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Manchester 62 F.C. vs Gibraltar United

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

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Gibraltar United 4 – 0 Manchester 62 F.C.

Meireles (2/1P)
Aguiar
Ponce de Leon

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
8   Filipe Aguiar
4   Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho

SUBSTITUTES

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

United welcome back Chino from suspension but are missing Mouelhi and Elghobashy due to an accumulation of yellow cards. Pipo retains his berth in the starting XI while Brad Power covers the absence of Aymen. Boiso is rested with an eye on the Cup semi-final on Monday while Alberto also drops to the bench with Aguiar in at Left Back.

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Farinha, Barnett, Pereyra, Power, Carrasco. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Ramalho, Baio, Negrette

Both teams played out a very pedestrian and tepid first half. Man 62 had the first flashes of goal with both Galindo and Morgan having clear chances on goal. Indeed Chino was forced into a save a few minutes later as the Red Devils created a third chance in short order on the United goal by putting Luque through. Gradually, however, Gibraltar started to wake up and began to attack the Man 62 goal. Cafer dealt well with a cross into a crowded area while Marco squandered a gilt edged chance from 10 yards out when his shot cannoned off the upright. As Mr Canepa brought the firs 45 to a close things could only really get better.

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Manolo reacted with a double sub at half time with Bosio coming on to inject more energy into midfield and Alberto to slot into the left back berth to release Aguiar to play further forward. The subs and the team talk seemed to have an immediate effect. United players surged forward in waves as they sought that breakthrough on the scoreline. It came via Pipo’s trickery as he was felled by Matt Cafer as he burst into the area. Mr Canepa had no hesitation and pointed at the spot. Meireles stepped up to the spot…

Breakthrough, 1-0. Confidence and moral was up and a second United goal soon followed after Cafer misjudged a long ball to leave with Aguiar with the simplest of goals. A shame for the Man 62 keeper as he had pulled off a number of saves to keep his team in the game.  Man 62 shoulders dropped and as the weather began to take a turn for the worse United went for the jugular, goal difference at the back of everyone’s minds.

Dani made his comeback from injury and simply carried on where he left off and scored United’s third goal shortly after a Pipo shot from the edge of the box sailed over the bar. As the lightning lit up the sky so did Meireles lit up the pitch as he scored his second of the game and United’s fourth to settle the game and take the club to 3rd in the table and 2 points clear of St Jospeh’s. The Red and Blues have a game in hand on us but THE game of the season is to be played next Saturday as Gibraltar United and St Joseph’s fight it out for third place.

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Yet there is another massive game just over the horizon as league exploits need to be set aside as Mons Calpe awaits us in the Rock Cup Semi-Final at 19:30 on Monday. These lads deserve your support and we hope to see as many Red and White supporters in the stands on Monday to cheer the team on in this most pivotal of games.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam!

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Gibraltar United vs Manchester 62 F.C.

Match corresponding to the 11th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Monday 12th February at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 2 – 1 Manchester 62 F.C.

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Ponce de Leon (P)

Gibraltar United

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

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo ‘Pipo’ on for Jamie Bosio
Manuel Roman Salado on for Ayman Elghobashy
Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

Manolo keeps 10 of the men that so osundly beat Man 62 in the cup. The only change sees Brad drop to the bench for Ayman to slot in to the middle of defence alongside Erin. Pipo wins a spot on the bench as United seek a second victory against Man 62 in less than a week. Man 62 will no doubt be out for Revenge but United know that 3 points will widen the gap from Glacis in 5th and keep the pressure on St Joseph’s in 3rd.

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(Match photos courtesy of William Gracia)

United kicked the match in the hope of continuing where they left off last Wednesday and judging by the scintillating form with which Dani began it seemed that’s what they did. Starting wide on the right he led the Man 62 right back on a merry dance a number of times with his guile and quick feet. Indeed United’s first chance came from a cross from the right which Ayman headed wide from the penalty spot. Dani himself quickly had our second chance with a strong shot from the edge of the box after cutting inside that was well saved by Cafer. The latter was to prove to be Man 62’s man of the match as he pulled off a series of spectacular saves to keep his team in the match throughout the game.

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Dani tries his luck from the edge of the box.

United’s supporters however were stunned 10 minutes into the game when Man 62 took a shock lead. Duran and Mouelhi tussled for the ball on the by line and credit to the Man 62 player that was sharper and won the ball, cut inside and drilled in a cross that was knocked into the goal by an unmarked Reyes in the  middle of the box. An uncharacteristic mistake by Mouelhi who then proceeded to have a great game winning everything in the air and sweeping up Man 62’s forlorn counters.

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Man 62 take an unexpected lead.

Gib Utd responded well with Elghobashy forging a great chance for himself and Marco also having a shot from close range. Cafer, however, was the equal of both efforts with a great reaction save from Elghobashy’s point blank range shot. Was it going to be one of those matches? An element of time wasting had crept into Man 62’s game and frustrations were beginning to boil. Frustrations that were clamed when Yalany Baio equalised with a well taken shot 20 minutes into the game. The resolute Cafer was finally beaten as the fan favourite opened his account with the Club. A justly deserved equaliser considering the lion’s share of possession and chances that we had had.

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Baio equalises!

United continued to bomb forward as Man 62 closed ranks and saw out the remaining of the half to go into the dressing room with a 1 – 1 score line. The second half kicked off in the same vein with man 62 further entrenched and United looking to breakthrough. Mouelhi had a chance from a corner that went wide while Bosio directed a mishit Meireles shot onto the post. Despite having almost all the possession of the ball there was no way through. Man 62’s defence, up to 6 men at several points, were fighting hard for their point. Pipo and Roman came on for Bosio and a tiring Elghobashy but still there was no way through.

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Bosio and Cafer.

As Preito threw on more defenders and time was ebbing away neither Dani’s magic feet nor could Roman’s lightning feet find us the way through. 86 minutes in it was all change. Dani tried for the umpteenth time by once again shooting at goal. His shot struck Galvez clearly on the hand as it went goal wards. Mr Reoch did not hesitate and pointed to the spot. It was an easy decision to make and the heartbreak in the defender’s face was evident after such a staunch rear guard battle. Despite some gamesmanship, Dani was calm and collected as he slotted the ball to the left of the diving Cafer to seal the game and 3 valuable points for the Reds and Whites. A second strong penalty shout following a tackle on Marco was judged by the referee to be simulation a few minutes later. Mr Reoch brought the game to a its conclusion following 5 minutes of extra time to leave United in 4th, 3 points behind St Joseph’s. A cracking game on Saturday evening has now been set up with the winner going into third. We hope to see our support out in force.

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Match Preview: Premier Division Manchester 62 F.C.

Match Preview courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank

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Record versus Manchester 62 FC

Played: 9
Won: 3
Drawn: 3
Lost: 3

Last Result: 3 – 1 (7-2-2018)

Manager: Jose Manuel Manzanero Prieto
Captain: Aaron Duran
Top Scorer 17/18: James Adams (2)

 

Fate throws Gib Utd and Man 62 again together in the league just 5 days after meeting in the Rock Cup. United showed their best version beating Man 62 3 – 1 and knocking them out of the Cup.

Despite that result Man 62 were able to gain a point late in the game in September earning a 1-1 draw. Manolo boasts a fully healthy squad and every player is available for selection. Will he chop and change or keep faith with the team that so soundly saw Man 62 off on Wednesday?

Kick off is at 20:30 on Monday 12th February. Time to get the league form back on track!

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Gibraltar United vs Manchester 62 F.C.

Match corresponding to the Second Round of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and played on Wednesday 7th February at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Manchester 62 F.C.

Elghobashy
Meireles
Ponce de Leon

Gibraltar United 

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
8   Filipe Aguiar
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
23 Andre De Oilviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
4   Yalay Baio
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Manuel Roman Salado on for Ayman Elghobashy
Michael Negrette on for Marco Meireles

Elghobashy, Farinha, Power and Bosio all return to the staring IX after a very good run out for the Reserves earlier in the week. Carrasco makes his full debut in midfield as Manolo shuffles the pack for the third game in five days. Cup football under the lights with the challenge to progress into the Quarter Finals of the Rock Cup for the first time since the early 2000’s.

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Barnett, Elghobashy, Power, Carrasco, Ponce De Leon. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Baio, Bosio, Aguiar, Farinha

It took United all of 5 minutes to stamp their authority on this game after a goal shy attempt versus Lynx last weekend. Elghobashy, restored to the line up following a 3 match ban, took the bull by the horns and blasted United into a 5 minute lead after picking up a delightful ball from deep delivered by Chino. A drop of the shoulder and he had ghosted past the full back and into the area. The powerfully placed shot had almost burst the back of the net before Cafer in the Manchester goal had time to react. An explosive start and it set the tone for the first 45 minutes.

The Red and Whites dominated the game from then on. Ayman was a constant pressure up front harrassing the Man 62 play makers while Dani and Marco picked up on any lost balls. Behind them Jamie Bosio, also recalled to the starting line up, was having his game of the season so far. He was immense and seemed to be everywhere at the same time. Indeed it was his bravery in going in for a ball at the near post that was the source of United’s second goal. After crashing solidly into the post and winning the ball, Boiso left Marco, who was following up play, with a simple tap in. 2-0 up and sailing but both Jamie and Cafer were left on the floor. Though the former recovered quickly the latter was subbed off a few minutes later.

Man 62 were incapable of stopping United’s attacks and several chances were created. Bosio himself narrowly sent the ball just wide of the stanchion while Dani blasted just over from the D. Farinha was bossing the right wing and as Mr Borg called time on the first 45 minutes United supporters were elated to see their team in the ascendancy.

 

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Man 62 started the second half meaning to make a fight for it and though an element of roughness came into their play, they fought hard to get into the game. Striker Morgan was fighting for every ball and was making life somewhat uncomfortable for United’s centre halves. Thats until Ponce de Leon showed his class. He had come close to a goal previoulsy and his rasping finish, close to the post, sealed Man 62’s fate as he drilled a shot past Gonzalez in the 53rd minute. Vanessa Correa captured the moment on video.

The 3rd goal however served to galvanize Man 62 that surged forward. Their efforts were rewarded with frankly a fantastically taken goal by Galvez that thundered in an unstoppable shot following a corner. As time ebbed away the game took on a further physical bent with Mr Borg forced to brandish a number of yellows to both sides. Indeed former United defender Catania saw a second booking and received his marching orders late in the half.

United deserved winners and move on to the Rock Cup quarter finals. Next up its…Man 62 once again in the league on Monday at 20:30

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Match Preview: Rock Cup Round 2 Manchester 62 FC

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

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Record versus Manchester 62 FC

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

Last Result: 1 – 1 (15-10-17)

Manager: Jose Manuel Manzanero Prieto
Captain: Aaron Duran
Top Scorer 17/18: James Adams (2)

Cup football under the lights up next this coming Wednesday at 20:30. Man 62 knocked us out of the Cup at this stage last season and Manolo is no doubt looking for a better Cup run this season as United are still to progress beyond this stage.

Farinha and Elghobashy are free for selection after their respective bans and the team will look to progress into the next Round fully aware that the Cup winners are rewarded with a spot in next season’s Europa League Qualifiers.

Man 62 come into the game after losing 3-1 against St Joseph’s on Saturday evening while United a rueing missed chances against a 10 man Lynx. Winner takes all this Wednesday at 20:30.

 

Manchester 62 FC vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 2nd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Sunday 15th October 2017 at 16:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 1 Manchester 62 FC

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
24 Jamie Bosio
4   Yalany Baio
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
17 Marco Meireles
19 Manuel Roman Roman
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Aguiar on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Michael Negrette on for Ayman Elghobashy
Erin Barnett on for Brad Power

United field a strong looking team with a view to build upon their strong start to the season. Elghobashy makes his first Premier Division start for the club while Aymen Mouehli comes in for Barnett at the back. Elsewhere is as it was last time out with Aguiar on the bench along with Marcelo, Prescott and De Torres who are looking to make their debuts off the bench.

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Back Row (l to r): Farinha, Power, Chino (C), Alberto, Elghobashy, Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Ramalho, Baio, Bosio, Roman

United kicked the match off with the strong, blustery Easterly wind in their favour. It was clear from the beginning that Man 62’s effort was going to be largely to contain United’s attacking forays and use the pace and height of front man, Adams, to harass Ayman and Brad. The early phases of the match were characterised by lengthy spells of Gib Utd possession but little penetration of note.

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Ayman tussles with Crisp

Elghobashy looked to charge at the defence whenever he got the ball but perhaps tried a little too hard while Roman was looking to his pace to give him the advantage over the solid Man 62 defence. The early breakthrough however was achieved 10 minutes into the game. A short corner was played to Ramalho and he delivered a pin point cross to the man 62 far post. There it was met by the head of Jamie Bosio who gave United the lead. A deserved lead at the time that despite the lack of goal mouth action, was just reward for the pressure being asserted.

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Marco on the ball.

The match then settled down in a fairly turgid routine until the last 5 minutes or so. Man 62 consistently looked for Adams and on the one occasion they found him they nearly equalised. The front man out muscled Mouehli and skipped past Chino, the goal beckoned but there, to sweep up was the majestic Baio who scooped the ball off the forwards toe and over the bar into a corner. A tremendous show of defensive midfield play by the former Liverpool FC youth player. With Mr Warwick calling time on the first half shortly after United breathed easily as they maintained their slender lead.

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Baio tracking back!

United started the second half with a quick substitution when Aguiar replaced goal maker Ramalho. Manolo had realised the lack of width was accounting for the little penetration in the team. With Aguiar on the left and the subsequently introduced Negrette on the right United had the aforementioned width. By that time however United had only one forward on the pitch as Negrette had replaced the quiet Elghobashy that had run himself to the ground.

What followed where two very clear United chances in front of the goal that should have really seen the game put to bed. Firstly it was Roman who had been put through one on one against Tellez on goal. His pace left the defence behind, but his finishing made it easy for the Man 62 keeper that left the score at 1-0. A few minutes late Negrette cross in a peach of a pass to leave Roman with a tap in that was put over the bar by the forward when he should have buried it.

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Catania in hard on Roman.

Football’s age old adage of rueing missed chances ultimately was our downfall. Man 62 had kept fighting for the 90 minutes of the match and their stubbornness and determination paid off to our detriment. Despite a two footed challenge on Baio by Catania, a challenge that the referee waved of as consequential, Man 62 surged upfield and won an innocuous free kick on the right side of our box. A well delivered ball to the far post saw it met by the onrushing centre half Vargas who buried the ball past Chino and restoring parity on the scoreboard. With the match concluding shortly after United fans were left wondering how the 3 points had escaped us. Credit to Man 62’s battling nature through the 90 minutes. A tough result to take but on to St Joseph’s on Friday at 20:30

 

 

Pre Man 62 thoughts!

We caught up with our three captains after their time away with the National Team and asked them for their thoughts on a number of issues. Firstly we wanted to know how the International break had gone for them.

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Brad, Chino and Jamie joined by Erin on the pitch at the Karaiskakis Stadium

Chino was adamant that, ‘as always the international break is an amazing experience. I for one try and bring that experience back to the club and push the team to the maximum! Its always great to be back at the club with all my team mates and prepare for our next big test.’It was also a very gratifying experience for Brad, ‘the international break was another amazing experience and a chance to meet up again with our other team mates. On a personal note it was satisfying to be back in the reckoning after being in and out of the last few squads. Now it’s time to focus on Gib Utd again, working hard and playing well which will hopefully turn into more call ups and caps along the way.’

Our focus now switched to this Sunday’s game against Manchester 62 and all three Captains shared similar feelings. Jamie responded that, ‘you know what you are going to face when you play Manchester 62, in some aspects I reckon it will be a very similar game to the Lynx one. Of course it’s another opportunity for us to gain more momentum and get another 3 points.’ Thoughts shared by Brad, ‘we had a very good result in our first game. We stuck to our gameplan and in the end came away with the 3 points. Man 62 won’t be an easy task as we found out last season but this year we go into the game off the back of a good win and a positive mentality to hopefully come away with another win.’

We finally asked the three if they had noticed the squad gelling better upon their return for International Duty. Chino cast his Captain’s eye over the question, ‘the squad is coming together really well and theres a very good atmosphere in the changing room which will reflect on the pitch!’ Jamie also noticed the squad had solidified, ‘while we’ve been away the squad has had more time to gel and new players look settled now.’

All three Skippers agreed that the match on Sunday would be a tough one but that the team was ready and raring to go!

Interview brought to you by Turicum Private Bank

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Match Preview: Manchester 62 FC

Match preview brought courtesy of Turicum Private Bank

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Record versus Manchester 62 FC

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

Last Result: 0 – 3 (5-3-17)

Manager: Jose Manuel Manzanero Prieto
Captain: Aaron Duran
Top Scorer 16/17: Aaron Payas

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Manchester 62 is another of those classic names associated with football on the Rock. Founded in 1962 with the name of Manchester United, with official permission from the Club in England, they changed their name upon Gibraltar’s entry into UEFA. They have won the league 7 times and their Reserve side hold the distinction of being the only Reserve side to win the Rock Cup in 1977.

Man 62 finished 9th in the 16/17 season only retaining their Premier Division status by emphatically defeating 2nd Division Runner’s up FC Bruno’s Magpies in the playoff. The Summer has seen the departure of top scorer Aaron Payas and playmaker Fran Mejias. Former United defender Jaydan Catania joined their ranks in July and they were hard done by not to get a point in their opening fixture of the 17/18 season versus St Joseph’s.

Despite losing heavily in our last encouter, United v Manchester matches tend to be close fought and tough affairs. Last year we shared the spoils in the league with a win, a draw and a loss each in our three encounters. The Red Devils also knocked us out of the Rock Cup in the Second Round. United, currently second, look to build upon the solid start made to the season. Match kicks off at 16:30, Sunday 15th October.