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Gibraltar Lose to Faroe Islands

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Gibraltar lost their first UEFA match at the Victoria Stadium 4-1 to the Faroe Islands, and the stark truth is that it could have been worse.

Former Chester FC and Altrincham defender Danny Higginbotham and Wycombe`s ex-Forest Green Rovers striker Reece Styche both started the game, while Wrexham`s Dave Artell and Farsley FC`s Adam Priestley both came off the bench.

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.

Gibralta 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 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, and they will have to perform much better as a team if they hope to gain a credible result against the Baltic nation.

Gibraltar: Perez, Sergeant (Santos 46), J Chipolina (Artell 86), Higginbotham, R Casciario, R Chipolina, Lopez (JP Durate 58), Payas, Styche (Hernandez 70), D Duarte (Priestley 46), Guilling (K Casciaro 46).
Subs: Sargeant, Robba.

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