Gibraltar lost their first UEFA match at the Victoria Stadium 4-1 tonight to the Faroe Islands, and the stark truth is that it could have been worse.
Roy Chipolina had put Gibraltar ahead, but a double from Christian Holst, alongside goals from Joan Simun Edmundsson and Hallur Hansson ensured that Lars Olsen’s team recorded their largest ever official victory.
Had it not been for a missed penalty by the Faroes, as well as a number of spurned opportunities in the first half, Gibraltar could have been at the end of a much more humiliating scoreline. Bula’s men afforded the Faroes too much room in the first half especially, and although they could do little about the first two goals conceded, they will still undoubtedly be disappointed in their team performance. The addition of a second striker in Adam Priestley at half time at least helped the attacking side of Gibraltar somewhat, but it didn’t lead to many opportunities to make the score more respectable.
Wednesday night sees an even more difficult encounter, against Estonia. Whilst the return of Scott Wiseman and Liam Walker will no doubt help Gibraltar, they will have to perform much better as a team if they hope to gain a credible result against the Baltic nation.