Match corresponding to the 20th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 20th April 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.
Gibraltar United 4 – 0 Manchester 62 F.C.
Ponce de Leon
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
5 Erin Barnett
6 Brad Power
8 Filipe Aguiar
4 Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Jamie Bosio on for Leo Pereyra
Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Michael Negrette
Daniel Ponce de Leon on for Filipe Aguiar
United welcome back Chino from suspension but are missing Mouelhi and Elghobashy due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Pipo retains his berth in the starting XI while Brad Power covers the absence of Aymen. Boiso is rested with an eye on the Cup semi-final on Monday while Alberto also drops to the bench with Aguiar in at Left Back.
Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Farinha, Barnett, Pereyra, Power, Carrasco. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Ramalho, Baio, Negrette
Both teams played out a very pedestrian and tepid first half. Man 62 had the first flashes of goal with both Galindo and Morgan having clear chances on goal. Indeed Chino was forced into a save a few minutes later as the Red Devils created a third chance in short order on the United goal by putting Luque through. Gradually, however, Gibraltar started to wake up and began to attack the Man 62 goal. Cafer dealt well with a cross into a crowded area while Marco squandered a gilt edged chance from 10 yards out when his shot cannoned off the upright. As Mr Canepa brought the firs 45 to a close things could only really get better.
Manolo reacted with a double sub at half time with Bosio coming on to inject more energy into midfield and Alberto to slot into the left back berth to release Aguiar to play further forward. The subs and the team talk seemed to have an immediate effect. United players surged forward in waves as they sought that breakthrough on the scoreline. It came via Pipo’s trickery as he was felled by Matt Cafer as he burst into the area. Mr Canepa had no hesitation and pointed at the spot. Meireles stepped up to the spot…
Breakthrough, 1-0. Confidence and moral was up and a second United goal soon followed after Cafer misjudged a long ball to leave with Aguiar with the simplest of goals. A shame for the Man 62 keeper as he had pulled off a number of saves to keep his team in the game. Man 62 shoulders dropped and as the weather began to take a turn for the worse United went for the jugular, goal difference at the back of everyone’s minds.
Dani made his comeback from injury and simply carried on where he left off and scored United’s third goal shortly after a Pipo shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar. As the lightning lit up the sky so did Meireles lit up the pitch as he scored his second of the game and United’s fourth to settle the game and take the club to 3rd in the table and 2 points clear of St Jospeh’s. The Red and Blues have a game in hand on us but THE game of the season is to be played next Saturday as Gibraltar United and St Joseph’s fight it out for third place.
Yet there is another massive game just over the horizon as league exploits need to be set aside as Mons Calpe awaits us in the Rock Cup Semi-Final at 19:30 on Monday. These lads deserve your support and we hope to see as many Red and White supporters in the stands on Monday to cheer the team on in this most pivotal of games.
Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam!