Match corresponding to the 2nd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 17th August 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin.
Gibraltar United 2 – 2 St Joseph’s F.C.
Ponce de Leon
1 Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
2 Xavier Carmona
15 Aymen Mouehli
4 David Gomez Prieto
3 Gonzalo Guijaro
24 Jamie Boiso
6 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Fran Alvarez Benitez
10 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9 Alvaro Castiella
Chico Rubio on for Michael Negrette
German Cortes Narvaez on for Xavier Carmona
Tito de Torres on for Fran Alvarez Benitez
One change from the team that played on Tuesday evening with Chico Rubio being replaced by Fran Benitez, the latter making his debut. Tito de Torres wins a spot on the bench as United face St Joseph’s in the first heavy weight clash of the season.
It was as everyone expected a tough, physical and entertaining affair that belied the needle that exists between the sides. Any chance of a cagey game went out of the window early doors as St Jospeh’s took an early lead when last year’s Saints’ top scorer Delgado gave them a 6th minute lead.
United responded relatively quickly with Bosio shooting over the bar after some crafty footwork by Castiella. Our equaliser came via the boots of Ponce de Leon following an assist by Negrette, the latter has had an outstanding start to the season. St Joseph’s lead had lasted 7 minutes and it was game on. Indeed Michael almost gave us the lead minutes later only for his shot to cannon off the upright!
Double disaster struck soon after however. First it was St Jospeh’s taking the lead from the head of Peña shortly followed by the loss of Negrette through injury; the youngster being subbed off for Rubio 42 minutes into the first half. 5 bookings, three goals and some good football on offer. United with all to do in the second half.
The game’s intensity continued though with less goal mouth action and more of a protracted battle. Mr Barcelo continued to brandish yellow cards and United went down to 10 men as Mouehli got his marching orders for two yellow cards; he was later joined by fromer United player Panzavechia who got booked twice in 10 minutes. Tito de Torres and German Cortes came on as Cazorla looked for an equaliser. It finally game in the dying embers of the game as Cortes bagged his first goal for the club on 86 minutes to finally beat Robba and bring back parity to the scoreline. Indeed he had a further chance seconds from the end of the game to shoot but opted instead to square the ball and the chance went begging.
The first big clash of the season did not disappoint. A fierce rivalry born last season continued and the public, a rather large one at that, enjoyed an enteratining match of football which perhaps augurs well for the local game. Spoils shared and attention now on FC Boca Juniors next weekend.