Facundo Cascio’s stunning second half free-kick was not enough for Mons Calpe as they were held in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Gibraltar United.
Gibraltar United took the lead in the sixth minute, Max Bothen latched onto a through ball from Aymen Mouelhi and slotted it past Christian Fraiz. With the likes of Michele Di Piedi & Juan Pablo Pereira missing, Mons Calpe came into the game without a recognisable striker and struggled in the early stages to mount any attacks.
Mons Calpe equalised in the 20th minute as Facundo Cascio fired a long range effort straight into the bottom corner, a great finish from the young Argentine. Mons kept pressing and in added time nearly took the lead but Kyle Goldwin produced a great save to keep out Hugo Colace’s effort on goal. Few minutes later & the referee blew for half-time with the score at 1-1.
Just after the hour mark Mons Calpe took the lead as Facundo Cascio fired a 30-yard free-kick straight into the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Kyle Goldwin helpless. Cascio nearly got his hat-trick two minutes later but Goldwin produced a fantastic one-on-one save to keep it out.
In the 70th minute Mons were awarded a corner which Ethan Jolley headed wide. Goldwin quickly restarted the game and punted the ball upfield which dropped kindly for Anthony Hernandez who outmuscled his marker and fired past Fraiz to equalise, a perfect counter-attacking goal.
Less than five minutes to go Gibraltar United had one last attack in them, Anthony Hernandez skipped past two players and squared the ball to Dexter Panzavechia who with an almost open goal, fired the ball straight at Christian Fraiz. Shortly after referee Patrick Canepa blew the final whistle and the game ended 2-2.
This point sees Gibraltar United remain sixth, ten points behind fifth placed Mons Calpe.