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

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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.



Lincoln Red Imps F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 15th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Quantocoin.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 4 Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliveira Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco
20 Michael Negrette
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
17 Marco Meireles
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Cecil Prescott on for Michael Negrette
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Tito De Torres on for Marco Meireles

United welcome back Baio and Aguiar back into the XI following bans for accumulations an red cards. They come in for Bosio and Pereyra. The former suspeneded and the latter on the bench where he is joined by Mouelhi as Brad Power returns to the line up for this most testing of matches against the rampant Red Imps.

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A wet and windy 90 minutes of football that were dominated by Lincoln’s first 15 minutes and a frnankly brilliant Lolo Soler in the second half. United came out of the blocks cold and had no response to the Imps’ blistering start with Chipolina and Bernardo Lopes running the show. United just couldn’t keep hold of the ball and get their rhythm going.

The deadlock was broken from a corner that was not a corner and from a ball controlled via a player’s hand. Mr Borg judged that a ball going out of play last came off Farinha, which it didn’t. The resulting corner came in and Oliver rose higher than anyone else to claim it. The ball hit his chest and nestled briefly on his arms, this last action allowed him the second he needed to settle himself and rifle the ball past Chino. A clear handball that was unseen by the refereeing team, who did have a very good game in very harsh conditions in all honesty.

Lincoln’s second 10 minutes later had the touch of the fortunate as a shot from distance from Bardon took a wicked deflection and flummoxed the diving Chino giving him no chance. A third goal two minutes later was gifted by our defence as they all stood still from a corner as the loose ball fell in the area. Bernardo Lopes reacted the quickest to give Lincoln a deserved lead but perhaps by too large a margain.

Not that United were taking it lying down either. The retunring Baio and Meireles had shots saved by Soler and we were fighting hard in the swirling wind and rain to get a goal and back in the game. As Mr Borg called time fans wondered what was in store in the second 45.

The figure of Lolo Soler loomed liked a colossus over the second half. From the off it was clear that United were the better team. Whether Lincoln had paid the physical bill of the first 30 minutes of pressure or had taken their foot off the gas with the three goal advantage, United had the measure of the green. Elghobashy had one shot go wide, while Soler made the first of several crucial saves from Dani. Minutes later he produced a dramatic double save from the same players. The keeper was standing tall and we couldn’t find a way past him.

The best opportunity came 20 minutes in as Mr Borg judged a foul on Baio as being inside the area. Penalty! Up stepped Dani who already has two spot kicks to his name and against him was Gibraltar’s penalty expert. Soler’s spot kick record in frankly impressive having stopped 8 of the 10 spot kicks he has faced so far. Dani stepped up and the inevitable happened…

There would be no deserved award for the team’s efforts. Prescott came on for his debut and would show glimpses of his talent. Pipo and De Torres also came on and with United tilted forwards to the attack Lee Casciaro was able to net Lincoln’s fourth with a well taken finish following a counter.

Beaten but not bowed and broken, Gibraltar United’s attention now turns to the Rock Cup Quarter Finals on Sunday against some old friends in the ranks of FC Olympique 13.

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Match Preview: Lincoln Red Imps F.C.

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Record against Lincoln Red Imps

Played: 8
Won: 0
Drawn: 0
Lost: 8

Last Result: 0 – 1 (10-11-2017)

Manager: Julio Cesar Ribas
Captain: Roy Chipolina
Top Scorer: Rafael Aranda ‘Falu’ (6)


Lincoln pretty much carried on where they left off pre winter break and the only points they have dropped all season has been in the game against Europa FC. That said they have been taken to the wire a number of times this season. Shrewd transfer business in January has strengthened the main unit and the Imps are still running away at the top of the league.

United come into the game following a 3-1 victory versus Mons Calpe. Though Jamie Bosio is missing due to an accumulation of yellow cards, both Baio and Aguiar are back following suspensions. United are playing well and in good form with kick off scheduled for Wednesday at 20:30 it promises to be an interesting match up

Premier Division Review: Round 14


Gibraltar United made it a second half comeback to see off Mons Calpe 3-1 while Lynx F.C. got their first points in 6 games against Glacis United seeing them off with a similar scoreline. Lincoln suffered a scare going 1-0 down to Manchester 62 but evenutally run out 3-1 winners in a game that the Red Devils fought hard and well. St Jospeh’s once again crept into second beating Lions 4-2 in a match that was close until the dying moments. Worryingly, a few weeks before International football returns to the Victoria Stadium, Europa vs Phoenix had to be called off due to a power outage with Europa 1-0. All in all a very wet Round 14.

Round 15 once again sees the top four sqauring off against each other as leaders Lincoln meet Gibraltar United and champions Europa meet St Joseph’s in the Friday night kick off. Manchester 62 versus Glacis United and Phoenix versus Lynx will all have an effect at the bottom end of the table while Mons and Lions will meet in a mid-table clash on Thursday evening.


Round Fourteen Results

Gibraltar United (Negrette, Farinha, Meireles)     3   1 Mons Calpe S.C. (Pibe)
Lynx F.C. (Camara, Badr 2)     3   1 Glacis United F.C. (Ruiz)
Manchester 62 F.C. (Navarro)     1   3 Lincoln Red Imps F.C. (Paris, Lopes, Cabrera)
St Joseph’s F.C. (Ortega 2, Duarte,     4   2 Lions F.C. (Breakspear, Nieto)
Europa F.C. (Kike)     1   0 Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.

Round Fifteen Fixtures

Lincoln Red Imps F.C.     Vs Gibraltar United
Mons Calpe S.C.     Vs Lions F.C.
Europa F.C.     Vs St Joseph’s F.C.
Gibraltar Phoenix F.C.     Vs Lynx F.C.
Glacis United F.C.     Vs Manchester 62 F.C.

League Table as of 3-3-18

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Gibraltar United vs Mons Calpe S.C.

Match corresponding to the 14th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 3 – 1 Mons Calpe S.C.


Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
15 Aymen Mouelhi
6   Erin Barnett
20 Michael Negrette
29 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Brad Power on for Aymen Mouelhi
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Leo Pereyra
Javier Cantelmi on for Daniel Ponce de Leon


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Manolo welcomes back Barnett and Meireles from a one match ban for 5 yellows but Baio and Aguiar are still missing through suspension. Roman is now out for the season and that means that the likes of Pipo, De Torres and Prescott are all fighting for a spot on the team and minutes on the pitch. Brad drops to the bench as Barnett resumes his center half position and Negrette comes in to cover at left back and a pivotal match against a resurgeant Mons Calpe.


Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Elghobashy, Pereyra, Barnett, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Meireles, Farinha, Bosio, Negrette, Ponce De Leon

The team walked out wearing shirts in homage to Roman following his horror injury last week and were keen to gain 3 points in his honour. However, in all honesty, this was the highlight of the first half. A first 45 minutes in which we did not turn up at all. Mons were quicker and faster to the ball, harder to the tackle and hungrier for the win. Indeed, United created little while Chino had a busy game of it. He made two spectacular saves prior to Pibe opening the scoring on the half hour mark. Though the goal had a sniff of offside it was simply what Mons deserved. United seemed powerless to react and with a Ponce de Leon acrobatic overhead kick the highlight for United, the outlook for the second half seemed as bleak as the forecasted weather.


United’s players trudge off dejectedly.

Manolo started the half with two substitutions. Seeking more pace and energy he introduced Power and Pipo on for Mouelhi and Pereyra. Our play had also taken a dramatic turn, whatever rocket Manolo had fired at the players at half time seemed to have its desired effect. As the half progessed spectactors at the stadium were treated to comeback for the ages, one enscribed in the annals of football lore with the sweat and toil of these 11 men in Red and White.

United took the game to Mons with aplomb. Pipo looked sharp and had a shot sail wide as he cut inside. Marco was begining to dictate play while Bosio and Carrasco were simply impeccable in centre midfield. Mons were gradually pushed back into their half as the pressure began to tell. Elghobashy tried his luck and so did Dani, with Grasso in the Mons’ goal equal to both efforts. Having lost control of the match Mons Calpe sought to regain control via some physical play which Mr Barcelo had in check throughout. 53 minutes and Michael Negrette took centre stage. Dani crossed in a ball following another Mons foul. It was headed away only to find that sweet right foot of Michael Negrette. A possible contender for goal of the season from fully 30 meters out saw Grasso have no answer to the rocket the young Under 21 International sent his way. In the words of Andy Gray, ‘take a bow son, take a bow!’.

The crowd went wild with delirium, delirium that was tempered moments later what an uncharacteristic Chino lack of focus almost allowed Pibe in, his squared pass to Blanco and subsequent shot at goal went wide; a timely warning! United continued to attack. Brad put a headed corner wide while Elghobashy once again went close. Mons had no answer to the Red and White tide. Blood was in the air and United had the scent in their noses. The game was there for the taking and United only needed to find that spark, that bit of magic to seal Mons’ fate.

Cue Farinha. The Portugese right back has steadily become a fan favourite with his runs, his determination and his full on attitude to the game. Today he can also add a fantastically taken goal with his left peg to that repetoire. Following a one-two with Dani out on the right Farinha cut inside. Emualting those great right backs of old, he dropped a shoulder, ghosted past the defence and wrapped his left foot around the ball. Grasso dived but nothing the keeper could do would stop a strike of such quality. The ball went straight to the top left hand corner of the goal to give United the lead they so deserved in this second half.

Two spectacular strikes gave the team its rewards for its efforts; and indeed it was a team effort in the second 45. Barnett led from the back like a general leading his troops to battle while Jamie and Carlos provided the platform on which to build our forward momentum. By the time Marco got out third in the 84 minute Mons Calpe were dead and buried.

A true game of two halves United needed the result and the performance following the disappointing draw against Lions last time out. We climb to third pending St Joseph’s game against Lions later in the week. A great mid week game to highlight all that is good and great about this game!


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Match Preview: Mons Calpe S.C.

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Record against Mons Calpe SC

Played: 9
Won: 5
Drawn: 2
Lost: 2

Last Result: 3 – 1 (3-11-2017)

Manager: Luis Manuel Blanco
Captain: Leo Vela
Top Scorer 16/17: Juan Pablo Sastrie ‘Pibe’/Ruben Blanco Rodriguez (6)


United saw off Mons Calpe 3-1 in early November, in what was possibly our best performance so far this season and the Calpeans had a very out of sorts First Round. They changed managers during the Winter Break and have reinforced well and are in a rich vein of form being since the restart, their only loss being a narrow 1-0 defeat to Europa.

United see the return of several players following a one match suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards but have Aguiar missing following his two yellows in the game against Lions. Roman Salado is also a long term absentee due to injury. Spots are up for grabs in the team and the players have hit the trainig ground hard. Kick off this Wednesday evening at 20:30.


Lions F.C. vs Gibraltar United

Match corresponding to the 13th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Friday 23rd February 2018 at 20:30. Match report brought to you courtesy of Quantocoin and Turicum Private Bank.

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Gibraltar United 0 – 0 Lions F.C.

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino Goldwin (C)
8   Filipe Aguiar
6   Brad Power
15 Aymen Mouelhi
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
24 Jamie Bosio
39 Leo Pereyra
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
16 Daniel Ponce De Leon
10 Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Manuel Roman Salado on for Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo
Micheal Negrette on for Leo Pereyra
Tito De Torres on for Manuel Roman Salado


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United come into this game with morale sky high. A priceless 3 points against St Joseph’s last week and a thrid win on the bounce. Last week’s efforts however did have its casualties. Baio, Barnett and Meireles are all missing for this game due to suspension and in for them come Mouelhi, Pipo and Aguiar, the latter also returning from a one match ban for 5 yellows. United know that only 3 points against Lions will make all the effort and sacrifice made last week count.


Back Row (l to r): Mouelhi, Farinha, Pereyra, Power, Carrasco, Chino (C). Front Row (l to r): Aguiar, Ramalho, Bosio, Ponce De Leon, Elghobashy

A game that was dominated by the 16 bookings Mr Barcelo dished out and the terrific injury suffered by Roman that has seen him hospitalised and awaiting surgery. United dominated a first half that was punctuated by non stop fouling and a referee’s whistle that seemed to go off every 15 seconds. Indeed it only took 1 minute for Breakspear to get the first booking of the game for sycthing down Pipo straight from the kick off.

United had the best chances of the half with Aguiar and Farinha pressing forwards and the Lions defence having no solution to Elghobashy other than incessant fouling, soon enough three Lions players would have bookings to their name for fouling the Egytptian. Ayman was to have the clearest chances in the half. He skyed a dropped corner from four yards out and pinged a shot from an impossible angle off the crossbar on the cusp of half time. Dani also rustled the side netting with a sublime free kick. Small islands of quality play amid the start-stop-start-stop imposed by the refereeing team that sent two Lions coaches to the stands and were not tolerating any back chat whatsoever. It made for a somewhat turgid 45 minutes that saw more bookings than chances.


There was little change in the second half as Mr Barcelo kept booking players left and right with both teams eventually ending up with 10 men for double yellows. As Lions dug in deep Nuñez made somewhat of a rarity, play with two out and out strikers as Roman replaced Pipo in the 55th minute. As our dymanic became more attacking so did our number of chances increase. Ayman was twice thwarted by the excellent Gonzalez in goal and Roman himself had two gilted edged chances. The first he created with his trademark lightning pace and pulled just shy of the goal. The second, and cursedly so, was a turn and shot that resulted in the forward crumpled on the floor screaming in pain clutching his left leg. Gonzalez in the Lions goal was quick to get the ref to get the medical services on the pitch as he sensed there was something wrong. Indeed Roman would end up being evacuated to St Bernard’s hospital via ambulance where he is awaiting surgery on his injury. Season over for the likeable native of Chiclana and our thoughts and prayers are with him.


The game petered out with Lions at times defending with 6 players as United tried to breakthrough. Dani, Ayman and Ayman spurrned more chances and were soon were joined by De Torres as he replaced Roman. Alas it ended in staltemate with the injury overshadowing the result as concern for Roman’s health occupied the thoughts of those at the Club.

Match Preview: Lions FC

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Record against Lions F.C.

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

Last Result: 3 – 1 (28-10-17)

Manager: Adrian Parral
Captain: Kailan Perez
Top Scorer 17/18: Juan Llaves (5)

United come into the match following the pitched battle against St Joseph’s last weekend which ended up in the Red and Whites catching the Saints in 3rd. Several players will be out due to accumulation of yellow cards but Filipe Aguiar is back after serving his suspension and Roman Salado is chomping at the bit to get back onto the pitch as a starter. A 3-1 win in October was the last result between the teams.

Lions also come into the game following a victory over Man 62 that has righted the ship following some rocky results following the winter break. They will surely seek to build on that success while United know that the result against the Saints will mean nothing if they cannot score some points off Lions. Kick off Friday 20:30 under the lights.

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St Joseph’s F.C. vs Gibraltar United


Match corresponding to the 12th Round of the Gibraltarian Premier Division and played on Saturday 17th February at 18:15. Match report brought to you courtesy of Turicum Private Bank and Qunatocoin

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Gibraltar United 1 – 0 St Joseph’s F.C.

Ponce de Leon (P)

Gibraltar United

1   Kyle ‘Chino’ Goldwin
20 Michael Negrette
6   Brad Power
5   Erin Barnett
23 Andre De Oliviera Farinha
4   Yalany Baio
40 Carlos Carrasco Llorens
24 Jamie Bosio
17 Marco Meireles
16 Daniel Ponce de Leon
9   Ayman Elghobashy


Leo Pereyra on for Daniel Ponce de Leon
Filipe Da Cruz Ramahlo on for Jamie Bosio
Alberto Del Rio Fernandez on for Andre De Oliviera Farinha

Suspension forces Manolo to suffle his pack as Aguiar is serving a one match ban due to an accumulation of 5 yellow cards. Negrette and Power come back into the side for this pivotal match against St Joseph’s, the latter in an unfamiliar left back role. Both clubs know that a win will mean a big step forward in deciding who finishes 3rd this season. United come into the game in good form and so to St Joseph’s in what promises to be a cracker.

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The match promised much and boy did it deliver. Two teams going for it knowing that the 3 points were crucial for their respective causes. St Joseph’s started the game very well positioned on the pitch and it took a while for United to find their rhythm. Dani was well shackled by sometimes two players at a time while the 3 central midfielders were all hands to the pump, Carrasco and Bosio were to go ahead and have tremendous performances.

The initial exchanges saw little goal mouth action with the pitched battle centered around midfield but as the play began to get more expansive chances galore were to fall to both teams, indeed Chino and Garica in the St Jospeh’s goal thr respective man of the match for their teams. Dani had our first chance with a powerful shot driven just wide while moments later Garcia made his first save of the match from an Elghobashy shot. United had woken up and took control of the game. Yet St Joseph’s are a tough side and fought back hard as possession ebbed and flowed and the fairly large crowd at the stadium were treated to a tense but entertaining match.

Such a tense affair would preclude a flurry of bookings and when Barnett went into the book early doors it augured what would a total of 13 bookings in a match that at times took on an ugly turn. Marco and Dani took our danger forward while St Joseph’s looked to JP Duarte and Galvin to create. Both defences were holding firm with Negrette holding his own at left full back. As United surged forward Bosio broke through into the box, whiel waiting for the through ball he was tackled from behind and Mr Canepa rightly pointed at the penalty spot despite the vociferous St Joseph’s appeals. Dani stepped up and rifled in his second penalty of the spot and his third goal for the club leaving Garcia no chance to get it.

Elghobashy headed wide shortly after from a Farinha cross and the Egyptian, who was having a decent game in harassing the St Joseph’s defence, was to also have another effort safely held by Garcia. The last chance of the first half was to fall to Muñoz but Chino was equal of the effort and would ensure that United would take a slender lead into the changing rooms. Several players on boths sides were very riled up and the worry was that 22 players would not finish on the field of play.

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St Joseph’s came out the much better team in the second half knowing that a point was the bare minimum they needed out of this game. They asserted a tremendous amount of pressure in the first 15 minutes of the half that saw United under the cosh and suffering. Towering above that pressure was Chino that made a series of saves to keep his goal safe. Two in particular stand out, a close range reflex save from a header and a save from a dangerous free kick from the let of our area. The latter captured by Vanessa Correa on Twitter.

The skipper’s performance inspired his team mates ahead of him. With St Joseph’s fully comitted to the attack gaps opened up for Ayman to exploit. He twice got himself in the area but twice Garcia pulled off tremendous saves to keep the match at 1-0. Marco also could not best the keeper and several efforts went wide. The match was on a knife edge and it nearly toppled over when Barnett hand balled in the area following some deft ball control by Galvin. Mr Canepa, correctly so, pointed to the spot. Up stepped Galvin…

United off the hook and with time ebbing away the goal of 3 points getting closer and closer. A flurry of bookings ensued and Mr Canepa did very well in keeping the match under his control as tempers and frustrations simmered. Leo came on to add some composure to the middle of the park, replacing a tiring Dani who once again had a blinder. Pipo and Alberto also came on with 15 minutes to go to safeguard Farinha on a yellow and for Bosio who had had a tremendous game. More and more gaps were opening in the St Jospeh’s rearguard but tired minds meant that neither Pipo, Ayman nor Marco could convert the chances offered them. Mr Canepa called time on the game after the 5 minutes of alloted extra time were up to leave United with the 3 points and still in 4th but tied on points with St Joseph’s and with the head to head firmly in favour. Objective achieved!!


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There were several unsavouy incidents at the touchline on full time involving several players from both teams and the St Joseph’s technical staff. Scenes like these have no place in or around a football pitch and we urge all sides to be tempered and remember that an increasingly number of young, football loving people are attending the games at the Stadium and the best of examples have to be set.

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Match Preview: St Joseph’s F.C.

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Record against St Joseph’s F.C.

Played: 7
Won: 1
Drawn: 1
Lost: 5

Last Result: 3 – 1 (20-10-17)

Manager: Raul Procopio
Captain: Ivan Lobato Gonzalez
Top Scorer 17/18: Salvador Delgado (4)

Both teams come into the game in good form and on the back of successive wins. United can look back to the earlier game this season and a 3-1 win over the Blues and Whites for inspiration.

Manolo does not have Aguiar available for selection due to a ban for 5 yellow cards but has the rest of the squad fighting for a place for this pivotal match in the fight for 3rd place. Kick off 18:15.

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