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Premier Division Review: Round 1

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Football kicked off on the Rock following the summer hiatus and the European fixtures this week. United, Lincoln and St Joseph’s racked up large wins while Europa also saw off highly rated Mons Calpe in a close fought and entertaining game. Lynx and a revamped Gib Phoenix battled out an entertaining 0 – 0 on Wednesday evening. This season has seen the introduction of the 3 Home Grown Players rules and more locals have taken to the pitch over this first round of matches.

Round 2 serves up the first big clash of the season on Friday evening as St Joseph’s and Gibraltar United square up. Controversy seemed to follow the fixture last year and it will sure to be a feisty affair. Lions vs Lynx and promoted Boca vs Mons Calpe followed by Glacis vs Europa and Lincoln vs Phoenix close Round 2.

 

Round One Results

St Joseph’s F.C. (Cornejo, Garcia, Ferrer Lopez, Duarte, Vallejo)     5   0 F.C. Boca Juniors
Gibraltar United (Mouehli 2, Negrette, Bosio)     4   0 Lions Gibraltar F.C.
Lynx F.C.     0   0 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.
Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Jimenez, Chipolina, Corral, Falu)     4   0 Glacis United F.C.
Europa F.C. (Yome, Roldan)     2   1 Mons Calpe S.C. (Diego)

Round Two Fixtures

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

Match Review: St Joseph’s F.C.

Match Preview brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin

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Record versus St Joseph’s F.C.

Played: 9
Won: 2
Drawn: 2
Lost: 5

Last Result: 1 – 1 (29-04-18)

Manager: Raul Procopio
Captain: Ivan Lobato
Top Scorer 17/18: Salvador Delgado (9)

Friday sees Gibraltar United’s first tough test of the season against last year’s running mate for 3rd place, St Joseph’s. The Saints come into the game following a comprehensive 5-0 drubbing of recently promoted F.C. Boca Juniors and reinforced their side over the summer. Former United players Brad Power and Evan Green were joined by Guerrero from Glacis, Al Greene from Lions and Ryan Casciaro from Lincoln. St Joseph’s will prove a tough nut to crack and the game promises to be tense and exciting.

Erin will serve the last game of his suspension but otherwise Lucas has his full squad to choose from. Some impressive performances against Lions should fill the squad with confidence for the match kicking off Friday at 20:30

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

Gibraltar United F.C. vs Lions Gibraltar F.C.

Match corresponding to the 1st Round of the 2018/19 Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 4 – 0 Lions Gibraltar F.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
4   David Gomez Prieto
15 Aymen Mouelhi
3   Gonzalo Gujiaro
2   Xavier Carmona
24 Jamie Bosio
6   Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
17 Chico Rubio
10 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Alvaro Castiella

SUBSTITUTES

Achraf Nait on for Chico Rubio
Steffan Cardona on for Xavier Carmona
Gernan Cortes on for Michael Negrette

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Lucas Cazorla sets out his first team as Gibraltar United manager. Debuts for Prieto, Guijaro, Carmona, Rubio and Castiella. Elsewhere we have the familiar stalwart faces of last season as Erin misses out due to a suspension carried over from last season. Chino retains ownership of the armband as we face Lions looking for the first three points of the season.

Photo Credit to Neil Wilson

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Prieto, Gonzalo, Castiella, Mouehli, Carrasco Front Row (l to r): Carmona, Rubio, Negrette, Bosio, Ponce de Leon

The ball rolls again! United kicked the match off bang on 20:30 under the orders of Mr Borg as the 18/19 season began. It was a lightning start however and a bit of a rarity as well as Aymen Mouheli headed in the first cross of the day from the boots of David Prieto to give United the lead barely a minute into the game. Aymen scored our last goal last season and opened our account this year, some nice symmetry there.

Photo Credit Neil Wilson

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1-0, Aymen Mouehli

Lions looked shell shocked as they, as the game was to prove, had set out their stall to hold United off and were clearly not expecting such an early set back. Indeed they entrenched themselves deep and looked for the long ball towards Caravaca ploughing the lone furrow up front. Despite a cagey moment or two both Mouehli and Prieto had the matter well in hand. United had most of the ball while Lions relied on their tough defence to keep the Red and Whites at bay.

An unsavoury incident clouded the first 10 minutes. Lions kicked the ball out following an injury to Dani and the ball was not returned to them which incensed a number of Lions of players who perceived the unsportsmanlike behaviour of the action. There were handbags in the area and in several areas of the pitch to which Mr Borg responded to with a flurry of yellow cards. To his credit Lucas remonstrated with the players in question and reminded them about the spirit in which the game has to be played in.

United’s second goal was a moment of sheer brillance from the boots of Michael Negrette. He gained the byline following some fancy footwork with Carmona and cut inside the Lions full back. Looking up he lobbed the onrushing Mateo and from an almost impossible angle the ball went into the goal coming off the inside of the far post. A well desereved goal if the balance of play was to be taken into account. United were having both the possession of the ball and playing their football inside the Lions half. Indeed Chino had largely been a spectator for large swathes of the game.

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Lions kick off the second half

The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first. United with the ball and Lions fighting tooth and nail for every tackle and ball. There was a certain needle in the game as frustration sometimes got the better of the Lions player and Mr Borg’s whistle seemed to be going off quite regularly.

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Bosio and Breakspear go in for the ball

Mateo was the busier of the keepers with shots coming in from Dani, Castiella and Carrasco. Indeed he pulled off two great saves, one at almost from point blank range from Carlos. Cazorla moved his bench 60 minutes in giving Nait his debut and sending on Cardona for a tiring Carmona. The nature of the game did not change however and Gonzalo was able to assist Bosio for our third goal on 83 minutes. A tidy finish from the Gibraltar International that has obviously kept his shooting boots from last season. Speaking to us after the game Jamie was happy with the points and the professional performance but keen to stress that minds should now turn to the St Joseph’s game.

Supporters were eager to see Achraf Nait in action and the young Dutchman showed glimpses of his talent playing from the left side of midfield. His fancy footwork almost ended in an acrobatic attempt from fellow sub Gernan Cortes, the latter also guilty of a glaring miss sending a close range shot wide of the post following some great ball work from Castiella.

The last act of the match was to fall to Mouheli once again. Coming up for a corner he whipped in a Ponce cross to leave the forlorn Mateo helpless to stop Aymen claiming his brace and United our 4th. It was literally the last kick of the game as the referee brought proceedings to a close to leave United with the first three points of the season in the bag.

Photo Credit to Neil Wilson

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We spoke to Chino and Aymen after the game. The skipper was very happy with the ‘great start to the season’ highlighting the perfomance and the clean sheet. Aymen likewise lauded the clean sheet and the goals but had his mind already set ‘on a very important and touch match against St Joseph’s’.

 

The Manager’s thoughts.

Lucas Cazorla, native of Malaga is on the eve of his first match in Gibraltarian football as manager of the Club. He took the reins in early July following the departure of Manolo Sanchez Nuñez following a 3 year stint in charge. He faces the task of gelling a new squad together and putting across his football philosophy. We had a chat with him as he watched the Pepe Reyes Cup match between Lincoln and Europa yesterday evening.

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We first asked him about his career as manager and the clubs had been at. He started his career at UD San Pedro followed by a stints at Velez and Zenit Torremolinos. He then took the plunge abroad and signed on at Llanelli in the Welsh Premier League, he was justly proud of having taken the club to second place and into a first ever Europa League campaign in 2006. Returning to Spain for the 2007-08 season he took the job at Polideportivo Ejido and then at Ecija Balompie following their relegation from Spain’s second tier. Returning to his roots he once again managed Velez before joining Gibraltar United.

When asked about the squad he is about to lead into the season he had the following to say; ‘A very committed and professional group of players. There is an excellent cohesion as a group and as individuals. The spirit is great and morale is high with players eager for the challenges to come’. One gets the impression that Lucas values a good team ethic and good intrapersonal relationships.

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We talked at length about his football philosophy and it is clear that the man is passionate about the game. He has a reputation for playing a certain brand of football and he described it thus, ‘treating the ball well to occupy, create and exploit spaces in the attacking areas of the pitch.’ He talked about creating a style and philosophy on the pitch that should see exciting matches ahead.

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We finally asked him about his goals and objectives for the season and he told us that’ we aspire to everything but we work with our feet firmly planted in the ground, with great humility and with great respect to the opponent and officials always.’ He added he was very excited about the start of the new season and could not wait for kick off on Tuesday evening.

We thank Lucas for his time and also wish him and the lads all the best for the coming season.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

Match Preview: Lions F.C.

Match Preview brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin

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Record versus Lions F.C.

Played: 10
Won: 4
Drawn: 4
Lost: 2

Last Result: 2 – 0 (05-05-18)

Manager: Alberto Ferri
Captain: Kailan Perez
Top Scorer 17/18: Juan Llaves Sanchez (6)

The start of the 18/19 Season is upon us and much has happened since United’s last official match left them at the gates of Europe. Manolo left the club and Lucas Cazorla takes the helm for his first game as manager. Several players are in line for debuts as the squad has also seen somewhat of an overhaul. Yet the core of the team is there as Chino, Erin, Bosio, Aymen, Dani, Carrasco and Negrette are ready to lead the squad into the new challenge.

Lions for their part have lost last season’s top scorer Llaves to Gibraltar Phoenix and veteran Al Greene to St Joseph’s. In come former United players Jamie Bosio and Kaylan Rumbo, both from FC Olympique in the Second Division, and David Gallardo from Phoenix. Yet United know that games against Lions are tough encounters with the redoubtable Perez and Breakspear at the back. Kick off is Tuesday at 20:30 and boy are we glad that football is back!!!

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

Farewell Manolo

121 games and 3 years; that’s the tenure that Manolo Sanchez Nuñez served as Gibraltar United’s manager. A manager that saved our Premier League status against all the odds in his first season; consolidated our place in the league in his second season and missed out on Europa League qualification by one point in his third.

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The club owes a great debt of gratitude to Manolo and his sturdy leadership that was able to guide and steer the club during some dark and dismal times. His time with Gibraltar United will be marked by the stunning achievement of staying in the top flight with a squad comprised of 100% local players for two successive season. His Gibraltar United was characterised by its tough defensive stance and its stubborn resistance which made it difficult to score against but was also able to get a result when most needed. It was no surprise to see him get the Manager of the Year award in his first year with the club as he saw off the challenge of Angels FC and Britannia to keep the Club in the top flight.

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He went one better in his second season and took the club to 7th place in the league once again relying on a 100% local playing staff. Once again he looked to build a defensive rock on which to break the opponent’s defence on and by beating the teams around us, he improved on the previous season’s placement in the league and steadied the ship as the club was taken over by Michel Salgado, Pablo Dana and the Heritage Group. As the quality of the playing staff improved with the level of investment coming in Manolo was given the tools to make a substantial statement in the league in 2017-18.

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That he most certainly did. A stellar campaign followed with wins over Lincoln and Europa as well as a semi-final appearance in the Rock cup. He kept the club in the fight for European football until the last kick of the season and only fell at the last hurdle with a solitary point keeping his side for the Europa league. The football played was of a high quality at times and an attacking flair was added to the solid defensive unit Manolo had built.

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Alas nothing last forever and the Club and Manolo have parted ways in the most amicable manner. He leaves with our gratitude and friendship and he also leaves with the knowledge that he laid the foundation blocks of our success through his hard work and dedication to the cause. El Chupete will be missed and everyone at the Club wishes him the best for the future and if the case is that we cross swords on the field of battle we will be friends before and after the 90 minutes. Suerte Mister y gracias por todo!

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Season Stats: Games

Date Opposition Venue Match Score Scorers
04/08/2017 U.D. Los Barrios San Rafael Pre-Season 1  3 Ramalho
09/08/2017 Algeciras FC Algecrias Pre-Season 0  4
12/08/2017 Barbate U.D. Municipal de Barbate Pre-Season 3  3 Ramalho, OG, Sciacca
14/08/2027 Algeciras B Los Barrios Pre-Season 2  1 Negrette, OG
18/08/2017 FC Olympique 13 Victoria Stadium Pre-Season 2  0 Ramalho, Espinosa
24/08/2027 Conil C.F. Jose Antonio Perez Urbea Pre-Season 2  4 Aguiar, Meireles
02/09/2017 FC Brunos Magpies Castellar Pre-Season 2  1 Mouehli, Roman
07/09/2017 U.D. Los Barrios Los Barrios Pre-Season 0  1
14/09/2017 U.D. Los Barrios San Bernardo Pre-Season 1  1 Mouehli
15/09/2017 F.C. Boca Juniors Punete Mayorga Pre-Season 2  0 Mouehli, Bosio
11/01/2018 Algeciras B La Menacha Winter Break 4  1 Roman (2), Ramalho, Mouehli
16/01/2018 Europa Point FC Los Barrios Winter Break 2  0 Roman, Mouehli
27/01/2018 Jonge Kracht La Alpujata Winter Break 9  0 Ponce de Leon (3), Roman (3), Cantelmi, Baio (2)
25/09/2017 Lynx F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 2  0 Aguiar, Elghobashy
01/10/2017 F.C. Brunos Magpies RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 4  0 Elghobashy (2), Roman (2)
10/10/2017 Mons Calpe S.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  1 Elghobashy (2)
15/10/2017 Manchester 62 F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  1 Bosio
18/10/2017 Europa F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  0 Minni, Dannoun
20/10/2017 St Joseph’s F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 3  1 Roman (2), Elghobashy
26/10/2017 Lions F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 5  1 Ramalho, Elghobashy (3), Cantelmi
28/10/2017 Lions F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 3  1 OG, Negrette, Elghobashy
03/11/2017 Mons Calpe S.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 3  1 Roman (2), Meireles
06/11/2017 Glacis United F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 4  0 Elghobashy (2), Ramalho, Ramadan
10/11/2017 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 0  1
18/11/2017 Glacis United F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 0  2
25/11/2017 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 2  2 Ramalho (2)
03/12/2017 Europa F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 0  4
03/02/2018 Lynx F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 0  0
05/02/2018 St Joseph’s F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 9  0 Power (3), Minni, Elghobashy (2), Ponce de Leon (2), Bosio
07/02/2018 Manchester 62 Victoria Stadium Rock Cup 2R 3  1 Elghobashy, Meireles, Ponce de Leon
12/02/2018 Manchester 62 Victoria Stadium Premier 2  1 Baio, Ponce de Leon
17/02/2018 St Joseph’s F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  0 Ponce de Leon
23/02/2018 Lions F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 0  0
28/02/2018 Mons Calpe S.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 3  1 Negrette, Farinha, Meireles
07/03/2018 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 0  4
11/03/2018 F.C. Olympique 13 Victoria Stadium Rock Cup QF 6  0 Negrette (2), Elghobashy (2), De Torres, Prescott
15/03/2018 Glacis United F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 4  1 Elghobashy (3), Aguiar
02/04/2018 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  0 Elghobashy
06/04/2018 Europa F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 2  0 Negrette, Bosio
08/04/2018 Mons Calpe S.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  2 De Torres
10/04/2018 Mons Calpe S.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  2 (OG)
14/04/2018 Lynx F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  0 Bosio
17/04/2018 Manchester 62 F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 7  0 Cantelmi (2), Alberto, De Torres (3), El Ouahabi
20/04/2018 Manchester 62 F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 4  0 Meireles (2), Aguiar, Ponce de Leon
23/04/2018 Mons Calpe S.C. Victoria Stadium Rock Cup SF 0  5
26/04/2018 F.C. Brunos Magpies RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  1 Ponce de Leon, Baio
29/04/2018 St Joseph’s F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  1 Bosio
05/05/2018 Lions F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 2  0 Ramalho, Ponce de Leon
07/05/2018 Lions F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 8  0 Pereyra, Cantelmi (3), Minni (2), De Torres, Power
12/05/2018 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 3  1 Ponce de Leon, Elghobashy, Aguiar
14/05/2018 Lynx F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  3 Alberto, El Ouahabi
18/05/2018 Glacis United F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 3  0 Ponce de Leon (2), Elghobashy
20/05/2018 Glacis United F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  2 Hidalgo Calvente
24/05/2018 Manchester 62 F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 10  2 Ramalho (2), Carrasco, Cantelmi (3), Minni, El Ouahabi (2), Bosio
26/05/2018 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 2  1 Meireles, Elghobashy
02/06/2018 Europa F.C. Victoria Stadium Premier 1  2 Mouelhi
04/06/2018 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  0 Cantelmi (2), Ramalho

Season Stats: Appearances

Surname Name Premier Rock Cup Reserves Total Goals
Aguiar Filipe 24 3 1 28 4
Avellano Jorge 6 6
Baio Yalany 20 2 3 25 2
Barnett Erin 26 3 29
Bosio Jamie 22 3 3 28 6
Cantelmi Javier 7 14 21 11
Cardona Steffan 5 5
Carrasco Carlos 15 3 3 21 1
Cottrell Max 8 8
Da Cruz Ramalho Filipe 25 2 10 37 8
Dannoun Habbib 5 5 1
De Oliveira Farinha Andre 25 3 3 31 1
De Torres Ernerst 4 1 11 16 6
Del Rio Fernandez Alberto 13 1 9 23 1
Djoman Igor 6 4 10
El  Ouahabi Ilyias 9 9 4
El Hana Ahmed 8 8
El Hlou Tarik 7 7
Elghobashy Ayman 22 3 5 30 24
Franco Liam 1 1
Goldwin Kyle 26 3 29
Hidalgo Pedro 11 11 1
Idouaziz Yassine 1 12 13 5
Macomba Alberton Fortune 3 3
Meireles Marco 24 3 27 6
Mouelhi Aymen 21 1 3 25 1
Negrette Michael 26 3 4 33 5
Pereyra Leo 16 1 3 20 1
Perez Pichardo Alvaro 1 10 11
Ponce de Leon Garcia Daniel 14 2 3 19 11
Power Brad 12 3 5 20 4
Pratts Jamie 9 9
Prescott Cecil 1 1 7 9 1
Ramadan Mohamed Mohamed Ashraf 5 5 1
Ramon Salado Roman 12 1 1 14 6
Rosato Mattia 4 4

Gibraltar United Reserves vs Lincoln Red Imps F.C. Reserves

Match corresponding to the 9th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Monday 4th June at 18:15.

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Gibraltar United Reserves 3 – 0 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. Reserves

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Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
12 Ahmed El Hana
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
18 Max Cottrell
39 Leo Pereyra
20 Michael Negrette (C)
11 Yassine Idouaziz
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
14 Javier Cantelmi

SUBSTITUTES

Ilyias El Ouahabi on for Andre De Oliveira Farinha
Jorge Avellano on for Alvaro Perez Pichardo

Europa F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 27th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 20:00. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 2 Europa F.C.

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1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
39 Leo Pereyra
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Yalany Baio on for Leo Pereyra
Michael Negrette on for Jamie Bosio

The last game of the season and the ultimate prize of Europa League football is at stake. As expected Bosio and Carrasco are straight back into the XI following a two match ban for accumulation while Baio is fit enough only for a spot of the bench. Manolo comes out all guns blazing knowing that a win assures third spor irregardless of the result in the Lincoln St Joseph’s match that kicks off at 18:00

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Photo Credited to Neil Wilson

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Barnett, Elghobashy, Mouelhi, Carrasco Front Row (l to r); Pereyra, Meireles, Aguiar, Bosio, Farinha, Ponce de Leon

Alas it was not to be. St Joseph’s did what they had to do against a depleted and lethargic Lincoln and made sure that only a win would suffice. United kicked off knowing that and went immediately on the front foot against a full strength Europa. Chances were few in the inital exchanges but that was simpy the calm before the storm; the storm that broke 20 minutes in when Mouelhi came up for a corner from the back. The ball was floated in from the left and there rose Aymen to place the ball beyond the keeper and into the net; United in the promised land and it all looked rosy.

Photo credit to Neil Wilson

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The goal woke Europa up and fans were treated to a great game of football for the remaining 25 minutes of the half as both teams ebbed back and forth. Chino made one excellent intervention from Kike as he broke from deep but it was a defensive misjudgement that allowed Europa to equalise 5 minutes before half time as Garro tapped into an empty net. Mr Warwick brought the game to its midway point with everything still in play, but not before denying Elghobashy a clear penalty shout after he was clattered by Muñoz in the box.

The second half turned into a pitched battle during which the referee lost control at times. Tackles were flying in, players were sent off (one apiece), the officials heckled. Tensions were running high. Europa hit the crossbar, Ponce smashed one off the upright. Elghobashy came close; it was heart racing stuff. Chino made an excellent save down low, in summary a belter of a game!

Photo Credit to Neil Wilson

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Ayew treads a fine line

The crucial moment of the game was shrouded in controversy, something that seems to pursue this team of officials. With United seeking a goal and holding a high line Kike was put through with a ball launched over the top from deep. He looked offisde as there was clear daylight between the defence and the striker but the linesman’s flag remained down. Kike finished the move off with the class he has accustumed us too but it was the final nail in the coffin of our hopes of finishing third. Supporters in the stands certainly let their feelings know to the officials as they marched off at full time. However, one must remember that European qualification was always in our hands and we came up short at the last time of asking.

What cannot be allowed to happen is for the shine to be removed from a simply fantastic campaign that has seen a team jump from 7th to 4th and more than double its point tally. It has defeated every team in the league at least once and reached a cup semi final. All this while gelling a large number of new players. Though the Europa League would have been the icing on the cake United supporters know that a most solid and most professional and dedicated foundation has been laid. As we drift off for the Summer our minds are all ready on next season and its mid August kick off. Season review and stats will soon follow. Until next time!

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

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