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Glacis pay the penalty in Lincoln defeat

After a goalless first half, Glacis were left to rue two second-half penalties given away in an eventual 3-0 defeat to Lincoln yesterday.

Photo (C) Elton Duarte / Lincoln Red Imps

Glacis saw debuts handed out to Jamie Bosio, Alessandro Borghi (brother of Stefano who left the club for St Joseph’s) and Lython Marquez from the start, while Lincoln welcomed back Lee Casciaro and Roy Chipolina to the starting eleven, with the veteran duo both getting 90 important minutes ahead of the upcoming internationals.

Both teams were dealt a first half blow when Ethan Britto and Salvatore Gallo came off early into the game, replaced by Jesus Toscano and Michele Di Piedi respectively. Otherwise, it was a half where neither keeper was overly tested, and the scores were goalless at the break.

Lincoln found the breakthrough they were looking for just before the hour mark – Julian Brinkman fouled Casciaro in the box and Tjay De Barr, who had been featuring in midfield, stepped up to put Mick McElwee’s side ahead. They then grabbed a second five minutes later as Carlos Martinez, who had just come off the bench, doubled the lead – the perfect start for the former Recreativo winger who signed in February.

While Glacis battled until the end, Lincoln would get the icing on the cake of their victory when they gained a second penalty – this time Kike stepped up and made the final score 3-0. The win keeps Lincoln in third ahead of their game vs second place St Joseph’s next week, while Glacis’ first round is now over and they will be preparing for the Challenge Group which is upcoming, a group they’ll fancy their chances of doing well in.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Smith, N. Castle (Ramos, 80), Derksen, Brinkman, Bosio, Borghi, Witbreuk, Marquez (Currer, 73), Gallo (Di Piedi 28 – Galliano, 80), Londero

Unused Subs: Fluka, Brennan, Kaleba

Lincoln: Chino; Wiseman, Lopes, L. Casciaro, De Barr, R. Chipolina, Omoregie (Kike, 60), Carralero (Ronan, 72), Yahaya, Coombes (Martinez, 60), Britto (Toscano, 8)

Unused Subs: Soler, K. Casciaro, Wall

Yellow Cards: Bosio, Ramos

Red Cards: None

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Yeo: “I hope to improve on my football”

FG caught up with Sam Yeo to get his thoughts on his time at Glacis, life at his new club Next Stars Academy and more.

Yeo joined Glacis last summer and would make 7 appearances in the Gibraltar National League before his move abroad – Sam reflected on his time at the club, “I enjoyed my short time at Glacis, and if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I stopped playing football for a year when I left Lincoln in 2019, but Bennie Brinkman approached me last summer and asked if I wanted to play for Glacis. I originally joined their U23’s but ended up becoming a regular in the first-team.

We asked Sam how the move to Next Stars Academy came about, “Phillip Debono worked with an old teammate of mine Julián Del Río which is now at Cordoba, we’ve played together since the age of 5. Phillip approached me and if I was interested in joining the Academy which I agreed.

Next Stars Academy is based in Cadiz and is affiliated with the La Liga team – we asked Sam how he’s finding life in a new city and team, “At the beginning, it was quite hard. After the first week, I’ve got used to it and now a month later, it feels just like home. I get along well with my teammates, met new people from all around the world and have had a great experience so far.

Lastly, we asked the 18-year old about what he hopes to achieve this season – “Firstly, I hope to improve on my football. Not only technically but physically too, I am feeling a much better player now. Secondly, hopefully, play for a Spanish club by the end of the season.

Speaking to FG, Phillip Debono reflected on Sam’s move – “Sam joining the academy is a good move for hin. They have a proper training programme from Monday to Friday where they train twice a day and a third either gym or pool session. The academy, this year, for the very first time is participating in Tercera Andaluza and can be called up to the senior squad at any given time. It’s nice to have scouts from other clubs who frequently visit matches but most importantly the academy has links with some top clubs in Europe and their affiliation with Cadiz CF. Several players such as Ruben Galiano, Nacho Pericet and Geovanni Barba play for Real Betis Balompie and have all been helped by the academy director Antonio Valero. Other players such as Angel Rueda, who is at Sevilla was also helped by Antonio Valero. Hopefully, Sam is the first of many Gibraltarians to be able to be sent abroad to pursue their dreams of obtaining a professional football contract wherever it may be.

He added, “I would like to thank Antonio for taking on Sam and I’m sure we will be able to continue working in sending local players abroad.

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Jamie Bosio joins boyhood club

Jamie Bosio has joined his boyhood club after an eight-year absence as Glacis United makes eight signings.

After suffering an ACL injury back in October 2018 with Gibraltar United, Jamie made his comeback after two-years while playing with the Lincoln reserves.

Due to Covid regulations, the future of the U23 league seems in doubt with many young players joining teams in the Gibraltar National League and try to get a taste of senior football.

Sources close to Glacis confirmed the signing of 29-year old Jamie Bosio with the Gibraltar International linking up with former Gibraltar United coach Javi Sanchez.

Jamie played for Glacis when he arrived in Gibraltar at the age of 10 and would play with the “golden generation” of Glacis players like Al Greene, Kevin De Los Santos, Keith Laguea, Michael Felice and Joe Chipol. Bosio would leave the club in 2013 to join College Europa (now Europa FC).

Joining Jamie is Lython Marquez and Sean Gilbert of Boca, Ethan Llambias joins on loan from Lincoln, Jayan Brennan from Europa Point, Kivan Ramos from the U23’s of Lincoln and Alessandro Borghi, brother of Stefano Borghi who joined St Joseph’s from Glacis last week.

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Witbreuk – “It isn’t easy to beat us”

FG caught up with Dutch striker Wessel Witbreuk to talk about Glacis’ season so far, finishing in the top six and more.

Witbreuk reflected on Glacis’ season so far, “We have a talented group of players but restrictions due to Covid has made it difficult for us to show it on the pitch. We weren’t able to train as a full squad which effected us on the pitch, especially tactically. I think we have done alright this season and we’ve made it difficult for teams to beat us. We need to be more consistent so we can get more points.

We asked Wessel how he has found life in Gibraltar, “We have really enjoyed being in Gibraltar. It is special to see when you cross the border it is a completely different life. Everyone is very friendly and has made me feel very welcome in our first season in Gibraltar.

Glacis currently sit in seventh with their final game of the round against Lincoln Red Imps. We asked Wessel if he feels Glacis’ can finish in the top six – “If the league splits into two then it will be really difficult for us as we only have one game to play. Lincoln will be a hard game but we showed against Europa that it won’t be easy to beat us. We have shown a lot of improvements during the last nine matches and will be trying our best to get a result against Lincoln.

Lastly, the 22-year old told us about his aspirations for the season – “I hope we can continue to improve as we have in previous matches and become more consistent. It would be nice to qualify for the top six but we have a chance in the Rock Cup to show our qualities.”

Witbreuk added, “My personals goals are to help the team with goals, assists and hard work. I want to continue improving in training and matches so I am ready for the next step in my career.

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Borge the super-sub in Europa victory

A clever finish from substitute Dylan Borge in the second-half was enough for Europa to take all 3 points in a 1-0 win vs a hard-working, determined Glacis side.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Europa were boosted by the return to the match-day squad of centre-back pairing Olmo and Sergio Sanchez – Rafa Escobar’s team have been using the makeshift pairing of full-back Ethan Jolley and midfielder David Polaco in recent weeks at the back. Meanwhile, for Glacis, James Castle returned to the starting lineup, while Salvatore Gallo dropped to the bench.

The first half was a noticeably quiet affair, with Glacis ensuring Europa could not muster up too many strong efforts on goal in the opening 45. Goalkeeper Marcos Zappacosta was the busier of the two keepers, but aside from a very good point-blank save on the 19th minute, his action was rather routine. Glacis did defend more than Europa, but were looking to catch them on the counter – one such example of this just before the break saw them force a corner off a poor back pass/clearance, but they failed to make anything of it.

The second half followed a similar pattern, until Europa made a double change, taking off Blas Alvarez and Mikey Yome for Alex Quillo and Dylan Borge. However, it was Glacis who almost took the lead, with Christian Lopez in the Europa goal having to make a smart stop to deny Wessel Witbreuk.

That save would prove to be vital, as a minute later, Europa went ahead. After an initial shot was saved by Zappacosta, the ball was put back into the six-yard box, where Borge cleverly backheeled the ball into the bottom corner – the 17-year-old now has eight goals this season in the league – only three players in the league have scored more this season (Juanfri, Kike and Boro), and the teenager has three more goals than the next highest Gibraltarian goalscorer – his team-mate and Europa captain Liam Walker.

Glacis responded by bringing on veteran striker Michele Di Piedi, formerly of Sheffield United, and the 39-year-old made a combative start, getting booked after less than a minute of coming on. The Italian added a bit more bite to the Glacis attack now, who were chasing back to try and claw a point or more from the game, but, apart from one chance where Lopez had to become a sweeper-keeper to snuff out a potential attack, Europa showed very good game-management to slow the game down and nullify the threat from Glacis until the final whistle.

Europa stay on top for the time being, at least until St Joseph’s game vs Magpies on Sunday, while for Glacis, while they remain sixth, they only have one game remaining, vs Lincoln, so they realistically need to beat Mick McElwee’s side to have any hope of keeping that top six spot come the split.

Lineups:

Europa: Lopez; Jolley, Alvarez (Quillo, 57), Juampe, Gallardo (Ayew, 80), Walker, Yome (Borge, 57), Olivero, Carrascal, Polaco, Willy (Sanchez, 67)

Unused Subs: Romero, Olmo, Bautista

Glacis: Zappacosta; Yeo, N. Castle, Derksen, Brinkman (McGowan, 88), Smith, Witbreuk (Di Piedi, 80), Borghi (Gallo, 88), Kaleba, J. Castle, Londero

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Muir, Omari, K. Castle

Yellow Cards: Gallardo; Smith, Londero, Omari, Di Piedi

Red Cards: None

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Jeremy Lopez scores winner for Magpies

Jeremy Lopez’s second-half strike saw Brunos Magpies edge past Glacis United 1-0 yesterday.

Nicholas Castle, Kivan Castle and Job Arjan Derksen were the Glacis changes from the side which beat College with Nicholas’ brother James dropping to the bench.

Johnny Parrado made four changes with Dan Bent and Jeremy Lopez starting after being benched in their win over Manchester 62 while Jean Carlos Garcia and Alan Parker returned from injury.

Rubo and Tyson Ruiz had chances for Magpies early on but weren’t able to test Glacis keeper Marcos Zappacosta. Glacis had shouts for a penalty in the 40th minute which were turned down and both teams went into the break at 0-0.

Wessel Witbreuk missed two early chances for Glacis which his side would later rue when Magpies took the lead in the 58th minute through Jeremy Lopez.

Important saves from Alan Martin and a disciplined Magpies defence kept out Glacis and secured their side the three points.


Lineups

Glacis – Zappacosta; Yeo (J.Castle 77), N.Castle (Brinkman 67), Derksen, Smith, Witbreuk, Borghi, Byrne, Gallo, Londero, K.Castle (Flores 51)

Unused subs: Fluxa, Evans, Kaleba, Di Piedi

Magpies – Martin; Garcia, Gallardo, Diaz, Assumpcao (Cataruozzolo 76), Vinet, Lopez (Morgan 59), Bent, Parker (Jones 76), Ruiz, Rubo

Unused subs: Zamora, Gil, Fernandez, Consigliero

Yellow cards: Derksen, Witbreuk, K.Castle; Gallardo, Assumpcao, Vinet, Ruiz

Red cards: None

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Castle: “Our season has been on an upwards trajectory”

FG caught up with James Castle to talk about Glacis’ win over College last week, his goals for the season and more.

Castle reflected on Glacis’ 5-1 win over College last Saturday, “On reflection, I think it was our worst performance of the season. This may sound surprising considering the result, but it is a result which flattered us. Of course, we were happy with the result, but I think we were all relatively disappointed with our performance. In truth, the game could have become a complicated affair if it were not for some individual brilliance from Hatim Smith to break the deadlock. Once we scored the first goal, I think we kicked into gear, but we were still far from our best. College gave us a good fight, so I think it is only fair to sing their praises as it is not easy to play with 10 men, but they battled until the end. We need to have a much better performance if we want to pick up a positive result against Bruno’s on Saturday.

Glacis currently sit fifth in the table heading into Matchday 8, we asked James what he has made of their season so far – “I think our season has been on an upwards trajectory. We started the league in poor form and we were disappointed not to get anything from our first two games. I think commencing our pre-season later than usual due to Covid-19 and of course our new players adjusting to the league played a part. The Lynx game was a turning point in the season, playing for around 30 minutes with 10 men against a top Lynx side and still managing to draw is something which I think has boosted our self-belief. Of course, our point was removed by the GFA for breaching the HGP rule, but we have just focused on the performance as opposed to the result. We are now sitting in 5th spot (albeit with one or two more games played) which is where we expect and want to be. On this basis alone the season is already an improvement from last season and so we must be relatively pleased with that. However, a Club with Glacis’ history deserves to be competing with the best teams in the league and I hope we manage to remain in the top 6 places once the league splits.

Summer signings Marcos Zappacosta and Wessel Witbreuk have been instrumental in Glacis good run of form recently while keeping hold of the experienced Miguel Londero have been a huge boost – we asked James how important they’ve been in a young team, “Of course, our signings have played an important role in our improvement this season. As you mention our team is full of young players, in fact, I think in terms of local players only 2 or 3 players do not qualify for our U23 team. With that said, I do not think that their age has been such an important factor, in fact, Witbreuk is only 22! It is more their professional mentality and attitude that they bring with them to training. They are all top professionals who will move onto bigger leagues, so to be allowed to learn from their experiences has had a positive impact on all of us. It must also be said that the local players have made a great effort this season to attend training sessions. Throughout September and October, we had been training 6 times a week and I think this is telling on the pitch particularly with respects to our fitness levels.

James gave us an insight into what he hopes to achieve this season, “I am not particularly interested in personal accolades or achievements. My objective this season is to help regain some of the respect that the Club has lost over the last few years. I think helping the Club finish within the top 6 this season would be a good starting point to achieve that goal.

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Wessel Witbreuk nets brace in Glacis win

Wessel Witbreuk netted a brace as Glacis beat College 1975 5-1 last night.

Kaydan Migge replacing Mark Warwick between the sticks is one of three changes College made from the side which lost to Manchester 62 while Glacis made four changes.

19-year old Hatim Smith put Glacis ahead after 27 minutes which was followed by Stefano Borghi doubling the lead a few minutes before half-time.

Two second-half goals by the Dutch midfielder Wessel Witbreuk and one from Salvatore Gallo had Glacis leading 5-0 by the 64th minute. College grabbed a consolation through Luis Manuel Gallardo in the 78th minute and saw their captain Nazim Hughes sent off.

An important three points for Glacis who move into sixth while College remain rooted to the bottom of the table.


Lineups

College 1975 – Migge; J.Field, Hughes, Matto, Ruh, Franco, Rodriguez (Sanchez 46), Da Costa, Urenda (Borrell 15), Gallardo, Ruiz

Unused subs: Warwick, Callejon, Pacheco, A.Field, Negrette

Glacis United – Zappacosta; Yeo, Londero, Brinkman (Peacock 79), Smith, Witbreuk (K.Castle 73), Borghi (Lamont 65), Byrne (Evans 70), Kaleba, J.Castle, Gallo

Unused subs: Fluxa, Pratts

Yellow cards: J.Field, Borrell; Londero, Witbreuk

Red cards: Hughes

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Saints ease past Glacis

A goal from Juanfri after 35 seconds set St Joseph’s on their way to a 5-0 win against Glacis last night.

Photo (C) David Roberts

Glacis, who came in off the back of a 2-0 win in midweek vs Manchester 62, knew the size of the task ahead of them – Saints had beaten the same opposition as Glacis, but in an 11-0 win last weekend. James Castle captained the side with Miguel Londero on the bench, while Saints stuck with a familiar lineup but still had a different look, wearing their new orange away kit which to an unfamiliar eye could have seen them mistaken for Lions.

Saints got off to a lightning start, as with their very first attack, the ball found its way to Juanfri who scored with just 35 seconds on the clock. This suggested a hammering may be on the cards, but Glacis grew into the game after the early setback and made sure Jamie Robba was worked at times.

Saints missed a couple of good chances to score again, and had to wait until the final kick of the half to go 2-0 up. A failed offside trap allowed Boro in one-on-one, and he made no mistake putting the ball past Marcos Zappacosta, despite the keeper getting a hand to it, to make Raul Procopio’s half-time team talk that bit easier.

The second half, although Glacis did not stop fighting, was a more straightforward affair, aided by some top finishes. 10 minutes into the half, Nano curled in a rocket from 25 yards on his right foot to get Saints third, before Boro got his second, and Saints fourth just after the hour mark. With 20 minutes to go, Domingo Ferrer got a goal not too dissimilar to Nano’s – and they should have had six when Boro missed a golden chance to get his hat-trick late on.

The result sees St Joseph’s lead the table on goal difference from Lynx and Europa, while for Glacis, they remain 9th on four points from six games.

Lineups:

Glacis: Zappacosta; Evans, Brinkman (Smith, 45), Kozuh, Witrbeuk (Peacock, 84), Borghi, Kaleba, J. Castle, Gallo (Lamont 82), Pratts (Yeo, 45), K. Castle

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Londero, N. Castle

St Joseph’s: Robba; Garro (Hernandez, 68), Boro, Nano (Loren, 68), Barnett, Pecci (Rojas, 45), Juanfri, Pons, Juanma (Carrasco, 68) , Ferrer, Mouelhi

Unused Subs: Mateo, Casciaro, Villar

Yellow Cards: Kozuh, Pratts, K. Castle; Barnett, Pecci

Red Cards: None

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Glacis pick up first win of the season

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.

Lineups:

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