Gibraltar Phoenix

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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Gibraltar United

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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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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Gibraltar United vs Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.

Match corresponding to the 26th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 16:00. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 2 – 1 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.

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Elghobashy

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre Farinha De Oliveira
17 Marco Meireles
15 Aymen Mouelhi
39 Leo Pereyra
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Michael Negrette
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

Manolo fields a team for the last but one time this season knowing that after St Joseph’s won their game on Thursday there is no option but the three points. With Bosio, Baio and Carrasco still missing their is a slight change of formation and personnel as Negrette comes into the starting XI to the detriment of Pipo who drops to the bench where his joined by youngster Max Cottrell who is called up to the senior squad for the first time.

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Phoenix once proved to be a very tough opponent in the sweltering heat and the fight they put in today makes one wonder at last week’s 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Europa F.C. United’s goal was clear, 3 points to jump ahead of St Joseph’s once again. As such, United started the stronger, moving the ball around well and patiently waiting to seek an opening.

Phoenix were tightly knit and had moved Pusey into midefield to add some height next to Moreno, and though United had plenty of the ball there was little penetration. Phoenix were hard in the tackle but also quick to moan about every little decision and scuffle which made the initial stages of the game stop and start as thier incessant heckling of referee, Mr Warwick, did allow for the flow of good football.

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The one time it did, Marco struck a sweet opener of a goal. He played a clever one-two with Aguiar on the wing and cut inside the defender’s blind side. He set up the shot with a toe poke of his left foot and curled one past Morales and into the top corner with his rigth. An outstanding finish with great quality that left the keeper with no chance. A just reward for our opening 15 minutes or so.

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Phoenix shoulders, however did not drop and the match descended into a pitched battle. Mr Warwick was forced to dip into his pocket a number of times as several tackles came close to the line. There was little goal mouth action however and the only clear chance before half time fell to Dani who was left with the keeper to beat only to have any clear and obvious advantage denied by the referee who called play back to an earlier foul, in our favour!

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The second half kicked off with Alberto replacing Negrette and as the heat began to take its toll the match began to open up. Morales twice thwarted Ayman on two successive occasions as the Egyptian was begining to find his stride and range. As usual the defenders sought to constant fouling and both centre halves were soon in the ref’s book. Ayman’s persistance paid off around the hour mark. Some good work from Alberto in the middle of the park saw Dani benefit. The latter then threaded a ball of immense quality that put Ayman through. As the defence was left in his wake he rounded the keeper and tapped in his 12th league goal of the season.

Our opponents however took this as cue to press further up the field with abandon. Sub Hernandez had opened their left wing and was carrying substantial danger forward. Chino was increasingly called into action though most of it came in via floated balls and crosses. Credit to Gibraltar Phoenix for wanting to get back in the game and the glimmer of hope sparked into life from the boots of German Narvaez who scored a frankly spectacular goal from almost the same spot that Marco had given us the lead earlier.

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As Ferri threw on Gallardo, Manolo subbed the flaking Ponce for Pipo. Nerves were frayed and tensions were running high. As Phoenix continued to press United had two gilt edged chances to put the game to bed. First it was Morales who again saved from Elghobashy and then Pipo whose effort was ruled offside following some sterling work from Aguiar. The game had the potential to turn nasty as Gallardo saw a straight red for punching Farinha following a coming together for a ball.

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United also had to survive a very late penalty scare when Chino and the aforementioned Hernandez collided in the area and it looked as if Phoenix had a solid case. Ultimately the incident proved moot as Mr Warwick waved off appeals and motioned for a goal kick, to which he quickly followed with the final whistle. 3 more points and its sets up a final day shoot out with St Joseph’s for third place. Both clubs, however, await the outcome of tomorrow’s Rock Cup Final to see if we move into the final weekend of the season with the third place still alive in terms of a Europa League Place.

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Gibraltar Phoenix FC vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 17th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Monday 2nd April 2018 at 12:00. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin

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Gibraltar United 1 – 0 Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Elghobashy

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Daniel Ponce de Leon on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Leo Pereyra on for Jamie Bosio
Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Michael Negrette

First match after the International break and United make several forced changes to the line up. In Power’s absence Mouehli returns to partner Erin in defence while Baio starts a two match ban. Pipo gets a rare starting berth while Ponce de Leon drops to the bench where Steffan Cardona has been called up for the first time this season.

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

Strange kick off time in the Easter midday sun as Gibraltar United take to the field after the International break. 3 points the objective in this game following St Jospeh’s win earlier in the weekend. Questions abounded about the kick off time, would the players coma back tired and so on? Facing us a very tough Phoenix side whose 9 men battled Mons Calpe to a valuable point last Wednesday.

Both teams started the game lethargically but is was Phoenix who would dominate the first 30 minutes by executing a high press forcing United into a series of mistakes and nervous play. That said United had the only clear chance of the first passages of play when Elghobashy was put through by Meireles only to slip at the crucial moment and skying his shot way over the bar.

Phoenix then went on to play both the better football and win the physical battle for the next 30 mins. There is no doubt that they had come to battle for the points to aid them in their relegation battle and were up for the fight. The little football played created little in terms of danger for Chino to deal with but it was telling of the pressure that they were exerting that Barnett, Mouelhi and Carrasco had the most touches in a United shirt in the first half. Furthermore United were moving the ball slowly across the pitch as the heat began to take a toll. Phoenix were quick to pounce and close players down forcing United’s players into nervous mistakes.

Whatever little motion United made forward was dealt with magnificiently by former United defenders Pusey and Gallardo. Morales in goal had yet to test his gloves. As their energy levels dropped United were able to create two openings, the second being the decisive one. First it was Bosio who headed a Negrette cross just wide. The Under 21 International was having a quiet game but his next contribution was key. He drifted a ball over the heads of Gallardo and Pusey and as Morales came to claim Elghobashy made his move. Catching the keeper in No Man’s Land he rolled the ball into an empty net to the relief of all in Red and White and Negrette grabbing another assist; Ayman his 8th of the season. More so when Mr Reoch called time on the first half a few minutes later; smash and grab!

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The second half kicked off with Phoenix once again pressing high and strongly. Though more football was played it was also a very physical encounter with a number of players being booked and having to receive attention from their respective physios. Pipo and Meireles tried to widen and expand the play while Ayman ploughed the loan furrow up front. Barnett, Carrasco and Mouelhi were kept busy through out and indeed Erin cleared a ball off the line when Phoenix had all but equalised.

Manolo looked to the bench to inject new energy but it was a tiring Elghobashy who had the best chances to settle the game. He forced Morales into two excellent saves to keep his team in the game, the second one in particular was of outstanding quality as he somehow got his hand to the ball as it was almost past him to send it to a corner. Gallardo also thundered a shot off the crossbar in a tense last 15 minutes of action that could have resulted in a 1-1 or a 3-0 scoreline. It was a jubilant set of United players that greeted the full time whistle after 5 minutes of extra time. Gibraltar Phoenix should count themselves unfortunate not to get something out of the game but United’s defence stood tall and proud in the heat to see the game off and gain three valuable points to keep us on par with St Jospeh’s.

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Attention now turns to Friday Night Football and Europa FC, kick off 20:30.

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Match Preview: Gibraltar Phoenix

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

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Record versus Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Played: 3
Won: 1
Drawn: 1
Lost: 1

Last Result: 2 – 2 (25-11-2017)

Manager: Alberto Ferri
Captain: Francisco Moreno Jimenez
Top Scorer: German Cortes Narvaez (5)

Phoenix have had a tough second round that has seen them plumett down the table but has also seen seem achieve some surprising results. Their inconsistency has been their achilles heel and Alberto Ferri is back on the bench. Phoenix played their game in hand as recently as last Wednesday and battled hard for a point against Mons Calpe, though they finished the game with 9 men with former United player Ashley Rodriguez one of those seeing red. That said Phoenix are a tough side to break down and came back from a 2-0 defecit  in our game earlier the season.

United come into the game in good form following two good victories in the Rock Cup and the league against Glacis United last time out. All Internationals are back in the fold and the players have worked hard in training knowing the stakes are very high. Baio starts a two match suspension but other than that all other players remain available to Manolo for the match. A rather unsual midday kick off on Easter Monday.

 

Match Preview: Lynx F.C.

Match preview brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Record verus Lynx F.C.

Played: 7
Won: 3
Drawn: 1
Lost: 3

Last Result: 2 – 0 (25-9-17)

Manager: Andres Reyes
Captain: Robert Guiling
Top Scorer 17/18: Gabriel Gargiulo (2)

Goals from Filipe Aguiar and Ayman Elghobashy were enough to see off Lynx FC in Matchday 1 way back in September. Much has changed for the Yellow and Blacks since then. Manager Allen Bula was replaced by Albert Parody, who in turn appointed Andres Reyes in January. Lynx currently sit bottom of the league after a mixed first round. A return of 5 points sees them equal to points with Man 62 but one place below them due to a worse goal average.

United saw a downturn in form and fortune and saw 3 defeats in the last 5 games before the winter break. Players have gone out and players have come in as United seek to regain that early season form that saw them rocket to second. Skipper Chino has eagerly been awaiting the return of football to the Rock; ‘I think the winter break came in handy in order to freshen ourselves up mentally and physically. The Club has managed to secure a couple of good signings and everyone is ready for the next round. The whole team has trained very hard during this break having morning and afternoon sessions. Everyone is looking foward to saturdays game vs lynx, who will put up a good game as always.’

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Gibraltar United vs Gibraltar Phoenix Football Club

Match corresponding to the 8th Round of the Gibraltar Premier Division and played on Saturday 25th November at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 2 – 2 Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Ramalho (2)

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
3   Mattia Rosato
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
35 Igor Djoman
4   Yalany Baio
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
19 Manuel Roman Salado

SUBSTITUTES

Jamie Bosio on for Igor Djoman
Aymen Mouehli on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Manuel Roman Salado

Suspensions and form have forced Manolo’s hand for this crucial game against Phoenix. Elghobashy starts a three match ban while Aguiar misses out today for his double yellow versus Glacis United. Roman comes back into the starting XI while Pipo takes up Aguiar’s berth. Bosio and Mouelhi are rested while Djoman makes his first start in the Premier Division. Brad also makes his first start since his injury in matchday 2. A win is an absolute necessity to get our season back on track and leap frog St Joseph’s back into second place.

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A game that United threw away through  profligacy on front of goal and negative tactics on the part of the manager. Phoenix were able to peg back a 2 goal disadvantage in the last 10 minutes of the game, a game that Gib Utd had dominated for 80 minutes.

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Back Row (l to r): Meireles, Barnett, Chino (C), Rosato, Power. Front Row (l to r): Baio, Farinha, Roman, Djoman, Negrette, Ramahlo

United were in complete control of the match from the kick off. Though Phoenix had a fair amount of possession United’s defence marshalled by Barnett and midfield, where Baio excelled once again, stifled any attacking intent. The first chance of the match came from a powerful Roman shot that was well handled by Phoenix’s man of the match, thier keeper Ruiz Garrido.

Phoenix tried to impose their physicality but United, with Djoman  supporting Baio in midfield were able to counter that threat and use the flanks to great effect. Ramalho in particular grabbed his chance with both hands. He used his guile and skill to great effect throughout the match and he created the first of four clear chances wasted by Salado as he put him in on through the keeper only for the striker to blast his effort wide.

United took the lead in the half hour mark with Negrette chalking up another assist by feeding Pipo on the edge of the box. Following some fancy footwork from the Portugese magician he was able to put the ball past Garrido to give United a well deserved lead. United in cruise control as Phoenix were forced into an early sub due to injury. Meireles then put Roman through on the keeper for the second time on the cusp of half time. As Garrido came out to narrow the angle Roman put his right footed effort wide of the marl. Mr Warwick brought the first 45 to end immediately after.

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Roman had another excellent chance to score again straigth after the kick off. He was put through by Djoman but his lob over the keeper sailed aimlessly over the bar. Though he had left his shooting boots at home Roman’s pace was impossible for the Phoenix defence to deal with. He harried them incessantly and was a constant darting missle as Phoenix tried to play the ball out of defence. A third one on one on the keeper, a chance he forged due to his electric pace, forced Garrido into the save of the match as he brilliantly turned the effort wide. One can forgive Roman no squaring the ball to Pipo, unmarked in the area and certain to score, seeing that his efforts had created the chance.

Pipo was, however, to chalk up his second goal a few minutes later. He displayed some dazzling footwork in the 6 yard box sending defenders one way and then the next, the latter completely aware that any touch would have meant a penalty. Pipo was left to calmly give the keeper the eyes and slot the ball past him to put United 2-0 up and seemingly heading to three points.

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Shortly after it began to unravel. Roman squandered an umpteenth chance sending a shot so close wide of the post that it must have shaved silvers off it. The manager then made his substitutes and it allowed Phoenix to creep into the game. Djoman and Negrette came off for Mouehli and Bosio. He handed the initiative to the opponent at at time when United were dominant and asserting themselves in all facets, indeed Chino had only one save to make from Narvaez to that point.

As a more defensive mentality took hold United went deeper and deeper and allowed Phoenix that silver of hope. What seemed an unecessary shift of mentality set off a red alert when Narvaez pulled one back. Nervousness and uncertainty crept into United’s game, whatever masterplan Manolo had had in mind was unravelling before his very eyes as wave after wave of Phoenix pressure, not seen before this point, assaulted Chino’s goal. The mistake was finally compounded in the 88th minute, yet another late goal conceded, with Phoenix getting an equaliser from Carrasco, though it had the strong wiff off offside. Rosato had a late chance to seal the game but his header, subsequently flagged offside, went over the bar from point blank range.

A game that was in the bag ended up as a draw through negative tactics and a bad day at the office for Roman. A game that United should have put to bed way earlier was settled late on. United now third face Europa FC on Sunday 3rd December in the last game before the extended break.

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Match Preview: Gibraltar Phoenix Review

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

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Record versus Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Played: 2
Won: 1
Drawn: 0
Lost: 1

Last Result: 0 – 2 (4-4-15)

Manager: Jaime Molina
Captain: Javier Garcia Iglesias
Top Scorer 16/17: German Cortes Narvaez

Gibraltar Phoenix were founded in 2011 and gained promotion for the first time at the end of their maiden season. The step up to first division football, however, was tough and they were relegated the following season without earning a single point. They remained a 2nd division club for the remaining two seasons, locking horns with United in the 2014/15 season, indeed United’s first official league match after the relaunch was a 4-1 victory over Phoenix. They regained Premier League status last season after blitzing the Second Division. Rumours abounded over the Summer of the recontstruction programme the club has undergone but their start to the season has been inconsistent.

United come into the game in downward sprial of form that has seen them not score for two consecutive games. Not only that, United saw two reds in the game versus Glacis meaning that Manolo will be forced to reshuffle his pack. Phoenix beat lions in extremis last Monday in a Matchday 9 fixture, and come into the game on Saturday full of confidence. They currently sit 8th on 6 points and have former United players Ashley Rodriguez and Dion Hammond in their ranks. United know only a win will do to get the season back on track and the recent results have handed this fixture a certain edge. Kick off is Saturday evening at 20:30.