Goals from Matt Clenahan, Mariano Pereira, Scott Ballantine and Mark Edzes ensured Manchester 62 won 4-0 against Rock Cup finalists Glacis last night in the Challenge Group.
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After beating Europa Point 4-0 last time out, Manchester 62 made one change for last night’s game, as Peter Sardena came in for Michael Negrette. Meanwhile, Glacis saw Aaron Olugbogi, Niall Serra and Darlington Nwosu come in for Alessandro Borghi, Lython Marquez and Quentin Kaleba, as they looked to keep their hopes of winning the Challenge Group alive.
The game got off to an even start, reminiscent of the two sides recent encounter in the Rock Cup semi-final, which Glacis had won 1-0, but Manchester were to take the lead this time out thanks to a good goal from defender Matt Clenahan – the 25-year-old almost doubled Manchester’s lead soon after, but his teammate Mariano Pereira made sure that Davie Wilson’s side took a two-goal lead into the break by grabbing his fifth goal of the league season, and his third in the last four league matches.
Glacis didn’t mount any sort of comeback in the second half, although they came close to getting one back, only for defender Daniel Sanchez to clear off the line, but Scott Ballantine sealed off the contest by adding a third goal 20 minutes from time. 10 minutes later and another of Manchester’s defenders got on the scoresheet, as Mark Edzes fired in after Pereira’s dummy to wrap up back-to-back 4-0 wins. This also ensured Manchester could bring on yet more local talent, including 16-year-old duo Jyron Zammitt and Carl De Torres (brother of Manchester teammate Tito De Torres) – Manchester are all but certain to once again secure the record of giving the most minutes to Gibraltarian players this season, and as manager, Davie Wilson has given chances to some 27 different Gibraltarian’s this season – q number which impressively is also matched by Glacis after 25-year-old Jonathan Moreno made his first appearance in the league this season in last night’s match.
Last night’s result meant it was the first time this season they have won two on the spin in the league. For Glacis, any hopes of winning the Challenge Group are now all but over, and Bruno’s Magpies can secure the group leadership if they beat Europa Point tonight.
Manchester 62: Vinales; Sardena (McCarthy, 85), Pereira (De Torres, 84), Montovio (Zammitt, 84), Ballantine, Sanchez, Thomas (Moir, 85), Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan (Mifsud, 84), Garcia
Unused Subs: Guiling
Glacis: Zappacosta; Llambias, S. Moreno (Byrne, 81), Andrulli, Derksen, Ramos (J. Moreno, 45), Olugbogi (Witbreuk, 45), Galliano, Serra, Ajayi (Borghi, 81), Nwosu
Unused Subs: Fluxa, Currer, Kaleba
Yellow Cards: Edzes, Farmer, Clenahan; S. Moreno, Derksen, Serra, Nwosu
Red Cards: None