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.
Gibraltar United 1 – 1 Manchester 62 FC
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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