Paul Podesta scored twice as Gibraltar United celebrated a 3-1 win over Manchester 62 in Cristian Toncheff’s final game for the Red Devils.
Following the news this afternoon that Toncheff will be leaving Manchester 62 to join Bahrain side Al-Bahrain SC, the captain was brought to tears as he shook the hands of the Gibraltar United team.
Gibraltar United started the stronger team and looked dangerous on the attack with Anthony Hernandez pulling the strings in midfield. 25 minutes in and Manchester 62 were called into an early substitution with Aaron Duran replacing Neal Medina who picked up an injury.
Shortly after Gibraltar United had a glorious chance to take the lead as Anthony Hernandez skipped past his marker, ran on goal and squared the ball to Robert Montovio who dragged his shot horribly wide. Just before half-time Kyle Goldwin made his first save of the game as he kept out Aaron Payas’ free-kick. Minutes later referee Herbert Warwick blew for half-time with the scores level at 0-0.
Five minutes into the second half and Manchester 62 broke the deadlock as Cristian Toncheff capitalised on a defensive error and slotted the ball past Goldwin, Gib Utd players were furious with the decision as they felt there was a foul in the build-up but the goal stood.
Ten minutes later Gibraltar United appealed for a penalty as Jamie Bosio went down in the box but Warwick waved play on. Gibraltar United equalised in the 74th minute, Robert Montovio picked up a loose ball in the box and fired his shot past Mateo.
Less than 60 seconds later and Gibraltar United made it 2-1, James Currer whipped in a low cross which found Paul Podesta at the back post who tapped the ball into an empty net. In added time Gibraltar United put the game to bed, a quick counter-attack saw Anthony Hernandez lay the ball off to Paul Podesta who smashed his shot into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Shortly after the referee blew the final whistle and Gibraltar United secured an important win which sees them remain sixth and move six points clear of Manchester 62 in seventh.