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Rotation is key in Podgorica

A heavily rotated Gibraltar side put in a respectable performance in Podgorica with the hosts Montenegro running out comfortable 4-1 winners.

Julio Ribas would make a massive ten changes to the Gibraltar side which lost to Norway on Wednesday with Jack Sergeant the only survivor and was appointed as captain. Chino, Valarino, Moulds, Jolley, Badr, Styche, Pons, Barnett, Santos and Bosio all started.

Goldwin was the busiest of the two keepers in the early stages with the Lincoln goalkeeper makings saves from Kucevic and Djurdjevic to keep the score at 0-0. Chino was eventually beaten in the 26th minute when a fortunate rebound fell to Montenegro captain Fatos Beciraj who tapped the ball in to make it 1-0.

Gibraltar was awarded a penalty just four minutes later despite Erin Barnett scoring from Alain Pons’ free-kick. Reece Styche stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Chino would continue to make several important saves until Marko Simic found himself unmarked in the box to head the ball past the Gibraltar keeper to put the hosts back in front at half-time.

Both teams would make a change at half-time with the hosts bringing on former Man City and Inter Milan forward Stefan Jovetic while Julio brought on Lincoln winger Jamie Coombes for Mohamed Badr.

After putting his body on the line time after time, Jamie Bosio came off for Andrew Hernandez in the 51st minute. Less than a minute later and Montenegro made it 3-1 after Zarko Tomasevic rose above Antony Moulds to head the ball past Chino, who made a great save from Stefan Jovetic’s shot which led to the corner.

17-year old Dylan Borge would be handed his senior debut in the 65th minute coming on for Reece Styche and the experienced Liam Walker would be introduced as well. Stefan Jovetic got himself on the scoresheet in the 85th minute when he fired in a free-kick from a tight angle past Chino at his near post.

Montenegro saw out the rest and walked away with the three points.