Rock Cup

Rock Cup Semi-Final: Gibraltar United vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the semi-final of the Gibtelecom Rock Cup and played on Monday 23rd April 2018 at 19:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 5 Mons Calpe S.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oilveira Farinha
5   Erin Barnett
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
2   Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
8   Filipe Aguiar
40 Carlos Carrasco
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy

SUBSTITUTES

Daniel Ponce de Leon on for Aymen Mouelhi
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Alberto Del Rio Fernandez
Michael Negrette on for Andre De Oliveira Farinha

Elghobashy and Mouehli return to the starting line up in a change of formation that sees Manolo adopt a wing back setup. Leo and Pipo drop to the bench as the club faces one of the most important games in its recent history.

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Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Barnett, Elghobashy, Power, Carrasco, Chino (C) Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Farinha, Aguiar, Bosio, Alberto

It was an atypical match from the kick off. A change of system from our usual 4-3-3 meant an unusual line up but United had the first clear chance of the match, Aguiar left his marker behind by the by-line and crossed in a peach of a ball right onto the penalty spot. Jamie Bosio arrived a fraction of a second too late to poke the ball into an empty net. Things looked bright…

It was downhill from there as Mons Calpe frankly put in an excellent display from then on. They overpowered our midfield and their strikers, top guns in the Division, probed and pestered our defence until they opened the scoring following a breath taking move. A one-two on the wing left Farinha in check mate and Onega was to provide Pibe with the chance to drill one in from close range leaving Chino no chance. It was only just desserts for Mons’ play upto that point.

Manolo looked on as wave after wave of Mons attack assailed our defence. Marco and Filipe tried to get our play going but Ayman proved an isolated figure upfront. Desperate for a reaction the manager uncharacteristically made a double substitution 38 minutes into the game throwing on Dani and Pipo to look for some creativity and to try and win back midfield.

Alas it was to no avail as Mons continued to press and minutes later, indeed one minute before Mr Canepa blew for half time, Pibe scored an unmarked header to put his team 2-0 up. Indeed it could have been worse as the referee did not blow for a strong penalty shout in favour of Mons Calpe a few minutes before the goal was scored.

The second half was to be a mirror image of the first with Mons capitalising on three counter attacks to score three more goals to put United to the sword. No matter how hard we tried, and try we did, Mons were clearly the hungrier of the two teams and the better one on the field of play. Congratulations to them on a well-deserved semi-final win. For us, the league is still there with 6 games to play and the 3rd position and perhaps even the 2nd position to play for. We learn from the mistakes made and proceed to another massive game on Sunday evening against St Joseph’s.

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Match Preview: Mons Calpe S.C.

Match Preview courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Record against Mons Calpe S.C.

Played: 11
Won: 6
Drawn: 2
Lost: 3

Last Result: 1 – 2 (10-09-2018)

Manager: Luis Manuel Blanco
Captain: Leo Vela
Top Scorer: Juan Pablo Sastrie ‘Pibe’ (11)

A Rock Cup semi-final that opens the door to a golden opportunity for both clubs to play in a game that can lead to European football. United come into the game in good form and with morale sky high following two straight wins since a 2-1 loss to Mons Calpe. Form between clubs tends to go out of the window for high stakes games as these ones and he who wants its more will reap the gains.

United face the contest with a full bill of health and with all men standing after welcoming back Mouelhi and Elghobashy following a ban for accumulation of cards.  Kick off is at 19:30 on Monday evening and we hope our lads get vociferous and numerous support from the stands.

 

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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

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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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Match Preview: Rock Cup Quarter Finals vs F.C. Olympique 13

Match preview brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Qunatocoin

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Record against F.C. Olympique 13

Played: 5
Won: 5
Drawn: 0
Lost: 0

Last Result: 4 – 1 (02-06-2015)

Manager: Lewis Fraser
Captain: Jordan Perez
Top Scorer: Robert Montovio (8)

United hold fond memories of the last official encounter against Olympique as we were crowned Division 2 champions and won promotion in that match in 2015. Much has changed for both clubs since. FCO13 were taken over in the summer by Nigierian businessman Sunday Adeleye. They filled their squad with decent local players and are riding high in the Second Division. Former United players Robert Montovio, Kaylan Rumbo, Alan Parker, Duane Robba. Max Bothen and Jamie Bosio all ply their trade with Olympique so the match holds a certain amount of interest.

United come into the game with a full bill of health, other than Roman, and every single player is available for selection following Bosio’s return after missing out against Lincoln due to 5 yellows. Will United surge through to the semi-finals or will there be a cup upset on the cards? Kick off 19:00 Sunday 11th March.

 

 

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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Match Preview: Rock Cup Round 2 Manchester 62 FC

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

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Record versus Manchester 62 FC

Played: 8
Won: 2
Drawn: 3
Lost: 3

Last Result: 1 – 1 (15-10-17)

Manager: Jose Manuel Manzanero Prieto
Captain: Aaron Duran
Top Scorer 17/18: James Adams (2)

Cup football under the lights up next this coming Wednesday at 20:30. Man 62 knocked us out of the Cup at this stage last season and Manolo is no doubt looking for a better Cup run this season as United are still to progress beyond this stage.

Farinha and Elghobashy are free for selection after their respective bans and the team will look to progress into the next Round fully aware that the Cup winners are rewarded with a spot in next season’s Europa League Qualifiers.

Man 62 come into the game after losing 3-1 against St Joseph’s on Saturday evening while United a rueing missed chances against a 10 man Lynx. Winner takes all this Wednesday at 20:30.

 

GFA Announces extra Europa League spot.

The Gibraltar Football Association has today announced that Gibraltar will have three teams competing in European competitions as of next season. This is due to the progress made by Lincoln Red Imps FC and Europa FC in the past two seasons thus raising Gibraltar’s UEFA coefficient.

As a result the league winners will go to the UEFA Champions League qualifiers, the Rock Cup Wininers in to the UEFA Europa League qualifiers and be joined there by the 2nd placed team. In the event that the Rock Winner finishes in the 1st or 2nd position in the league the remaining UEFA Europa League place will go the team in 3rd.

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Games 2015/2016

Date Opposition Venue Match Score Scorers
23/07/2015 UK Academy Castellar Pre Season 1  4 Lopez
26/07/2015 Facinas F.C Facinas Pre Season 1  2 Montovio
06/08/2015 U.D. Casares Casares Pre Season 3  1 Currer, J.Collado, Sean Gilbert
11/08/2015 Mons Calpe FC Victoria Stadium Pre Season 3  2 Montovio, Bosio, Sean Gilbert
20/08/2015 Gibraltar Regiment DTC Pre Season 5  0 Montovio (2), J.Collado, El Andalussi, Trialist
22/08/2015 U.D. Tarifa Lopez Pua Pre Season 1  2 Montovio
08/09/2015 Mons Calpe FC Casares Pre Season 3  3 Montovio (2), Cardona
27/09/2015 FC Britannia XI Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  1 Montovio
29/09/2015 Lions RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  3
03/10/2015 Europa FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  2
16/10/2015 Lincoln FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  7
29/10/2015 Bruno’s Magpies RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 8  0 Montovio (5), Bakkari (2), Bosio
01/11/2015 Glacis United FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  0 Montovio
03/11/2015 FC Britannia XI RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  1 Montovio (2)
07/11/2015 Lynx FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  3
11/11/2015 Lincoln FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  2 Montovio
13/11/2015 St Jospeh’s FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  2
23/11/2015 Angels FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 2  1 Montovio, Anes
25/11/2015 St Jospeh’s FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  2 Montovio, Bosio
28/11/2015 Manchester 62 Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  0 Montovio
02/12/2015 Lions FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  3
05/12/2015 FC Britannia XI Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  3 Montovio
11/12/2015 Europa FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  2
21/12/2015 Lincoln FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  6
02/01/2016 Lions FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  0 Montovio
11/01/2016 Glacis United FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 2  1 Montovio, Power
14/01/2015 Mons Calpe SC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  0 Cumbo (3)
17/01/2016 Lynx FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  3 Montovio
20/01/2016 Europa FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 7  0 Laguea (3), Gracia, Steven Gilbert, Sean Gilbert, Ailtachen
23/01/2016 St Joseph’s FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  4
06/02/2016 Angels FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  2 Green
08/02/2016 Manchester 62 RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  0
10/02/2016 Red Imps FC Victoria Stadium Rock Cup 2nd Round 2  1 C Ellul (2)
14/02/2016 Lynx FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  4 Sean Gilbert, Asquez
21/02/2016 Manchester 62 Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  1
28/02/2016 FC Britannia XI Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 2  0 Buhagiar, Green
01/03/2016 Lions FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 2  7 Anes, Currer
05/03/2016 Europa FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  3 Green
12/03/2016 Lincoln FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  4
15/03/2016 Bruno’s Magpies RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  1 Montovio, Currer (2)
19/03/2016 Lions FC Victoria Stadium Rock Cup 1/4 Final 0  1
04/04/2016 Lions FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 3  1 Montovio (2), Perez
06/04/2016 FC Britannia XI RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  6 Currer
10/04/2016 Glacis United FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 0  2
14/04/2016 Linocln FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  8 Laguea (2), Rumbo
16/04/2016 Lynx FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  0 Montovio
19/04/2016 St Joseph’s FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  4
24/04/2016 Glacis United FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  0 Thomas
29/04/2016 St Joseph’s FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 1  3 Marquez
01/05/2016 Mons Calpe SC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 0  1
05/05/2016 Europa FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  3 Sean Gilbert
09/05/2016 Angels FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 7  1 Power, Montovio (4), Currer, Rumbo
14/05/2015 Manchester 62 FC Victoria Stadium Premier Divison 2  2 Perez, Marquez
23/05/2016 Manchester 62 FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 1  2 Steven Gilbert
28/05/2016 Lynx FC RES Victoria Stadium Reserves 3  0

2015-2016 Statistics

Surname Name Premier Reserves Senior Cup Rock Cup Total Goals (all comps)
Aitlachen Aziz 1 4 1 6 1
Anes Pitu 16 7 2 25 2
Asquez Derek 2 7 9 1
Bakkari Abderrahman 6 2 8 2
Borrell Dylan 5 5
Bosio Jamie 7 3 10 2
Buhagiar Lee 1 1
Buhagiar Jared 27 10 1 38 1
Cardona Steffan 7 5 1 13
Casciaro Mark 1 1 2
Catania Jaydan 3 1 1 5
Chipolina Kenneth 5 3 8
Collado Aaron 3 3
Collado Justin 2 1 3
Crisp Shane 1 1
Cumbo Stefan 2 2 3
Currer Jamie 17 7 1 25 3
El Andalussi Naufal 7 5 12
Ellul Carl 5 1 6 2
Ellul Jamie 1 12 13
Espinosa Byron 13 5 18
Gallardo David 16 10 26
Gilbert Sean 14 15 2 31 3
Gilbert Steven 10 7 17 2
Goldwin Kyle 25 3 1 29
Gracia William 2 2 1
Green Evan 9 6 1 16 3
Laguea Thomas 6 6 5
Lopez Adrian 3 7 10
Lopez Andrew 18 3 2 23
Marquez Lython 5 6 11 2
Mascarenhas Sean 2 4 6
Massetti Matthew 1 1
Medina Neal 1 1 2
Montovio Robert 24 5 1 30 25
Neale Liam 2 4 6
Panzavechia Dexter 9 6 2 17
Parker Alan 7 4 11
Perez Ashley 13 5 1 19 2
Power Brad 24 6 2 32 2
Robba Duane 18 5 2 25
Rumbo Kaylan 16 8 1 25 2
Thomas Carl 24 7 2 33 1
Vella Jonathan 8 8
Viñales Ayden 2 6 1 9

Lions Football Club vs Gibraltar United Football Club

Match corresponding to the Quarter Finals of the GFA Rock Cup played on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 17:00

Gibraltar United Football Club 0 – 1 Lions Football Club

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31 Ayden Viñales
77 Kaylan Rumbo
19 Brad Power
15 Steffan Cardona
88 Carl Thomas
10 Andrew Lopez (C)
6  Dexter Panzavechia
21 Duane Robba
24 ‘Pitu’ Anes
90 Jamie Currer
8   Robert Montovio

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Sean Gilbert on for Andrew Lopez

United come into this game after a 4-o loss to Lincoln FC in the league. We also come into the game with a large number of players suspended or injured. Regulars Chino, Jared and Perez are all serving a ban for accumulation of yellows while the injury list now stretches to more than 10 players. Manolo however welcomes captain Andrew Lopez who plays on the left wing today. Young Ayden Viñales makes his full debut against his former team deputising for Chino in goal. Rock Cup action means a release from the pressures of the league and an opportunity to move into the Semi Finals of the competition. This is our last game for a fortnight due to the Internationals so a good performance is a must.

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United started the game brightly with controlled possessions and looking sharp and hungry. Montovio in particular looked much more sprightly that he had been in recent games and Pitu in midfield was also sporting a hungrier look to his game. Both teams effectively cancelled each other out in the opening 20 or so minutes. Brad was effectively marshalling our defence and the Lions forwards and so too was Tunisian Aymen Mouheli for the Oranges. Indeed his clashes with Montovio would be a facet of the match.

United had the first clear cut chance of the match. A penalty shout had been turned down a few minutes before when Mouheli clearly shoved Robert to the ground inside the box. Me Borg waved United’s appeal away but Andrew was to have a clear cut chance to give us the lead. Following on from a bad clearance by Jayce Olivero, he scuffed a snap shot wide of former United keeper Liam Neale’s goal. At the other end of the pitch debutant Viñales was having a fairly decent game dealing well with what little danger Lions were bringing to the goal.

The second half started pretty much in the same vein with both teams playing well but with no clear chances at goal. Neale was equal to a very well taken Pitu free kick while Ayden was also the equal of several long range Lions shots. Though the game was there for the taking neither team seemed to show the conviction to go ahead and take it.

The deadlock was broken early in the half when Carl Thomas and Moheli came together inside the United box. The Tunisian fell to the ground and to Thomas’ disdain and disbelief the referee pointed to the spot. Though far from perfectly executed, striker Garcia Martin slotted the ball past the flying Viñales. Lions taking a narrow lead as United now sought to find an equaliser.

In our next attack Robert was put through and cynically felled inside the D by the central defender as Neale came out to narrow any possible angle for a shot. To everyone’s surprise neither ref nor linesman flagged for a foul that was clear as day. The Lions defence cleared the shot and play continued. Unperturbed by the events Robert continued to harass and probe but with no luck. He was joined by Brad up front for the final minutes in one last gung-ho attempt to rescue the tie but the scoreline would not move. A much improved performance on last week’s showing against Lincoln and certainly the team gave a better account of themselves.

Football action now takes a hiatus for a fortnight as Gibraltar play two home friendlies versus Lichtenstein and Lativa. We wish out four internationals the best of luck and funnily enough we return to action versus Lions in the league on April 4th.