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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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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

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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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Gibraltar United vs Gibraltar Phoenix Football Club

Match corresponding to the 8th Round of the Gibraltar Premier Division and played on Saturday 25th November at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 2 – 2 Gibraltar Phoenix FC

Ramalho (2)

Gibraltar United

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

SUBSTITUTES

Jamie Bosio on for Igor Djoman
Aymen Mouehli on for Michael Negrette
Javier Cantelmi on for Manuel Roman Salado

Suspensions and form have forced Manolo’s hand for this crucial game against Phoenix. Elghobashy starts a three match ban while Aguiar misses out today for his double yellow versus Glacis United. Roman comes back into the starting XI while Pipo takes up Aguiar’s berth. Bosio and Mouelhi are rested while Djoman makes his first start in the Premier Division. Brad also makes his first start since his injury in matchday 2. A win is an absolute necessity to get our season back on track and leap frog St Joseph’s back into second place.

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A game that United threw away through  profligacy on front of goal and negative tactics on the part of the manager. Phoenix were able to peg back a 2 goal disadvantage in the last 10 minutes of the game, a game that Gib Utd had dominated for 80 minutes.

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United were in complete control of the match from the kick off. Though Phoenix had a fair amount of possession United’s defence marshalled by Barnett and midfield, where Baio excelled once again, stifled any attacking intent. The first chance of the match came from a powerful Roman shot that was well handled by Phoenix’s man of the match, thier keeper Ruiz Garrido.

Phoenix tried to impose their physicality but United, with Djoman  supporting Baio in midfield were able to counter that threat and use the flanks to great effect. Ramalho in particular grabbed his chance with both hands. He used his guile and skill to great effect throughout the match and he created the first of four clear chances wasted by Salado as he put him in on through the keeper only for the striker to blast his effort wide.

United took the lead in the half hour mark with Negrette chalking up another assist by feeding Pipo on the edge of the box. Following some fancy footwork from the Portugese magician he was able to put the ball past Garrido to give United a well deserved lead. United in cruise control as Phoenix were forced into an early sub due to injury. Meireles then put Roman through on the keeper for the second time on the cusp of half time. As Garrido came out to narrow the angle Roman put his right footed effort wide of the marl. Mr Warwick brought the first 45 to end immediately after.

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Roman had another excellent chance to score again straigth after the kick off. He was put through by Djoman but his lob over the keeper sailed aimlessly over the bar. Though he had left his shooting boots at home Roman’s pace was impossible for the Phoenix defence to deal with. He harried them incessantly and was a constant darting missle as Phoenix tried to play the ball out of defence. A third one on one on the keeper, a chance he forged due to his electric pace, forced Garrido into the save of the match as he brilliantly turned the effort wide. One can forgive Roman no squaring the ball to Pipo, unmarked in the area and certain to score, seeing that his efforts had created the chance.

Pipo was, however, to chalk up his second goal a few minutes later. He displayed some dazzling footwork in the 6 yard box sending defenders one way and then the next, the latter completely aware that any touch would have meant a penalty. Pipo was left to calmly give the keeper the eyes and slot the ball past him to put United 2-0 up and seemingly heading to three points.

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Shortly after it began to unravel. Roman squandered an umpteenth chance sending a shot so close wide of the post that it must have shaved silvers off it. The manager then made his substitutes and it allowed Phoenix to creep into the game. Djoman and Negrette came off for Mouehli and Bosio. He handed the initiative to the opponent at at time when United were dominant and asserting themselves in all facets, indeed Chino had only one save to make from Narvaez to that point.

As a more defensive mentality took hold United went deeper and deeper and allowed Phoenix that silver of hope. What seemed an unecessary shift of mentality set off a red alert when Narvaez pulled one back. Nervousness and uncertainty crept into United’s game, whatever masterplan Manolo had had in mind was unravelling before his very eyes as wave after wave of Phoenix pressure, not seen before this point, assaulted Chino’s goal. The mistake was finally compounded in the 88th minute, yet another late goal conceded, with Phoenix getting an equaliser from Carrasco, though it had the strong wiff off offside. Rosato had a late chance to seal the game but his header, subsequently flagged offside, went over the bar from point blank range.

A game that was in the bag ended up as a draw through negative tactics and a bad day at the office for Roman. A game that United should have put to bed way earlier was settled late on. United now third face Europa FC on Sunday 3rd December in the last game before the extended break.

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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

SUBSTITUTES

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.

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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.

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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.

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

SUBSTITUTES

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

SUBSTITUTES

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Vi et Animo, Ad Victoriam

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Gibraltar United vs Lions Football Club

Match corresponding to the 4th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 28th October 2017 at 20:30. Match report brought to you by Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Lions Football Club

Barnett
Negrette
Elghobashy (P)

Gibraltar United

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

SUBSTITUTES

Ayman Elghobashy on for Manuel Roman Salado
Igor Djoman on for Jamie Bosio
Filipe Da Cruz Ramalho on for Michael Negrette

A rarity for Manolo in that he names an unchanged side and he keeps faith with the eleven that defeated St Joseph’s last time out. With several subs also showing their worth with the Reserves mid-week competition for places is at an all time high and both Cantelmi, Djoman and De Torres are rewarded with a spot on the bench after their performances on Thursday evening.

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Both clubs came into the match knowing that a win would consolidate a 2nd place in the table that would have been unthinkable a year ago. Lions’ tough defence would seek to neutralise Roman’s pace while their defensive midfielders were given the task to snuff out the creative hub of our midfield. Yet it was the Oranges that started on the stronger foot taking the game to United. It seemed to catch the team off guard and it was an early goal that became the catalyst for what was to come.

A ball dinked over the top caught both Erin and Aymen flatfooted. Rodriguez was both faster and stronger to the ball as he out muscled both defenders to get himself goal side. He blasted his shot past Chino to give Lions a 6 minute lead. This was certainly not in Manolo’s script. It was time for this team to show its character and what followed was a great 40 minutes of football in which both teams went all hell for leather and provided a great spectacle for the neutral spectator.

United reacted as one expected them to. Aguiar took complete control of the match and the ball and simply produced a brilliant 40 minute display. He used his pace and guile to outfox his opponents but also demonstrated a physicality to his game that we had not yet seen. He tracked back to support the defence and was qucik and accurate in transitioning the ball forward. Ably supported by Meireles and Negrette he took the attack to Lions.

The equaliser came on the 22nd minute and it was only fitting that it came from the boots of Aguiar. A free kick on the left of the Lions box was crossed in by Filipe into a crowded 6 yard box. Erin Barnett seemed to run into the ball as he propelled it into the net past a helpless Oliva in the Lions goal; though it may have come off a Lions defender too. A justified equaliser as United had taken complete control of the match since the Lions goal.

Lions picked up the gauntlet and began to be more expansive in their play. They surged forward and the midfield began to ressemble a battlefield with tackles going in and handbags flying all over the place. Amid all this there were reports of racial abuse towards one of United’s players and this led to some heated pushing and shoving which Mr El Yettefti took a few minutes to control. If these allegations are confirmed it is hoped that the powers that be act swiftly to stamp out these acts that have no place in our game.

Roman shortly fluffed his lines by miskicking what appeared to be an easy chance. This was followed by a save from Chino from Gonzalez while moments later Bosio totally miscued what seemed to  be a certain goal. Certainly end to end stuff and exciting but not too kind on the nervous system! The breakthrough finally game on the 38th minute as youngster Michael Negrette got his first goal for the club. Once again the goal came after great work, again, from Aguiar, this time operating on the right. He crossed the ball which found itself with Marco. He quickly looked up and spotted Negrette on the left. The video below shows the quality and precision of the shot that put us 2-1 up. Thanks to Vanessa Correa for tweeting the goal!

Lions shoulders dropped as United supporters celebrated a deserved lead given to us by the Gibraltar Under 21 International. As the game petered down to half time there were more scuffles as the players left for the changing rooms, a hangover from the earlier allegations perhaps?

 

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The teams leave the field at HT with United 2-1 up.

 

The second half kicked off with Lions going all out to find an equaliser. They pushed hard and started to peg United back and the Red and Whites were happy to contain and hold the Lions attacks that though numerous were largely ineffective as they sought to find the killer ball over the top. A weak penalty claim was waved away by the referee as Untied weathered the storm.

Elghobashy replaced Roman who succumbed to an injury and with Ayman in red hot form, United supporters were expecting a 3rd goal. Yet the Egyptian striker played a selfless game and was the first defender in pressing the ball and harrassing the Lions’ playmakers. At the back both Aymen and Erin were commanding in the air batting away the constant missiles being thrown their way.

With Lions’ shift to a 3-5-2 and a tiring midfield Manolo threw on Djoman first and then Pipo to energise the team. Igor’s energy was a welcome boost while Pipo’s quailty was to prove Lions’ undoing. In a late counter attack Pipo put himself through on goal after a clever 1-2 with Elghobashy. As he drove into the area he was felled by a crunching tackle by illustrious veteran Al Greene, or should he change his name to Evergreen! Mr El Yettefti had an easy decision to make as it was a stonewall penalty. He pointed to the spot and there was only going to be one player to take it…

Ayman put it away to the keeper’s left. His third Premier Division goal and his 10th in 8 matches for the club. The final whistle followed shortly after and supporters were left as exhausted as the players on the field. A tremendously exciting game of football that has been marred by some very serious allegations. Yet United finish round 4 in the second position of the table but with Mons Calpe up next the club knows that there are no easy games in this division and the hard work will once again be evident in the traning pitch during the week.

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Vi et Animo, Ad Vicotriam

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