Matchday

Gibraltar United vs Lynx F.C.

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.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 0 Lynx F.C.

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Gibraltar United

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

SUBSTITUTES

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.

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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.

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Back Row (l to r): Perez Pichardo, Alberto, Baio, Mouelhi, Barnett (C), Carrasco. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Ramalho, Farinha, Bosio

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.

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Some of the work our kitman, Francis Huart, carries out to motivate and prepare the team for action.

Mons Calpe S.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 23rd round of the Gibrlatarian Premier Division and played on Tuesday 10th April at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 2 Mons Calpe S.C.

Vela (OG)

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
4   Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
24 Jamie Bosio
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Leo Pereyra

Manolo welcomes back Yalany Baio to the fold and the timing is perfect as Carlos Carrasco is missing out due to an accumulation of yellow cards. With Ponce De Leon still missing it is as we were elsewhere as the management team keeps faith with the group that saw Europa F.C. off last week. Brad Power is named on the bench alongside Pipo and De Torres, the latter who scored with the Reserves on Sunday.

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Pereyra, Barnett, Elghobashy, Baio, Mouelhi. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Farinha, Negrette, Bosio

Round 23 is being played across a number of weeks and this fixture corresponds to that particular round. The game was played in atrocious conditions as the weather had certainly taken a turn for the worse with heavy rain and driving winds affecting both teams equally. Mons Calpe started the strongest and Chino was called into an early intervention to gather up a Bernardes shot from outside the box. Pibe then had another chance shortly after it was only then that United began to creep into the game and have some possession. Jamie Boiso had our two best chances in a tepid first half with his second header in particular handled well by Grasso.

The second half was to be a different affair with both teams seeking to open the scoreline. Grasso saved from Elghobashy while Chino’s save was equal in quality to a Blanco over head kick. Mons by then had gone in front via a Pibe strike and United had restored parity 3 minutes later via a quite spectacular own goal by Vela from an Aguiar cross. Chino was booked following the Mons goal with vociferous claims that Sastrie had handled the ball following the ricochet from his save.

With the game tied the tension was palpable. Aguiar had a gilt edged chance to give United the lead following a break away but the Mons defender was able to exert enough pressure for Filipe to drive his shot wild. Alas it was an uncharacteristic lack of concentration on Erin’s part that gave Mons the three points. Pibe was able to capitalise and score the decisive final goal to give Mons three points vital to their cause. United need to pick themselves up and be ready for a game against Lynx F.C. on Saturday as we approach the final run in.

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Gibraltar United vs Europa F.C.

Match corresponding to the 18th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 6th April at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibrlatar United 2 – 0 Europa F.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
39 Leo Pereyra
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Filipe Aguiar
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Leo Pereyra
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy

With Power still absent United’s list of absentees grows larger as Ponce De Leon is suffering from an injury in training and Baio serves the last game of his suspension. Leo comes back into the starting XI in detriment of Pipo who drops to the bench in anticipation of the physical battle with Europa. Cantelmi and Minni earn a spot on the bench.

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

What a game of football! Tension, drama, goals the lot. United came into the game following the hard won victory over Phoenix while Europa had beaten Man 62 meaning both teams were in good form. With high stakes at play for both teams Manolo set out a game plan that would hopefully see the first win ever against Europa.

The game started brightly enough with both sides getting into the groove quickly, as opposed to the lethargy last Monday. United had Aguiar, Farinha and Meireles while Europa had the ever sharp Kike as their most effective players in the opening exchanges. The tone of the match was set early. United allowing Europa to have the ball in their half and then pressing as a unit as of the half way line. With Elghobashy ready to spring into the attack the 5 midfield players had an almost flawless game.

The first chances fell to Europa with Kike flashing a shot wide and with Chino safely gathering a Quillo shot minutes later. Though Europa were shading the possession stats at this point they were not really putting the United goal under any real pressure. Indeed Elghobashy was to give Europa their first scare in a usual trademark burst of pace and power he run in behind Belfortti but sent his shot wide. Ayew then cleared another Ayman effort off the line but United where already one up by then courtesy of a piece of sheer brillance by Michael Negrette, surely the leading contender for Young Player of the Season.

He already has a long range stunner to his name and tonight’s effort was its equal. Receiving the ball out on the left wing he had the briefest of glances up to spot Camara slighty off his line. He wrapped his right foot around the ball in that Beckhamesque manner he has and sent in a rocket of a ball that did not stop until it had sailed past the stanchion and hit the net on the inside of the goal. A calcualted and placed shot that one runs out of superlatives to describe. ‘Take a bow son, take a bow’ (again).

Europa looked stunned. Yet they qucikly recovered and tried to break through the Red and White defence. Erin and Aymen were marshalling the back line and Chino was the equal to everything thrown at him. Once particularly tricky shot almost crept in but was kept out by a combination of the keeper’s hand and the post. It was clear that, despite the vociferous Europa appeals, the full circumference of the ball had not crossed the line.

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With half time beckoning, United sought the ball and with Leo, Jamie and Carlos in control they saw out the remaining minutes until Mr Warwick called time. United in front and from the measure of play deservedly so. Europa had it all to do in the second half.

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They started with a double substitution with the deadly Carrenño coming on to add his firepower to Kike up front. However United had also come out with the bit in their teeth. Meireles was to go and have an excellent 45 minutes and Farinha too would add to his excellent performance in the first half. United were showing a tremendous composure to keep to Manolo’s gameplan that was snuffing out the space for Europa’s stikers. All good attack play is based in a solid defence and tonight, bar one or two moments, United’s was as solid as it can get.

One normally associates Ayman Elghobashy with goal scoring but tonight he also demonstrated sacrifice and vision. He is always up for the fight and despite a very harsh booking for alleged simulation early on and an injury scare he showed the supporters at the stadium what he is capable off. Showing pace and strength he won the sprint with Belfortti and arrowed into the area. Driven slightly wide by the covering defender he skipped past the incoming tackle, lifted his head and delivered a pin point cross to the onrushing Jamie Bosio that had made a lung busting 40 meter run from midfield. He made the sweetest of contacts with the ball to send it into the roof of the net and send United supporters into ecstasy as he doubled our lead with just over 30 minutes to go.

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Neil Wilson captures the moment the ball hits the net. Photo Credit Neil Wilson.

The Europa bench responded immediately with Joselinho being thrown into the fray, the Green and Blacks with three strikers on the pitch now. Yet nothing of real danger was created as frustration began to creep into Europa’s play and more and more wayward long balls were sent forward. United even had the chance to score a third as Marco found Negrette during a counter attack only for Camara to paw the resulting shot away for a corner. United had so effectively snuffed out Europa’s strengths that the game ebbed out without any real scare on the United goal. Tactically astute and spot on and the attitude of the players was a solid 10/10. An immense morale booster ahead of another crucial game against Mons Calpe on Tuesday. St Joseph’s play Lincoln tomorrow as the battle for third place heats up.

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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

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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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Gibraltar United vs Glacis United F.C.

Match corresponding to the 16th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Thursday 15th March 2018 at 20:30. Match report courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 4 – 1 Glacis United F.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITITUES

Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy

 

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Manolo keeps faith with the bulk of the team that qualified for the semi-finals of the Rock Cup on Sunday. The only absentee is Yalany Baio as Ponce de Leon makes his return after being rested against O13. With St Joseph’s dropping points against Mons Calpe on Wednesday evening, it is imperative for United to defeat Glacis United to catch up with St Joseph’s.

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

A game of two very distinct halves that saw a sublime United in the first 45 and a much more jaded version of itself in the second. Glacis United started the stronger and sharper of the teams and for the first 5 minutes or so were dominant in possession and in territory. It was not to last long as Marco and Dani began to take control of the ball and the game. The latter in particular, gave former United defender Ashley Perez a torrid time.

As United’s domination of the ball began to tell the first chances began to fall. First it was Bosio with a curled, placed shot that brought an excellent save from Gonzalez in the Glacis goal. Then it was Ponce de Leon who put a direct free kick just shy of the post. Bosio shot a header wide soon after as the siege on the Glacis goal became more and more evident.

The breakthrough came from Elghobashy. Full of confidence after having rediscovered his goal scoring touch against Olympique in the cup, he capitalised on a defensive mistake, forced upon Glacis by the gegenpress Gibraltar United were exerting, and reacted the quickest to pounce on the ball and score his first league goal since November. His second goal, however, was something special. It epitomised every aspect of Ayman as a footballer. First his effort to harass the defenders out of possession. Then his strength to keep the defenders off him. Thirdly, his pace to give himself that bit of space and finally, power as he bulleted a shot past Gonzalez and into the goal. Quality in all phases of play.  United were coasting at this point.

Dani’s next play further helped to increase United’s lead. Using his pace and skill he left Perez far behind him as he won the by line and drilled in a bullet cross which was thrust into the net by an onrushing Aguiar to put United 3 – 0 up 35 minutes into the game. Glacis looked incapable of response as the confidence in United’s players was palpable. Ayman put us 4 – 0 up 5 minutes later. Once again he unleashed a powerful shot that cannoned off the upright and out; unfortunately for Glacis the ball then hit the keeper on the back and went into the net. As Mr Borg called time United were justifiably ahead as Chino had had little to do in the first 45.

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The second half, however, was to be won by the Clarets and Blues as United took the foot off the pedal. Credit to Glacis United that tried very hard from the kick off to come back into the match. They won the midfield battle so woefully lost in the first half to gain control of the ball. An under employed Chino was then made to work a number of times in this his 100th appearance for the Club; a fantastic save from Amado the pick of his interventions. Glacis would earn a consolation goal via a Jimenez header, Chino’s outstretched hand touched the ball but could not stop it from going in, and it was justly deserved. Glacis almost conceded a comical own goal as a back pass almost crept into the net and one which the keeper only barely clawed out. Things did get a bit heated as Glacis’ frustrations resulted in a number of bookings and a double yellow for Tyson Ruiz. Sidi also appeared to have suffered a painful arm injury as well following a fall.

Ultimately the first half performance was enough to gain us an invaluable three points that brings us level with St Joseph’s who remain third courtesy of a solitary goal. With football now taking a two week hiatus for the Internationals we look forward to our next game against Gibraltar Phoenix on the 2nd April.

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F.C. Olympique 13 vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the Quarter Finals of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and played on Sunday 11th March at 19:00. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 6 – 0 F.C. Olympique 13

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Ayman Elghobashy
Cecil Prescott on for Yalany Baio
Tito De Torres on for Carlos Carrasco

Manolo only makes one change from the side that face Lincoln last Wednesday. Jamie Bosio comes straight back into the side after serving a one match ban and Ponce de Leon drops to the bench. Elsewhere its as we were. A win takes us to the semi finals and the match promises to be an entertaining one.

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

It was a case of new meets old as former players Bothen, Rumbo, Montovio and Bosio lined up against United. United fielded a strong team from the off giving this Rock Cup Quarter Final the respect it deserved. O13 are flying high in the Second Division and depsite the absnece of Jordan Perez, they fielded a strong team too that was well entrenched and ready to give United a tough ask.

It was clear from the off that O13 were going to defend and give United both the ball and the space in which to use it while they packed 10 men behind the ball. With youngster Danino in goal, debutising for the absent Perez, the purple walls that O13 put around their area were meant keep him safe. His first action was a good one though. Marco cannoned a ball off the inside of the post which rebounded back out into the area. Danino was quickest to react and gathered up the ball cleanly. United had however gone close twice via a Meireles shot just wide and near miss from a Bosio header.

It was to be young revelation of the year so far, Micheal Negrette, who would open the scoring minutes later. Danino hesitated to come for a ball that Elghobashy was aiming for and in the resulting confusion Negrette was first to it and was able to prod it goalwards to give the Premier side the lead. His second goal was somewhat more spectacular as he drilled the ball into the top right corner, right by the stanchion. Keeper no chance and United riding high.

Olympique were to soon lose defender Scott Ritchie to injury and as the half drew to a close Kaylan Rumbo was also assissted off the pitch after an inopportune clash with Farinha. The rest of the first half was a turgid affair though with an air of complacency coming into United’s game and many unforced errors creeping in. As Mr Borg blew for half time United were in cruise control.

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The second 45 was a totally different ball game. Eager to put the tie to bed, United went for the jugular. A quick fire brace by Elghobashy saw the striker rekindle his love affair with the net; his second effort was a sublime finish following a delightful through ball from Baio. His goal was his last touch as Manolo brought Pipo on for him. Prescott and De Torres soon followed and the half belonged to them.

First it was De Torres that curled in a simply fantastic finish to make the game 5-0. A wonderful effort with his left foot that curled beyond the diving Danino and leaving him with no chance; what a way to claim a debut goal. This effort had come on the back of O13’s only real chance of the game when Lincoln loanee Kyle Casciaro rattled Chino’s crossbar with a well taken free kick. As the energy levels of the men in purple sank more and more spaces were opening up.

It is in spaces like these that our little Portugese magician, Pipo comes into life. He had gone close twice but his third effort was a sublime piece of magic. He sat a defender on the ground with a twist and a shuffle and from the byline, with practically no angle whatsoever, he lofted the ball over Danino. A sure goal…only that it hit the woodwork and bounced out into the area where Cecil Prescott finished it off to claim his first goal for the club.

As United further imposed their authority on the match Olympique had a very strong penalty shout waved away by Mr Borg as Casciaro was bundled over in the area. As the wind and rain continued to pelt down the game ebbed away to its natural conclusion. United in the semi finals of the Rock Cup. Attention now turns back to the Premier Division and Glacis United on Thursday evening.

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Lincoln Red Imps F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 15th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 4 Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Cecil Prescott on for Michael Negrette
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Tito De Torres on for Marco Meireles

United welcome back Baio and Aguiar back into the XI following bans for accumulations an red cards. They come in for Bosio and Pereyra. The former suspeneded and the latter on the bench where he is joined by Mouelhi as Brad Power returns to the line up for this most testing of matches against the rampant Red Imps.

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A wet and windy 90 minutes of football that were dominated by Lincoln’s first 15 minutes and a frnankly brilliant Lolo Soler in the second half. United came out of the blocks cold and had no response to the Imps’ blistering start with Chipolina and Bernardo Lopes running the show. United just couldn’t keep hold of the ball and get their rhythm going.

The deadlock was broken from a corner that was not a corner and from a ball controlled via a player’s hand. Mr Borg judged that a ball going out of play last came off Farinha, which it didn’t. The resulting corner came in and Oliver rose higher than anyone else to claim it. The ball hit his chest and nestled briefly on his arms, this last action allowed him the second he needed to settle himself and rifle the ball past Chino. A clear handball that was unseen by the refereeing team, who did have a very good game in very harsh conditions in all honesty.

Lincoln’s second 10 minutes later had the touch of the fortunate as a shot from distance from Bardon took a wicked deflection and flummoxed the diving Chino giving him no chance. A third goal two minutes later was gifted by our defence as they all stood still from a corner as the loose ball fell in the area. Bernardo Lopes reacted the quickest to give Lincoln a deserved lead but perhaps by too large a margain.

Not that United were taking it lying down either. The retunring Baio and Meireles had shots saved by Soler and we were fighting hard in the swirling wind and rain to get a goal and back in the game. As Mr Borg called time fans wondered what was in store in the second 45.

The figure of Lolo Soler loomed liked a colossus over the second half. From the off it was clear that United were the better team. Whether Lincoln had paid the physical bill of the first 30 minutes of pressure or had taken their foot off the gas with the three goal advantage, United had the measure of the green. Elghobashy had one shot go wide, while Soler made the first of several crucial saves from Dani. Minutes later he produced a dramatic double save from the same players. The keeper was standing tall and we couldn’t find a way past him.

The best opportunity came 20 minutes in as Mr Borg judged a foul on Baio as being inside the area. Penalty! Up stepped Dani who already has two spot kicks to his name and against him was Gibraltar’s penalty expert. Soler’s spot kick record in frankly impressive having stopped 8 of the 10 spot kicks he has faced so far. Dani stepped up and the inevitable happened…

There would be no deserved award for the team’s efforts. Prescott came on for his debut and would show glimpses of his talent. Pipo and De Torres also came on and with United tilted forwards to the attack Lee Casciaro was able to net Lincoln’s fourth with a well taken finish following a counter.

Beaten but not bowed and broken, Gibraltar United’s attention now turns to the Rock Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday against some old friends in the ranks of FC Olympique 13.

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Gibraltar United vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the 14th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Mons Calpe S.C.

Negrette
Farinha
Meireles

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
6   Erin Barnett
20 Michael Negrette
29 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Brad Power on for Aymen Mouelhi
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Leo Pereyra
Javier Cantelmi on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

 

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Manolo welcomes back Barnett and Meireles from a one match ban for 5 yellows but Baio and Aguiar are still missing through suspension. Roman is now out for the season and that means that the likes of Pipo, De Torres and Prescott are all fighting for a spot on the team and minutes on the pitch. Brad drops to the bench as Barnett resumes his center half position and Negrette comes in to cover at left back and a pivotal match against a resurgeant Mons Calpe.

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Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Elghobashy, Pereyra, Barnett, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Farinha, Bosio, Negrette, Ponce De Leon

The team walked out wearing shirts in homage to Roman following his horror injury last week and were keen to gain 3 points in his honour. However, in all honesty, this was the highlight of the first half. A first 45 minutes in which we did not turn up at all. Mons were quicker and faster to the ball, harder to the tackle and hungrier for the win. Indeed, United created little while Chino had a busy game of it. He made two spectacular saves prior to Pibe opening the scoring on the half hour mark. Though the goal had a sniff of offside it was simply what Mons deserved. United seemed powerless to react and with a Ponce de Leon acrobatic overhead kick the highlight for United, the outlook for the second half seemed as bleak as the forecasted weather.

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United’s players trudge off dejectedly.

Manolo started the half with two substitutions. Seeking more pace and energy he introduced Power and Pipo on for Mouelhi and Pereyra. Our play had also taken a dramatic turn, whatever rocket Manolo had fired at the players at half time seemed to have its desired effect. As the half progessed spectactors at the stadium were treated to comeback for the ages, one enscribed in the annals of football lore with the sweat and toil of these 11 men in Red and White.

United took the game to Mons with aplomb. Pipo looked sharp and had a shot sail wide as he cut inside. Marco was begining to dictate play while Bosio and Carrasco were simply impeccable in centre midfield. Mons were gradually pushed back into their half as the pressure began to tell. Elghobashy tried his luck and so did Dani, with Grasso in the Mons’ goal equal to both efforts. Having lost control of the match Mons Calpe sought to regain control via some physical play which Mr Barcelo had in check throughout. 53 minutes and Michael Negrette took centre stage. Dani crossed in a ball following another Mons foul. It was headed away only to find that sweet right foot of Michael Negrette. A possible contender for goal of the season from fully 30 meters out saw Grasso have no answer to the rocket the young Under 21 International sent his way. In the words of Andy Gray, ‘take a bow son, take a bow!’.

The crowd went wild with delirium, delirium that was tempered moments later what an uncharacteristic Chino lack of focus almost allowed Pibe in, his squared pass to Blanco and subsequent shot at goal went wide; a timely warning! United continued to attack. Brad put a headed corner wide while Elghobashy once again went close. Mons had no answer to the Red and White tide. Blood was in the air and United had the scent in their noses. The game was there for the taking and United only needed to find that spark, that bit of magic to seal Mons’ fate.

Cue Farinha. The Portugese right back has steadily become a fan favourite with his runs, his determination and his full on attitude to the game. Today he can also add a fantastically taken goal with his left peg to that repetoire. Following a one-two with Dani out on the right Farinha cut inside. Emualting those great right backs of old, he dropped a shoulder, ghosted past the defence and wrapped his left foot around the ball. Grasso dived but nothing the keeper could do would stop a strike of such quality. The ball went straight to the top left hand corner of the goal to give United the lead they so deserved in this second half.

Two spectacular strikes gave the team its rewards for its efforts; and indeed it was a team effort in the second 45. Barnett led from the back like a general leading his troops to battle while Jamie and Carlos provided the platform on which to build our forward momentum. By the time Marco got out third in the 84 minute Mons Calpe were dead and buried.

A true game of two halves United needed the result and the performance following the disappointing draw against Lions last time out. We climb to third pending St Joseph’s game against Lions later in the week. A great mid week game to highlight all that is good and great about this game!

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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.

St Joseph’s F.C. vs Gibraltar United

 

Match corresponding to the 12th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 17th February at 18:15. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Qunatocoin

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Gibraltar United 1 – 0 St Joseph’s F.C.

Ponce de Leon (P)

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
20 Michael Negrette
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Jamie Bosio
Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Andre De Oliviera Farinha

Suspension forces Manolo to suffle his pack as Aguiar is serving a one match ban due to an accumulation of 5 yellow cards. Negrette and Power come back into the side for this pivotal match against St Joseph’s, the latter in an unfamiliar left back role. Both clubs know that a win will mean a big step forward in deciding who finishes 3rd this season. United come into the game in good form and so to St Joseph’s in what promises to be a cracker.

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The match promised much and boy did it deliver. Two teams going for it knowing that the 3 points were crucial for their respective causes. St Joseph’s started the game very well positioned on the pitch and it took a while for United to find their rhythm. Dani was well shackled by sometimes two players at a time while the 3 central midfielders were all hands to the pump, Carrasco and Bosio were to go ahead and have tremendous performances.

The initial exchanges saw little goal mouth action with the pitched battle centered around midfield but as the play began to get more expansive chances galore were to fall to both teams, indeed Chino and Garica in the St Jospeh’s goal thr respective man of the match for their teams. Dani had our first chance with a powerful shot driven just wide while moments later Garcia made his first save of the match from an Elghobashy shot. United had woken up and took control of the game. Yet St Joseph’s are a tough side and fought back hard as possession ebbed and flowed and the fairly large crowd at the stadium were treated to a tense but entertaining match.

Such a tense affair would preclude a flurry of bookings and when Barnett went into the book early doors it augured what would a total of 13 bookings in a match that at times took on an ugly turn. Marco and Dani took our danger forward while St Joseph’s looked to JP Duarte and Galvin to create. Both defences were holding firm with Negrette holding his own at left full back. As United surged forward Bosio broke through into the box, whiel waiting for the through ball he was tackled from behind and Mr Canepa rightly pointed at the penalty spot despite the vociferous St Joseph’s appeals. Dani stepped up and rifled in his second penalty of the spot and his third goal for the club leaving Garcia no chance to get it.

Elghobashy headed wide shortly after from a Farinha cross and the Egyptian, who was having a decent game in harassing the St Joseph’s defence, was to also have another effort safely held by Garcia. The last chance of the first half was to fall to Muñoz but Chino was equal of the effort and would ensure that United would take a slender lead into the changing rooms. Several players on boths sides were very riled up and the worry was that 22 players would not finish on the field of play.

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St Joseph’s came out the much better team in the second half knowing that a point was the bare minimum they needed out of this game. They asserted a tremendous amount of pressure in the first 15 minutes of the half that saw United under the cosh and suffering. Towering above that pressure was Chino that made a series of saves to keep his goal safe. Two in particular stand out, a close range reflex save from a header and a save from a dangerous free kick from the let of our area. The latter captured by Vanessa Correa on Twitter.

The skipper’s performance inspired his team mates ahead of him. With St Joseph’s fully comitted to the attack gaps opened up for Ayman to exploit. He twice got himself in the area but twice Garcia pulled off tremendous saves to keep the match at 1-0. Marco also could not best the keeper and several efforts went wide. The match was on a knife edge and it nearly toppled over when Barnett hand balled in the area following some deft ball control by Galvin. Mr Canepa, correctly so, pointed to the spot. Up stepped Galvin…

United off the hook and with time ebbing away the goal of 3 points getting closer and closer. A flurry of bookings ensued and Mr Canepa did very well in keeping the match under his control as tempers and frustrations simmered. Leo came on to add some composure to the middle of the park, replacing a tiring Dani who once again had a blinder. Pipo and Alberto also came on with 15 minutes to go to safeguard Farinha on a yellow and for Bosio who had had a tremendous game. More and more gaps were opening in the St Jospeh’s rearguard but tired minds meant that neither Pipo, Ayman nor Marco could convert the chances offered them. Mr Canepa called time on the game after the 5 minutes of alloted extra time were up to leave United with the 3 points and still in 4th but tied on points with St Joseph’s and with the head to head firmly in favour. Objective achieved!!

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Photo courtesy of Neil Wilson

There were several unsavouy incidents at the touchline on full time involving several players from both teams and the St Joseph’s technical staff. Scenes like these have no place in or around a football pitch and we urge all sides to be tempered and remember that an increasingly number of young, football loving people are attending the games at the Stadium and the best of examples have to be set.

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