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CD MARINO 2 LANZAROTE 1, 19th February 2017,
This always looked as though it would be a difficult match against fellow playoff hopefuls. The Tenerife side sitting in fifth spot whilst the Rojillos trailed one place below with just goal difference separating them.
It wasn’t a good start to the day for Lanzarote with their airplane suffering from mechanical failure the flight was delayed for two hours and the kick off was changed from noon to 1.40pm.
The home side were dominant in the opening stages with striker Adán coming close in the 10th minute and it was just five minutes later the same player finished off a good move to put his side 1-0 in front.
Lanzarote did begin to play better but most of their attacking play came from dead ball situations which rarely threatened the Tenerife keeper Cicoviç.
The home side was the best team in the first half and again Adán missed a good opportunity to double his sides lead just before the break.
Lanzarote came out for the second period determined to get themselves back into the game. In the 47th minute Quintero got his head onto a good cross but saw his effort go narrowly wide of the post. Just a few minutes later the tall striker again came close but failed to level the score.
With 15 minutes remaining British player Brad (not our Brad) who had recently been with Middlesbrough academy won the ball and struck from just outside the area wide of keeper Agoney to give his side breathing space with a 2-0 lead.
Lanzarote fought on and were rewarded in the 85th minute when Quintero pulled the ball back to set up new boy Miñano to stroke home to give his side hope as Lanzarote trailed 2-1.
Marino defender Fran Delgado received a red card for a foul which the referee believed that he was the last man; his manager also received a red for his protests over the decision.
Quintero took the free kick, beat the wall and the goalkeeper but couldn’t beat the crossbar as he saw the ball thunder off the woodwork as did Lanzarote´s chances of taking anything from the game.
There were two more red cards in the dying minutes, one for Marino substitute sitting on the bench and also for Rojillos defender Javi Navarro who had only been on the pitch for fifteen minutes.
The Tenerife side held out for the win and remain in fifth spot but are now just three points off the final playoff position whilst Lanzarote slip one place and are six points adrift of fourth spot.
Lanzarote now have two home games on the bounce, the first one is this Sunday 26th February at 12 noon versus Arucas CF followed a week later against runaway league leaders Las Palmas B.