Liam Walker - Rock Cup Semi Finals - Linocln 6-2 Manchester 62
Liam Walker (Pictured) - Gibraltar - Rock Cup Semi Finals - Linocln 6-2 Manchester 62 The story behind the images by Stephen Ignacio
Lincoln assert themselves from the start in Semi-Final
Lincoln Red Imp asserted their superiority from the very first kick of the ball as they lunged forward looking for the first goal. It was however not to come until the 13th minute as Manchester closed down ranks and absorbed the pressure, countering on every attempt.
The first goal came courtesy of Liam Walker, who was to score an exquisite second just six minutes later when he picked an a semi cleared ball from Duran, lifted it with one foot and struck it from outside the area over Mateo’s head for the second.
Mejias Noya shortened the distance on the 27th as Manchester responded by putting extra pressure in the middle and pushing forward as much as they could.
Their joy was however, not for long as the constant runs down the left side once again proved to be effective for Lincoln, who exploited the lack of the pace of the defenders against the likes of Kyle and Livramiento.
Kyle Casciaro soon added a third to Lincoln’s tally to open the gap again only to see it lost within three minutes when Toncheff responded with Manchester’s second.
Lincoln continued their surges forward, and used their left flank to get a cross into the centre which saw the ball swing over the keeper and onto the feet of Sergeant who attempted to clear only to see the ball strike the top of the inside of the net for the 4-2.
The second half saw the battle intensify in midfield with both sides at each others throat without a clear dominance by either for some time. As time wore on and Manchester found it more and more difficult to hit the target Lincoln picked up their pace and started to prod at Manchester’s defence with quick darting runs after a series of slow moving passes from the back through the middle.
The match, although intense in nature, with two local rivals pitting against each other only saw three yellow cards.
It was not until the 63rd minute that Lincoln were to further increase their account with the fifth goal coming from Kyle once again. Lincoln had already brought in their young local starlet, Clinton, who had his own chance at putting his name to the score sheet.
However, it was Abayian, who had replaced Lee Casciaro who came in with the sixth when a cross from the right swung over the defence to the back post where opportunist Ayaiban was there to header with power into the ground, leaving Mateo rooted to the ground as the ball bounced into the back of the net for the 6-2.
Although having battled hard, Manchester’s senior were no match for a Lincoln who are aiming to complete a further double this season.
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