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Pitu Anes’ stunner hands Gib Utd first win of season

Adolfo ‘Pitu’ Anes stunning long range goal hands Gibraltar United their first three points of the season with a 2-1 victory over Angels.

The first half started with Angels dominating possession and nearly opened their scoring early on, Juan Antonio Palomino’s through ball found Salvador Delgado, the midfielder’s shot was excellently saved by Kyle Goldwin. Two minutes later Angels were on the attack again, Palomino latched onto a Delgado through ball, his shot was once again saved by Goldwin.

Gibraltar United came battling back, Alan Parker’s free-kick was whipped in and headed just wide by David Gallardo. Angels continued to pressure but were unable to break down the well organised Gibraltar United defence. Just before half-time Angels had another great chance to open the scoring but Delgado’s shot was saved by Goldwin. Both teams went into the break on level terms.

The second half started with Angels dominating once again, Alberto Morente’s free-kick found the head of Jonathan Arroyal, the defenders effort was saved by Goldwin and cleared by Andrew Lopez. Two minutes later Angels got a well deserved goal, Toufik Larouia’s low cross found Palomino in the middle, the striker’s shot squeezed under Goldwin and rolled into the back of the net.

Six minutes after conceding Gibraltar United were awarded a penalty as Juan Villada brought down James Currer in the box. The experienced Robert Montovio stepped up and smashed his penalty past Juan Antonio Mateo Perez. Seven minutes later Gibraltar United took the lead, Adolfo ‘Pitu’ Anes’ received the ball in the middle of the park and unleashed an absolute thunderbolt into the bottom corner from about 25 yards out.

Angels nearly equalised shortly after, Salvador Delgado’s inital shot was blocked, Delgado was able to get a second try, his low shot was superbly saved by Goldwin. With less than fifteen minutes remaining Gibraltar United full-back Carl Thomas was sent off for a second bookable offence. With five minutes remaining, Angels were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area, Delgado stepped up and smashed his free-kick into the wall, must to the relief of the Gib Utd manager and fans.

Gibraltar United were able to hold on and walk away with all three points. This win sees Gib Utd remain eighth and move four points clear of Angels & Glacis who sit ninth and tenth respectively.  

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