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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.

Elghobashy (3)
Aguiar

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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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

Negrette (2)
Elghobashy (2)
De Torres
Prescott

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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Lincoln Red Imps F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 15th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 4 Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Cecil Prescott on for Michael Negrette
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Tito De Torres on for Marco Meireles

United welcome back Baio and Aguiar back into the XI following bans for accumulations an red cards. They come in for Bosio and Pereyra. The former suspeneded and the latter on the bench where he is joined by Mouelhi as Brad Power returns to the line up for this most testing of matches against the rampant Red Imps.

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A wet and windy 90 minutes of football that were dominated by Lincoln’s first 15 minutes and a frnankly brilliant Lolo Soler in the second half. United came out of the blocks cold and had no response to the Imps’ blistering start with Chipolina and Bernardo Lopes running the show. United just couldn’t keep hold of the ball and get their rhythm going.

The deadlock was broken from a corner that was not a corner and from a ball controlled via a player’s hand. Mr Borg judged that a ball going out of play last came off Farinha, which it didn’t. The resulting corner came in and Oliver rose higher than anyone else to claim it. The ball hit his chest and nestled briefly on his arms, this last action allowed him the second he needed to settle himself and rifle the ball past Chino. A clear handball that was unseen by the refereeing team, who did have a very good game in very harsh conditions in all honesty.

Lincoln’s second 10 minutes later had the touch of the fortunate as a shot from distance from Bardon took a wicked deflection and flummoxed the diving Chino giving him no chance. A third goal two minutes later was gifted by our defence as they all stood still from a corner as the loose ball fell in the area. Bernardo Lopes reacted the quickest to give Lincoln a deserved lead but perhaps by too large a margain.

Not that United were taking it lying down either. The retunring Baio and Meireles had shots saved by Soler and we were fighting hard in the swirling wind and rain to get a goal and back in the game. As Mr Borg called time fans wondered what was in store in the second 45.

The figure of Lolo Soler loomed liked a colossus over the second half. From the off it was clear that United were the better team. Whether Lincoln had paid the physical bill of the first 30 minutes of pressure or had taken their foot off the gas with the three goal advantage, United had the measure of the green. Elghobashy had one shot go wide, while Soler made the first of several crucial saves from Dani. Minutes later he produced a dramatic double save from the same players. The keeper was standing tall and we couldn’t find a way past him.

The best opportunity came 20 minutes in as Mr Borg judged a foul on Baio as being inside the area. Penalty! Up stepped Dani who already has two spot kicks to his name and against him was Gibraltar’s penalty expert. Soler’s spot kick record in frankly impressive having stopped 8 of the 10 spot kicks he has faced so far. Dani stepped up and the inevitable happened…

There would be no deserved award for the team’s efforts. Prescott came on for his debut and would show glimpses of his talent. Pipo and De Torres also came on and with United tilted forwards to the attack Lee Casciaro was able to net Lincoln’s fourth with a well taken finish following a counter.

Beaten but not bowed and broken, Gibraltar United’s attention now turns to the Rock Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday against some old friends in the ranks of FC Olympique 13.

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Gibraltar United vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the 14th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Mons Calpe S.C.

Negrette
Farinha
Meireles

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
6   Erin Barnett
20 Michael Negrette
29 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Brad Power on for Aymen Mouelhi
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Leo Pereyra
Javier Cantelmi on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

 

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Manolo welcomes back Barnett and Meireles from a one match ban for 5 yellows but Baio and Aguiar are still missing through suspension. Roman is now out for the season and that means that the likes of Pipo, De Torres and Prescott are all fighting for a spot on the team and minutes on the pitch. Brad drops to the bench as Barnett resumes his center half position and Negrette comes in to cover at left back and a pivotal match against a resurgeant Mons Calpe.

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Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Elghobashy, Pereyra, Barnett, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Farinha, Bosio, Negrette, Ponce De Leon

The team walked out wearing shirts in homage to Roman following his horror injury last week and were keen to gain 3 points in his honour. However, in all honesty, this was the highlight of the first half. A first 45 minutes in which we did not turn up at all. Mons were quicker and faster to the ball, harder to the tackle and hungrier for the win. Indeed, United created little while Chino had a busy game of it. He made two spectacular saves prior to Pibe opening the scoring on the half hour mark. Though the goal had a sniff of offside it was simply what Mons deserved. United seemed powerless to react and with a Ponce de Leon acrobatic overhead kick the highlight for United, the outlook for the second half seemed as bleak as the forecasted weather.

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United’s players trudge off dejectedly.

Manolo started the half with two substitutions. Seeking more pace and energy he introduced Power and Pipo on for Mouelhi and Pereyra. Our play had also taken a dramatic turn, whatever rocket Manolo had fired at the players at half time seemed to have its desired effect. As the half progessed spectactors at the stadium were treated to comeback for the ages, one enscribed in the annals of football lore with the sweat and toil of these 11 men in Red and White.

United took the game to Mons with aplomb. Pipo looked sharp and had a shot sail wide as he cut inside. Marco was begining to dictate play while Bosio and Carrasco were simply impeccable in centre midfield. Mons were gradually pushed back into their half as the pressure began to tell. Elghobashy tried his luck and so did Dani, with Grasso in the Mons’ goal equal to both efforts. Having lost control of the match Mons Calpe sought to regain control via some physical play which Mr Barcelo had in check throughout. 53 minutes and Michael Negrette took centre stage. Dani crossed in a ball following another Mons foul. It was headed away only to find that sweet right foot of Michael Negrette. A possible contender for goal of the season from fully 30 meters out saw Grasso have no answer to the rocket the young Under 21 International sent his way. In the words of Andy Gray, ‘take a bow son, take a bow!’.

The crowd went wild with delirium, delirium that was tempered moments later what an uncharacteristic Chino lack of focus almost allowed Pibe in, his squared pass to Blanco and subsequent shot at goal went wide; a timely warning! United continued to attack. Brad put a headed corner wide while Elghobashy once again went close. Mons had no answer to the Red and White tide. Blood was in the air and United had the scent in their noses. The game was there for the taking and United only needed to find that spark, that bit of magic to seal Mons’ fate.

Cue Farinha. The Portugese right back has steadily become a fan favourite with his runs, his determination and his full on attitude to the game. Today he can also add a fantastically taken goal with his left peg to that repetoire. Following a one-two with Dani out on the right Farinha cut inside. Emualting those great right backs of old, he dropped a shoulder, ghosted past the defence and wrapped his left foot around the ball. Grasso dived but nothing the keeper could do would stop a strike of such quality. The ball went straight to the top left hand corner of the goal to give United the lead they so deserved in this second half.

Two spectacular strikes gave the team its rewards for its efforts; and indeed it was a team effort in the second 45. Barnett led from the back like a general leading his troops to battle while Jamie and Carlos provided the platform on which to build our forward momentum. By the time Marco got out third in the 84 minute Mons Calpe were dead and buried.

A true game of two halves United needed the result and the performance following the disappointing draw against Lions last time out. We climb to third pending St Joseph’s game against Lions later in the week. A great mid week game to highlight all that is good and great about this game!

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Lions F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 13th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 0 Lions F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Manuel Roman Salado on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
Micheal Negrette on for Leo Pereyra
Tito De Torres on for Manuel Roman Salado

 

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United come into this game with morale sky high. A priceless 3 points against St Joseph’s last week and a thrid win on the bounce. Last week’s efforts however did have its casualties. Baio, Barnett and Meireles are all missing for this game due to suspension and in for them come Mouelhi, Pipo and Aguiar, the latter also returning from a one match ban for 5 yellows. United know that only 3 points against Lions will make all the effort and sacrifice made last week count.

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Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Farinha, Pereyra, Power, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Aguiar, Ramalho, Bosio, Ponce De Leon, Elghobashy

A game that was dominated by the 16 bookings Mr Barcelo dished out and the terrific injury suffered by Roman that has seen him hospitalised and awaiting surgery. United dominated a first half that was punctuated by non stop fouling and a referee’s whistle that seemed to go off every 15 seconds. Indeed it only took 1 minute for Breakspear to get the first booking of the game for sycthing down Pipo straight from the kick off.

United had the best chances of the half with Aguiar and Farinha pressing forwards and the Lions defence having no solution to Elghobashy other than incessant fouling, soon enough three Lions players would have bookings to their name for fouling the Egytptian. Ayman was to have the clearest chances in the half. He skyed a dropped corner from four yards out and pinged a shot from an impossible angle off the crossbar on the cusp of half time. Dani also rustled the side netting with a sublime free kick. Small islands of quality play amid the start-stop-start-stop imposed by the refereeing team that sent two Lions coaches to the stands and were not tolerating any back chat whatsoever. It made for a somewhat turgid 45 minutes that saw more bookings than chances.

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There was little change in the second half as Mr Barcelo kept booking players left and right with both teams eventually ending up with 10 men for double yellows. As Lions dug in deep Nuñez made somewhat of a rarity, play with two out and out strikers as Roman replaced Pipo in the 55th minute. As our dymanic became more attacking so did our number of chances increase. Ayman was twice thwarted by the excellent Gonzalez in goal and Roman himself had two gilted edged chances. The first he created with his trademark lightning pace and pulled just shy of the goal. The second, and cursedly so, was a turn and shot that resulted in the forward crumpled on the floor screaming in pain clutching his left leg. Gonzalez in the Lions goal was quick to get the ref to get the medical services on the pitch as he sensed there was something wrong. Indeed Roman would end up being evacuated to St Bernard’s hospital via ambulance where he is awaiting surgery on his injury. Season over for the likeable native of Chiclana and our thoughts and prayers are with him.

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The game petered out with Lions at times defending with 6 players as United tried to breakthrough. Dani, Ayman and Ayman spurrned more chances and were soon were joined by De Torres as he replaced Roman. Alas it ended in staltemate with the injury overshadowing the result as concern for Roman’s health occupied the thoughts of those at the Club.

St Joseph’s F.C. vs Gibraltar United

 

Match corresponding to the 12th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 17th February at 18:15. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Qunatocoin

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Gibraltar United 1 – 0 St Joseph’s F.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
20 Michael Negrette
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Jamie Bosio
Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Andre De Oliviera Farinha

Suspension forces Manolo to suffle his pack as Aguiar is serving a one match ban due to an accumulation of 5 yellow cards. Negrette and Power come back into the side for this pivotal match against St Joseph’s, the latter in an unfamiliar left back role. Both clubs know that a win will mean a big step forward in deciding who finishes 3rd this season. United come into the game in good form and so to St Joseph’s in what promises to be a cracker.

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The match promised much and boy did it deliver. Two teams going for it knowing that the 3 points were crucial for their respective causes. St Joseph’s started the game very well positioned on the pitch and it took a while for United to find their rhythm. Dani was well shackled by sometimes two players at a time while the 3 central midfielders were all hands to the pump, Carrasco and Bosio were to go ahead and have tremendous performances.

The initial exchanges saw little goal mouth action with the pitched battle centered around midfield but as the play began to get more expansive chances galore were to fall to both teams, indeed Chino and Garica in the St Jospeh’s goal thr respective man of the match for their teams. Dani had our first chance with a powerful shot driven just wide while moments later Garcia made his first save of the match from an Elghobashy shot. United had woken up and took control of the game. Yet St Joseph’s are a tough side and fought back hard as possession ebbed and flowed and the fairly large crowd at the stadium were treated to a tense but entertaining match.

Such a tense affair would preclude a flurry of bookings and when Barnett went into the book early doors it augured what would a total of 13 bookings in a match that at times took on an ugly turn. Marco and Dani took our danger forward while St Joseph’s looked to JP Duarte and Galvin to create. Both defences were holding firm with Negrette holding his own at left full back. As United surged forward Bosio broke through into the box, whiel waiting for the through ball he was tackled from behind and Mr Canepa rightly pointed at the penalty spot despite the vociferous St Joseph’s appeals. Dani stepped up and rifled in his second penalty of the spot and his third goal for the club leaving Garcia no chance to get it.

Elghobashy headed wide shortly after from a Farinha cross and the Egyptian, who was having a decent game in harassing the St Joseph’s defence, was to also have another effort safely held by Garcia. The last chance of the first half was to fall to Muñoz but Chino was equal of the effort and would ensure that United would take a slender lead into the changing rooms. Several players on boths sides were very riled up and the worry was that 22 players would not finish on the field of play.

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St Joseph’s came out the much better team in the second half knowing that a point was the bare minimum they needed out of this game. They asserted a tremendous amount of pressure in the first 15 minutes of the half that saw United under the cosh and suffering. Towering above that pressure was Chino that made a series of saves to keep his goal safe. Two in particular stand out, a close range reflex save from a header and a save from a dangerous free kick from the let of our area. The latter captured by Vanessa Correa on Twitter.

The skipper’s performance inspired his team mates ahead of him. With St Joseph’s fully comitted to the attack gaps opened up for Ayman to exploit. He twice got himself in the area but twice Garcia pulled off tremendous saves to keep the match at 1-0. Marco also could not best the keeper and several efforts went wide. The match was on a knife edge and it nearly toppled over when Barnett hand balled in the area following some deft ball control by Galvin. Mr Canepa, correctly so, pointed to the spot. Up stepped Galvin…

United off the hook and with time ebbing away the goal of 3 points getting closer and closer. A flurry of bookings ensued and Mr Canepa did very well in keeping the match under his control as tempers and frustrations simmered. Leo came on to add some composure to the middle of the park, replacing a tiring Dani who once again had a blinder. Pipo and Alberto also came on with 15 minutes to go to safeguard Farinha on a yellow and for Bosio who had had a tremendous game. More and more gaps were opening in the St Jospeh’s rearguard but tired minds meant that neither Pipo, Ayman nor Marco could convert the chances offered them. Mr Canepa called time on the game after the 5 minutes of alloted extra time were up to leave United with the 3 points and still in 4th but tied on points with St Joseph’s and with the head to head firmly in favour. Objective achieved!!

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Photo courtesy of Neil Wilson

There were several unsavouy incidents at the touchline on full time involving several players from both teams and the St Joseph’s technical staff. Scenes like these have no place in or around a football pitch and we urge all sides to be tempered and remember that an increasingly number of young, football loving people are attending the games at the Stadium and the best of examples have to be set.

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Gibraltar United vs Manchester 62 F.C.

Match corresponding to the 11th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Monday 12th February at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 2 – 1 Manchester 62 F.C.

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Olivieria Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
8   Filipe Aguiar
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo ‘Pipo’ on for Jamie Bosio
Manuel Roman Salado on for Ayman Elghobashy
Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon

Manolo keeps 10 of the men that so osundly beat Man 62 in the cup. The only change sees Brad drop to the bench for Ayman to slot in to the middle of defence alongside Erin. Pipo wins a spot on the bench as United seek a second victory against Man 62 in less than a week. Man 62 will no doubt be out for Revenge but United know that 3 points will widen the gap from Glacis in 5th and keep the pressure on St Joseph’s in 3rd.

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(Match photos courtesy of William Gracia)

United kicked the match in the hope of continuing where they left off last Wednesday and judging by the scintillating form with which Dani began it seemed that’s what they did. Starting wide on the right he led the Man 62 right back on a merry dance a number of times with his guile and quick feet. Indeed United’s first chance came from a cross from the right which Ayman headed wide from the penalty spot. Dani himself quickly had our second chance with a strong shot from the edge of the box after cutting inside that was well saved by Cafer. The latter was to prove to be Man 62’s man of the match as he pulled off a series of spectacular saves to keep his team in the match throughout the game.

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Dani tries his luck from the edge of the box.

United’s supporters however were stunned 10 minutes into the game when Man 62 took a shock lead. Duran and Mouelhi tussled for the ball on the by line and credit to the Man 62 player that was sharper and won the ball, cut inside and drilled in a cross that was knocked into the goal by an unmarked Reyes in the  middle of the box. An uncharacteristic mistake by Mouelhi who then proceeded to have a great game winning everything in the air and sweeping up Man 62’s forlorn counters.

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Man 62 take an unexpected lead.

Gib Utd responded well with Elghobashy forging a great chance for himself and Marco also having a shot from close range. Cafer, however, was the equal of both efforts with a great reaction save from Elghobashy’s point blank range shot. Was it going to be one of those matches? An element of time wasting had crept into Man 62’s game and frustrations were beginning to boil. Frustrations that were clamed when Yalany Baio equalised with a well taken shot 20 minutes into the game. The resolute Cafer was finally beaten as the fan favourite opened his account with the Club. A justly deserved equaliser considering the lion’s share of possession and chances that we had had.

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Baio equalises!

United continued to bomb forward as Man 62 closed ranks and saw out the remaining of the half to go into the dressing room with a 1 – 1 score line. The second half kicked off in the same vein with man 62 further entrenched and United looking to breakthrough. Mouelhi had a chance from a corner that went wide while Bosio directed a mishit Meireles shot onto the post. Despite having almost all the possession of the ball there was no way through. Man 62’s defence, up to 6 men at several points, were fighting hard for their point. Pipo and Roman came on for Bosio and a tiring Elghobashy but still there was no way through.

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Bosio and Cafer.

As Preito threw on more defenders and time was ebbing away neither Dani’s magic feet nor could Roman’s lightning feet find us the way through. 86 minutes in it was all change. Dani tried for the umpteenth time by once again shooting at goal. His shot struck Galvez clearly on the hand as it went goal wards. Mr Reoch did not hesitate and pointed to the spot. It was an easy decision to make and the heartbreak in the defender’s face was evident after such a staunch rear guard battle. Despite some gamesmanship, Dani was calm and collected as he slotted the ball to the left of the diving Cafer to seal the game and 3 valuable points for the Reds and Whites. A second strong penalty shout following a tackle on Marco was judged by the referee to be simulation a few minutes later. Mr Reoch brought the game to a its conclusion following 5 minutes of extra time to leave United in 4th, 3 points behind St Joseph’s. A cracking game on Saturday evening has now been set up with the winner going into third. We hope to see our support out in force.

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Gibraltar United vs Manchester 62 F.C.

Match corresponding to the Second Round of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and played on Wednesday 7th February at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Manchester 62 F.C.

Elghobashy
Meireles
Ponce de Leon

Gibraltar United 

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
8   Filipe Aguiar
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
23 Andre De Oilviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
4   Yalay Baio
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Manuel Roman Salado on for Ayman Elghobashy
Michael Negrette on for Marco Meireles

Elghobashy, Farinha, Power and Bosio all return to the staring IX after a very good run out for the Reserves earlier in the week. Carrasco makes his full debut in midfield as Manolo shuffles the pack for the third game in five days. Cup football under the lights with the challenge to progress into the Quarter Finals of the Rock Cup for the first time since the early 2000’s.

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Back Row (l to r): Chino (C), Barnett, Elghobashy, Power, Carrasco, Ponce De Leon. Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Baio, Bosio, Aguiar, Farinha

It took United all of 5 minutes to stamp their authority on this game after a goal shy attempt versus Lynx last weekend. Elghobashy, restored to the line up following a 3 match ban, took the bull by the horns and blasted United into a 5 minute lead after picking up a delightful ball from deep delivered by Chino. A drop of the shoulder and he had ghosted past the full back and into the area. The powerfully placed shot had almost burst the back of the net before Cafer in the Manchester goal had time to react. An explosive start and it set the tone for the first 45 minutes.

The Red and Whites dominated the game from then on. Ayman was a constant pressure up front harrassing the Man 62 play makers while Dani and Marco picked up on any lost balls. Behind them Jamie Bosio, also recalled to the starting line up, was having his game of the season so far. He was immense and seemed to be everywhere at the same time. Indeed it was his bravery in going in for a ball at the near post that was the source of United’s second goal. After crashing solidly into the post and winning the ball, Boiso left Marco, who was following up play, with a simple tap in. 2-0 up and sailing but both Jamie and Cafer were left on the floor. Though the former recovered quickly the latter was subbed off a few minutes later.

Man 62 were incapable of stopping United’s attacks and several chances were created. Bosio himself narrowly sent the ball just wide of the stanchion while Dani blasted just over from the D. Farinha was bossing the right wing and as Mr Borg called time on the first 45 minutes United supporters were elated to see their team in the ascendancy.

 

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Man 62 started the second half meaning to make a fight for it and though an element of roughness came into their play, they fought hard to get into the game. Striker Morgan was fighting for every ball and was making life somewhat uncomfortable for United’s centre halves. Thats until Ponce de Leon showed his class. He had come close to a goal previoulsy and his rasping finish, close to the post, sealed Man 62’s fate as he drilled a shot past Gonzalez in the 53rd minute. Vanessa Correa captured the moment on video.

The 3rd goal however served to galvanize Man 62 that surged forward. Their efforts were rewarded with frankly a fantastically taken goal by Galvez that thundered in an unstoppable shot following a corner. As time ebbed away the game took on a further physical bent with Mr Borg forced to brandish a number of yellows to both sides. Indeed former United defender Catania saw a second booking and received his marching orders late in the half.

United deserved winners and move on to the Rock Cup quarter finals. Next up its…Man 62 once again in the league on Monday at 20:30

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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

SUBSTITUTES

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.

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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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Europa Football Club versus Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 9th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 16:30. Match report brought to you courstesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 4 Europa Football Club

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
3   Mattia Rosato
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
4   Yalny Baio
8   Filipe Aguiar
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
19 Manuel Roman Salado

SUBSTITUTES

Igor Djoman on for Michael Negrette

Manolo keeps faith with the system that has served as well so far this season. Djoman drops to the bench as Aguiar has now served his one match ban. Elsewhere it is the same team that played against Phoenix last time out. Spots on the bench for De Torres and Dannoun who have impressed in training during the week. With this being the last game before the extended winter break United will surely want to give their supporters something to start the Christmas cheer with.

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An intense game that finished with a 4-0 scoreline that was not indicative of the game played between the first and 88th minute. A game, once again, that was conditioned by the referee’s decisions.

It was a brisk December kick off as Europa sought to gain and early lead but United’s defence held firm and Europa’s main outlet was a long ball over the top seeking Kike’s pace, the only early action of note was a Quillo shot that Chino parried to a corner. The former was well shackled until the 18th minute when he scored a spectacular volley that looped over Chino’s head and into the goal. It was rather unfortunate that it took the team going a goal down for United to wake up.

The team in White was in ascendancy until half time with Marco Meireles forcing Javi Muñoz into a decent save after some clever footwork. The midfield had descended into a pitched battle in which Baio for United and Moya for Europa where in their element. The sequences of play did, at times, not last more than three touches of the ball with Mr Canepa’s whistle stopping play for every cry and roll on the floor.

United, however, created very little despite their dominance of the ball and Europa resorted to long balls forward. Roman, very quiet for his standards, seemed out of sorts and Merino and Rodriguez had him well shackled. The game went into a very lengthy stoppage as the latter suffered an injury in a tussle for the ball. The Europa player was immobilised and the ambulance called and he was ultimately stretchered off. We send Rodriguez our best wishes and hope a speedy recovery as no one wants to see any player leaving the field in those conditions.

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The second half kicked off in much the same vein but the match had certainly adopted a very physical edge to it and Mr Canepa was dipping into his pocket with increasing regularity. Both teams finished the game with 10 as first Farinha was dismissed for a second booking; he was shortly followed by Kike who saw a straight red for a head butt following a tackle from behind on Aguiar. Tackles kept on flying in and stoppages in play were not allowing the ball to flow freely. Erin Barnett’s half volley that went shy of the post the highlight of the early second half.

As the match progressed United searched in vain for that equaliser. Negrette began to ping crosses in, having moved out wide, and Roman was belatedly trying to use his pace to attack the Europa centre halves. Yet it was a refereeing decision that turned the game. Pipo, once again skilful and full of guile as always, was cynically felled right inside the area, right in front of the referee, as he broke in on goal. To the amazement of everyone in the stadium, including the men and green and black Mr Canepa sought to theatrically wave away the penalty claim when it seemed a clear decision! It could have been a pivotal moment in the match and could have restored parity on the scoreboard.

A bizarre moment several minutes later gave Europa a two goal lead when Brad unwittingly bundled the ball into the net. With the team launched to the attack and suffering the double blow of the non-decision and the goal, Europa scored twice more to give the match a score line that did not reflect the passage of play throughout the 90 minutes.

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United finish Round 1 4th but in a downward spiral of form and it can be argued that the extended break comes at a good time for the team as it will give time to regroup and reassess. It will be a long 8 weeks but we will be back stronger and sharper when football resumes on the Rock.

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