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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Some of the work our kitman, Francis Huart, carries out to motivate and prepare the team for action.

Lynx F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 10th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 18:15. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 0 Lynx Football Club

Gibraltar United

1  Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8  Filipe Aguiar
5  Erin Barnett
15 Ayman Mouelhi
20 Michael Negrette
4   Yalany Baio
39 Leo Pereyra
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
10 Filipe Ramalho
19 Manuel Roman Salado


Carlos Carrasco Llorens on for Michael Negrette

Football is back on the Rock and this weekend sees the start of Round 2 of the Premier Division. With Farinha and Elghobashy serving the last game of their respective suspensions Manolo has tried Negrette and Aguiar as full back against basement club Lynx FC. A 2-0 win way back in September say United get all three points and a similar outcome is hoped for today. Debutant Ponce de Leon will hope to impress while Pereyra makes his debut in midfield.

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Back Row (l to r): Roman, Pereyra, Chino (C), Barnett, Mouelhi, Ponce De Leon. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Aguiar, Baio, Ramahlo, Negrette

Gibraltar United kicked off the first game on the much vaunted new surface laid at the Victroia Stadium on a cold and brisk Saturday evening bathed in the dying light of the winter sun. The cold did not seem to affecet debutant Dani who was quick to drift out to the left and with a mix of pace and deft skill beat the Lynx full back and deliver a delightful ball into Roman that totally unhinged the Yellow and Black defence. Roman, with only the keeper to beat, had a clear shot with his left foot mere seconds into the game. Perhaps he lacked the confidence on his weaker foot or perhaps it was early doors; he chose to swivel and to place the ball on his right foot. This allowed Ketlun the second he needed to position himself and defelct the belated shot away for a corner. An explosive opening!

Though the game settled down soon after it was Lynx who were to provide the next moment of action. Erin was outfoxed by Lopez whose dinked in cross was met by a Lynx forward all alone in the box and with Chino in no man’s land. The Lynx player seemingly had to nod the ball into the net. Nod the ball he did but thanfully for us he nodded it wide of the goal. Wake up call heeded!

United pulled up their socks and took total control of the ball form then on. Dani drifted out to the right and was the target of several hard challenges, indeed full back Moran Blanco was to see two yellows that would result in his dismissal in the 35th minute; both fouls carbon copies of each other. Despite the one man advantage and the lion’s share of possession, United could not create a clear cut chance; a well controlled ball on the chest by Roman and subsequently sliced shot the highlight of this spell. Ketlun did however pull off a masterful save from an Aguiar shot on the cusp of half time.


The second half saw 10 man Lynx entrench themsleves in their half and batter the Black and White storm in a masterful manner. The 9 outfield players masterfully protected their goal and were tight and compact and were able to frustrate the efforts of Dani and Negrette to unhinge the defence. Pipo employed his guile and skill to no avail while Baio was supporting from the deeper areas in picking up the balls constantly batted away by the defence.

The breakthrough seemed to be on when, from a Miereles pass, Roman’s pace pulled him free from the last line. Chuky knew he could not beat him in a flat race so cynically pulled him back as he darted into free space and the goal. Mr Barcelo qucikly blew and flashed a yellow when perhaps a darker shade may have been in order due to the nature of the foul. Once again the Black and Yellow wall remained unbroken.

Erin came very close from one of the many corners United had in the second half while a Pipo cross cum shot was kept out in extremis by Ketlun (the Lynx Man of the Match), who demonstrated great felxibilty in keeping the ball out, a nasty bump against the post his reward. He once again proved his worth late in the game by producing a double save from Roman and Pipo to keep his goal safe. Carlos Carrasco came on for his debut but there was no breaking down of these resolute Lynx players who deserve credit for their performance and they take a justified point with them.

Attention now turns to Manchester 62 in the Rock Cup on Wednesday. The magic of the cup under the lights!


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Match Preview: Lynx F.C.

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

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Record verus Lynx F.C.

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

Last Result: 2 – 0 (25-9-17)

Manager: Andres Reyes
Captain: Robert Guiling
Top Scorer 17/18: Gabriel Gargiulo (2)

Goals from Filipe Aguiar and Ayman Elghobashy were enough to see off Lynx FC in Matchday 1 way back in September. Much has changed for the Yellow and Blacks since then. Manager Allen Bula was replaced by Albert Parody, who in turn appointed Andres Reyes in January. Lynx currently sit bottom of the league after a mixed first round. A return of 5 points sees them equal to points with Man 62 but one place below them due to a worse goal average.

United saw a downturn in form and fortune and saw 3 defeats in the last 5 games before the winter break. Players have gone out and players have come in as United seek to regain that early season form that saw them rocket to second. Skipper Chino has eagerly been awaiting the return of football to the Rock; ‘I think the winter break came in handy in order to freshen ourselves up mentally and physically. The Club has managed to secure a couple of good signings and everyone is ready for the next round. The whole team has trained very hard during this break having morning and afternoon sessions. Everyone is looking foward to saturdays game vs lynx, who will put up a good game as always.’

Football’s back!

Gibraltar United vs Lynx Football Club

Match corresponding to the 1st Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Monday 25th September 2017 at 21:00. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank

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Gibraltar United 2 – 0 Lynx Football Club


Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andres De Oliveira Silva Farinha
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
17 Marco Meireles
8   Filipe Aguiar
19 Manuel Roman Salado


Ayman Elghobashy on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Michael Negrette on for Marco Meireles
Igor Djoman on for Jamie Bosio

The Premier Division is finally back and it sees United face off against Lynx FC in our first match of the 2017/18 season. United give debuts to 7 new summer signings in a new look line up. Chino has taken permanent ownership of the Captain’s armband, while Brad and Erin form the first centre half partnership of the season. Elsewhere it sees a debut for Aguiar, Meireles, Ramalho and Roman in a formidable attacking line up backed up by Bosio and Baio in midfield. Alberto and Farinha also make their debuts in the full back positions. De Torres and Negrette sit on the bench awaiting their chance following an Under 21 call up.

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A blustery, Westerly day greeted United for their first match of the season against Lynx F.C. The match was preceeded by a minutes silence in memory of the passing of Mr Hidalgo Calvente, father to Pedro one of our coaches. The silence was observed impecably by all in attendance and our thanks go to the GFA and Lynx FC for agreeing to it.


Impeccably observed.



United’s attacking intent was clear for all to see from the kick off as Roman kicked off the game. The native of Amsterdam was playing his first game for the club, one of 7 players making their debut from the start (3 more were to make their first appearance from the bench). Jamie Bosio touched upon this in a post match interview, ‘we’ve upped the intensity in our training and preseason matches and even though the team is completely new, it feels like we’ve known each other for a long time already. Today’s performance wasn’t the display of a team playing their first competitive game together which is excellent for us.’ Certainly the hard work preseason is starting to pay instant dividends.

Roman’s devillish pace was creating problems for Lynx since the off. His incessant hounding of the centre backs meant Lynx could not create from the back and they resorted to long balls which were inveitbaly picked up by Yalany Baio. The former Liverpool FC youth player was immense tonight. He was almost everywhere at once covering his defence while winning the second ball and then passing it on to the likes of Meireles and Pipo to create. Indeed United, despite a slow start, grew into the game and began to dominate the match. Chances came for Roman and Aguiar as United’s pressure began to tell.

However credit to Lynx and Allen Bulla who fought back and were more or less on an even pegging by half time. Credit too to the refereeing team lead by Mr Murphy who at all times let the ball flow and applied common sense to their appliction to the Rules of the game. Lynx’s attacking focus was clearly their gigantic forward Gargiulo that towered over everyone on the field. Erin and Brad pefrectly marshalled the Argentine striker who at no time was allowed to take advantage of his prodigious height. A defensive masterclass by the Gibraltarian internaitonals. Brad had this to say, ‘it was a tough but satisfying duel with their striker. We knew exactly what he was going to offer and how he would try to link up play with the players around him. A physical battle is something which I relish and I feel the defence as a whole came out on top yesterday. I have a very good understanding with Erin at the back and we dealt with everything he threw at us. Baio also did an excellent job of winning the second balls.’ Mr Murphy called time on the first half with United feeling pleased with themselves.


Mr Murphy calls Half Time

The second half kicked off in the same vein and apart from a shot from sub Cano it was all United. Roman had two chances saved while the midfield and defence confidently contained Lynx’s forrays. Manolo moved his bench on the 70th minute and the subs were to have a dramatic impact on the game. Micheal Negrette came on for Pipo and striker Ayman Elghobashy replaced Meireles who had taken a knock. Negrette in particular, was to have a instant impact. He moved to the right flank as Nuñez moved to a 4-4-2 formation. His first peach of a cross was met by the other sub Elghobashy, unmarked on the penalty spot. Whether it was nerves or the fact that the ball was perfect or that he was totally unmarked, he scuffed his lines and missed the header. Another chance going by the wayside.

Yet as usual United kept on plugging and the team got its just rewards on the 80th minute when Roman was found by Elghobashy wide on the ride. He delivered an pin pint accurate cross to Aguiar who was rushing unmarked into the left side of the area; a deft touch to set it up with his left and bang, a cross hit ball that cannoed off the far post into the net. A goal of immense quality in all of its three phases. United deservedly in the lead!


Aguiar receives the plaudits of his team mates.

Euphoria on the stands and on the pitch as United continued to surge forward. Negrette was pinging them in from the right and Roman was driving the Yellows mad with his pace and guile. The last act, however was to belong to El Ghobashy. Baio spread the ball to Farinha who found Negrette on the right. One touch, quick look up and youngster floated in another peach that found Ayman far post. He won his tussle with the defender and thrusted the ball into the net for a dream debut goal!!! United 2-0 with 90 minutes on the clock.


El Ghobashy introduces himself to local football.

Lynx finally had the fight drained out of them and the final four minutes of added time were inconsequential as Mr Murphy whistled for the end of the game United supporters applauded their heroes off the field. A highly anticipated match had delivered and United’s players had banged loudly on the table. Captain Chino spoke to us after the game and said, ‘ this win was vital in order to kick start our campaign on the right foot. The team performed very well considering we have a few new players.’ 3 points and a job well done!