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Junior Leagues kick off!

A great weekend of Junior Football in the early autumn sunshine as the GFA Youth leagues kicked off. Most of our youth teams were in action both inside and outside. Both coaches and players have put in a lot of hours into this opening weekend. Our thanks to the GFA’s Grassroots Division for organising the leagues and tournaments. All our teams kicked off with their brand new kits modelled on the senior’s. Some great performances but the most important thing is the smiles on the kid’s faces and the sheer enjoyment of being on the field of play!

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Premier Division 3rd Round Review

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Lincoln empahtically defeated Europa 3 – 1 in the game of the round on Saturday evening to leave the defending champions yet to win a point, though they do have a game in hand. Lynx continued their bad start to the season after a defeat to Mons Calpe in the opening game of the weekend. United climbed into 2nd position after defeating St Joseph’s; and were joined there by Lions FC after their very late equaliser against Man 62 on Saturday night. Glacis and Phoenix shared the spoils following a 1 all draw in the remaing game of the round.

Round four brings a 2nd versus 3rd clash in Lions FC vs Gibraltar United. Last year’s basement battle suddenly transformed into a top of the table clash, no doubt the game of the tie. Lynx face a tough ask against Lincoln while the champions will look to get off the mark against Glacis United on Friday. Mons Calpe square off against Man 62 while St Joseph’s play Phoenix

Round Three Results

Mons Calpe SC (Rodriguez, Sastrie 2)     3   0 Lynx FC
Glacis United FC (Jimenez)     1   1 Gibraltar Phoenix FC (Narvaez)
Gibraltar United (Roman 2, Elghobashy)     3   1 St Joseph’s FC (Ferrer)
Lincoln Red Imps FC (Hernandez, J. Chipolina, R. Chipolina)     3   1 Europa FC (Carreno)
Lions FC (OG, Gilroy)     2   2 Manchester 62 FC (Adams 2)

Round Four Fixtures

St Jospeh’s FC     Vs Gibraltar Phoenix FC
Lynx FC     Vs Lincoln Red Imps FC
Europa FC     Vs Glacis United FC
Manchester 62 FC     Vs Mons Calpe SC
Gibraltar United     Vs Lions FC

League table as of 22-10-17

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Gibraltar United vs St Joseph’s FC

Match corresponding to the 3rd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 20th November 2017 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 St Joseph’s FC

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Elghobashy

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
20 Michael Negrette
17 Marco Meireles
8   Filipe Aguiar
19 Manuel Roman Salado

SUBSTITUTES

Ayman Elghobashy on for Manuel Roman Salado
Igor Djoman on for Michael Negrette
Yassine Idouaziz on for Filipe Aguiar

Injuries and the performance against Man 62 have moved Manolo into shuffling his pack. With Brad out after injuring his ankle against Man 62, Erin comes in to partner Aymen in defence while both Aguiar and Negrette start to provide the width so sorely missed last time out. Elghobashy drops to the bench alongside Ramalho as United look to exploit their pace against a tough St Jospeh’s side.

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It was a perfect evening for football with little wind and a balmy, early autumn temperature as both teams took the field of play. St Jospeh’s were looking to continue their 100% start to the season while United looked to put the disappointing performance against Man 62 behind them.

It was a cagey start but United looked menacing when going forward. Roman was keen to exploit his pace from the off, as it turned out this was the key facet of the match. While Aguiar and Negrette sought to widen the pitch at every given opportunity. It was from a Aguiar cross that United got their breakthrough in the 6th minute of the match. Robba in the St Joseph’s goal came out and fumbled what seemed a run of the mill catch. Roman, hovering on the keeper’s blind side was rewarded with a gift of a ball as it sailed through the keeper’s hands. A simple point blank range header and Roman had finally broken his duck and put the misses on Sunday behind him. United 1-0 up and game on.

St Joseph’s sought to get back into the game and fought hard for it. The centre backs relied on their physicality to control Roman’s lightning bursts of speed while up front JP Duarte tried to stretch our defence perfectly marshalled by Erin and Aymen. Indeed the match went through periods were it resembled a pitch battle. These are the scenarios in which Baio and Bosio excel in. They broke up St Joseph’s attempts to create and the Blue and Whites resorted to longer and longer balls as thier playmakers were squeezed out of time and space.

The one time they were afforded space St Jospeh’s equalised and what a goal it was! Ferrer was given the freedom and time to turn full about 35 meters from the goal. He was given the time to line up his shot and let loose a well placed, powerful shot that left Chino with no chance. There is no denying the quality of the finish but Ferrer was largely allowed to set up the goal with no pressure at all. Great timing for the Saints as the goal came while they were dominating the midfield. United however have a rapier up front.

Untied’s lead was once again restored by Roman. His harrassing of the Saints’ playmakers saw him exploit his pace once again as he bored on Robba like an arrow. The keeper started to come out of his line as the striker closed in, the Blue and White defence trailing behind him. Roman looked up saw Robba’s postion and drilled a shot past him to the far post. As the ball nestled into the net Roman and the team wheeled away in celebration with the half time whistle close on their heels.

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The second half however proved to be an exciting 45 minutes of football. Both teams came out all guns blazing to gain the lead. St Jospeh’s looked a bit more creative and forced Chino into his only save of the game but they exhibited little real danger after that. Roman however was denied a hat trick. Once again he outfoxed the Saints’ defence using a mix of guile and pace and it was only a bobble on the Victoria’s surface that came to Robba’s resuce as he faced Roman for the third time.

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He was subbed soon after and received the applause of United supporters as a well deserved plaudit. The rapier was replaced by the broadsword. In Elghobashy we have a different type of forward relying more on sheer power and close ball control. As is his want, he began harrasing the tiring St Joesph’s defence and it was clear they could not handle him. He had a number of chances and buried his second one after rounding Robba and tapping into an empty net. Had he shown more composure a few minutes later he would have doubled his tally for the match.

Mention as well to Marco Meireles who demonstrated his experience and nuance in controlling the ball and the game masterfully for the last 25 minutes. He seemed to be everywhere at once, supporting the defence and sending balls forward for Ayman to chase. It was a night to remember for all in Red and White as Mr Murphy called time on the game. Our first win versus St Joseph’s and a good performance to bolster morale before our next game against in form Lions FC.

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Match Preview: St Joseph’s FC

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

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Record against St Joseph’s FC

Played: 6
Won: 0
Drawn: 1
Lost: 5

Last result: 0 – 0 (9-4-2017)

Manager: Raul Procopio
Captain: Ivan Gonzalez Lobato
Top Scorer 16/17: John Paul Duarte

Another historic name of local football. Founded in 1912 St Joseph’s is the South District Team and have one league title to their name and 9 Rock Cups, the most recent coming in 2013. A regular in the top division St Joseph’s qualified for European competition for the first time last season and participated in the qualifiers for this season’s UEFA Europa League.

Chino gave us his prematch thoughts, ‘the squad has been more focused since the Man 62 game and everyone is eager to get the game started and get back to winning ways, however as always it will be a tough match against St Joseph’s and we are under no illusion it will be an easy game’

St Joseph’s have finished 3rd for the past two seasons and have been a very consistent team for the past few seasons. Despite a decent 0-0 draw last time out St Joseph’s have always been a tough nut to crack but the squad is eager and has been working hard to improve on Sundays result and the game promises to be an exciting one. Kick off Friday at 20:30

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Europa FC Reserves vs Gibraltar United Reserves

Match corresponding to the 3rd Round of the Gibraltarian Reserve Division and played on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 18:15.

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Gibraltar United Reserves 2 – 0 Europa FC Reserves

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Gibraltar United Reserves

13 Alvaro Perez Pichardo ‘Pichi’
22 Jamie Pratts (C)
34 Alberton Fortune Macomba
21 Pedro Hidalgo Calvente
12 Mohamed Ashraf Ramadan
11 Yassine Idouaziz ‘Minni’
14 Javier Cantelmi
35 Igor Djoman
7   Cecil Prescott
27 Tito De Torres
29 Habbib Dannoun

SUBSTITUTES

Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Tito De Torres
Ilyias El Ouahabi on for Habbib Dannoun
Tarik El Hlou on for Cecil Prescott

 

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Quantocoin, new club sponsor!

 

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Gibraltar United is looking forward to our partnership with Quantocoin and are very pleased to welcome them into the Gibraltar United family!

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Premier Divsion 2nd Round Review

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Lions continued their great start by comprehensively beating Lynx FC 3-0 in the opening fixture of Round 2. Allen Bulla’s men have started the 17/18 campaign with two defeats and face Mons Calpe in the 3rd round of fixtures. Lincoln carried on where the left off and thumped Phoenix while St Jospeh’s narrowly beat Glacis United to consign them to their second consecutive defeat though the Claret and Blues deserved something out of the game. With United and Man 62 sharing the spoils the Europa FC vs Mons Calpe match has been postponed to the 30th November due to allocation congestion at the Victoria Stadium.

Round three throws up some interesting match ups. Lynx and Mons go head to head to secure their first points of the season while Glacis will look to capitalise on a wounded Phoenix, but we all know they tend to rise from the ashes. Lions and Manchester is a Premier Divsion classic while United versus St Joesph’s will be an interesting match up. The outstanding fixture however is Lincoln vs Europa; first and second from last year lock horns for the first time in this year’s championship. Its going to prove to be a great weekend of football!

Round Two Results

Lynx FC     0   3 Lions FC (Llaves 2, Gilroy)
St Joseph’s FC (Mejias)     1   0 Glacis United FC
Europa FC     P   P Mons Calpe SC
Lincoln Red Imps FC (Falu 3, Dieguito, Chipolina)     5   0 Gibraltar Phoenix FC
Manchester 62 FC (Vargas)     1   1 Gibraltar United (Bosio)

Round Three Fixtures

Mons Calpe SC     Vs Lynx FC
Glacis United FC     Vs Gibraltar Phoenix FC
Gibraltar United     Vs St Joseph’s FC
Lincoln Red Imps FC     Vs Europa FC
Lions FC     Vs Manchester 62 FC

League table as of 16-10-17

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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

Bosio

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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Gibraltar United XI

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.