Match corresponding to the 25th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 18th May 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you by Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.
Gibraltar United 3 – 0 Glacis United F.C.
Ponce de Leon (2)
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
6 Brad Power
5 Erin Barnett
8 Filipe Aguiar
15 Aymen Mouelhi
39 Leo Pereyra
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
9 Ayman Elghobashy
Michael Negrette on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy
Tito De Torres on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
With Carrasco and Bosio missing due to suspension and Baio out through injury it is a rather different midfield 3 that take the field. Aymen steps into the defensive midfield role he usually played in last season while Marco takes a more withdrawn role than usual. Brad comes into centre defence while Pipo just edges out Negrette on the right wing.
All photos used in the match report are credited to William Gracia.
United were fully aware that nothing less than 3 points today would do if last weeks win over Lincoln was to serve any purpose. The interest in the match was heightened by the presence of Andorran referees on the pitch as part of a referee exchange between the Andorra and Gibraltar FAs. Fans were curious how these officials, one being a woman, compared to the local referees.
Glacis United started the stronger of the teams as it took United’s misfit midfield some time to adjust. They had the early ball and the first few chances with former United player El Andalussi heading over the bar and Glacis also hitting the crossbar with a thundering volley. Indeed things were lookig dire early on with the Clarets in the ascendancy.
As the game progressed however United began to get a solid grip on the game. Manolo swapped Aymen and Leo’s position on the pitch and the latter began to put in a stellar performance regaining possession regualrly and breaking up play to release Dani and Marco on the ball. Aymen also went on to have a very good game in unfamiliar territory and often getting into very forward positions. As United got the ball chances began to arrive.
Pipo blasted one over while the ever active and often mishandled Elghobashy was pinging shots in. Indeed he turned provider once again after a quick exchange with Dani saw the latter drift in to the central area, cushion the ball with his left peg to set up the shot and blast the ball past Gonzalez with half an hour gone. Though the goal did not technichally come against the run of play it served to clam nerves and settle the team down.
To their credit Glacis fought back hard. They once again pressed our midfield but hit a resolute white wall and there was no way through. Occasionally shots and crosses were pinged in but nothing the keeper or defence could handle. Hoyos and the deadly Cerezo were taking the danger forward but in Barnett and Power they found their equal. Once again Leo excelled in shielding the defence and frankly put in a masterclass performance in defensive midfield play. As Mr Da Costa Carvalho called time United could feel happy they were in the lead and had contained Glacis’ forrays.
The second half kicked off with a sub as Negrette replaced the quiet Ramalho. One player who was not quiet was Elghobashy. The striker has been somewhat of a revelation in Gibraltar and he has amassed a cult following due to his power, style of play, personality and goals. Glacis’ central defenders have been no differet to others and resorted to the dark arts to stop him. However he nabbed his goal following a powerful shot from edge of the box just after the hour that finally saw the fight drop out of Glacis. 2-0 up and heading to the desired 3 points.
The goal had come shortly after Barnett made Gonzalez pull of a spectacular save down low following a corner routine, he soon followed it up with another great save from the subsequent corner. Glacis were under the cosh and despite the introduction of the battling Ruiz, they knew the match had escaped them. Farinha also had a golden chance as he turned the keeper but the covering defender meant he could not capitalise on some excellent work. A mention as well to Filipe Aguiar, playing out of position but there is yet to find a gustier, more dedicated left back in the league!
Marco put the final touch of class to the match by putting Dani through with a classy ball from deep. Ponce finished with the class and poise that characterises his play to seal the deal and deliver a priceless three points. The match finally ebbed out, though Glacis were to end with 10 following the sending off of Tyson Ruiz, with United 5 points clear in third. With Mons Calpe facing St Joseph’s this evening it may well be a key weekend in the push for third place.