet Gibraltar United while the league leaders match off against basement club Man 62 while fellow strugglers Lynx F.C. face Glacis United in a match in which both teams would seek to take points. Phoenix vs Europa closes off the Round.

Round Thirteen Results

Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.     0   1 St Jospeh’s F.C. (Fernandez)
Mons Calpe S.C. (Blanco 2, Onega, Cascio)     4   2 Manchester 62 F.C. (Galvez, Morgan)
Lions F.C.     0   0 Gibraltar United
Glacis United F.C. (Rios)     1   2 Europa F.C. (Belfortti, Roldan)
Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Casciaro, Cabrera)     2   0 Lynx F.C.

Round Fourteen Fixtures

Mons Calpe S.C.     Vs Gibraltar United
Lynx F.C.     Vs Glacis United F.C.
Manchester 62 F.C.     Vs Lincoln Red Imps F.C.
St Joseph’s F.C.     Vs Lions F.C.
Europa F.C.     Vs Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.

Gibraltar United vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the 14th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Mons Calpe S.C.

Negrette
Farinha
Meireles

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
6   Erin Barnett
20 Michael Negrette
29 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Brad Power on for Aymen Mouelhi
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Leo Pereyra
Javier Cantelmi on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

 

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Manolo welcomes back Barnett and Meireles from a one match ban for 5 yellows but Baio and Aguiar are still missing through suspension. Roman is now out for the season and that means that the likes of Pipo, De Torres and Prescott are all fighting for a spot on the team and minutes on the pitch. Brad drops to the bench as Barnett resumes his center half position and Negrette comes in to cover at left back and a pivotal match against a resurgeant Mons Calpe.

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Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Elghobashy, Pereyra, Barnett, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Farinha, Bosio, Negrette, Ponce De Leon

The team walked out wearing shirts in homage to Roman following his horror injury last week and were keen to gain 3 points in his honour. However, in all honesty, this was the highlight of the first half. A first 45 minutes in which we did not turn up at all. Mons were quicker and faster to the ball, harder to the tackle and hungrier for the win. Indeed, United created little while Chino had a busy game of it. He made two spectacular saves prior to Pibe opening the scoring on the half hour mark. Though the goal had a sniff of offside it was simply what Mons deserved. United seemed powerless to react and with a Ponce de Leon acrobatic overhead kick the highlight for United, the outlook for the second half seemed as bleak as the forecasted weather.

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United’s players trudge off dejectedly.

Manolo started the half with two substitutions. Seeking more pace and energy he introduced Power and Pipo on for Mouelhi and Pereyra. Our play had also taken a dramatic turn, whatever rocket Manolo had fired at the players at half time seemed to have its desired effect. As the half progessed spectactors at the stadium were treated to comeback for the ages, one enscribed in the annals of football lore with the sweat and toil of these 11 men in Red and White.

United took the game to Mons with aplomb. Pipo looked sharp and had a shot sail wide as he cut inside. Marco was begining to dictate play while Bosio and Carrasco were simply impeccable in centre midfield. Mons were gradually pushed back into their half as the pressure began to tell. Elghobashy tried his luck and so did Dani, with Grasso in the Mons’ goal equal to both efforts. Having lost control of the match Mons Calpe sought to regain control via some physical play which Mr Barcelo had in check throughout. 53 minutes and Michael Negrette took centre stage. Dani crossed in a ball following another Mons foul. It was headed away only to find that sweet right foot of Michael Negrette. A possible contender for goal of the season from fully 30 meters out saw Grasso have no answer to the rocket the young Under 21 International sent his way. In the words of Andy Gray, ‘take a bow son, take a bow!’.

The crowd went wild with delirium, delirium that was tempered moments later what an uncharacteristic Chino lack of focus almost allowed Pibe in, his squared pass to Blanco and subsequent shot at goal went wide; a timely warning! United continued to attack. Brad put a headed corner wide while Elghobashy once again went close. Mons had no answer to the Red and White tide. Blood was in the air and United had the scent in their noses. The game was there for the taking and United only needed to find that spark, that bit of magic to seal Mons’ fate.

Cue Farinha. The Portugese right back has steadily become a fan favourite with his runs, his determination and his full on attitude to the game. Today he can also add a fantastically taken goal with his left peg to that repetoire. Following a one-two with Dani out on the right Farinha cut inside. Emualting those great right backs of old, he dropped a shoulder, ghosted past the defence and wrapped his left foot around the ball. Grasso dived but nothing the keeper could do would stop a strike of such quality. The ball went straight to the top left hand corner of the goal to give United the lead they so deserved in this second half.

Two spectacular strikes gave the team its rewards for its efforts; and indeed it was a team effort in the second 45. Barnett led from the back like a general leading his troops to battle while Jamie and Carlos provided the platform on which to build our forward momentum. By the time Marco got out third in the 84 minute Mons Calpe were dead and buried.

A true game of two halves United needed the result and the performance following the disappointing draw against Lions last time out. We climb to third pending St Joseph’s game against Lions later in the week. A great mid week game to highlight all that is good and great about this game!

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