Goals in either half from Salvatore Gallo and Miguel Londero ensured Glacis picked up their first win of the season, in a 2-0 victory over Manchester 62 last night.
Photo (C) David Roberts
The match, the first of the ‘re-arranged’ Matchday 4 fixtures spread out over the next two months, saw Manchester come in off the back of an 11-0 hammering against St Joseph’s – this seemed to be a chance to bounce back but in truth they made life too comfortable for Glacis.
From early in the game, individual errors, a collective lackadaisical effort and seemingly a failure to follow instructions from Manchester left manager David Wilson continuously frustrated at his team on the touchline – two early mistakes had gone unpunished, but it would prove to be third time unlucky, as Salvatore Gallo pounced on an unaware defender to rob him of the ball, and put Glacis in the lead.
The weather in the first half would undoubtedly play its part, as the rain grew more torrential – however the excellent drainage system still in place at the Victoria Stadium ensured the only risk of postponement would be if the lightning made its way from the bay into Gib – this didn’t happen as the weather calmed down in the second half.
In the second half, Manchester fashioned an early chance, but Robert Montovio’s effort was saved by Marcos Zappacosta, who in truth had little to do in the Glacis goal. Once again, Manchester seemed to be masters of their own downfall, but Glacis were failing to punish them, even despite the best efforts of Kivan Castle up front who was causing the Manchester defence problems at times.
Glacis did eventually wrap the game up though, as captain Miguel Londero headed in from inside the box to secure all three points – his side, albeit playing a game more than most others in the league, sit 9th, level on points with Boca and Magpies.
For Wilson, the result will have done nothing to help what is believed to be growing pressure from inside Manchester 62 on the former Gibraltar national team interim boss – their next match is against College 1975 but the damage may have been done last night to his job.
Manchester 62: El Abd; Pereira, Chichon (S. De Los Santos, 69), Montovio, Ballantine, Sanchez (P. Sardena, 79), Negrette, Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan, Garcia (Holland, 79)
Unused Subs: Warwick, Ballester, Mancilla
Glacis United: Zappacosta; Londero, Derksen, Brinkman (Flores, 55), Smith, Witbreuk (Kaleba, 62), Borghi, J. Castle, Gallo (Kozuh, 77), Pratts, K. Castle
Unused Subs: Fluxa, Evans, Byrne, Peacock
Yellow Cards: Pereira, Chichon, Montovio; Borghi
Red Cards: None