Gibraltar 3-1 Notts County

Gibraltar wrapped up their summer of football with a physical 3-1 victory over Notts County. Goals from Joseph Chipolina, Lee Casciaro, and Roy Chipolina ensured Gibraltar saw off their professional visitors, who had levelled the game at 1-1 through Jeff Hughes.

Gibraltar were missing a couple of players, through a combination of a honeymoon, injuries, and in Liam Walkers case, being on trial at Portsmouth, whilst Notts County tested out a number of trialists. The Magpies rested a number of first team players as a precaution against the 3G pitch at the Victoria Stadium, and in hindsight it was a wise decision.

Notts County, much the bigger side in every sense of the word, were comfortable on the ball from the off, and in truth looked the only team to score. The work of Gibraltar keeper Jordan Perez, and a number of suspiciously incorrect offside calls were perhaps the only reason that most of the first half didn’t see a goal.

As half time approached, Gib suddenly turned the game around, and took the lead thanks to a goal from Joseph Chipolina, who was playing in a more central role than normal. The lead was perhaps undeserved, but nonetheless Gib were happy to take a lead at the end of the half.

Notts County made a number of changes at half time, and they soon equalised. A corner caught seemingly everyone by surprise and went in, although it turned out Jeff Hughes got his head to it in some capacity to level the scores.

The Magpies soon took control of the game again, passing the ball well, albeit without posing a serious scoring threat, and Gib ended up turning the game into an extremely physical affair, with a number of strong tackles coming in, which Notts County matched easily.

However, it was Gib who retook the lead with 13 minutes to go, as an impressive individual effort from Lee Casciaro excited the Gib fans, who by now must be getting used to winning at Victoria. Three minutes later, the game was essentially over, as Roy Chipolina powerfully headed in from close range to make the score 3-1, which is how the result stayed.

As a result, Gibraltar won the Jubilee Cup, to go with the International Challenge Shield and Festival Cup they have picked up this summer. For now, Gib take a rest from international football, with their next game potentially taking place after the UEFA Congress in May 2013.

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