Match Report: Croatia 4-1 Gibraltar

Gibraltar started the UEFA U17 campaign with a loss, going down 4-1 to Croatia courtesy of a brace each for Duje Javorcic & Tomislav Knezevic.

The first half started with Croatia taking the lead in the second minute, midfielder Duje Javorcic with a great solo goal. Croatia doubled their lead less than ten minutes later Tomislav Knezevic with the goal. Croatia continued to dominate but were unable to find a way past the inspired Jaylan Hankins who made three crucial saves in the first half. 

Gibraltar registered their first shot on target in the 35th minute, Tjay De Barr’s attempt on goal was saved by Dinko Horkas. Referee blew for half-time with the score at 2-0. The second half started with Croatia on the attack, Sandro Kulenovic’s shot was well saved by Jaylan Hankins. Minutes later Gibraltar had another chance, Richie Parral’s had an effort on goal saved by Dinko Horkas.

Gibraltar pulled one a goal back in the 49th minute, a great interception by Max Cottrell who played the ball to Andrew Hernandez, the midfielder played Tjay De Barr through on goal who squared it for Byron Espinosa to slot past Horkas. Gibraltar started to grow in confidence as the game went on with Croatia missing a handful of chances. The game started to even out with both teams making changes to try and change the turnout of the game but neither were able to do so.

In added time Croatia were awarded a penalty as Jaylan Hankins brought down Sandro Kulenovic in the area. Duje Javorcic stepped up and slotted his penalty away. Minutes after the restart Croatia made it 4-1, Tomislav Knezevic with the goal. 

The game restarted and the referee blew for full-time with Croatia winning 4-1. 


Under-17’s start qualifying in Liechtenstein

Gibraltar’s Under-17 national side start their qualifying campaign in Liechtenstein tomorrow, as they face the hosts, Croatia and Czech Republic in Group 7.

Stephen Head’s side, who last year took one point from their three games, will most likely target the game against Liechtenstein as their best chance of getting a point, much like their Under-19 counterparts did with a draw against the same opposition in France earlier this month.

A number of Terrence Jolley’s Under-19 squad are also in this squad, including Byron Espinosa, Andrew Hernandez and Liam Crisp, while four players aged 14 also make the team, including Ethan Britto who already has experience at this level from last years qualifiers.

The team start their campaign with a game against Croatia in Eschen, before travelling to Balzers to play the Czech Republic on Wednesday. A three day rest will then allow the players to recuperate and enjoy their surroundings, before playing the hosts on Saturday in Eschen.


Clinton: “The feeling was incredible”

Last week Gibraltar U19’s flew to France to take part in this years UEFA U19 Euro Championships. Expectations weren’t the greatest due to the lack of match preparation, flight preparation and also being stuck in the same group as Netherlands & France, which is no easy test. We caught up with midfielder Leon Clinton as he reflected on the tournament and his famous goal. 

Firstly, Clinton reflect on how the tournament went, “The tournament didn’t go as well as it could have, preparation coming up to the tournament was poor, but as usual we always gave our all and left everything on the pitch. Netherlands were extremely skillful and France were a pacey and strong team, it was a tremendous feeling playing against them. Our last game against Liechtenstein, a team I’ve played 3 times already, we both had great chances to win the game but we were unable to convert them.”

Gibraltar U19 drew their last game of the Qualifiers against Liechtenstein 1-1, we asked Clinton how it felt scoring the equaliser. “The feeling was incredible. Words can’t describe the emotions I felt when I saw the ball hit the back of the net.”

Gibraltar finished bottom of their group, level on points with Liechtenstein but with a much greater goal difference due to their 9-0 losses to Netherlands & France. Clinton reflected on the lessons he learnt from the tournament, “I leant that we are nowhere near as close to the top teams, that’s obviously due to lack of pitches and training sessions.”

Lastly, Clinton gave us an insight into his ambitions for this season, “This season I’m hoping to play more first team games for Lincoln Red Imps than last year and you never know, hopefully a call up for the national squad.”

Football Gibraltar would like to thank Leon Clinton for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future.



Match Report: Liechtenstein U19 1-1 Gibraltar U19

Gibraltar finished off their European Under 19 qualifying campaign on a high note with a 1-1 draw against Liechtenstein.

Yannick Frick’s goal was cancelled out by a superb free kick from Lincoln’s Leon Clinton, but despite a host of chances for Terrence Jolley’s side at the end of the game, his side had to settle for the point.

The draw does mean Gibraltar finish bottom of their group, but the point was the first by any Gibraltar team in a UEFA qualifying match.

After two consecutive 9-0 defeats against France and the Netherlands, today’s game was always going to be the one where Gibraltar measured where their U19 side was in their progression, and the signs seem positive in that regard.

The other game in Group 10 saw France and the Netherlands, who both qualified, draw 1-1.


Match Report: France U19 9-0 Gibraltar U19

Gibraltar’s second match in the UEFA European U19 qualifiers ended in another 9-0 defeat, this time at the hands of hosts France.

PSG striker Jean-Kevin Augustiun, who made his league debut for the French champions this season, scored a hat-trick, while the rest of the goals were shared by Toulouse B’s Issa Diop, Stade Rennais B’s Jeremy Gelin, Romain Perraud and Olivier Boscagli of Nice, Nancy’s Arnaud Lusamba, and Sochaux’s Marcus Thuram, who is the son of former Barcelona defender Lilian.

In truth, Gibraltar may have expected heavy defeats against two of Europe’s best age group sides, who are light years ahead of Gibraltar in terms of their development, but these defeats will no doubt still be demoralising for the players, who now have until Monday to rest and recuperate before their final game against Liechtenstein.

It’s easy to criticise players when they suffer such defeats, to pick holes in their development and find scapegoats for reasons as to why these defeats are happening, but the simple truth is that even this generation of Gibraltar players have been denied the sufficient development and experience that UEFA membership brings. Had Gibraltar been accepted into UEFA in 2007, our teams would have had six further years of development, and things would be a lot different.

It may take 10 or 20 years for Gibraltar’s teams at all levels to get up to the level where they can regularly compete with higher nations, and no quick fix, no panicked change in the system will magically change things overnight. Slow, steady change, as well as a lot of patience from fans, players and coaches alike, is what is needed before Gibraltar can begin to start seeing major progress from where they are now.


Gibraltar U19s 0-9 Netherlands U19s

Gibraltar’s Under 19 side started off a tough 2016 UEFA Euro U19 Qualifying group with a 9-0 defeat against the Netherlands Under 19’s.

Sam Lammers, who plays for PSV’s ‘Jong’ side in the Eerste Divisie, scored a hattrick as the Dutch got off to an expected win in France. 

A brace for fellow PSV teammate Steven Bergwijn, and Feyenoord’s highly rated starlet Jari Schuurman, alongside goals for Ajax duo Abdelhak Nouri and Vince Gino Dekker rounded up the victory for former Dutch international Aron Winter’s side, who will be expecting to qualify alongside France for the next round.

For Gibraltar, the game is no doubt a welcome learning curve for the youngsters, as will the game against France on Friday evening.  For Terrence Jolley’s boys, the game against Liechtenstein will be a greater test of where the team is currently at in their development cycle, as they face off against a nation at a similar level to Gibraltar.

Gibraltar play France on Friday at 18:30, then Liechteinstein on Monday at 15:00.




Consigliero, Victor & Jolley named in Gibraltar squad

This afternoon Gibraltar manager Terrence Jolley announced his U19 squad to play France, Netherlands and Liechtenstein in the UEFA Euro U19 qualifiers, held in France. Terrence also appointed Lynx FC defender Ethan Jolley as captain & Lions Gibraltar FC defender Jayce Olivero as vice-captain. We caught up with the trio as they reflected on their call-ups and their views ahead of the tournament.

Ethan said, “It feels good getting selected for the squad as international level is very high especially playing versus two of the biggest teams in the world. Also being captain is an honour as it plays a big part in the 1390711_10200894634952959_34681488_nteam as I am seen as a leader which helps me adapt to become a bigger player. Representing my national side is already a privilege but getting the captains armband is on another level.”

Ethan hasn’t had the best of last seasons as the defender struggled to get into the Lincoln starting line-up and has now moved to Lynx FC on loan for this season, Ethan gave us an insight into how he feels heading into the tournament, “Personally I feel good as I have been training non stop and have worked hard mainly for this tournament as it could be the last tournament I get picked for. I feel motivated and want to achieve the best outcome possible but not only for myself but for Gibraltar. I also feel fit and ready mentally wise as I’ve been to two of these tournaments and know what it’s like to play top teams like England and Switzerland so I am ready for the next game and hopefully can get a good outcome.”

11222226_453563908137547_2357707762772870454_nTerrence also handed a call-up Europa FC keeper Jake Victor, “I am over the moon! I have worked really hard to improve my skill set over the last 2-3 years. Training within a very professional environment and beside top keepers over last two years at Europa FC has been great. I need to thank Jeremy Judd for his help during the coaching sessions which have been very important for my progression. Now its time to work even harder!”

Jake Victor will be battling with Bradley Banda to be selected as the number one keeper, we asked him what he hopes to achieve in this tournament, “I hope to enjoy the experience and learn as much as possible from it. We are playing top nations so it will be a real test for all of us. I can’t wait!”

Lastly we caught up with Red Imps midfielder Jayce Consigliero, “I feel extremely proud on being selected 12032966_1497893427175582_6510597866738525924_nfor the Under 19’s and representing our hometown Gibraltar once again. I am also excited on the group as we have got a harder group than last time meaning all the games will be a lot more difficult so we will be gaining vital experience from it.”

Jayce scored in the last tournament against Ireland when they lost 4-1, we asked if he’ll be hoping to do the same again this time, “The feeling i got when i scored against Ireland cannot be explained. If i’m able to do the same this time against Holland or France, that will be a dream come true.”

Football Gibraltar would like to thank Ethan Jolley, Jake Victor & Jayce Consigliero for their time and wish them the best of luck for the tournament.







Jolley: “Is this going to be my last tournament?” – Part One of our interview with Terrence Jolley. We recommend you read the link above before reading Part Two!

Starting from where we left off with Terrence Jolley as he reflects on this years tournament and the group 1901586_10201882415046844_1079643856977994365_nhis team has been placed in with Netherlands, France & Liechtenstein. “If I look at last years competition, we knew Switzerland were in the top 15  of the U19’s so we knew that was going to be a tough game. Ireland were in that top 15 aswell but we knew the way these teams were going to play, Ireland were a very strong team and would play strong football, proper English football and Switzerland would play the attacking football, fast and quick movement of the ball so it was a struggle to compete against them.”

Jolley added, “Holland & France we already know and from what I’ve seen from them on YouTube videos from U17 & U18, we do hope it’s those players which get picked as we still don’t know the final squad but they move the ball quick and they are both rated in top 5 of youth teams, which for me is just like jumping into a hot bath and scolding yourself, our first game is versus Netherlands then a days rest, then we face the hosts France, we know they are going to be hard games but it is our job now to work around the players and get them to realise that yes we are going to have to play counter-attacking football and if we have to defend with the power we have in defence then we will do and then Liechtenstein is a different kettle of fish, i’m not saying we are going to get a point because we were hoping to get a point against Malta but we didn’t so we will go out and we will give a solid game to any team whatever the score, we will 11745788_10204739175344066_6473177301156580362_nkeep our heads up and we will be playing, hoping to get a point against any team.”

Those who have Facebook would have seen the famous team-talk Terrence gave his side last year as they went out to face Ireland, we asked Terrence what he tells his team before every game, “I like to try and hype them up to remember that they are here representing Gibraltar not representing themselves, we are here to be proud of what we do, even if we are losing 1-0, head is always kept up high. My job is hard enough when players put their heads down, I always say just go for it, enjoy the experience that thousands of kids want, playing an international game against France or Holland and normally my first year I only had my first eleven and myself in the changing room, it was one of the most emotional times that i’ve ever gone through.”

Jolley added, “Last year I decided that i’d have all my technical team and my players in so they can all know and feel the type of atmosphere that i’m trying to build up for them to go out and play.”

Jolley gave us an insight in what he hopes to take away from this years tournament, “The same as last year and the same as the year before that, that the players realise the level we need to be pushing ourselves too, not just when you come training with me but when you’re sitting at home or when you’re going out at weekends and you’re thinking about what you should be eating or drinking, it comes from part of the GFA, it comes from your clubs but deep down players need to realise and see that yes i’m going to have the experience of playing at international level but I need to get myself fitter, i’m going to go for that extra run, i’m going to do that extra hour in the gym, that’s where I see the players in Gibraltar need to wake up aswell and help12003375_1497893283842263_7491000388750481410_n us do our job.

Lastly, we asked Jolley what the future holds for himself, “It’s a tough decision because at the moment there isn’t a lot of us [coaches] in Gibraltar anyway. I’ve worked with the GFA for a few years now, I’ve done all my courses and study groups with them. I really look at it now and think ‘Is this going to be my last tournament?’, ‘Am I going to push myself to another level?’,. It is very hard for me as a coach to say well i’m at a good level with the U19’s, could I push and try and apply for the U21’s whenever it comes out. Could I push myself and go for the A license, I have to look at it as a whole and see that I’ve used so much work leave in the last two years that my wife says when are we going to go on a holiday but I have to say that the football comes first. I have to look at these things first because I’ve had offers from decent clubs in Gibraltar from Premier and Second Division teams which have come and offered me very good jobs so i’m going to have to sit down when I come back and have a month off or at least until after Christmas and think about what the future holds for me as a coach in Gibraltar.”

Football Gibraltar would like to thank Terrence for his time and wish him the best of luck for the future. 




Jolley: “The squad has learnt many lessons since Ireland”

The Gibraltar U19’s travel to France in early October where they will take on Netherlands, France & Liechtenstein in what is expected to be a very difficult group but playing against some of the top players from Netherlands & France will be a great test for the youngsters of Gibraltar. With the tournament less than 3 weeks away and Gibraltar starting to get into their full preparations, our reporter Adam Roberts caught up with Gibraltar U19 manager Terrence Jolley as he reflected on his sides last tournament and much more.

Gibraltar U110410687_10152897983375320_6514276425366673085_n9’s last tournament saw them travel to Ireland, where they took on Switzerland, Ireland &  Malta. Gibraltar conceded 15 goals and scored 2. Terrence reflected on what lessons he learnt from that tournament, “The main lesson we learnt from that tournament is that our fitness levels even thought we trained quite vigorously through the summer was not at the level of the top international teams. We found out that travelling a day before you play as UEFA pay for that, we found that very difficult as the first game we played was against Switzerland and we lost 8-0. We have tried to persuade players to train and work harder in the summer on their fitness as they are not part of the GFA through the summer. We hope that they have for when we do start training with them that they do have a high fitness level.”

These type of UEFA tournaments bring the top young players from all around the world, Switzerland at the time had a player from Manchester United and the rest was mainly from top divisions in Switzerland and Ireland’s squad was mainly based of players from the Premier League and Championship, Terrence described how difficult it is to tell your squad to forget about the professionals and just try your best, “It is very difficult, as I mentioned before when we lost 8-0 to Switzerland, trying to pick them up for the next game which was against Ireland and there again we said that all these players play for professional teams and none of them are at a club where they play or train once a week and on a AstroTurf pitch. These players train 5-6 times a week, play every weekend and sometimes during the week for their club if they play at an Under 19 level. To pick them up is quite easy for me because I like to make my players  happy and keep them smiling, it is hard but it can be done but we need the help, not only from the people inside the GFA but we need the help from outside aswell.”

10402970_1497893320508926_5846931291386192789_nhe added, “It’s okay we keep on saying on about getting the 14, 15 & 16 year old players into academy sides but believe me, I think it will adapt also if we could get players of 18, 19 & 20 year old into first division teams and people that can help, should be helping a little bit more on that.

Terrence confirmed that the squad will be announced at the end of next week, we asked Terrence if he was happy with the squad he was taking to France, “To the previous teams I am taking, to be honest, my first team was my best team, mentally wise, attitude wise & football awareness, they were a very good young team. I personally made a few mistakes on some players which I should have taken but didn’t, but that comes with the manager, that is my problem and my technical teams problem. Last years team was a good solid, first twelve, thirteen players, we did lack on a number fifteen to eighteen for their fitness and awareness. This year from what i’m seeing  and from what I’ve seen from the last part of last season, that a lot of the players that are coming up to the U19’s, they don’t realise the level that they will be getting there. 

he added, “I can count maybe six or seven players that are prepared for this years team, when I should be looking at twelve to thirteen players every year that are at the level. “.”

Stay tuned for more as Part Two of the Terrence Jolley interview will out tomorrow.