Divison 2 League Cup

Match Results and Goal Scorers

All the season’s results and goal scorers for the season 2104/15 including pre season friendlies

Date Opponent Venue Game Time Result
21-Jun-14 Angels F.C. Victoria Stadium Friendly 4pm 0  0
29-Jul-14 Boca Juniors La Linea Training Ground Friendly 9pm 3  3 J. Collado, own goal, Power
1-Aug-14 Olympique Victoria Stadium Friendly 2  0 Rocca, Villalta
8-Aug-14 Britannia Victoria Stadium Friendly 8pm 1  1 Rocca
13-Aug-14 Pastores La Menacha Friendly 8:30pm 0  0
Guadiaro Friendly 0  7
19-Aug-14 Lincoln RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  4 Victor
17-Sep-14 Gibraltar Phoenix Victoria Stadium Div 2 4  0 Cumbo, Power, Muscat (2)
29-Sep-14 Gibraltar Scorpions Victoria Stadium Div 2 1  0 An. Lopez
2-Oct-14 Glacis Utd RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  1
09/10/2014 Europa Point FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 1  1 Cumbo
13/10/2014 College RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  2
19-Oct-14 Angels FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 2  0 Thomas, An Lopez
26-Oct-14 Leo FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 8  1 Muscat (4), Cumbo (2), Victor, Rocca
28-Oct-14 Man 62 RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  3
10-Nov-14 Cannons Victoria Stadium Div 2 8  0 Muscat (3), Lopez (2), Collado, Buhagiar, Victor
12-Nov-14 Lions RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  4 A.Collado
17-Nov-14 Magpies FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 6  0 Collado (2), Lopez, Mañasco, Buhagiar, OG
23-Nov-14 Boca Juniors Victoria Stadium 2nd Div Cup 4  1 Lopez (2), Muscat, Cumbo
25-Nov-14 Mons Calpe RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  0 Rocca, Gallardo
30-Nov-14 Magpies RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  2 Rumbo, OG
7-Dec-14 Boca Juniors Victoria Stadium Div 2 8  1 Lopez (3), Cumbo (2), Howe, OG
10-Dec-14 Lynx RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  4 Howe
14-Dec-14 Mons Calpe Victoria Stadium Div 2 3  2 Buhagiar, Lopez, Howe
17-Dec-14 Man 62 RES Victoria Stadium Res Cup 1  1 Rocca (Lost 5-4 on penalties)
21-Dec-14 Lincoln Red Imps Victoria Stadium Div 2 3  0 Cumbo, Gilbert, OG
11-Jan-15 Leo FC Victoria Stadium Rock Cup 1R 1  0 Howe
15-Jan-15 St Joesphs RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  4
18-Jan-15 FC Hound Dogs Victoria Stadium Div 2 1  0 Cumbo
20-Jan-15 College Pegasus Victoria Stadium Div 2 2  0 Buhagiar, Muscat
27-Jan-15 Glacis Utd RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  1
2-Feb-15 Lincoln FC Victoria Stadium Rock Cup 2R 1  6 Victor
9-Feb-15 FC Olympique 12 Victoria Stadium Div 2 4  1 OG, L.Buhagiar, Casciaro, J.Collado
13-Feb-15 Mons Calpe Victoria Stadium 2nd Div Cup 4  1 Lopez (3), Rumbo
19-Feb-15 Gibraltar Scorpions Victoria Stadium Div 2 0  1
26-Feb-15 Europa Point FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 1  1 Casciaro
5-Mar-15 Angels FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 1  0 Muscat
15-Mar-15 Magpies FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 6  0 Casciaro, Thomas, Collado (2), Muscat, Cumbo
17-Mar-15 Lions RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  2
19-Mar-15 Leo FC Victoria Stadium Div 2 3  0 Muscat(2), Lopez
22-Mar-15 Mons Clape RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  0 Forfiet
24-Mar-15 Cannons Victoria Stadium Div 2 15  0 Muscat (4), Lopez (6), Cumbo (3), A.Collado, L.Buhagiar
4-Apr-15 Gibrlatar Phoenix Victoria Stadium Div 2 0  2
12-Apr-15 Angels FC Victoria Stadium 2nd Div Cup 0  0 Angels win 5-4 on penalties AET
14-Apr-15 Magpies RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  0 Forfiet
21-Apr-15 Lynx RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  2
24-Apr-15 Boca Juniors Victoria Stadium Div 2 2  0 Collado, L.Buhagiar
29-Apr-15 Lincoln RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  3
6-May-15 Mons Calpe Victoria Stadium Div 2 4  2 Muscat, Lopez, Howe, Rocca
11-May-15 Lincoln Red Imps Victoria Stadium Div 2 0  0
17-May-15 College RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  3 Gallardo (2)
21-May-15 FC Hound Dogs Victoria Stadium Div 2 4  1 Muscat, J.Buhagiar, Gallardo (2)
24-May-15 Man 62 RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  3 Match abandoned after United went down to 6 players due to injury
2-Jun-15 Olympique Victoria Stadium Div 2 4  1 Gallardo, Aitlachen, L.Buhagair, Muscat
5-Jun-15 St Joesphs RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  3 Gilbert, Power

Gibraltar United Football Club vs Angels Football Club

Match corresponding to the semi final of the Gibraltarian 2nd Division League Cup and played on Sunday 12th April 2015 at 18:30 at the Victoria Stadium.

Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 0 Angels Football Club

Angels win 5-4 on penalties AET

Gibraltar United Football Club

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
3  Lee Buhagiar
2  Aaron Collado
69 Adrian Lopez
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
21 Dylan Mañasco
22 Aziz Aitlachen
88 Carl Thomas
99 Shane Howe
9   Lee Muscat

SUBSTITUTIONS

David Gallardo on for Shane Howe
Aiden Victor on for Adrian Lopez
Kaylan Rumbo on for Aaron Collado

United’s first match since the Easter Saturday debacle against Gib Phoenix and we couldn’t have had a tougher nut to crack against league pursuers Angels FC. Both Mark Casciaro and Justin Collado were missing from the squad due to suspensions and that meant that Ian had to reshuffle the pack. Evan Coleing dropped to the bench and in came Adrian Lopez at right back and Shane Howe to partner Lee Muscat up front. Andrew Lopez shifted slightly to the left while ‘Paco’ Thomas played in a slightly more advanced role than normal on the right wing of midfield. United was looking to bounce back after a frankly disappointing and uncharacteristic performance last time out. The prize, a berth in the final of the 2nd Division League Cup Final where Europa Point FC awaited the winner of this much awaited tie.

United's Semi Final XI

United’s Semi Final XI

The game started briskly amid a very strong easterly wind that was a determining factor favouring the team kicking North to South. United had the first chance of the game and what a chance it was!  Andrew Lopez floated in a measured cross that was headed on to the centre of the area. Jared Buhagiar, a mere few yards out stuck out a foot and blazed the ball over the bar. A great start for United but that was pretty much it for the first half. Both teams were somewhat wary in the prevailing conditions and played cagely from the back. Aziz and Dylan were locked in a titantic battle in midfield with the Angels pair and referee Patrick Canepa, who had an excellent game, had to clam nerves on several occasions.

Andrew floats in a cross.

Andrew floats in a cross.

Possession was more or less equally shared as the game degenerated into a quagmire in midfield. Neither team was able to gain a significant advantage despite good wing play from United. Both teams also played well in defence with Adrian Lopez and Lee Buhagiar rocks for United, while the Angels centre halves marshalled both Muscat and Howe. As Canepa blew the half time whistle the crowd was hoping the temperature on the pitch would rise in the second half.

Despite a slow start, there were more chances in the second half in particular for United. With Dylan ascendant, his best game for a while, Thomas and Lopez on the wings, supported by Aziz down the middle began to find space where there was none in the first half. First Andrew and then Lee Muscat had chances to score. Andrew drove a forced shot wide after using his pace to leave Angels player Chozas in his wake and Muski was croweded out by a frantically retreating Angels defence. Yet the best chance fell to Aziz Aitlachen that curled a peach of a shot just shy of the top left had corner of the goal after having beaten keeper Mateo Perez. Angels themselves carried little danger forward in the initial 90 minutes and it was not until the second half of extra time that they enjoyed their first real chance.

Ian marshals his troops at the end of 90 minutes.

Ian marshals his troops at the end of 90 minutes.

Extra time saw a better flow to the match with both teams having chances. United used substitute Gallardo’s height and pace to good effect. Aden Victor, another sub, spurned a good chance but it was Andrew that proved to be the most profligate. Put through but Lee Muscat, he snapped at a shot that he drew horribly wide. Perhaps fatigue was setting in and tired minds did not realise he had time and space to compose himself and pick his spot. Angels’ only real chance in the game came in the second half of extra time. A shot, thrown around by the wind, wrong footed Chino who was more than relieved to see the ball bounce around the post and out to touch. In the dying embers of the game Angels had a goal ruled out by offside but Canepa had already annulled the play as he had blown for a foul. The resulting free kick was the last action of the game before the penalty shoot out. United were to lose the shoot out 5-4

Gibraltar United Penalties

Lee Buhagiar (Scored)
Jared Buhagiar (Scored)
Andrew Lopez (Scored)
Aziz Aitlachen (Saved)
Lee Muscat (Scored)

 

 

Gibraltar United Football Club vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the 1/4 Finals of the 2nd Division League cup and played at 20:00 on Friday 13th February 2015 at the Victoria Stadium

Gibraltar United Football Club 4 – 1 Mons Calpe S.C.

Lopez (3)
Rumbo

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
89 Aden Victor
4  Matthew Massetti
2  Aaron Collado
88 Carl Thomas
26 Evan Coleing
77 Kaylan Rumbo
22 Aziz Aitlachen
7  Justin Collado
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
99 Shane Howe

SUBSTITUTIONS

David Gallardo on for Evan Coleing
Adrian Lopez on for Shane Howe
Evan Sayers on for Aziz Aitlachen

Quarter final match on a Friday evening under the lights at the Stadium. United were forced into a number of changes due to injury, absences and suspension. Dylan Mañasco and Lee Muscat were both suspended due to bookings in our last league match. Aden Victor came in at left back and Shane Howe led the line up front. Evan Coeling made his first start and Aziz also made his full debut for the club. Kaylan Rumbo replaced the injured Mark Casciaro in center midfield while Matthew Massetti got his chance partnering Aaron at center half. Hard work in the Reserves is paying off as a number of players were called up to the match squad as the coaching staff rotated the squad.

United's XI for the game

United’s XI for the game

A very open start to the match saw both teams show a willingness to get forwards quickly and often. Both Justin and Evan on the wings were excellent outlets for the balls from the middle of pitch where Aziz conducted our offensive play in a masterful manner. The first real sign of danger came from Mons when a Cortes shot was cleared off the line by Aaron Collado with Chino clearly beaten. Not long after that the United crossbar was left rattling from a Mons header courtesy of a very well delivered and executed corner routine.

Yet, as it has often been the case this season Untied perform best in adversity. Half way through the first half a clever Aitlachen ball saw Andrew Lopez breakthrough the resolute Mons defence. A burst of speed left him with only keeper Carling to beat and this he did with a neat finish. Mons protested very loudly claiming a clear offside position. Unfortunately for them the match officials did not agree and the goal stood. Mons immediately took the gauntlet and defender Escavia came close just before the ref blew for half time. Though United were 1 up Mons looked the better team in the first 45.

Justin Collado ensured this would not be the case in the second. Straight after the kick off he delivered a peach of cross which was gratefully met by Andrew’s head as he nestled the ball into the net. A cross of tremendous quality that show cases Justin’s other side to his game, its not just all about speed and power. Indeed he was one of our best players in the second half. Mons heads dropped as the body blow, so soon after the restart was almost impossible to surmount. Shane Howe spurned an easy chance when one on one with the keeper and both Aziz and Evan Coleing having the freedom of the Victoria Stadium.

It was, however Kaylan Rumbo that really lit up the stadium. Some great ball control and clever play from him saw him create the necessary space to be able to line up a shot at goal. A lobbing, yet placed shot, flew over Jamie Carling’s head and bulged the back at the net. The crowd was off its feet and even opposing supporters sportingly clapped Kaylan’s stunning shot. With the match seemingly won Aldorino moved his bench with both Shane and Coleing coming off for David Gallardo and Adrian Lopez. The former instantly had a chance but missed the one on one with keeper.

Andrew, hat trick hero on the night had no such issues as he finished off Carl Thomas’s excellent dribble and cross to put the score at 4-0. United into the semis but not before Cortes bagged a consolation for Mons. With Evan Sayers completing the substitutions as he came on for Aziz United can look back on a job well done and a morale boosting result before our next match against an inform Gib Scorpions in the league next Thursday. The semi final itself will be against another of our direct rivals in the league, Angels FC

Hat Trick scorer Andrew celebrates post match

Hat Trick scorer Andrew celebrates post match

Boca Juniors (Gib) Vs Gibraltar United Football Club (Division 2 League Cup)

Match corresponding to the 1/8 Round of the Division 2 League Cup. Played at the Victoria Stadium on Sunday 23rd November 2014

Gibraltar United Football Club 4 – 1 Boca Juniors (Gib)

Muscat
Cumbo
Lopez (2)

Gibraltar United Football Club

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
11 Jared Buhagiar
2  Aaron Collado
15 Carl Thomas
3  Kenneth Chipolina
12 Aden Victor
8  Dylan Mañsco
14 Stefan Cumbo
16 Steven Gilbert
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
9  Lee Muscat

SUBSTITUTIONS

Kaylan Rumbo on for Stefan Cumbo
Aiden Casey on for Steven Gilbert
William Gracia on for Andrew Lopez

Cup football under the floodlights on a rainy November evening in Gibraltar. The opposition Boca Juniors (Gib), that despite their name also have local players filling up their roster. Randal Aldorino clearly stated his intentions in having the League Cup as a serious competition to win by fielding a very strong side. Indeed the two changes between this line up and our last league run out were enforced by injury. Carl Thomas having already substituted the injured Shane Crisp during the last league match and Steven Gilbert replacing the injured Justin Collado. Elsewhere both Aaron Collado and Stefan Cumbo had shaken off knocks to be able to take their places in the starting line up that, though looking very much like a conventional 4-4-2, saw Chipolina play slightly ahead of the defensive line.

United's formation at the start

United’s formation at the start.

 

United started quick, very quick with the four players playing on the wings quick to get forward into attacking positions and push the Boca defence back onto their 6 yard box. Boca had little by means of response in these early stages of the game and it was clear that they could not cope with Muscat’s sheer power. Indeed, having drawn a blank against Magpies, Lee was keen to get his name on the score sheet. Looking sprightly and sharp he linked well early on with Andrew Lopez as well as playing in both wingers with clever balls. Yet his goal was classic Muscat. Head down, pile driving forwards, his deft feet left one defender after another in his wake. He unleashed a powerful shot that thundered off the bar leaving Alvarez in the Boca goal clueless as to where the ball had gone. It, meanwhile had bounced back into the net. United 1-0 up, Muscat back in among the goals.

Muscat salutes the crowd after his goal.

Muscat salutes the crowd after his goal.

Boca looked somewhat shell shocked as play resumed. United went forwards again and the game took an ugly turn at times with some hard tackles flying in from both sides. Referee, Rojas, had his hands full and should have booked one of our players for retaliation after a typically bullish hustle for the ball in the center of the park. Yet Stefan Cumbo graced us with a moment of sheer class and beauty amidst all the hard tackling and graft. Aden Victor got fouled as he approached the left side of the Boca area. The ref gives the foul. Up steps Cumbo to score the most delightful of placed free kicks beyond the reach of the keeper. A sweeter ball has yet to be struck this season and both sets of supporters applauded the goal, Stefan being a former Boca Juniors player himself. United were coasting at this point with Boca resorting to long balls to a very hard working Berrack up front.

Goal scorer Cumbo gets clattered in a tackle typical of the midfield battle

Goal scorer Cumbo gets clattered in a tackle typical of the midfield battle.

Chances fell to Buhagiar and Lopez but both were saved by the opposing keeper. Boca center half, Crawford was also forced to carry out a dramatic off the line clearance as we approached half time. It appeared that Boca could not cope with United’s blitz. Yet luck was going to throw a bone their way. With the half almost over a hopeful high punt forward hung in the air as Chino Goldwin positioned himself for the catch. Be it the weather, the greasy ball or even the ease with which Chino should have caught the ball something unsettled him as he uncharacteristically fumbled the ball.Boca forward Suarez was quick on hand to pounce upon the mistake to breath in some hope to a side that often looked at sea during the first 45 minutes.

The second half started nervously for United as we lost the ball needlessly on a number of occasions and though Boca showed little attacking prowess the tight scoreline in a cup match situation meant squeaky bum time was on the cards for the United staff if a second goal was not found. Aden Victor run his socks off and Carl Thomas, despite a booking, a ball of endless energy on the right flank. Injury woes however struck again as Cumbo felt the same knee he’d injured last week go. Kaylan Rumbo, who later tried an audacious overhead kick, quickly run on the pitch as a sub and soon followed by Aiden Casey who replaced a waning Gilbert. Nervous times ahead but Captain Andrew Lopez did what good captain’s do. They grab ahold of their ship and steer it to safety. If he had been guilty of perhaps over cooking in the first half he certainly was clinical in two key moments in the second. He tapped in a scrambled effort for his first and then gave a master class in poise and control as he rifled in a shot to beat Alvarez in his near post. It was a difficult chance to convert as the ball was bouncing on a zippy surface and the angle closing all the time.

That goal settled the game at 4-1. Lopez himself being the final sub and it was great to see Willy Gracia back on the field of play after an injury lay off. Gibraltar United march on to the 1/4 finals where Mons Calpe await after they saw off Gibraltar Phoenix yesterday. United’s next match is against….Boca Juniors in the league a fortnight from today, though the Reserves have two outings this coming week against Mons Calpe Reserves and Magpies Reserves.