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Match Preview: Manchester 62 F.C.

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Record against Manchester 62 F.C.

Played: 10
Won: 4
Drawn: 3
Lost: 3

Last Result: 2 – 1 (12-2-18)

Manager: Jose Manuel Manzanero Prieto
Captain: Aaron Duran
Top Scorer: Jorge Diaz (4)

Man 62 have had a torrid run of results so far and have been solidly anchored to the foot of the table for a long time now. They are 10 points behind Lynx in 9th and have still to win a game this season. That said they have been a tough team to beat and can be extremely resilient in defence.

United come into the game with the suspended Elghobashy and Mouelhi who miss through an accumulation of yellow cards. United are coming into the business end of the season and games are coming thick and fast. Momentum is crucial both in the league and the Cup and Manolo will seek 3 points to creep above St Joseph’s into third place and keep morale high.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

Gibraltar United Reserves vs Manchester 62 F.C. Reserves

Match corresponding to the 7th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 18:15

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Gibraltar United Reserves 7 – 0 Manchester 62 F.C. Reserves

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De Torres (3)
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Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
38 Ahmed El Hana
15 Aymen Mouelhi
33 Steffan Cardona (C)
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
18 Max Cottrell
21 Pedro Hidalgo Calvente
7   Cecil Prescott
27 Tito De Toress
11 Yassine Idouaziz
14 Javier Cantelmi

SUBSTITUTES

Ilyias El Ouahabi on for Aymen Mouelhi
Daniel Ponce de Leon on for Cecil Prescott

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Back Row (l to r): Sanchez Alfaro (Coach), Perez Pichardo, Cantelmi, Cardona (C), Hidalgo Calvente, Alberto, Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): El Hana, Cottrell, Prescott, De Torres, Minni

Premier Division Review: Round 19

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An action packed Round 19 that sees all teams placed 1st to 5th winning their fixtures as the league begins to gather pace to the end. 1-0 wins for Lincoln, Mons and United are balanced by two emphatic victories by St Joseph’s and Europa. The bottom half teams all lost and they are all due to play each other in the coming weeks in what is shaping up to be a riveting last round of fixtures.

United face Manchester 62 in the Friday Night Football game seeking another 3 points to keep them in the hunt for 3rd place. St Joseph’s on the other hand face Glacis United while Europa and Mons play out the tie of the round on Wednesday evening.  Lynx will seek victory over Lions and a positive result for them could see them climb as high as 6th in the table. Phoenix and Lincoln play the remaining game of Round 20

Round Nineteen Results

Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Merida)     1   0 Glacis United F.C.
Manchester 62 F.C.     0   5 St Jospeh’s F.C. (Cornejo, Delgado 2, Martinez, Verdejo)
Mons Calpe S.C. (Blanco)     1   0 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.
Gibraltar United (Bosio)     1   0 Lynx F.C.
Lions F.C.     0   5 Europa F.C. (Carreño 4, Joselinho)

Round Twenty Fixtures

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

League Table as of 15-04-2018

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Gibraltar United vs Lynx F.C.

Match corresponding to the 19th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 14th April at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Qunatocoin.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 0 Lynx F.C.

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Gibraltar United

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett (C)
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
8   Filipe Aguiar
17 Marco Meireles
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho

SUBSTITUTES

Ayman Elghobashy on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Michael Negrette on for Yalany Baio
Leo Pereyra on for Jamie Bosio

With Chino sitting out due to an accumulation of yellow cards, Alvaro makes his debut in the Premier Division while Erin takes the armband for the game. Alberto and Pipo earn recalls to the first 11 while a strong bench is testament to the returning strength to the team as it recovers players from injury and suspension. A win is imperative today in order to bounce back from the defeat to Mons Calpe and to continue the pace set by St Joseph’s.

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Alvaro Perez Pichardo had big gloves to fill in this most transcendental of matches as Chino was sat in the stands due to an accumulation of yellow cards. The young keeper, however, was not daunted at the task and put in a very solid and confident performance for his debut.

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Back Row (l to r): Perez Pichardo, Alberto, Baio, Mouelhi, Barnett (C), Carrasco. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Ramalho, Farinha, Bosio

Matches against Lynx F.C. are tough physical affairs and this one was no different despite a bright and spritely start by United. The first 10 minutes or so were of total Red and White dominance in which the ball was being moved quickly and effectively with Lynx unable to assert any type of control. As a result of this dominance United has three clear chances. The first chance went wide while the third chance, a long range effort from Bosio that spotted Cid off his line, was spectaculalry saved by the keeper who then had a nasty collision with the post.

Jamie, however, capitalised the second opportunity after some quick interplay between Pipo and Marco saw the ball in the box. Following a scramble he reacted the quickest to fire the ball into the net as Cid was helpless to do anything against the efffort. United 8 minutes into the match and seemed to be poised to dominate. But a cornered Lynx is a dangerous animal and so it was.

The Yellow and Blacks fought hard to get into the game and gradually crept back into it as they began to impose their physicality onto the match. Mr El Yettefti found the game hard to officiate at times but there was no overt nastiness in it just a hard game of football. Carlos and Yalany fought most of that pitched battle while the back line held firm with Farinha and Alberto seeking to bomb forward on the break.

There was little else of note until half time as Lynx could not find a break through. The second half kicked off in the same vein and though United had several chances to increase the lead they could not finish off any. Aymen sent a headed corner just over the bar in the clearest chance. Filipe on the left kept on trying to break through and even Elghobashy’s entry in the 58th minute could not ensure a second goal as Gonzalez marshalled the Lynx defence.

Indeed it was Lynx that finished the strongest as they peppered the United goal with all manner of crosses. ‘Pichi’ however was the equal of all of them. He demonstrated a great leap and great confidence in coming to deal with any aerial threat as well as tremendous speed in closing down long balls. He also showed guts and courage when diving in to take the ball off a forward’s foot and receive a nast kick in the ribs for it. Despite a late scare when Farinha headed a ball off the line, Alvaro had no real save no make of note and Lynx did not really threaten his goal directly

A very hard fought and won 3 points that brings us level with St Joseph’s once more and restablishes the 5 point gap with Mons Calpe. Next up its Manchester 62 on Friday evening with the reserves also playing Manchester 62 on Tuesday evening.

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Some of the work our kitman, Francis Huart, carries out to motivate and prepare the team for action.

Match Preview: Lynx F.C.

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

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Record against Lynx F.C.

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

Last Result: 0 – 0 (3-2-18)

Manager: Albert Parody
Captain: Mohamed Badr
Top Scorer: Mohamed Badr (5)

Lynx have enjoyed somewhat of a mini revival since Albert Parody took back the reigns at the end of February. Though they sit 9th in the table they won a pivotal game against Man 62 last weekend that puts them 10 points clear of the Red Devils and 2 away from 6th place. Though they are the team with less goals in the Division they have proved difficult to break down as evidenced in our 0-0 draw in February.

United welcome back Carlos Carrasco but will be missing our talismanic Captain, Chino, who will miss his first game of the season due to an accumulation of yellow cards. The team is working hard to get past the disappointing result against Mons Calpe on Tuesday evening and will look to our recent good run for inspiration. 8 games to go, 8 finals to go.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

Mons Calpe S.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 23rd round of the Gibrlatarian Premier Division and played on Tuesday 10th April at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 2 Mons Calpe S.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
4   Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
24 Jamie Bosio
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Leo Pereyra

Manolo welcomes back Yalany Baio to the fold and the timing is perfect as Carlos Carrasco is missing out due to an accumulation of yellow cards. With Ponce De Leon still missing it is as we were elsewhere as the management team keeps faith with the group that saw Europa F.C. off last week. Brad Power is named on the bench alongside Pipo and De Torres, the latter who scored with the Reserves on Sunday.

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Pereyra, Barnett, Elghobashy, Baio, Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Farinha, Negrette, Bosio

Round 23 is being played across a number of weeks and this fixture corresponds to that particular round. The game was played in atrocious conditions as the weather had certainly taken a turn for the worse with heavy rain and driving winds affecting both teams equally. Mons Calpe started the strongest and Chino was called into an early intervention to gather up a Bernardes shot from outside the box. Pibe then had another chance shortly after it was only then that United began to creep into the game and have some possession. Jamie Boiso had our two best chances in a tepid first half with his second header in particular handled well by Grasso.

The second half was to be a different affair with both teams seeking to open the scoreline. Grasso saved from Elghobashy while Chino’s save was equal in quality to a Blanco over head kick. Mons by then had gone in front via a Pibe strike and United had restored parity 3 minutes later via a quite spectacular own goal by Vela from an Aguiar cross. Chino was booked following the Mons goal with vociferous claims that Sastrie had handled the ball following the ricochet from his save.

With the game tied the tension was palpable. Aguiar had a gilt edged chance to give United the lead following a break away but the Mons defender was able to exert enough pressure for Filipe to drive his shot wild. Alas it was an uncharacteristic lack of concentration on Erin’s part that gave Mons the three points. Pibe was able to capitalise and score the decisive final goal to give Mons three points vital to their cause. United need to pick themselves up and be ready for a game against Lynx F.C. on Saturday as we approach the final run in.

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Mons Calpe S.C. Reserves vs Gibraltar United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 11th Round of the Gibrlatarian Reserves League and played on Sunday 8th April at 19:00.

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Gibraltar United Reserves 1 – 2 Mons Calpe Reserves

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Gibraltar United

31 Jorge Avellano
22 Jamie Pratts (C)
33 Steffan Cardona
21 Pedro Hidalgo
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
27 Tito De Torres
4   Yalany Baio
14 Javier Cantelmi
7   Cecil Prescott
11 Yassine ‘Minni’ Idouaziz
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho

SUBSTITUTES

Max Cottrell on for Yalany Baio
Ilyas Elouahabi on for Javier Cantelmi
Ahmed El Hana on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho

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Back Row (l to r): Pratts (C), Cantelmi, Avellano, Cardona, Hidalgo, Alberto. Front Row (l to r): De Torres, Baio, Ramalho, Prescott, Minni

 

Match Preview: Mons Calpe S.C.

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

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Record against Mons Calpe SC

Played: 10
Won: 6
Drawn: 2
Lost: 2

Last Result: 3 – 1 (28-02-2018)

Manager: Luis Manuel Blanco
Captain: Leo Vela
Top Scorer: Juan Pablo Sastrie ‘Pibe’/Ruben Blanco Rodriguez (9)

United’s next fixturs is a Round 23 fixture whose games are being played out during the season. It sees us face an in form Mons Calpe fresh from two straight victories over Lincoln and Lions. In Blanco and Pibe they have a proven strike force and have found some defensive solidity off late. United already have two vicotries over the Calpeans this season and will look to a hat trick of wins to keep the pressure on St Joseph’s going into the weekend.

United see the return of several players welcoming back Baio and Power to the fold. The team is in good form and morale after the Europa game is sky high and Manolo will seek to capitalise on this good feeling. We are under no illusions however and know that Mons will be a tough nut to crack. Kick off 20:30 Tuesday 10th April.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

Premier Division Review: Round 18

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Two upsets in Round 18. First it was United that beat Europa 2-0 but that result was trumped by St Joseph’s that did what they had to do and handed Lincoln their second consecutive defeat in the league by seeing them off 4-2 on Saturday evening. Lions were at the wrong end of a 6 goal drubbing for the second time in a week after a resurgent Phoenix put them to the sword. Lynx were also able to see off 9 man Man 62 in the basement battle that sees the Red Devils gradually drift further away from the rest of the pack.

Round 19 sees the start of the last Round of Premier fixtures for the season. United face Lynx on Saturday evening while Lincoln will seek to recover some form against Glacis United. St Joseph’s meet bottom of the pile Man 62 while Mons vs Phoenix and Europa vs Lions close the Round as we move on helter skelter into the business end of the season.

Round Eighteen Results

Mons Calpe S.C. (Blanco, Bernardes)     2   1 Glacis United F.C. (Rios)
Lions F.C. (Nieto)     1   6 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C. (Ramos, Pusey, Narvaez 3, Lopez)
Gibraltar United (Negrette, Bosio)     2   0 Europa F.C.
Manchester 62 F.C. (Maza)     1   2 Lynx F.C. (Segura, Badr)
St Joseph’s F.C. (Ferrer, Cornejo, Molina, Verdejo)     4   2 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Falu, Monterde)

Round Nineteen Fixtures

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

League Table as of 8-4-2018

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Gibraltar United vs Europa F.C.

Match corresponding to the 18th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 6th April at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibrlatar United 2 – 0 Europa F.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
39 Leo Pereyra
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Filipe Aguiar
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Leo Pereyra
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy

With Power still absent United’s list of absentees grows larger as Ponce De Leon is suffering from an injury in training and Baio serves the last game of his suspension. Leo comes back into the starting XI in detriment of Pipo who drops to the bench in anticipation of the physical battle with Europa. Cantelmi and Minni earn a spot on the bench.

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

What a game of football! Tension, drama, goals the lot. United came into the game following the hard won victory over Phoenix while Europa had beaten Man 62 meaning both teams were in good form. With high stakes at play for both teams Manolo set out a game plan that would hopefully see the first win ever against Europa.

The game started brightly enough with both sides getting into the groove quickly, as opposed to the lethargy last Monday. United had Aguiar, Farinha and Meireles while Europa had the ever sharp Kike as their most effective players in the opening exchanges. The tone of the match was set early. United allowing Europa to have the ball in their half and then pressing as a unit as of the half way line. With Elghobashy ready to spring into the attack the 5 midfield players had an almost flawless game.

The first chances fell to Europa with Kike flashing a shot wide and with Chino safely gathering a Quillo shot minutes later. Though Europa were shading the possession stats at this point they were not really putting the United goal under any real pressure. Indeed Elghobashy was to give Europa their first scare in a usual trademark burst of pace and power he run in behind Belfortti but sent his shot wide. Ayew then cleared another Ayman effort off the line but United where already one up by then courtesy of a piece of sheer brillance by Michael Negrette, surely the leading contender for Young Player of the Season.

He already has a long range stunner to his name and tonight’s effort was its equal. Receiving the ball out on the left wing he had the briefest of glances up to spot Camara slighty off his line. He wrapped his right foot around the ball in that Beckhamesque manner he has and sent in a rocket of a ball that did not stop until it had sailed past the stanchion and hit the net on the inside of the goal. A calcualted and placed shot that one runs out of superlatives to describe. ‘Take a bow son, take a bow’ (again).

Europa looked stunned. Yet they qucikly recovered and tried to break through the Red and White defence. Erin and Aymen were marshalling the back line and Chino was the equal to everything thrown at him. Once particularly tricky shot almost crept in but was kept out by a combination of the keeper’s hand and the post. It was clear that, despite the vociferous Europa appeals, the full circumference of the ball had not crossed the line.

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With half time beckoning, United sought the ball and with Leo, Jamie and Carlos in control they saw out the remaining minutes until Mr Warwick called time. United in front and from the measure of play deservedly so. Europa had it all to do in the second half.

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They started with a double substitution with the deadly Carrenño coming on to add his firepower to Kike up front. However United had also come out with the bit in their teeth. Meireles was to go and have an excellent 45 minutes and Farinha too would add to his excellent performance in the first half. United were showing a tremendous composure to keep to Manolo’s gameplan that was snuffing out the space for Europa’s stikers. All good attack play is based in a solid defence and tonight, bar one or two moments, United’s was as solid as it can get.

One normally associates Ayman Elghobashy with goal scoring but tonight he also demonstrated sacrifice and vision. He is always up for the fight and despite a very harsh booking for alleged simulation early on and an injury scare he showed the supporters at the stadium what he is capable off. Showing pace and strength he won the sprint with Belfortti and arrowed into the area. Driven slightly wide by the covering defender he skipped past the incoming tackle, lifted his head and delivered a pin point cross to the onrushing Jamie Bosio that had made a lung busting 40 meter run from midfield. He made the sweetest of contacts with the ball to send it into the roof of the net and send United supporters into ecstasy as he doubled our lead with just over 30 minutes to go.

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Neil Wilson captures the moment the ball hits the net. Photo Credit Neil Wilson.

The Europa bench responded immediately with Joselinho being thrown into the fray, the Green and Blacks with three strikers on the pitch now. Yet nothing of real danger was created as frustration began to creep into Europa’s play and more and more wayward long balls were sent forward. United even had the chance to score a third as Marco found Negrette during a counter attack only for Camara to paw the resulting shot away for a corner. United had so effectively snuffed out Europa’s strengths that the game ebbed out without any real scare on the United goal. Tactically astute and spot on and the attitude of the players was a solid 10/10. An immense morale booster ahead of another crucial game against Mons Calpe on Tuesday. St Joseph’s play Lincoln tomorrow as the battle for third place heats up.

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