After Europa’s 5-1 win vs Lions, we interviewed keeper Dayle Coleing, with the Gibraltar U21 international playing the full 90 minutes for the side who moved top of the league.
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Coleing has been number 2 to Javi Munoz this season, but has played two full 90 minutes in the league, so we asked him about making that number 1 spot his own: “I have always been determined to take the number one spot in Europa but I knew coming up against Javi was always going to be difficult as he is an excellent goalkeeper. I feel that I have been quite unfortunate with a shoulder injury this season which caused a minor set-back as I felt I was progressing well. Training day in day out with Javi and the team has helped me progress as a player. My ultimate aim is and has always been to become first keeper. “
Europa’s win put them top of the league in a topsy-turvy season, but can they stay there come the end of this campaign? “This season has been the most competitive yet as not many points separate the teams in the top half of the league but the only team that can stop us from winning the league is ourselves. We have shown we are more than capable to win this league but we have also been at fault for our own defeats.”
Coleing has been regularly involved with the national team, including the recent Nations League matches where he trained with both Chino Goldwin and Matt Cafer; what has the Europa keeper learned from training with the pair? “Working with Chino and Matt is always a lot of fun. We get along with each other really well and are constantly bouncing advice and ideas off each other. I feel we all offer something different as keepers and appreciate the things we can learn from one another.”
Gibraltar have traditionally produced very good keepers and now is no exception, so we asked Coleing how hard he’d have to work to take the number 1 shirt: “Being the number 1 keeper for Gibraltar has always been a dream of mine since a young age and it is something I have been training very hard for. I will always respect the managers decision for whoever he starts in goal and I will be supportive. For now, I have to be patient and keep on training hard everyday and wait for my time to come.”