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Manchester 62 FC vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 2nd Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Sunday 15th October 2017 at 16:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 1 – 1 Manchester 62 FC

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
24 Jamie Bosio
4   Yalany Baio
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
17 Marco Meireles
19 Manuel Roman Roman
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Filipe Aguiar on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho
Michael Negrette on for Ayman Elghobashy
Erin Barnett on for Brad Power

United field a strong looking team with a view to build upon their strong start to the season. Elghobashy makes his first Premier Division start for the club while Aymen Mouehli comes in for Barnett at the back. Elsewhere is as it was last time out with Aguiar on the bench along with Marcelo, Prescott and De Torres who are looking to make their debuts off the bench.

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Gibraltar United XI

United kicked the match off with the strong, blustery Easterly wind in their favour. It was clear from the beginning that Man 62’s effort was going to be largely to contain United’s attacking forays and use the pace and height of front man, Adams, to harass Ayman and Brad. The early phases of the match were characterised by lengthy spells of Gib Utd possession but little penetration of note.

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Ayman tussles with Crisp

Elghobashy looked to charge at the defence whenever he got the ball but perhaps tried a little too hard while Roman was looking to his pace to give him the advantage over the solid Man 62 defence. The early breakthrough however was achieved 10 minutes into the game. A short corner was played to Ramalho and he delivered a pin point cross to the man 62 far post. There it was met by the head of Jamie Bosio who gave United the lead. A deserved lead at the time that despite the lack of goal mouth action, was just reward for the pressure being asserted.

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Marco on the ball.

The match then settled down in a fairly turgid routine until the last 5 minutes or so. Man 62 consistently looked for Adams and on the one occasion they found him they nearly equalised. The front man out muscled Mouehli and skipped past Chino, the goal beckoned but there, to sweep up was the majestic Baio who scooped the ball off the forwards toe and over the bar into a corner. A tremendous show of defensive midfield play by the former Liverpool FC youth player. With Mr Warwick calling time on the first half shortly after United breathed easily as they maintained their slender lead.

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Baio tracking back!

United started the second half with a quick substitution when Aguiar replaced goal maker Ramalho. Manolo had realised the lack of width was accounting for the little penetration in the team. With Aguiar on the left and the subsequently introduced Negrette on the right United had the aforementioned width. By that time however United had only one forward on the pitch as Negrette had replaced the quiet Elghobashy that had run himself to the ground.

What followed where two very clear United chances in front of the goal that should have really seen the game put to bed. Firstly it was Roman who had been put through one on one against Tellez on goal. His pace left the defence behind, but his finishing made it easy for the Man 62 keeper that left the score at 1-0. A few minutes late Negrette cross in a peach of a pass to leave Roman with a tap in that was put over the bar by the forward when he should have buried it.

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Catania in hard on Roman.

Football’s age old adage of rueing missed chances ultimately was our downfall. Man 62 had kept fighting for the 90 minutes of the match and their stubbornness and determination paid off to our detriment. Despite a two footed challenge on Baio by Catania, a challenge that the referee waved of as consequential, Man 62 surged upfield and won an innocuous free kick on the right side of our box. A well delivered ball to the far post saw it met by the onrushing centre half Vargas who buried the ball past Chino and restoring parity on the scoreboard. With the match concluding shortly after United fans were left wondering how the 3 points had escaped us. Credit to Man 62’s battling nature through the 90 minutes. A tough result to take but on to St Joseph’s on Friday at 20:30

 

 

Pre Man 62 thoughts!

We caught up with our three captains after their time away with the National Team and asked them for their thoughts on a number of issues. Firstly we wanted to know how the International break had gone for them.

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Brad, Chino and Jamie joined by Erin on the pitch at the Karaiskakis Stadium

Chino was adamant that, ‘as always the international break is an amazing experience. I for one try and bring that experience back to the club and push the team to the maximum! Its always great to be back at the club with all my team mates and prepare for our next big test.’It was also a very gratifying experience for Brad, ‘the international break was another amazing experience and a chance to meet up again with our other team mates. On a personal note it was satisfying to be back in the reckoning after being in and out of the last few squads. Now it’s time to focus on Gib Utd again, working hard and playing well which will hopefully turn into more call ups and caps along the way.’

Our focus now switched to this Sunday’s game against Manchester 62 and all three Captains shared similar feelings. Jamie responded that, ‘you know what you are going to face when you play Manchester 62, in some aspects I reckon it will be a very similar game to the Lynx one. Of course it’s another opportunity for us to gain more momentum and get another 3 points.’ Thoughts shared by Brad, ‘we had a very good result in our first game. We stuck to our gameplan and in the end came away with the 3 points. Man 62 won’t be an easy task as we found out last season but this year we go into the game off the back of a good win and a positive mentality to hopefully come away with another win.’

We finally asked the three if they had noticed the squad gelling better upon their return for International Duty. Chino cast his Captain’s eye over the question, ‘the squad is coming together really well and theres a very good atmosphere in the changing room which will reflect on the pitch!’ Jamie also noticed the squad had solidified, ‘while we’ve been away the squad has had more time to gel and new players look settled now.’

All three Skippers agreed that the match on Sunday would be a tough one but that the team was ready and raring to go!

Interview brought to you by Turicum Private Bank

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Youth Focus: Under 6s

The Under 6 age group category has been newly created by the GFA following the restructure of Youth Football over the Summer under the auspices of Director of Football, Desi Curry. Chris Ward and Michael Peliza are tasked with guiding these young footballers as they take their first tentative steps onto a football pitch. The team is comprised from graduates from our Pre-Leagues team and some new signings.

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We asked the coaches how pre-season had gone?

CW – The kids this season have had a great pre-season I got them to get  familiar with a five aside pitch and got them to learn their technical abilities. They have really enjoyed it especially when I we are getting brilliant feedback from the parents which helps. The team is having fun and they can’t wait for the season to start especially as next we have our first competitive friendly match.

 

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We asked Michael what their goals were for the forthcoming season.

MP – Our aim this year is to teach the children to play as a team and show them the importance of winning humbly and accepting losses. We also wish to create a team of good sportsmen that show kindness and understanding between themselves and towards opposing team and officials.

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The Gibraltar Football Association today named their final 23 man squad for the final two Group H FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that see Gibraltar meet Estonia at the Estadio Do Algarve in Faro on Saturday 7th October; incidentally the last time Gibraltar is due to play Internationals there before the long awaited return to the Victoria Stadium. The final game sees Gibraltar playing at the Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis versus Greece on Thursday 10th Ocotber.

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Gibraltar United is extremely proud of the four players in our squad called up to defend the national colours. Chino, still awaiting his first minutes, and Jamie Bosio are once again called up. Erin Barnett is back after serving a one game suspension following his red card against Belgium. Brad Power also finally makes the final squad on the backs of a fantastic performance in our first league outing. Brad has been a regular in the 28 man squads and has been working hard on and off the pitch to make the cut. Mr Wood has finally decided to give him his chance and we are all very happy and proud of Brad.

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Youth Focus: Under 8s

It is the turn of our third years to introduce themselves today. They have been coached since the off by JC Diaz who this season is assisted by Nyle March. JC has worked wonders for the team that played in two semi-finals last season. As always JC coaches with a broad smile on his face and it is clear he has a wonderful rapport with his team.

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JC, how did last season go with your team?

The children made good progress last year and this was evident in the way they developed their ball skills and tactical awareness. The highs of last season were managing to reach the semi finals of the Cup for the second year running and also reaching the semifinals of the Futsal tournament.

How has training and Pre-Season gone so far?

This year we have three new additions to our squad. These are Keith Medhurst, Anthony Garcia and Najim Harrak. They will strengthen us further. Pre season training has gone well so far. We have played two friendly games including one against Peña Madridista in La Linea. This was a good and learning experience for our players.

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A final thought JC?

This will be my third season coaching this team. It has been an amazing experience and I have seen the children make fantastic progress over the years. I am very proud of the effort and work put in by the children throughout.

Youth Focus: Under 9s

With Youth Football soon to kick off across all age Categories we will be introducing our Youth Teams and coaches over the following days. The kids have been working hard through the Summer and in Pre-Season led by a team of dedicated and committed coaches. Today we introduce our Under 9’s coached by Ian Mañasco and Ernest Costa. We caught up with the team and asked them a few questions.

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1. Ian, reflect on how your team did last season.

IM: Last season’s reflection was a very positive one considering it was a new team and our first year together. The team was facing a massive change going from 5a side to 7aside and from the small Futsal pitches to Pitch 2 which is much, much bigger. The team has taken the new scenario very well and given massive steps forward, they have proved they can compete with all the teams in the league, even the second-year ones. Our lowest moment came just after Christmas when all the teams had still not completed the first round of fixtures and the GFA decided to split the league in 2 tiers. Sadly, to our surprise we had been put in the Second tier after we had won all our games beating Under 9 teams of 2nd year. Our best moment and highlight must be finishing off our season playing in the prestigious Boni cup in Marbella with teams from all over Spain. The team and myself have benefited from this massive experience and has given us the right motivation to work even harder in the future.

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2. What are you hoping to achieve this season?

IM: For this year I hope to see the team continue with the development and potential shown up to now. Our aim this season will be set on the Futsal cup and the league cup which are the only two competitive titles to play for. The team is already well into pre-season and with the necessary motivation and work ethic to achieve our objectives.

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3. Ernest, how has preseason gone so far with your team?

EC: This year we began pre-season on the last week of August in Sandy bay. Training in the beach is hard but it is also fun for them, we have a great group of boys, we really make sure they enjoy their football and their time together. In the last couple of weeks, we have also played two friendly matches in Spain in order for them to begin to get the feel of it after a long summer break. Thanks to Palmones and Peña Madridista for having us. We are really looking forward to begin training more regularly (as soon as the allocations become available) and for the season to begin.

Under 21 Call Ups

Following the 1st Round of Premier Division matches Under 21 Coach Aaron Asquez announced his squad for the forthcoming UEFA Under 21 matches. Gibraltar are due to play on Monday 2nd October vs Armenia and then on Tuesday 10th October vs Macedonia. The original 18 call ups are for the Armenia match while a futher squad will be announced for the Macedonia match.

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Michael Negrette, Tito De Torres and Cecil Prescott have all been called up for the Armenia match. Michael has already made his debut for the club, getting about 20 minutes and playing a vital role versus Lynx FC. Tito had made the squad as an unused sub while Cecil was unavailable through injury. We wish all three the best on their ventures and hope to see them wearing the national colours with pride!

The full Gibraltar Under 21 Squad can be found below.

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Captain’s Chat

With the start of the league barely 5 days away we decided to catch up with our new look Captains for the season.

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Chino, Brad and Jamie with the Club’s new training gear.

The captain’s armband had been left vacant once Robert Montovio left the playing staff and it was Michel Salgado himself who announced Chino as Club Captain at the Club Gala Night held in June. Brad Power and Jamie Bosio were named as Vice Captains for the season and they took time out of  a busy preseason training programme to answer a few questions.

It has been a very busy transfer window with many players leaving and many more coming in to reinforce the squad and the Skippers addressed the issue for us. Chino for one was pleased to see the influx of new players and stated the Club should be praised for the efforts. Brad likewise welcomed the reinforcements claiming that, ‘the club has added quality in different areas of the pitch. Goals is something which we lacked last season but our new additions this year will address that issue and allow us to hopefully get more results and points on the board.’ Sentiments that were echoed by Jamie, ‘ I think we’ve signed some very decent players with plenty of experience of playing in different leagues that could prove vital this year.’

Preseason started very early this year with the players hitting the beach as early as 29th July and have played a substantial number of preseason friendlies, essential to the gelling of a new squad. Chino’s thoughts on the matter were, ‘ This year preseason has had a different but positive feel about it as the club has changed its philosophy. Its has been far more professional and competitive. We have played lots of friendlies where the new players have made their mark and raised the bar as a whole for the club.’

Both Brad and Jamie agreed with Chino with the latter further adding, ‘all in all I think the preparation has been ideal. Many hours of work will hopefully show come the start of the season.’ All three also agreed that the standard of professionalism across the Club had been raised and it was being felt on the training pitch with Brad highlighting the intensity during the sessions and the knock on positive effects that was having.

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We kick off aginst Lynx F.C. this coming Monday at 21:00 and all three were asked about their expectations for the match.

Chino answered, ‘Monday’s game will no doubt be a tough game as its always is against a resilient lynx but everyone is upto the task and securing those first 3 points is vital for a positive start.’

Brad expressed similar sentiments, ‘everyone is buzzing for kick off and our final preparations are almost complete. We have a game plan and although both teams have changed a lot from last season we are hoping for a positive start to get confidence right from the off. We’ll go into the season game by game and as we continue to gel as a squad we will hope to be looking further up the table this season.’

Finally Jamie aslo responded, ‘ Lynx are always a tough side to come up against. They usually invest heavily each summer, so we are expecting no different. They will be well-drilled under Bula and I’m sure he will want a positive start to the campaign on Monday like we do. It’ll be a gritty game and I’m really looking forward to getting the ball rolling.’

The Captains and the squad are raring to go and as they strode off onto the training pitch Chino, Brad and Jamie exuded quiet confidence that Gibraltar United was ready for the season to come and impatient to get the ball rolling!

Vi Et Animo, Ad Victoriam!

Gibraltar World Cup Qualifiers

Jeff Wood announced his 23 man final squad recently for the forthcoming World Cup Qualifiers for Russia 2018 versus Belgium and Bosnia Herzegovina. Gibraltar face the Red Devils away on Thursday 31st August while they receive Bosina at ‘Home’ at the Estadio Do Algarve in Faro on Sunday 3rd September.

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Gibraltar United had four players named in the squad. Keeper and skipper Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin is now a regular call up and all at the club hope he breaks his International duck and receives a well deserved and earned cap. Erin Barnett also makes the cut along with midfield enforcer Jamie Bosio. Evan Green, soon to continue his studies in the UK, also earns himself a midfield berth. We wish them and the rest of the squad all the best as they face up to two difficult tasks in the coming week. Come on the Red and Whites.

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Chino tweeted he was ready for action with his bags all packed!

Farewell Robert! The Gunslinger makes his Exit!

All great stories come to an end sometime and for the the sharpest gun in the West the sun has set over his Gibraltar United Career on the pitch.

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Robert joined us for the start of the 2015/16 season as our marquee signing in the attacking area of the pitch, leaving Second Division side Europa Point as the lure of working with former Boss Manolo was too strong for Robert to resist. He set the tone for his Red and White career by scoring his first goal in his first match against a feisty Britannia.

That set him off on a remarkable scoring streak that saw him net 15 times for the first team and a further 8 times for the Reserves. His goals against Man 62, Lynx FC and most notably Glacis and Angels FC saw the club safe in a difficult first season in the top flight. The moniker John Wayne was to serve Robert well in his first season as almost every ball he touched in the area was converted into a goal. His connection with Pitu was deadly as one can appreciate below.

Scoring 15 league goals in a struggling side, add to that 9 for the Reserves, brought Robert to the attention of Jeff Wood and the clamour for him to get capped was immense. Roberts prowess on the pitch made Mr Wood’s selection easy. A local forward getting regular game time and scoring regularly could not be left out despite the club’s standing in the league. As it was Robert earned his two UEFA caps in the home friendlies against Latvia and Leichtenstein in March 2016. He was to carry on being a regular call up for the following year as Gibraltar begun its FIFA journey as well; just rewards for his efforts.

The following season was much like the last as we fought at the wrong half of the table but yet again Robert ended the season as our top goalscorer, netting six times. It was with a heavy heart that he approached the club informing us of his decision to step down as age has finally caught up with him. His sharpness in front of the goal has not blunted and it will be Olympique 13 that will benefit from this poacher extraordinaire as he is sure to set the 2nd Division alight!

His eagerness to help with our youth has seen him become a coach and will continue that role. Though he leaves the club as a player he still works tirelessly passing on his experience and wisdom to the young strikers in our youth ranks. Indeed Robert has certainly become a Gibraltar United man through and through!

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Farewell Capitan!

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Credit to Christopher Milan, Christian Correa, Core Photography and Snaprimages for the photos.