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Glacis United F.C. Vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 25th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 18th May 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you by Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 0 Glacis United F.C.

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Elghobashy

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
15 Aymen Mouelhi
39 Leo Pereyra
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Michael Negrette on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Javier Cantelmi on for Ayman Elghobashy
Tito De Torres on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

With Carrasco and Bosio missing due to suspension and Baio out through injury it is a rather different midfield 3 that take the field. Aymen steps into the defensive midfield role he usually played in last season while Marco takes a more withdrawn role than usual. Brad comes into centre defence while Pipo just edges out Negrette on the right wing.

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All photos used in the match report are credited to William Gracia.

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Back Row (l to r): Farinha, Barnett, Power, Chino (C), Elghobashy, Mouelhi Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Pereyra, Aguiar, Ramalho, Ponce de Leon

United were fully aware that nothing less than 3 points today would do if last weeks win over Lincoln was to serve any purpose. The interest in the match was heightened by the presence of Andorran referees on the pitch as part of a referee exchange between the Andorra and Gibraltar FAs. Fans were curious how these officials, one being a woman, compared to the local referees.

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Glacis United started the stronger of the teams as it took United’s misfit midfield some time to adjust. They had the early ball and the first few chances with former United player El Andalussi heading over the bar and Glacis also hitting the crossbar with a thundering volley. Indeed things were lookig dire early on with the Clarets in the ascendancy.

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Chino the busier keeper in the opening exchanges

As the game progressed however United began to get a solid grip on the game. Manolo swapped Aymen and Leo’s position on the pitch and the latter began to put in a stellar performance regaining possession regualrly and breaking up play to release Dani and Marco on the ball. Aymen also went on to have a very good game in unfamiliar territory and often getting into very forward positions. As United got the ball chances began to arrive.

Pipo blasted one over while the ever active and often mishandled Elghobashy was pinging shots in. Indeed he turned provider once again after a quick exchange with Dani saw the latter drift in to the central area, cushion the ball with his left peg to set up the shot and blast the ball past Gonzalez with half an hour gone. Though the goal did not technichally come against the run of play it served to clam nerves and settle the team down.

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Dani opens the scoring

To their credit Glacis fought back hard. They once again pressed our midfield but hit a resolute white wall and there was no way through. Occasionally shots and crosses were pinged in but nothing the keeper or defence could handle. Hoyos and the deadly Cerezo were taking the danger forward but in Barnett and Power they found their equal. Once again Leo excelled in shielding the defence and frankly put in a masterclass performance in defensive midfield play. As Mr Da Costa Carvalho called time United could feel happy they were in the lead and had contained Glacis’ forrays.

The second half kicked off with a sub as Negrette replaced the quiet Ramalho. One player who was not quiet was Elghobashy. The striker has been somewhat of a revelation in Gibraltar and he has amassed a cult following due to his power, style of play, personality and goals. Glacis’ central defenders have been no differet to others and resorted to the dark arts to stop him. However he nabbed his goal following a powerful shot from edge of the box just after the hour that finally saw the fight drop out of Glacis. 2-0 up and heading to the desired 3 points.

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Ayman charges

The goal had come shortly after Barnett made Gonzalez pull of a spectacular save down low following a corner routine, he soon followed it up with another great save from the subsequent corner. Glacis were under the cosh and despite the introduction of the battling Ruiz, they knew the match had escaped them. Farinha also had a golden chance as he turned the keeper but the covering defender meant he could not capitalise on some excellent work. A mention as well to Filipe Aguiar, playing out of position but there is yet to find a gustier, more dedicated left back in the league!

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Farinha glides past Gonzalez

Marco put the final touch of class to the match by putting Dani through with a classy ball from deep. Ponce finished with the class and poise that characterises his play to seal the deal and deliver a priceless three points. The match finally ebbed out, though Glacis were to end with 10 following the sending off of Tyson Ruiz, with United 5 points clear in third. With Mons Calpe facing St Joseph’s this evening it may well be a key weekend in the push for third place.

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Dani seals the three points!

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Match Preview: Glacis United F.C.

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

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Record against Glacis United F.C.

Played: 8
Won: 4
Drawn: 1
Lost: 3

Last Result: 4 – 1 (15-03-2018)

Manager: Mariano Marcos Garcia
Captain: Daniel Guerrero Heredia
Top Scorer: Antonio Cerezo (9)

 

United come into the game with morale sky high following the win over Lincoln. It came at a price however with Bosio and Carrasco picking up costly bookings. Marco has resumed full fitness and the squads morale was further bouyed by news of Roman’s quicker than expected recovery from injury and he may rejoin the fold soon.

Glacis also come into the game in good form after getting 6 past Man 62. Cerezo bagged himself 4 in that game but both Sidi and defensive stalwart Cano will be absent due to suspension. A win is a must to keep third place; kick off Friday 20:30.

Gibraltar United vs Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

Match corresponding to the 24th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 12th May at 20:30. Match report brough to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

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Elghobashy
Aguiar

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
15 Ayman Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oilviera Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Marco Meireles on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Yalany Baio
Michael Negrette on for Leo Pereyra

Farinha makes his expected return to the line up and Elghobashy has recovered from several niggles to take his place up front. Leo also makes a start with Negrette dropping to the bench as Manolo seeks to contain Lincoln’s initial push and play on the counter. Great news as well in seeing Marco back in the team, albeit on the bench, after a bout of illness.

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The brief was to equal or better St Jospeh’s result and boy did we better it. Parallels can be drawn to a few weeks ago when we beat Europa for St Jospeh’s to then beat Lincoln the following day. Well following St Joseph’s defeat on Thursday to Europa we face Lincoln Red Imps today.

Photo courtesy William Gracia

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Back Row (l to r): Farinha, Barnett, Chino (C), Elghobashy, Mouelhi, Carrasco Front Row (l to r): Pereyra, Aguiar, Bosio, Baio, Ponce de Leon

United started brightly and aggressively and 60 seconds into the match Mr Barcelo had his first massive call to make when Elghobashy showed Roy Chipolina a clean set of heels, burst into the area and was felled; clear penalty from where we were sat but Mr Barcelo emphatically waved Red and White appeals away as the game continued. Was he setting the tone? The fact that Chipolina could not keep up with Ayman was made abundantly clear however.

United had an excellent first 15 minutes with the defence handling Lincoln’s attacks with ease. Farinha and Aguiar neutralised Lincoln’s tried and tested diagonal ball to the wings and provided the basis for our forward momentum. Forward momentum that got its just rewards 9 minutes into the match. Leo floated in a delicious ball that fell inbetween Chipolina and Oli and land at Dani’s feet just as he ghosted past them. His calm touch and subsequent composure allowed him to deftly poke the ball past a helpless Soler to give United a lead that not many in the stadium expected, though the hardcore United support did! He wheeled off in celebration in front of the Lincoln support as he was engulfed by team mates.

Ecstasy that was doubled a mere 120 seconds later as Elghobashy once again left Chipolina and the rest of the Lincoln defence in his wake. He won the byline, powered past the defence and as Soler came out to close the already tight angle he simply rolled the ball under the keeper’s body to score his 9th goal of the campaign and shock the Lincoln support into silence. United 2-0 up and the game 10 minutes old…not what Lincoln’s script had expected.

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United ceded some possession then but each and everyone of the eleven men on the field of play went on to have a flawless first 45 minutes. Farinha was simply spectacular and around him the 10 other heroes battled. Carlos, Leo and Jamie made the middle of the park their own while Baio and Dani sacrificed some of their game to graft and toil on the wings. Ayman as always harrassing at the spearhead of our attack. Lincoln began to get frustrated and thier only clear chance was a Falu half volley parried by Chino. The other moments of danger came from crosses and corners. Supporters did not want the half to end such was the ease with which we were controlling the game. As Mr Barcelo blew his whistle a certain needle had worked itself into the game, needle that would overspill in the second half.

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Lincoln started the second half with a double substitution that signaled their intent. Joseph Chipolina made his comeback from injury and Merino came on and Lincoln went on to the attack from the whistle. Wave after wave of white attack surged forward but the defence held firm. Mouelhi was being solid in the air and Barnett was throwing himslef into every block and challenge.

Lincoln began to create chances though. First it was a tame shot that Chino handled well, then a ball crashing against the post that kept our goal safe. Then it was Farinha with the first of a couple of goal line clearances. Hearts were palpitating and breaths being held but we were keeping the juggernaut out! Elghobashy was a constant threat though and every ball over the top meant a chase for Oli and Chipolina that frankly they didnt fancy. All that pressure however did have its fruit when Merio pulled one back on 66 minutes to give the game an extra edge moving into the last 25 minutes.

25 minutes of great friction if I may borrow Clausewitz’s phrase. There were some lengthy spells of stoppage due to United players being hurt. Lincoln players, keeper Lolo Soler in particular were taking great umbrage at this and tempers finally broiled over when Baio went over hurting his wrist. Soler was quick to remonstrate, again, and claim play acting. An action that incensed the United bench especially as Baio could not continue. As tempers flared Sanchez Alfaro was sent to the stands and Soler booked for what may be interpreted as unsporting behaviour. Lincoln assistant Coach, Segovia, was also sent to the stands by Mr Barcelo as frustrations began to get the better of people.

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Yet try as they might Lincoln could not get through. Carrasco sent another ball off the line  as Lincoln desperately sought the equaliser. Alas for them it did not come and hope soon evaporated late in the game as United sealed the three points. Elghobashy won his sprint against the defence for the umpteenth time and with Soler to beat he crashed a curled shot against the crossbar, United supporters could not believe it…yet there to pick up the pieces was Aguiar who had tapped his energy reserves to follow Ayman in. He picked up the rebound, shuffled his feet and neatly put the ball away to seal the points.

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Watching the match was almost as exhausting as playing in it but what a massive three points! It now opens a 5 point gap with St Joseph’s in 4th and it largely negates the advantage of their game in hand. 3 more massive games to go with the next one against Glacis United on Friday evening at 20:30.

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

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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.

Ramalho
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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Gibraltar United Reserves vs F.C. Magpies Reserves

Match corresponding to the 10th Round of the Gibraltarian Reserves Division and played on Thursday 26th April 2018 at 20:30.

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Gibraltar United Reserves  2 – 1 F.C. Magpies Reserves

Ponce de Leon
Baio

Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo
20 Michael Negrette
6   Brad Power (C)
21 Pedro Hidalgo Calvente
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
7   Cecil Prescott
21 Tito De Torres
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
14 Javier Cantelmi

SUBSTITUTIONS

Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Yalany Baio
Amhed El Hana on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Max Cottrell on for Micheal Negrette

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Back Row (l to r): Power (C), De Torres, Ponce de Leon, Alberto, Hidalgo Calvente, Perez Pichardo  Front Row (l to r): Pereyra, Negrette, Prescott, Baio, Cantelmi

Rock Cup Semi-Final: Gibraltar United vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the semi-final of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and played on Monday 23rd April 2018 at 19:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 5 Mons Calpe S.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
8   Filipe Aguiar
40 Carlos Carrasco
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Daniel Ponce de Leon on for Aymen Mouelhi
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
Michael Negrette on for Andre De Oliveira Farinha

Elghobashy and Mouehli return to the starting line up in a change of formation that sees Manolo adopt a wing back setup. Leo and Pipo drop to the bench as the club faces one of the most important games in its recent history.

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

It was an atypical match from the kick off. A change of system from our usual 4-3-3 meant an unusual line up but United had the first clear chance of the match, Aguiar left his marker behind by the by-line and crossed in a peach of a ball right onto the penalty spot. Jamie Bosio arrived a fraction of a second too late to poke the ball into an empty net. Things looked bright…

It was downhill from there as Mons Calpe frankly put in an excellent display from then on. They overpowered our midfield and their strikers, top guns in the Division, probed and pestered our defence until they opened the scoring following a breath taking move. A one-two on the wing left Farinha in check mate and Onega was to provide Pibe with the chance to drill one in from close range leaving Chino no chance. It was only just desserts for Mons’ play upto that point.

Manolo looked on as wave after wave of Mons attack assailed our defence. Marco and Filipe tried to get our play going but Ayman proved an isolated figure upfront. Desperate for a reaction the manager uncharacteristically made a double substitution 38 minutes into the game throwing on Dani and Pipo to look for some creativity and to try and win back midfield.

Alas it was to no avail as Mons continued to press and minutes later, indeed one minute before Mr Canepa blew for half time, Pibe scored an unmarked header to put his team 2-0 up. Indeed it could have been worse as the referee did not blow for a strong penalty shout in favour of Mons Calpe a few minutes before the goal was scored.

The second half was to be a mirror image of the first with Mons capitalising on three counter attacks to score three more goals to put United to the sword. No matter how hard we tried, and try we did, Mons were clearly the hungrier of the two teams and the better one on the field of play. Congratulations to them on a well-deserved semi-final win. For us, the league is still there with 6 games to play and the 3rd position and perhaps even the 2nd position to play for. We learn from the mistakes made and proceed to another massive game on Sunday evening against St Joseph’s.

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Match Preview: Mons Calpe S.C.

Match Preview courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Record against Mons Calpe S.C.

Played: 11
Won: 6
Drawn: 2
Lost: 3

Last Result: 1 – 2 (10-09-2018)

Manager: Luis Manuel Blanco
Captain: Leo Vela
Top Scorer: Juan Pablo Sastrie ‘Pibe’ (11)

A Rock Cup semi-final that opens the door to a golden opportunity for both clubs to play in a game that can lead to European football. United come into the game in good form and with morale sky high following two straight wins since a 2-1 loss to Mons Calpe. Form between clubs tends to go out of the window for high stakes games as these ones and he who wants its more will reap the gains.

United face the contest with a full bill of health and with all men standing after welcoming back Mouelhi and Elghobashy following a ban for accumulation of cards.  Kick off is at 19:30 on Monday evening and we hope our lads get vociferous and numerous support from the stands.

 

Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

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.

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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 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.