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.
Gibraltar United 1 – 0 Lynx F.C.
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
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.
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.
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.