Manchester 62 in comfortable victory vs Glacis

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


Glacis and Manchester secure wins in Challenge Group double-header

Glacis and Manchester 62, both Rock Cup semi-finalists last week, both won in yesterday’s Challenge Group double-header, beating College 1975 and Europa Point 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.

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The first game saw Glacis come up against College, knowing they needed a win to keep their Challenge Group aims intact – it took them time to eventually break through College though, needing a 68th minute penalty from Craig Galliano to open the scoring. Lython Marquez, who scored the winner in midweek, made it 2-0 with just over 10 minutes to go and wrapped up the points for his side.

For Manchester 62, they confirmed their final position of ninth place with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Europa Point in the evening. Manchester controlled the game from start to finish, and raced to a 3-0 half time lead courtesy of goals from Robert Montovio, Michael Negrette and Scott Ballantine. They were only to get one more goal though in the second half, with Mariano Pereira scoring five minutes from time to complete the four-goal victory.

This week’s Challenge Group fixtures see Manchester and Glacis face off once again, on Thursday night, before Bruno’s Magpies take on Europa Point in Friday night’s fixture at the Victoria Stadium.


Marquez sends Glacis to Rock Cup Final

A first half goal from Lython Marquez was enough to send Glacis through to the Rock Cup Final, after they beat Manchester 62 1-0 last night.

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Manchester 62 were missing the experience of veteran Robert Guiling, who limped off injured in their last league match, while Glacis welcomed back Job Derksen and Jamie Bosio from injury as both sides looked to make it to this years’ final.

Manchester started the brighter of the two sides, but in the opening half hour neither team properly tested either keeper, apart from some tame efforts which were comfortable for both Ayden Vinales and Marcos Zappacosta. This was, however, until Glacis took the lead. Darlington Nwosu’s long-range strike had to be tipped onto the bar by Vinales, and after the ball bounced on the line and back into play, Marquez was quickest to react, putting the ball into the empty net from mere centimetres out to give his side the lead – a timely moment for the 26-year-old to get his first for the club since joining.

The goal was all that would separate the sides at the break, and in the second half, Manchester came out strong, knowing they had 45 minutes to try and push for an equaliser and keep their cup dreams alive. Mariano Pereira saw an early effort blocked, after some good individual work to make the chance, while Kieron Garcia had a couple of long range efforts go wide for his side. Up the other end, Manchester’s defenders were having to keep alert to the danger of a Glacis counter, with Matt Clenahan doing well to head a dangerous cross away from his own goal.

Manchester had two big chances in the game that they were unfortunate not to make more of – after Zappacosta had initially saved from Tom Farmer, Theo Pizarro lobbed the ball towards goal over the helpless keeper, only to see Glacis defender Ethan Llambias scamper back and head the ball away from the goal. The second chance came minutes from time – a Manchester free kick was put into the box, and Clenahan struck it cleanly enough, but it was straight at Zappacosta in truth and he was able to save it, and secure his team a spot in this years’ final.


Manchester 62: Vinales; Pereira (Pizzaro, 64 – Thorne, 83), Montovio, Negrette (Sardena, 64), Ballantine, Sanchez, Thomas, Edzes, Farmer (Moir, 83), Clenahan, Garcia

Unused Subs: Borge, Mifsud, McCarthy

Glacis United: Zappacosta; Smith (Moreno, 65), Llambias, Derksen, Bosio, Ajayi, Marquez, Galliano (Serra, 79), Gallo (Borghi, 90), Nwosu, Londero

Unused Subs: Fluxa, Andrulli, Ramos, Kaleba

Yellow Cards: Thomas, Garcia; Serra

Red Cards: None


Guiling: “We will give everything we have as a team”

FG caught up with Gibraltar veteran Robert Guiling to talk about his return to football after a serious knee injury, today’s Rock Cup semi-final against Glacis United and more.

Guiling suffered a knee injury while playing for Lynx back in 2015 and hasn’t been on the football field since. We asked him how it feels to be back playing, “It feels great honestly. I have been missing it since 2015 after my knee injury and didn’t know what to expect from myself. After my first training session, I really enjoyed it with the lads and technical staff which gave me the green light to start working hard and being competitive with these young players.

Robert was one of several signings Manchester 62 made in January and by far the biggest surprise return in years. We asked him what the reasons were behind his move, “50% on the reason to moving to Manchester was the whole pandemic situation. Football was the sport I thought would get going back on track before other ones, and I’d been training throughout Covid by myself but was missing group activity and having fun. The other 50% was that I knew Dave Wilson and knew the way he wants his sessions to work out, with top intensity always and good fun. it fitted perfectly knowing that at 40, I could still keep learning. This young team with so many homegrown players also made my decision so much easier for me.

Goalkeeping heroics by Ayden Vinales booked Manchester 62 a spot in the semi-final to face fellow Challenge Group side Glacis United. We asked Robert how the team feels going into today’s game, “The team is excited and really wants to do their best for the club and themselves. We try to do what the gaffa wants us to, at the best of our abilities and put it in motion as a group. This team is very young, humble. hungry and we feel no pressure at all coming into the match with having nothing to lose only experience to gain. We will give everything we have as a team and see what happens.

Lastly, we asked Robert about his goals for the season – “Progressing into the Rock Cup final would be incredible for me. I would like to finish the season on a positive like always, knowing you’ve given all you have and been committed to hard work leaving nothing on the pitch and staying injury-free.


Zuniga brace helps Magpies ease past Manchester

Two second-half goals from defender Francisco Zuniga helped Bruno’s Magpies beat Manchester 62 4-0 last night at the Victoria Stadium.

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The match, which saw a crowd of about 30 or so people attend with fans allowed back for the first time, was a straight-forward affair for Magpies, who had benefitted from more rest than their opponents, who had won in the Rock Cup on Tuesday night against College 1975. Magpies saw Kelvin Morgan miss out after picking up his 5th yellow card in the last game, while for Manchester, Mikey Borge took place in goal over Ayden Vinales, who had saved two penalties in the cup shoot-out.

Zuniga had the earliest chance of the game, when he headed over from Alan Parker’s deflected free kick, before Javi Gallardo’s lobbed effort went over both Borge and the Manchester 62 crossbar. Johnny’s side did find the breakthrough not long after though, as Jayce Consigliero’s threaded pass set up Rubo to score his 14th of the season, eight of which have come in the Challenge Group. The striker should have doubled his tally, but headed straight at Borge soon after, before Magpies keeper Alan Martin had to make a smart stop, denying his team-mate Dan Bent from heading into his own goal.

Injuries to Jean-Carlos Garcia, and seemingly also to Jeremy Lopez, either side of half-time, would have concerned Magpies, while Manchester also lost Robert Montovio and Robert Guiling to injuries as well, with the pair now major doubts for next week’s Rock Cup semi-final against Glacis. The second half was a much slower contest as Magpies comfortably extended their lead and ensured no slip in concentration. Zuniga doubled their sides lead from close range after 55 minutes, before the 30-year-old Mexican made it 3-0 from a set piece. Another set-piece would prove to be Manchester’s final undoing, as after some unconvincing goalkeeping, Ruben Diaz appeared to get the final touch to wrap up the game at 4-0.


Bruno’s Magpies: Martin; Garcia (De Haro, 42), Gallardo (Cataruozzolo, 78), Diaz, Zuniga, Lopez (Livingstone, 50), Coombes, Bent, Consigliero, Parker, Rubo (Assumpcao, 78)

Unused Subs: J. Perez, Fernandez, Vinet

Manchester 62: Borge; Sardena (Sanchez, 62), Pereira (Mifsud, 70), Montovio (Farmer, 44), Negrette, Ballantine, Thomas (Asquez, 70), Guiling (Moir, 62), Edzes, Clenahan, Garcia

Unused Subs: McCarthy

Yellow Cards: Ballantine, Thomas

Red Cards: None


Manchester and College share the spoils in six-goal encounter

Two goals from Robert Guiling were not enough to secure Manchester 62 all three points as College 1975 battled back to draw 3-3 yesterday afternoon.

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Robert Montovio started and captained Manchester 62, while for College 1975, Jemar Matto and Adam Gracia came back into the starting eleven from their last match vs Glacis.

Manchester started the faster of the two and went ahead early on, as Guiling was set up by Carl Thomas, before the veteran local lobbed the ball over Mark Warwick in the College goal to put his side ahead. College equalised on the half hour mark, punishing Manchester’s failure to clear the ball with a goal by Luis Gallardo on the volley.

Just before half time, Mariano Pereira put Manchester back in front, after some more good play from Thomas who got his second assist of the afternoon, and five minutes after the break, Guiling got his second to put David Wilson’s side in a seemingly comfortable position.

College would fight back though, and reduced the arrears on 74 minutes through substitute Jose Marin – the sub would prove to be an inspired one as he grabbed College’s equaliser 10 minutes from time to ensure the points were shared. College move a point clear of the bottom now, albeit playing a game more than Europa Point, while Manchester sit in 9th, six points above College but eight behind Glacis.


Manchester 62: Vinales; Pereira (Zammitt, 71), Montovio (Thorne, 71), Negrette, Mifsud (Pizarro, 45), Thomas (Asquez, 78), De Los Santos, Guiling, Edzes, Clenahan, Garcia

Unused Subs: Borge, Moir, McCarthy

College 1975: Warwick; Ramundo (Valero, 89), Mendez, Perez, Matto, Victory (Thorne, 61), Pacheco (Marin, 61), Franco (Hughes, 71), Gracia, Gallardo, Molina

Unused Subs: Migge, Galan, Wahnon

Yellow Cards: Thomas, Clenahan; Mendez, Matto, Gallardo, Hughes

Red Cards: None


Craig Galliano on target in Glacis win

Craig Galliano assisted one and scored another in Glacis United’s 4-1 win over Manchester 62 on Friday.

Glacis got off to the perfect start when Craig Galliano set up Samson Ajayi to make it 1-0 after only nine minutes. Manchester 62 came battling back and equalised in the 21st minute through inform striker Dylan De Los Santos.

Wessel Witbreuk restored Glacis’ lead in the 30th minute when the Dutch forward tapped in a rebound from Nwosu’s shot before Craig Galliano made it 3-1 just before half-time to give his side a two-goal lead heading into the second half.

Ayden Vinales was called into action early in the half, saving an effort from Miguel Londero. As the half went on, Man62 staff were visibly unimpressed with some decisions not going there way and should have pulled a goal back when Matt Clenahan headed wide from a free-kick.

The impressive Darlingon Nwosu kept up his goalscoring form to wrap up the three points in the 81st minute to make it 4-1 to Glacis and the Nigerians fourth goal in two games.


Glacis United – Zappacosta; Smith, Thorne-Llambias (Ramos 65), Castle, Derksen, Bosio, Witbreuk, Galliano (Lopez 75), Ajayi, Nwosu, Londero (Andrullli 79)

Unused subs: Fluxa, Moreno, Borghi, Kaleba

Manchester 62 – Vinales; Casciaro, Pereira (De Torres 66), Thorne (Montovio 46), Negrette (Asquez 46), Ballantine, Thomas, De Los Santos (Mifsud 82), Edzes, Clenahan, Garcia

Unused subs: Moir, Zammitt, McCarthy

Yellow cards: Castle; Ballantine, Garcia, Asquez

Red cards: None


Manchester 62 in comfortable win over Europa Point

A brace from Dylan De Los Santos and goals from Robert Guiling and Liam Thorne helped Manchester 62 towards a 4-1 victory over Europa Point yesterday.

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Europa Point saw the likes of Louis Parral, Elias Juel-Saleh and Omar El Yettefti return to the starting lineup, while for Manchester 62, Guiling added more experience back to the starting eleven, while David Moir and Patrick McElwee were among those in the lineup.

It took just over 10 minutes for Manchester to open the scoring, as a low cross from Michael Negrette found De Los Santos who fired his side into the lead. Europa Point equalised 10 minutes before the break through John Stewart’s effort, and the sides went in level at the break.

10 minutes after the break, Manchester would turn to their most experienced player to put them back ahead, as Negrette again played assistant, setting up 40-year-old Robert Guiling who got his first goal in only his second game since returning to football. Two then became three for Manchester as De Los Santos drilled home from the edge of the box to give his side some breathing space.

Substitute Liam Thorne was looking lively, and he wrapped up proceedings by making it 4-1 in injury time after some good play from fellow sub Tito De Torres. Manchester remain in 9th overall (and 3rd in the Challenge Group), but have now opened up a six-point gap on College 1975 and Europa Point below them in the table – Europa Point remain bottom after back-to-back 4-1 defeats.

One other aspect of note was how many Gibraltarians played in the match – Manchester started with seven HGP’s while Europa Point started with six – the pair ended with nine and seven respectively as 22 different Gibraltarian’s played a part in the match.


Europa Point: Tudela; Wilson (McGrail, 79), Parral (Torrilla, 63), Webber, Martin, Martinez (Chiles-Cowell, 63), Juel-Saleh, El Yettefti, Webber, Stewart, McCarthy (Evans, 79)

Unused Subs: Victor, Podesta, Lopez

Manchester 62: Vinales (Borge, 83), Moir (Thorne, 53), Casciaro, Pereira (De Torres, 77), Negrette, Thomas, De Los Santos (Zammitt, 77), Guiling (Mifsud, 77), McCarthy, McElwee, Clenahan

Unused Subs: Montovio

Yellow Cards: Webber, Stewart; Pereira

Red Cards: None


Javi Casares nets double in Magpies win

Javi Casares’ double helped Magpies remain top of the Challenge Group with a hard-fought 4-1 victory over Manchester 62.

Magpies got off to the perfect start when captain Rubo put his side ahead after only four minutes. The strike partnership of Rubo and Morgan continued to cause the Manchester defence problems but several excellent saves by Ayden Vinales kept the score at 1-0.

Keiron Garcia equalised for Manchester 62 just after the half-hour mark when the Gibraltar U21 international smashed the ball in from close to make it 1-1.

Despite Man62 having two penalty appeals early in the second half, it would be Magpies retaking the lead through Javi Casares tapping in a rebound after Shay Jones’ strike hit the crossbar. 10 minutes later and Keiron Garcia saw red for a tackle on Kelvin Morgan – a poor decision from the referee which left Manchester playing with ten men.

Rubo stepped up and took the resulting penalty which was saved by Ayden Vinales. Casares got his second of the night in the 71st minute before second-half substitute Alan Parker made it 4-1 with six minutes remaining.


Manchester 62 – Vinales; Sardena (McElwee 78), De Los Santos (Montovio 78), Negrette, Ballantine, Sanchez (Clenahan 67), Casciaro, McCarthy, Edzes, De Torres (Pereira 61), Garcia

Unused subs: Borge, Moir, Thomas

Brunos Magpies – J.Perez; Garcia, Gallardo, Zuniga (Diaz 46), Jones, Morgan, Fernandez, Bent, Consigliero (B.Perez 46), Casares (De Haro 83), Rubo (Parker 74)

Unused subs: Martin, Livingstone, Marquez

Yellow cards: Vinales, Sardena, McCarthy, Edzes, Garcia; Zuniga, Jones, Consigliero

Red cards: Garcia


Diego Diaz nets brace as Mons run riot

Diego Diaz scored a first-half brace as Mons made it three wins on the bounce with a 5-0 victory over Manchester 62.

Cesar Vegas’ men came into the game on the back of four games undefeated and raced into a three-goal lead inside 35 minutes.

First Diaz volleyed home a Nathan Santos cross after 14 minutes before Mark Ballester fired in a loose ball from inside the box after 22 minutes when Nathan Santos’ cross was only partially cleared by the Manchester defence.

Mons would find themselves with 10 men after 26 minutes when Ethan Santos needlessly kicked the ball away with his side holding a two-goal lead and already on a yellow, Tim Reoch would show the 22-year old a red card.

Despite a man down, a third goal would arise in the 35th minute when Diego Diaz got his second of the night from the penalty spot after Ryan Casciaro’s foul.

Mons made it 4-0 on the hour mark when Nathan Santos’ cross found Ayoub El Hmidi who outmuscled Carl Thomas in the box and slotted the ball past Ayden Vinales.

Naoufal El Andaloussi completed the rout five minutes from time tapping in a rebound to make it four games unbeaten in all competitions since their defeat to Lincoln last November.


Mons Calpe – Fraiz, Dos Santos, E.Santos, Rodriguez, El Hmidi, Nusoni (N.El Andaloussi 30), Caballero (Bernardes 79), N.Santos (M.El Andaloussi 79), Ojeda, Ballester, Diaz (Mallemaci 69)

Unused subs: Montano, Moreno, De Los Santos

Manchester 62 – Vinales; Sardena (Thomas 50), Pereira (Garcia 50), Negrette (Moir 50), Ballantine, Sanchez, De Los Santos, Guiling, Edzes, Casciaro, Clenahan

Unused subs: Borge, Montovio, McElwee, McCarthy

Yellow cards: E.Santos; Edzes

Red cards: E.Santos