One of the most eagerly anticipated games in Gibraltar’s illustrious footballing history took place on the night of Halloween, there were several tricks and treats served up during the game, all of which made for a thoroughly entertaining 1-1 draw under the Victoria Stadium floodlights. A cross come shot from Bear which found its way past the Olympique keeper (via a deflection) was cancelled out by an exquisite free kick from the men in red/maroon/burgundy/claret, whatever that horrid colour is!
The game kicked off in front of a big crowd with both sets of fans sitting in close proximity to each other (everyone was sat in the Boca section of the stand may I add, fans of other teams should go find your own section somewhere else, preferably not in the stadium!) But I digress, the big news from the gaffer was that Bosh had been handed a start and Bear was back in after his trip away which should have been last month according to his hotel bookings…Another Bear mare, standard!
Boca started with Pippo in goal, Sam, Eliy, Crofo, Nyall, Sean, Bear, Bosh, Sene, Paul, Seb, it looked a strong team on paper and they certainly started that way. The Boca Ultras were treated to some amazing football and Bear decided to take the game into his own hands 16 minutes into the game. He picked up the ball in a central area and decided to just….run. Passed 1, passed 2, skinning every defender in his wake, he burst into the area only to have a shot straight at the keeper. If it was on his right, I guarantee it would have been a goal! ‘Bear for GFA’ shouts could now be heard all around the stadium, and on this form, it was hard to disagree with them. Their boss even managed to utter the words ”not bad for a fatty” at the end of the game, rumours are that Bear responded with a ”your mum”, but those reports are still unconfirmed.
The game was being bossed by us and a horrendous offside decision from the bfl linesman was given, Bosh had taken a shot and thankfully it went wide as the whistle had wrongly been blown. The crowd were not happy with the flag being raised, the 2 time fan of the year even got some angry looks due to his fruity choice of abusive words.
A fair few free kicks from wide areas for us followed but none seemed to prove useful until that man again, Bear swung a low kick in from about 35 yards out. The ball was low and curled in, there was a touch in the area and the ball sailed past the hapless keeper. The goal had finally come, the crowd in attendance went mental and Boca had taken a well deserved lead.
The goal seemed to spark the opposition into life as they came into the game and had a few opportunities of their own. Eliy making a notable goal-line clearance from a shot that was destined to level the scores as Phil was beaten. A debateable free kick was then awarded against Bear who remonstrated and had to be dragged away from the ref, but what followed though was a class act. One of the opposition struck the ball so sweetly into the top corner, Pippo was annoyed at not saving the shot but it seemed it was an unstoppable effort into the net. The game was level at the stroke of half time, Boca pegged back at the worst time imaginable.
The second half was more of a different story with the game pretty even as the contest became a more stop start affair with the ref trying to take centre stage. Mo came on to replace Seb as Bear was still wreaking havoc, Pippo made a good save to keep the scores level. Nyall earned himself a booking for a foul and Mo then didn’t wana be left behind and picked one up for a needless handball. Nali was also making his case as head cheerleader as he tried to gee up the lads. Eliy then limped off too who was replaced by the cheerleader himself who went to CB along with Crofo. Sene was then replaced by Kow who quickly made an impact on the opposition and picked up a yellow of his own. Olympique also seemed to be having more of the game and made more chances in the 2nd half but thanks to their god awful shooting, the scores remained level till the final whistles which ended a very good game.
A special mention goes to Jonathan Chappory and Lee Buhagiar for providing a lucozade and a twix to Bear whose blood sugar was running low, rumours as to whether he faked it just because he wanted a chocolate are yet to be confirmed, we’ll keep you posted. Our next game is on Armistice Day and it is the official ‘Derby’ against Brittannia. It’s a 18:15 kick off at the Stadium, we expect to see you all there!
Just putting this picture in this blog mainly because I can!