Days after seeing their name drawn out of that hat, in what will be their debut international qualifying campaign, Gibraltar played host to the Faroe Islands in their first home international on Saturday.
Despite the game being a sell out, it was a disappointing match for the hosts as they fell to a 4-1 defeat.
Gibraltar started off well with captain Roy Chipolina scoring their first ever international goal within the first quarter of the match. Just minutes later a mistake by the defence allowed the Faroe Islands to equalise.
Gibraltar’s defence then fell apart, letting the Faroes score a second easy goal and then giving away a penalty which the Faroes missed.
Into the second half and the Faroe Islands soon increased their lead adding a third goal at the start of the second half, before a fourth goal
After the match Allan Bula the manager of the Gibraltar national team was critical of the lack of determination and stamina shown by some of his players and questioned their inclusion in the squad. “If they have to wait for two other players to be present to lift their game they shouldn’t be playing for us,” he said in a press conference as he responded to questions over the fact two key players were missing from the team he had fielded due to club commitments.
Bula then went on to question the players fitness and added that this was a “reality check.”
Gibraltar were last week drawn against former world cup winners Germany’s group D for the Euro 2016 qualifiers. They will also face the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Poland and Georgia in their group.
This was the first of two international matches this week the next being against Estonia.
The Gibraltar coached has called upon three uncapped players to form the squad for the two matches. Wrexham’s David Artell and Wycombe Wanderer’s Reece Styche both being selected for the first time.
Recently retired Danny Higginbotham and Adam Priestley of non-league Farsley were also called up for the two international matches to be played this week, the second against Estonia on Wednesday.
Southampton academy goalkeeper Will Britt has been named for the Estonia game as has, Preston North End’s Scott Wiseman.
Liam Walker, who recently moved to Bnei Yehuda in Israel, will also be included for the Estonia game.
Squads named for the Two Internationals are as follows.
Gibraltar v Faroe Islands
Goalkeepers: Jordan Perez (Lincoln FC), Jamie Robba (Lynx FC), Kevin De Los Santos (Man62).
Defenders: Danny Higginbotham (un-attached), Roy Chipolina (Lincoln FC), Ryan Casciaro (Lincoln FC),David Artell (Wrexham FC), Yogan Santos (Man62), Matthew Reoch (Man62), John Jack Sergeant (Man62).
Midfielders: Robert Guilling (Lincoln FC), Aaron Payas (Lincoln FC), Joseph Chipolina (Lincoln FC),Jeremy Lopez (Man62), Tyson Ruiz (Lynx FC), Liam Clarke (Lincoln FC).
Strikers: Adam Priestly (Farsley FC), George Cabrera (Lincoln FC), Reece Styche (Wycombe Wanderers), Kyle Casciaro (Lincoln FC).
Reserve Players: Daniel Duarte (Lincoln FC), Joseph Chipol (College Europa FC), Anthony Hernandez (Cadiz CF), Julio Bado (Lynx FC),John Paul Duarte (Lincoln FC), Anthony Bardon (Man62), Daylian Victor (College Europa FC),Erin Barnett (Lions/Gib FC), Adolfo Anes (Lincoln FC).