Premier Division

Premier Division Review: Round 9


The final Round before the extended winter break has confirmed Gibrlatar United’s dip in form and Europa’s recovery as they saw off United 4-0 to charge into second place. Lincoln made it 9 out of 9 with Anthony Hernandez getting two in their victory over St Jospeh’s. The basement battle bewteen Lynx and Man 62 saw points shared in no goals scored to keep the Yellow and Blacks propping up the table.

A challenging time for all clubs as what we essentially have is a second pre-season within a season as the Stadium turns of its lights for the relaying of the pitch and infrastructure works. A short term loss for a long term gain that will hopefully herald the arrival of a new age in local football.


Round Nine Fixtures

Glacis United FC (Mena)     1   0 Mons Calpe SC
Gibraltar Phoenix FC (Carrasco)     1   0 Lions FC
Lynx FC     0   0 Manchester 62 FC
Lincoln Red Imps FC (Hernandez 2)     2   0 St Jospeh’s FC
Europa FC (Kike, OG, Carreño, Rivas)     4   0 Gibraltar United

League Table at the end of Round 1

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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


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.


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.


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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Match Preview: Europa FC

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

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Record versus Europa FC

Played: 6
Won: 0
Drawn: 0
Lost: 6

Last Result: 0 – 7 (12-5-17)

Manager: Jonathan Parrado
Captain: Javier Muñoz
Top Scorer 16/17: Enrique Gomez Bernal

Champions Europa trace their history back to 1925 as one of the Rock’s oldest clubs though they have had several incarnations with their associations with College. Winners of the Rock’s top league 7 times they ended Lincoln’s hegemony last year with a full sweep of Senior titles. Europa FC were also Gibraltar’s first representatives in the UEFA Europa League in 2015.

Europa started the season in uncharacteristic fashion losing the Pepe Reyes Cup game and starting way out of form. They have come back in style though winning their last four games, the most recent on Thursday seeing off Mons in a 3-0 win in a rescheduled Round 2 game. United come into the game rueing 2 dropped points last weekend but also showing flashes of the early season form that took us up to second. A point would take us to third on goal difference while a win to second in this last Premier Division game before the enforced break for Christmas and the development works at the stadium. Match kicks off 16:30 Sunday 3rd December.


Premier Division Review: Round 8



An interesting round of matches that has made the league tighter than it was last week. St Jospeh’s leapfrogged United into 2nd courtesy of their 2-1 win over Lynx. It turned out to be an entertaining match and testament to the improvement the Yellow and Blacks have made off late. Lincoln saw off Mons Calpe via a solitary goal to sail away over the horizon while Europa FC confirmed their recovery by climbing into 4th place by beating Man 62 2-0. Gibraltar United dropped two points against Gibraltar Phoenix and Glacis United chalked a third successive win at the expense of Lions FC.

Due to the forthcoming works at the Victoria Stadium Round 9 has been spread over a few weeks and this weekend sees the playing of the remaining fixtures. The outstanding fixture sees 3rd vs 4th place when Gibraltar United square off against Europa FC on Sunday evening. Lynx and Man 62 play a basement battle of a fixture with the winner guaranteed a 3 point gap from the foot of the table. The last game pits 1st versus 2nd as rampant Lincoln take on St Jospeh’s in what is an early Christmas cracker of a weekend of football.

Round Eight Results

Manchester 62 FC     0   2 Europa FC (Garcia Montero, Carreno)
St Jospeh’s FC (Lopez, Delgado)     2   1 Lynx FC (Gargiulo)
Mons Calpe SC     0   1 Lincoln Red Imps FC (R.Chipolina)
Lions FC     0   1 Glacis United FC (Thomas)
Gibraltar United (Ramalho 2)     2   2 Gibraltar Phoenix FC (Narvaez, Lopez)

Round Nine Fixtures

Glacis United FC (Mena)     1   0 Mons Calpe SC
Gibraltar Phoenix FC (Carrasco)     1   0 Lions FC
Lynx FC     Vs Manchester 62 FC
Lincoln Red Imps FC     Vs St Jospeh’s FC
Europa FC     Vs Gibraltar United

League Table as of 27-11-17

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Match Preview: Gibraltar Phoenix Review

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

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Record versus Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Played: 2
Won: 1
Drawn: 0
Lost: 1

Last Result: 0 – 2 (4-4-15)

Manager: Jaime Molina
Captain: Javier Garcia Iglesias
Top Scorer 16/17: German Cortes Narvaez

Gibraltar Phoenix were founded in 2011 and gained promotion for the first time at the end of their maiden season. The step up to first division football, however, was tough and they were relegated the following season without earning a single point. They remained a 2nd division club for the remaining two seasons, locking horns with United in the 2014/15 season, indeed United’s first official league match after the relaunch was a 4-1 victory over Phoenix. They regained Premier League status last season after blitzing the Second Division. Rumours abounded over the Summer of the recontstruction programme the club has undergone but their start to the season has been inconsistent.

United come into the game in downward sprial of form that has seen them not score for two consecutive games. Not only that, United saw two reds in the game versus Glacis meaning that Manolo will be forced to reshuffle his pack. Phoenix beat lions in extremis last Monday in a Matchday 9 fixture, and come into the game on Saturday full of confidence. They currently sit 8th on 6 points and have former United players Ashley Rodriguez and Dion Hammond in their ranks. United know only a win will do to get the season back on track and the recent results have handed this fixture a certain edge. Kick off is Saturday evening at 20:30.

Glacis United FC vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 7th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 18th November at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 2 Glacis United Football Club

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
3   Mattia Rosato
5   Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
24 Jamie Bosio
8   Filipe Aguiar
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Manuel Roman Salado on for Jamie Bosio
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michale Negrette

United are looking to bounce back after last week’s loss to Lincoln. The only change in the line up is up front where Manolo is giving Elghobashy a start while Roman drops to the bench having been ill during the week. Glacis come into the game after a morale booster of a win against Mons Calpe on Monday and with several former United players in their ranks the game may prove to be a feisty affair.

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A very bad day at the office for Gibraltar United as Glacis United took home a valuable victory by 2 goals to nil. United started the stronger of the two teams with Aymen putting a corner wide in the early exchanges of the game. Glacis were happy to contain United’s attack demonstrating their defensive doggedness that has characterised their season.


Teams line up before the kick off

The game was a hard one with many fouls and the referee having to blow his whistle with regularity. Yet for the first 30 minutes it was just Gonzalez in the Glacis goal that had only been called into action. 35 minutes in and the game turned. Elghobashy won a free kick which was followed by some afters. Glacis players were claiming a headbutt; following appeals to Mr Borg he immediately showed Ayman the red card and issued him his marching orders. United with 10 men and no striker on the pitch. Rules are rules and they are to be respected however when the rules are applied with the level of inconsistency shown during this match then questions need to be asked. Glacis began to creep into the game with the one man advantage they now possessed. Chino gathered up a meek corner as a second weak Glacis header signalled the end of the first controversial 45.


Manolo introduced Roman for Bosio at the start of the second half as United continued to dominate the play as Glacis looked for the counter. Indeed it was after a foul on Roman that Glacis qucikly threw the ball upfield and Gonzalez was able to beat Chino to give the Claret and Blues the lead. 1-0 down  and with 10 men, Gib Utd were up against it. But the fight did not go out of the team as they sought to equalise. Mr Borg continued to dish out yellows as the match appeared to move out of his control. A tussle by the by line, right in front of the linesman, saw a Glacis player lash out, violent conduct one may ask? United supporters were irate as they were expecting the letter of the law to be applied as it had been in the first half. Yet it was only a yellow card that was flashed, another example of the frustrating officiating on evidence.

Pipo replaced Negrette and his guile and skill gave new wind to United’s attacking impetus. It was clear that if anyone was going to unlock this Glacis defence it was going to be him. Indeed it was his shot that was brilliantly saved by Gonzalez. A great piece of goalkeeping that frustrated United once again. Shortly after there was a loud clamour around the stadium for a Glacis handball on the goaline. No eagle eyed officals around when one needed them the most!

With United looking for that elusive equaliser, Mahamud put the game to bed with a clumsy finsh on the 90th minute to give Glacis the 3 points. It was not an attractive game of football and United stay 2nd thanks to Mons’ earlier victory over St Joseph’s. Certainly there is some work to be done on the training pitch as United, for the first time this season, fail to score in consecutive games.


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Match Preview: Glacis United FC

Match Preview brought to you courtesy of Truicum Private Bank and Quantocoin

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Record against Glacis United FC

Played: 6
Won: 3
Drawn: 1
Lost: 2

Last Result: 2 – 1 (6–5-2017)

Manager: Mariano Marcos Garica
Captain: Daniel Guerrero Heredia
Top Scorer 16/17: Salvador Lopez

Glacis United is a name synonymous with local football and the North District of Gibraltar. Its club crest has two of the most distinctive features of the area depiciting the Sundial and Smith Dorrien Bridge. Formed in 1965 Glacis United became a relative dominant force in the 60’s and 70’s, winning 9 consecutive titles between 1966 and 1974.

Their recent history has not been as illustrious and have flirted with relegation until last season when they challenged strongly for a European spot finishing 4th. Gibraltar vs Glacis games have been close fought affairs and there is a certain amount of rivalry between the clubs judging by the transfer activity from one club to another. 5 Gibraltar United players that were on our roster last season now don the Claret and Blue which is sure to add some spice to the game this coming Saturday.

United go into the game with a full bill of health and eager to get back to winning ways after the defeat to Lincoln. Glacis won their last fixture 1-0 vs Mons Calpe, a Round 9 fixture advanced to last Monday, and their current league position is not a true reflection of what they have shown on the field. The Red and Whites and the Clarets and Blues lock horns this Saturday at 20:30.

Premier Division: Round 6 Review



The tie of the round was settled by a solitary Falu Andrade goal midway through the second half which left Lincoln FC 5 points ahead of United in second. Lynx finally got their first goals and points by defeating Gib Phoenix 2-1. Europa also recovered from the disappointment of once again dropping points last week by defeating St Joseph’s 1-0; a result that permits Gibraltar United to remain in 2nd place. Lions were also able to see Mons Calpe off 2-1 while Glacis United and Man 62 shared the spoils in a 1 all draw at the basement end of the league.

Round 7 kicks off on Wednesday night with Lincoln vs Lions FC, an interesting game between two teams in form. Lynx will seek to continue their revival but Europa FC will also seek to chalk more points on the board and start to claw their way up the table. Gibraltar United square off against Glacis United and will seek to put the disappointment of the Lincoln result behind them. Phoenix and Man 62 is played on Thursday evening while the St Joseph’s vs Mons Calpe match on Saturday sees two evenly matched sides squaring off.

Round Four Results

Manchester 62 FC (Rodriguez)     1   1 Glacis United FC (Podesta)
Lions FC (Llaves, Tovar)     2   1 Mons Calps SC (Blanco)
Gibraltar United     0   1 Lincoln Red Imps FC (Falu)
St Joseph’s FC     0   1 Europa FC (Kike)
Lynx FC (Badr, Gargiulo)     2   1 Gibraltar Phoenix FC (OG)

Round Five Fixtures

Lincoln Red Imps FC     Vs Lions FC
Gibraltar Phoenix FC     Vs Manchester 62 FC
Europa FC     Vs Lynx FC
Mons Calpe SC     Vs St Joseph’s FC
Glacis United FC     Vs Gibraltar United

League Table as of 12-11-17

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Gibraltar United vs Lincoln Red Imps FC

Match corresponding to the 6th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 10th November 2017 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 1 Lincoln Red Imps FC

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
15 Aymen Mouelhi
3   Mattia Rosato
24 Jamie Bosio
4   Yalany Baio
8   Filipe Aguiar
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
19 Manuel Roman Salado


Ayman Elghobashy on for Michael Negrette
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Jamie Bosio
Tito De Torres on for Andre De Oliviera Farinha

Manolo gives recent signing from AS Roma, Mattia Rosato his debut in detriment to Alberto who drops to the bench. Otherwise it’s as we were with the manager retaining faith in the unit that has won three games on the bounce. Roman, full of confidence after his brace last week, leads the line with a compact and solid unit behind him.

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United supporters debut their flag

A very peculiar sight greeted the gathered supporters at the Victoria Stadium this evening as the teams walked out. United as the Home team were resplendant in their Red and White striped kits, Lincoln as the Away team sported their Home colours of Red and Black stripes. The question being asked around the stands was if the referee had actually seen the kits before kick off as the potential for a kit clash and the confusion arising out of it was immense. This shot taken in the second half highlights the issue.


Lincoln kicked off the highly anticipated match and for the first 30 minutes United looked the more threatening of the two teams. Roman had Soler in action early on and Negrette blazed a long range shot wide after some fancy footwork afforded him space to shoot. Rosato, making his debut, was impressing with his pace and power but was soon in the book after a clash with Jean Carlos Garcia that left the latter with a bloodied nose. The game was close and intense with Lincoln enjoying spells of possession but creating little.

Their first chance fell to Bardon who fired from close in but could not beat Chino who pounced on the shot and kept the score at 0-0. Their second attempt came from a Calderon free kick that was once again saved by Chino. As the half crept to a close however, United rode their luck. A Falu header was brilliantly saved onto the crossbar by the United Captain, hit the line and was met by the cat like Chino that reacted faster than anyone to the action to safely gather the ball up. Mr Canepa shortly blew for half time and brought an exciting 45 minutes to a close. Both teams were evenly matched up with perhaps Lincoln being the most clinical but coming up against an inform Chino in goal.


United kicked the second half off and the match continued to stay at even pegging with both teams enjoying spells with the ball but not finding a way through. United’s attacking players were lacking the penetration to feed Roman while Lincoln’s forays were largely long balls looking for Falu. It was clear that this was a game of fine margins and the tension was palpable. Tension that was fed by a refereeing performance that agitated a lot of the match going public.

Chino was finally beaten by a Falu Aranda shot in the 65th minute. The keeper was able to parry a powerful Cabrera shot from distance but the force behind it made it ricochet off Chino’s gloves. Falu was quickest to react and struck the ball past the keeper and into United’s net. Manolo reacted instantly and threw on Elghobashy and Ramalho, both scorers in the week with the Reserves. The former’s strength and power was an instant handful for the Lincoln defence that soon had 3 men in and around Ayman. Pipo’s close ball control and class are a wonder to behold but the Red Imp’s line held firm. As time ebbed away De Torres was given his debut replacing an exhausted Farinha to add further attacking impetus as United sought an equaliser.

Mr Canepa started to brandish yellow cards as is if they were sweets on Halloween as 5 players went into the book in the last 10 minutes of the game as tensions rose and the clock wound down to full time. Aguiar blasted United’s final clear chance over the bar as the referee brought the match to an end after 5 minutes of added time at the end.


This team’s spirit is strong and determined!

Though the match and the points had been lost United players and staff can be proud that they went toe to toe against Lincoln for most of the match. This was evident in the tightness of the scoreline and the tension evident on the pitch. A first defeat of the season in any competition and a very honourable loss too. It leaves United still in second place awaiting the outcome of the St Joseph’s vs Europa match being played on Saturday. Our next game is on Saturday 18th November when we square off against Glacis United.

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Mons Calpe SC vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 5th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 3rd November 2017 at 20:30. Match preview brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Mons Calpe SC

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Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
5   Erin Barnett
2   Albert Del Rio Fernandez
24 Jamie Bosio
4   Yalany Baio
8   Filipe Aguiar
17 Marco Meireles
20 Michael Negrette
19 Manuel Roman Salado


Igor Djoman on for Marco Merieles
Ayman Elghobashy on for Manuel Roman Salado
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette

Manolo names an unchanged side for the third time in as many games as United face a tough ask against Mons Calpe. United come into the game in a rich vein of form and will seek to consolidate the 2nd position in the table. Brad Power is fit enough to take a place on the bench after missing out for a fortnight. Negrette continues to impress and the Under 21 International retains his right wing berth. Top scorer Elghobashy is on the bench with Manolo opting for Roman’s pace to unhinge the tough Mons defence. Both Aguiar and Meireles are up against their former team to add further motivation to what aready is a tasty affair.

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The sky had decided to grant the numerous spectators gathered at the stadium an epic spectacle of Ragnarok proportions as first the lightning and thunder bracketed the teams as they walked out; then the deluge that followed ensured that this game was our first real autumnal fixutre and what a game it was!


It was cagey at first from United, all in white, as Mons opted to press the ball high and not give space for United’s wingers to revel. In moves almost unthinkable in years past, United kept the ball well and patiently passing it at the back looking and probing their way past the Mons wall.

Aguiar and Meireles had extra motivation for this game with both having played for Mons last season. The former quickly got into his stride and picked up where he left off last game and began to dictate play down the left wing. He hungered for the ball and ploughed into the the Mons defence with aplomb seeking to create that killer pass for Roman to pounce on.

To be fair there was little action until Roman opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Farinha, a contender for man of the match, whipped in a delight of a cross that was cleared by the Mons defence. It found Roman, lurking with intent at the edge of the box, to fire a sweet half volley into the far corner of the net beyond the reach of the flailing Rocchi in goal. Just reward for the dominance of the ball we were having. Time for Mons to react.


They tried to react but United’s defensive unit did not let them. Bosio and Baio played a selfless game in front of the defence while the quiet Pibe was kept in check by Aymen and Erin. Alberto was having a blinder as well as he pushed on when required  forcing the Mons wide player to retreat while Farinha on the the other wing was having his best game in a United shirt. The heavens duly opened on the 25th minute mark as the downpour increased in intensity as supporters began to worry the game might be called off.

The rain seemed to galvanize the boys in White as they once again took control of the ball and pressed onwards. In one such foray the inform Negrette whipped in another cross of immense quality. He has already shown he has the ability to deliver a telling ball and tonight got his 3rd assist of the season by crossing in a peach of a ball that was headed in by Roman from the penalty spot. An excellent goal both in delivery and execution. United delirious; Mons stunned. It was a fair result on the board as Mons were resorting to long balls over the top in the forlorn hope of finding Pibe. Unfortunately for them United held firm

The final act of the first 45 fell to Marco Meireles who delighted fans at the Victoria with United’s 3rd goal. Roman was holding up the ball with his back to goal when he touched it to the onrushing Meireles. He touched it first time with the outside of his right boot and it rifled into the top corner of the net; the hapless Rocchi unable to do anything to stop it. A goal both sublime and with a touch of genius in its execution. Even the elements seemed to stop and wonder as the rain finally abated as United players celebrated with the goal scorer. Mr Barcelo soon called time with United 3-0 up and cruising.


The goal scorer did not emerge for the second half, he had walked off wincing in pain holding his side and he was replaced by Igor Djoman for the second 45. Mons tried desperatley hard to get back into the game but neither the scoreline nor United’s performance allowed them. They made two offensive changes at half time and sought to mix their play up a bit more but they could not find a way through.

The game also developed a more physical side with Mr Barcelo brandishing yellows at an alarming rate. Indeed Mons were to have two players sent off for dissent before the end of the game. Yet it was United that were to have the clear chances in the second half too. Negrette hit the stanchion after being put through by the excellent Aguair. Elghobashy ghosted past the Mons defence to set up Djoman only for Rocchi to pull off an excellent point blank range save. Bosio had a goal disallowed for offside and blazed on just over the bar when, once again, put through by Aguiar. Elghobashy put a shot a centimeter wide of the post after leaving the defence behind; United were indeed in the ascendant!

Pibe was able to net a very late consolation for Mons as United saw the game out and a priceless 3 points that sees us 5 points ahead of St Joseph’s, ahead of their game with Lions on Saturday. It was an excellent performance by the team that has gelled perfectly and are playing in synch and unison. Next Friday’s game against Lincoln will be another test as the Red Imps are in red hot form. Yet for today United will take the performance, the goals and the points!


Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

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