Its been some time since we last updated the website due to technical and administrative issues. But we are here again to keep you informed and updated on Man 62 FC. What’s been going on ?????
The Club house has already undergone the first phase of demolition and has been sandblasted to reveal a beautiful limestone wall and brick ceiling. We estimate that by the end of 2015 the club facilities will be up and running for players and member’s to enjoy.
Getting back to business.
Our premier side developed and changed during the course of the summer. The Manager Aaron Asquez together with Alex Lopez and David Ochello have put in countless hours preparing the squad for the upcoming season. We started our preseason with a weekend at Atayala Park. Newcomer Aaron Payas, Fransisco Belmonte, Tom Isola, Jessy Victory, Jason Pussey and Sergio Gines joined up with the team as we prepared for the first league game of the season vs Lions FC. The team proved that the camp was of use as we roared through a 4-0 victory with Goals from Jeremy Lopez, Sergio Gines, Jessy Victory and Aaron Payas.
Our Second Game of the season was against reaining champions Linclon FC. I must say this was a very exciting and high paced Game which would demonstrate how the team was doing and we did impress Lincoln’s new goalkeeper proved to be the man of the match as he made various game saves. Although losing 2-1 on the 90th minute and having to make three forced subs due to injuries we proved we are a force to be reckoned. The players came out on a high and young Tom Isola Impressed.
4 days after such a demanding game against Linclon FC the team faced Lynx FC. A team that has been rebuilt with foreign experienced imports and a title contender. The game was one in which opportunities where far and beyond and it was a case of who took theirs. Unluckily for Man 62 we did strike a post and missed several chances but Lynx claimed a goal and went to win 1-0.
A little break in the league meant that the squad had some time to recover players from injuries. We faced Newly promoted Brittania FC which was a hard fought game. Britannia’s rock hard defence were difficult to break down but goals from Morente and Gines saw Man 62 get to half time leading 2-1. In the second half Brittania stepped up their attacking game opening up spaces for Man 62 to capitalise. Goals from Andaloussi, Isola and Gines sealed the game with a final score of 5-2.
Our first encounter with College FC was down to a very lack lustre score draw of 0-0. Both teams were tight and compact without creating too many scoring opportunities. Our squad was not to its 100% as several players had picked up knocks and injuries in the previous game.
We encountered Glacis FC in what was to be three points in the bag. Although with a depleted squad still plagued with injuries and not being able to field the same first 11 since the start of the season we had faith we would get the three points. The game started comfortably with Glacis FC playing to their strengths in defence and getting teams on the counter. We pressured Glacis back but did not find any space in which to score the goal. A free kick was given for Glacis in the side of our area and a mixup between the Man 62 players and the keeper resulted in a Goal. We went into half time 1-0 down. On resuming the second half we again started to pressure and pin down Glacis whilst they played their counterattack game. A magnificent game from Glacis keeper Liam Neale stopped every 62 chance. Minute 86 Jeremy Lopez Broke them down with a goal to make it 1-1..
The restart resumed and Man 62 went all in to try and get the three points but disaster as we conceded a silly handball on the 88th Minute giving Glacis the opportunity to take the lead and game at 2-1.
We faced St Joseph’s FC in a crucial match which would determine where the team would be headed. With a list of injured players and players coming back from injury the team have lacked consistency of the same first 11 on the pitch. The game started off with a good pace to it and both teams creating opportunities at goal. The game progressed and St Joseph scored a marvellous goal from just out side the 20yard box. Keeper Kevin de Los Santos stood no chance. The game progressed and a few good saves from the St Joseph keeper impeded in Man 62 Scoring. On the 70th Minute young Jessy Victory got his marching orders after a second yellow card. Whilst the team tried to keep on pushing for an equaliser they were punished with a second St Joseph Goal.
This culminated in a very disappointing end to round 1 of the league.
We restart the first fixture of round two. In between it has been a busy spell for our Gibraltar International players. Our second match vs Lions FC is a game of missed opportunities. We created chance after chance in the first half only to come back in at half time still 0-0. On resuming the second half we kept on our attack and pressure and it finally paid off with a goal by Jeremy Lopez. This sees a positive start for the start of round 2.
1st December our second round meeting with Linclon was a different affair. The team found itself down 2-0 by the 35 minute and having to play a very complicated game vs a team with very fast attacking players. the game finished 3-1 with a goal by Alvaro Navarro for the 62.
Although continually trying to improve the squad lady luck has not been by our side this season. On a positive note new under 17 players have joined the squad with Theo Pizzaro, Bradley Banda and Leone Seatory joining our ranks.
Well we are close to finalising our update. In the month of December the senior cup was played. This was used mainly to try more of our under 17 players with he likes of Chad Gillingwater, Daniel Sanchez, Andrew Hernandez, Bradley Banda, Leone Seatory, Kieron Garcia getting a callup.
We played our first game of 2015 vs Lynx FC. The hunger and thirst for football showed with both teams again competing at a high level vs each other. Man 62 started with a very strong team but still missing the mighty Jack Sergeant in Defence. The game was of few opportunities and at half time the score remained 0-0. The second half started with both teams going for the win and a penalty for Man62 was signalled. Anthony Hernandez older brother of Andre stepped up to take the kick and the Lynx keeper saved it. But hey the linesman called it off as the keeper had clearly stepped out of the goal line. Anthony took the spot ick again and 1-0 for the 62. The victory was short lived as 10 minutes later a penalty was signalled for Lynx Fc who also converted leaving the score 1-1. A good result for the team.
We signed the Coombes cousins from College FC. These two player one a defender the other an attacking midfielder will provide Man 62 FC with extra depth in the squad. The focus of the club is to promote young local players in Gibraltar and we demonstrated that by playing the youngest squad this year vs Brittania FC with an average age of 19.5 years.
The game was a battle of young eager youngsters vs relegation battlers. We got lured into their physical play but we managed to get the result we deserved. Only a 1-0 scored by Gareth Lopez who made his first appearance since being operated and injured for over 18 months. We hope he gets his form and fitness back and challenges for his spot in the first team.
I must give a special mention to our reserves Manager Wayne Asquez he has taken a mix of under 15/17 and senior player to an amazing 9 game unbeaten run. Wayne keep up the good work.
We also welcome Adrian Lopez into the reserve side setup as assistant manager.
ONE LOVE MAN 62 FC
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some of our juniors in action