Gibraltar United

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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Match Preview: Mons Calpe S.C.

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

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Record against Mons Calpe SC

Played: 10
Won: 6
Drawn: 2
Lost: 2

Last Result: 3 – 1 (28-02-2018)

Manager: Luis Manuel Blanco
Captain: Leo Vela
Top Scorer: Juan Pablo Sastrie ‘Pibe’/Ruben Blanco Rodriguez (9)

United’s next fixturs is a Round 23 fixture whose games are being played out during the season. It sees us face an in form Mons Calpe fresh from two straight victories over Lincoln and Lions. In Blanco and Pibe they have a proven strike force and have found some defensive solidity off late. United already have two vicotries over the Calpeans this season and will look to a hat trick of wins to keep the pressure on St Joseph’s going into the weekend.

United see the return of several players welcoming back Baio and Power to the fold. The team is in good form and morale after the Europa game is sky high and Manolo will seek to capitalise on this good feeling. We are under no illusions however and know that Mons will be a tough nut to crack. Kick off 20:30 Tuesday 10th April.

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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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Match Preview: Gibraltar Phoenix

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

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Record versus Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Played: 3
Won: 1
Drawn: 1
Lost: 1

Last Result: 2 – 2 (25-11-2017)

Manager: Alberto Ferri
Captain: Francisco Moreno Jimenez
Top Scorer: German Cortes Narvaez (5)

Phoenix have had a tough second round that has seen them plumett down the table but has also seen seem achieve some surprising results. Their inconsistency has been their achilles heel and Alberto Ferri is back on the bench. Phoenix played their game in hand as recently as last Wednesday and battled hard for a point against Mons Calpe, though they finished the game with 9 men with former United player Ashley Rodriguez one of those seeing red. That said Phoenix are a tough side to break down and came back from a 2-0 defecit  in our game earlier the season.

United come into the game in good form following two good victories in the Rock Cup and the league against Glacis United last time out. All Internationals are back in the fold and the players have worked hard in training knowing the stakes are very high. Baio starts a two match suspension but other than that all other players remain available to Manolo for the match. A rather unsual midday kick off on Easter Monday.

 

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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Match Preview Premier Division: Glacis United F.C.

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Record against Glacis United F.C.

Played: 7
Won: 3
Drawn: 1
Lost: 3

Last Result: 0 – 2 (18-11-2017)

Manager: Mariano Marcos Garcia
Captain: Daniel Guerrero Heredia
Top Scorer: Adrian Amado Mena/Sidi (3)

United will no doubt be seeking some measure of revenge after losing 2 – 0 to Glacis way back in November in an ill tempered match which say Ayman Elghobashy getting sent off for a head butt. Since then the fortunes of both clubs have moved in opposite directions. United came back strongly after the winter break and are vying with St Joseph’s for third place while Glacis United had a very rocky return after the restart.

Both teams, however, come into the game on the back of scoring 6 in their last matches. Glacis played out the match of the season so far against Man 62 beating them 6 – 4 while United sealed their passage to the Semi Finals of the Rock Cup by seeing off F.C. Olympique 13 6 – 0 on Sunday. United know that every point between now and the end of the season is crucial and with St Jospeh’s 2 points ahead this is another crucial game.

 

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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Match Preview: Rock Cup Quarter Finals vs F.C. Olympique 13

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

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Record against F.C. Olympique 13

Played: 5
Won: 5
Drawn: 0
Lost: 0

Last Result: 4 – 1 (02-06-2015)

Manager: Lewis Fraser
Captain: Jordan Perez
Top Scorer: Robert Montovio (8)

United hold fond memories of the last official encounter against Olympique as we were crowned Division 2 champions and won promotion in that match in 2015. Much has changed for both clubs since. FCO13 were taken over in the summer by Nigierian businessman Sunday Adeleye. They filled their squad with decent local players and are riding high in the Second Division. Former United players Robert Montovio, Kaylan Rumbo, Alan Parker, Duane Robba. Max Bothen and Jamie Bosio all ply their trade with Olympique so the match holds a certain amount of interest.

United come into the game with a full bill of health, other than Roman, and every single player is available for selection following Bosio’s return after missing out against Lincoln due to 5 yellows. Will United surge through to the semi-finals or will there be a cup upset on the cards? Kick off 19:00 Sunday 11th March.