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Report & Reaction: Man 62 3-0 Lions Gibraltar

Report & Reaction: Man 62 3-0 Lions Gibraltar

By Lee Sims
30 November 2021
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Manchester 62 continued their fine form in the Gibraltar National League to make it four wins from five with a resounding 3-0 victory.

The Reds went into Saturday evening's clash in buoyant mood after a great start to the new campaign and they defied the odds once more to romp home with three goals and three points against Lions Gibraltar.

Scott Ballantine scored twice, either side of half-time , after Fernando Chamorro had got the ball rolling with the opener.

It took just four minutes for David Wilson's side to get themselves in front as Chamorro bagged his first goal for the club.

David Owusu showed the threat he poses, this time down the right-hand side, his cross being knocked back across the six-yard box by Tom Farmer before Chamorro stabbed home with his second effort.

Only 10 more minutes had passed before 62 found themselves two goals to the good as Ballantine drifted into the right area to knock home yet another Luke Coleman corner.

For the remainder of the first half, and indeed going into the second, the Reds faced little to no threat of their lead being reduced and did well to not be drawn into some questionable tactics from the Lions side as the Victoria Stadium witnessed some of the 'nitty-gritty'.

There was still time for the Reds to round off the night with a third as the skipper slotted home from close range. Coleman claimed his third assist of the campaign as he found Ballantine honing in on goal who slotted home to put the result beyond doubt.

Manchester 62 3-0 Lions Gibraltar

Starting XI: Vinales, Sardena, Edzes, Clenahan, Villa, Garcia, Ballantine (c), Farmer, Chamorro, Owusu, Coleman.

Subs: Stevens, Dean, Wilson, Torres, Zammitt, McCarthy, Viagas.

David Wilson:

"It wasn't actually our best performance - out of possession we were excellent made the pitch small, limited their time and space, but we lacked composure in possession which wasn't expected, but the lads know that.

"Our main challenge was our lack of quality in possession yet we still created numerous chances, I was a little worried as lynx looked good around set-pieces but we dealt with those with players putting their bodies on the line.

"It's nice to see confidence, I'm happy with that, but, any 'swagger' is quickly quashed by myself and the coaching staff. We have a squad of players all biting for game time, a group of players who totally understand their roles in the system. We don't have time for self importance or 'swagger' this is a team effort that includes the subs, staff and the non-selected players who still come and support. These elements of the great start are what I love.

"No I didn't think it was fully possible to start the season like this, but I felt we had potential, we have only made three or four changes since last season. I have belief in the players and in the coaching staff's ability to prepare the lads. We've been hard on them all summer and considering they are not professional, most of them gritted their teeth, took it and now all we do is prepare for each test.

" Our time for patting each other on the back will be at the end of season when we can measure our achievement. I truly believe these lads can only get better."

Scott Ballantine:

"We’re all buzzing. We would never have thought we’d be in this position at the start of the season so it’s great to see the hard work is paying off. We must continue to work to maintain these standards we are setting going into the last three games before the Christmas break.

"The work rate off the ball to win it back and the energy levels being shown week in week out is much better than last season. We are a lot fitter, we can press higher with more intensity and desire.

"It's a great feeling, we’ve gathered good momentum. Other clubs are pumping a lot of money into their squads, so we’re under no pressure to achieve. We are all motivated to play football for the club and will keep enjoying this moment.

"I don’t score as many goals as I would like! Its an area of my game which I want to improve on to help the team. I was so happy to do it in front of all my family who were watching from the stands.

"Set-pieces are something we’ve worked on. The deliveries have been excellent in all games and with the height we’ve got in the team it's no surprise the goals are coming."

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