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Gibraltar United vs Lions F.C.

Match corresponding to the 22nd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 5th May at 18:15. Match report brought to you by Quantocoin and Truicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 2 – 0 Lions F.C.

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Ponce de Leon

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
20 Michael Negrette
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho

SUBSTITUTES

Leo Pereyra on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Jamie Boiso

Alberto comes in at right back to cover the absence of Farinha while Pipo leads the attack as Elghobashy is only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Elsewhere it is as we where last Saturday with the in form Bosio looking to bag another goal from midfield. Marco is still missing through illness and we wish him a speedy recovery.

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Back row (l to r): Aguiar, Barnett, Chino (C), Mouelhi, Ponce de Leon, Carrasco Front Row (l to r): Alberto, Negrette, Bosio, Baio, Ramalho

Another week, another battle for the Gib Utd boys to fight. Lions, as usual packed the defence and midfield and made a formidable orange and grey wall which was almost impossible to break down in the first half. United had the majority of the ball and despite some fancy footwork there was no way through. Lions, for their part were defending well and their only outlet was the long ball to Borja that at no time really threatened Chino’s goal.

Our first chance came via the boots of Negrette who had switched flanks with Ponce. He cut inside onto his strong foot and curled in a shot from just inside the corner of the box. The ball went closley wide with the diving Olivia no where near it. Bosio also had a chance that he sent over the bar close to the half time whistle but the Lions defence had held firm. Certainly they went in the happier of the two teams at half time.

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United looked determined from the kick off to make sure that the possession turned into goals. Aguiar and Alberto in the full back role pushed up and Baio began to press forward from midfield. Pipo, who had a very quiet first half however came into his own. He constantly looked for and called for the ball out on the wing and his deft footwork was starting to to cause the Lions defence problems.

It was a combination of a forward run from Baio and Ponce’s skills in the box that saw us take the lead. Baio burst from the middle leaving the Lions players in his wake. A quick through ball to Dani saw the latter in the box, slightly wide on the left. He slalomed past the diving tackles and spotted Pipo unmarked on the right. The weight of the pass was perfect and the little portugese magician was left with a simple tap in. The relief on the player’s faces was clear for all to see. A just reward for the superiority we were showing.

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Pipo now found an extra spring in his step and was more actively involved in the play. Indeed he soon turned provider as he turned showed his skill and class to leave his defenders behind and returned the favour as Ponce was left with a simple tap in to make it 2-0 to United. Lions’ shoulders began to droop as confidence surged. Carrasco shot over the bar soon after as United were looking for a third.

The clearest chance came from the boots of substitute Cantelmi. Baio put him through with a perfectly measured pass which left Javi with a one on one with the keeper. As Olivia rushed out Cantelmi shot but the keeper was able to parry it away and thwart our attempts to put us further ahead. That proved to be the last meaningful action of the match as Mr Warwick called time soon after. United in third in with St Joseph’s to play Phoenix at 20:30 its over to them

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Match Preview: Lions F.C.

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Record against Lions F.C.

Played: 9
Won: 3
Drawn: 4
Lost: 2

Last Result: 0 – 0 (23-02-18)

Manager: Adrian Parral
Captain: Kailan Perez
Top Scorer 17/18: Juan Llaves (6)

United come into match following a hard fought draw against St Joseph’s while Lions F.C. gained a point from their match against Manchester 62. Lions have picked up some form lately following a spate of matches in which they shipped an inordinate number of goals. A very uncharacteristc run of form for the Oranges that are often a resolute side to break down.

Manolo has all players available except for Farinha who misses out due to a ban for accumulation of cards and Marco who is still missing through injury. Morale is high following the performance against St Joseph’s and the goal as always the three points. Kick off 18:15 Saturday.

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Lions F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 13th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 0 Lions F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Manuel Roman Salado on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
Micheal Negrette on for Leo Pereyra
Tito De Torres on for Manuel Roman Salado

 

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United come into this game with morale sky high. A priceless 3 points against St Joseph’s last week and a thrid win on the bounce. Last week’s efforts however did have its casualties. Baio, Barnett and Meireles are all missing for this game due to suspension and in for them come Mouelhi, Pipo and Aguiar, the latter also returning from a one match ban for 5 yellows. United know that only 3 points against Lions will make all the effort and sacrifice made last week count.

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Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Farinha, Pereyra, Power, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Aguiar, Ramalho, Bosio, Ponce De Leon, Elghobashy

A game that was dominated by the 16 bookings Mr Barcelo dished out and the terrific injury suffered by Roman that has seen him hospitalised and awaiting surgery. United dominated a first half that was punctuated by non stop fouling and a referee’s whistle that seemed to go off every 15 seconds. Indeed it only took 1 minute for Breakspear to get the first booking of the game for sycthing down Pipo straight from the kick off.

United had the best chances of the half with Aguiar and Farinha pressing forwards and the Lions defence having no solution to Elghobashy other than incessant fouling, soon enough three Lions players would have bookings to their name for fouling the Egytptian. Ayman was to have the clearest chances in the half. He skyed a dropped corner from four yards out and pinged a shot from an impossible angle off the crossbar on the cusp of half time. Dani also rustled the side netting with a sublime free kick. Small islands of quality play amid the start-stop-start-stop imposed by the refereeing team that sent two Lions coaches to the stands and were not tolerating any back chat whatsoever. It made for a somewhat turgid 45 minutes that saw more bookings than chances.

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There was little change in the second half as Mr Barcelo kept booking players left and right with both teams eventually ending up with 10 men for double yellows. As Lions dug in deep Nuñez made somewhat of a rarity, play with two out and out strikers as Roman replaced Pipo in the 55th minute. As our dymanic became more attacking so did our number of chances increase. Ayman was twice thwarted by the excellent Gonzalez in goal and Roman himself had two gilted edged chances. The first he created with his trademark lightning pace and pulled just shy of the goal. The second, and cursedly so, was a turn and shot that resulted in the forward crumpled on the floor screaming in pain clutching his left leg. Gonzalez in the Lions goal was quick to get the ref to get the medical services on the pitch as he sensed there was something wrong. Indeed Roman would end up being evacuated to St Bernard’s hospital via ambulance where he is awaiting surgery on his injury. Season over for the likeable native of Chiclana and our thoughts and prayers are with him.

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The game petered out with Lions at times defending with 6 players as United tried to breakthrough. Dani, Ayman and Ayman spurrned more chances and were soon were joined by De Torres as he replaced Roman. Alas it ended in staltemate with the injury overshadowing the result as concern for Roman’s health occupied the thoughts of those at the Club.

Match Preview: Lions FC

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Record against Lions F.C.

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

Last Result: 3 – 1 (28-10-17)

Manager: Adrian Parral
Captain: Kailan Perez
Top Scorer 17/18: Juan Llaves (5)

United come into the match following the pitched battle against St Joseph’s last weekend which ended up in the Red and Whites catching the Saints in 3rd. Several players will be out due to accumulation of yellow cards but Filipe Aguiar is back after serving his suspension and Roman Salado is chomping at the bit to get back onto the pitch as a starter. A 3-1 win in October was the last result between the teams.

Lions also come into the game following a victory over Man 62 that has righted the ship following some rocky results following the winter break. They will surely seek to build on that success while United know that the result against the Saints will mean nothing if they cannot score some points off Lions. Kick off Friday 20:30 under the lights.

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Gibraltar United vs Lions Football Club

Match corresponding to the 4th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 28th October 2017 at 20:30. Match report brought to you by Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Lions Football Club

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Negrette
Elghobashy (P)

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
8   Filipe Aguiar
19 Manuel Roman Salado

SUBSTITUTES

Ayman Elghobashy on for Manuel Roman Salado
Igor Djoman on for Jamie Bosio
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette

A rarity for Manolo in that he names an unchanged side and he keeps faith with the eleven that defeated St Joseph’s last time out. With several subs also showing their worth with the Reserves mid-week competition for places is at an all time high and both Cantelmi, Djoman and De Torres are rewarded with a spot on the bench after their performances on Thursday evening.

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Back Row (l to r): Barnett, Alberto, Chino (C), Farinha, Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguair, Baio, Bosio, Negrette, Roman

Both clubs came into the match knowing that a win would consolidate a 2nd place in the table that would have been unthinkable a year ago. Lions’ tough defence would seek to neutralise Roman’s pace while their defensive midfielders were given the task to snuff out the creative hub of our midfield. Yet it was the Oranges that started on the stronger foot taking the game to United. It seemed to catch the team off guard and it was an early goal that became the catalyst for what was to come.

A ball dinked over the top caught both Erin and Aymen flatfooted. Rodriguez was both faster and stronger to the ball as he out muscled both defenders to get himself goal side. He blasted his shot past Chino to give Lions a 6 minute lead. This was certainly not in Manolo’s script. It was time for this team to show its character and what followed was a great 40 minutes of football in which both teams went all hell for leather and provided a great spectacle for the neutral spectator.

United reacted as one expected them to. Aguiar took complete control of the match and the ball and simply produced a brilliant 40 minute display. He used his pace and guile to outfox his opponents but also demonstrated a physicality to his game that we had not yet seen. He tracked back to support the defence and was qucik and accurate in transitioning the ball forward. Ably supported by Meireles and Negrette he took the attack to Lions.

The equaliser came on the 22nd minute and it was only fitting that it came from the boots of Aguiar. A free kick on the left of the Lions box was crossed in by Filipe into a crowded 6 yard box. Erin Barnett seemed to run into the ball as he propelled it into the net past a helpless Oliva in the Lions goal; though it may have come off a Lions defender too. A justified equaliser as United had taken complete control of the match since the Lions goal.

Lions picked up the gauntlet and began to be more expansive in their play. They surged forward and the midfield began to ressemble a battlefield with tackles going in and handbags flying all over the place. Amid all this there were reports of racial abuse towards one of United’s players and this led to some heated pushing and shoving which Mr El Yettefti took a few minutes to control. If these allegations are confirmed it is hoped that the powers that be act swiftly to stamp out these acts that have no place in our game.

Roman shortly fluffed his lines by miskicking what appeared to be an easy chance. This was followed by a save from Chino from Gonzalez while moments later Bosio totally miscued what seemed to  be a certain goal. Certainly end to end stuff and exciting but not too kind on the nervous system! The breakthrough finally game on the 38th minute as youngster Michael Negrette got his first goal for the club. Once again the goal came after great work, again, from Aguiar, this time operating on the right. He crossed the ball which found itself with Marco. He quickly looked up and spotted Negrette on the left. The video below shows the quality and precision of the shot that put us 2-1 up. Thanks to Vanessa Correa for tweeting the goal!

Lions shoulders dropped as United supporters celebrated a deserved lead given to us by the Gibraltar Under 21 International. As the game petered down to half time there were more scuffles as the players left for the changing rooms, a hangover from the earlier allegations perhaps?

 

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The teams leave the field at HT with United 2-1 up.

 

The second half kicked off with Lions going all out to find an equaliser. They pushed hard and started to peg United back and the Red and Whites were happy to contain and hold the Lions attacks that though numerous were largely ineffective as they sought to find the killer ball over the top. A weak penalty claim was waved away by the referee as Untied weathered the storm.

Elghobashy replaced Roman who succumbed to an injury and with Ayman in red hot form, United supporters were expecting a 3rd goal. Yet the Egyptian striker played a selfless game and was the first defender in pressing the ball and harrassing the Lions’ playmakers. At the back both Aymen and Erin were commanding in the air batting away the constant missiles being thrown their way.

With Lions’ shift to a 3-5-2 and a tiring midfield Manolo threw on Djoman first and then Pipo to energise the team. Igor’s energy was a welcome boost while Pipo’s quailty was to prove Lions’ undoing. In a late counter attack Pipo put himself through on goal after a clever 1-2 with Elghobashy. As he drove into the area he was felled by a crunching tackle by illustrious veteran Al Greene, or should he change his name to Evergreen! Mr El Yettefti had an easy decision to make as it was a stonewall penalty. He pointed to the spot and there was only going to be one player to take it…

Ayman put it away to the keeper’s left. His third Premier Division goal and his 10th in 8 matches for the club. The final whistle followed shortly after and supporters were left as exhausted as the players on the field. A tremendously exciting game of football that has been marred by some very serious allegations. Yet United finish round 4 in the second position of the table but with Mons Calpe up next the club knows that there are no easy games in this division and the hard work will once again be evident in the traning pitch during the week.

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Vi et Animo, Ad Vicotriam

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Match Preview: Lions FC

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

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Record against Lions FC

Played: 7
Won: 2
Drawn: 3
Lost: 2

Last result: 0 – 0 (29-4-17)

Manager: Rafa Bado
Captain: Kailan Perez
Top Scorer 16/17: Samuel Gilroy

Formed in 1966 in the wake of England’s World Cup triumph the Orange and Blues have been a staple name in local football since. A well established and supported club Lions also boast an impressive youth setup. Though United merged with them in 2011 both clubs now compete as independent entities and enjoy a healthy rivalry on the pitch. In recent times Lions have enjoyed the benefits of investment but also suffered from the loss of that investment due to financial issues completely out of the club’s control.

United vs Lions matches tend to be hard fought and feisty affairs. Last season saw three draws that saw the sides share the spoils, though United just pipped them to finish 7th, one spot above Lions on goal difference. Indeed both club’s flirted with relegation at various points last year. The 17/18 season, however, has seen a total reversal of fortunes for the better for both. Last season’s basement battle has now turned into a 2nd versus 3rd match up this coming Saturday that will no doubt excite the football going public. Both sides know that 3 points will consolidate the 2nd position on the table.

 

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