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CF UNIÓN PUERTO 1 LANZAROTE 1, 27th January 2019,
The Rojillos will be disappointed with the result along with their performance but they were up against a rejuvenated Fuerteventura side who had won their last three matches at home.
Over 100 Lanzarote fans made the bus then the 25 minute ferry ride over to Fuerteventura and were joined by other fans that went over early to make a weekend of the trip as well as Conejeros (locals) who live in our neighbouring island.
Lanzarote are definitely contenders for a playoff finish but in a poor first half where they didn’t have one shot at goal it did not seem that way.
The return of midfielder Enrique Castaño was the only positive in the opening 45 minutes as he got back to grips playing in the Canary Islands after his stint in Switzerland. He was pinging the ball around at ease and rarely conceded possession, over the coming months this player will be huge for Lanzarote.
The hosts had the better of the first period but neither side should be commended with the entertainment they provided the 500 fans in the opening half.
The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute when a strike was blocked from defender Roberto but the rebound fell kindly for Unión Puerto´s best player José Chata who finished well to give his side a 1-0 half time lead.
Rojillos manager Maxi Barrera was obviously not happy how his side was performing and made two changes during the break, bringing on striker Alex Cruz and Dani García replacing Gastón and Juanma.
The difference was notable from the kick off as Lanzarote began moving the ball with a lot more urgency and had their opponents on the back foot.
Only five minutes into the restart and Lanzarote´s pressure paid off. A long ball to the far post was headed home by Alex Cruz and Lanzarote were level at 1-1.
The Rojillos were the better side in the second half but the game was spoiled by players from the home side interrupting the match by playing on their injuries and conning the official who stop, started the match.
Nevertheless it was Lanzarote who came closest to winning the game and were boosted as Unión Puerto were reduced to ten men in the 72nd minute when Roberto picked up his second yellow card.
Rosmen saw his header narrowly go over the bar whilst Miguel Gómez watched in awe as the Fuerteventura keeper Paquito pulled off a top class save from a free kick from 20 yards which was destined for the top left hand corner.
Alex Cruz was also denied by the impressive keeper as he saved a double strike from the substitute with the last being at full stretch.
The game ended fairly with a point each and the Rojillos will be reasonably content with this especially as last season they left with a 2-0 defeat.
Lanzarote remain in 5th spot but the gap to fourth, the final playoff position is now six points. Next Sunday 3rd February at 12 noon Lanzarote will host a huge game as they face that side currently in that fourth spot UD Villa Santa Brígida.
Photos of this match are on the Facebook page Lanzarote football club.
On the ferry on the way home Carole and Jane had sold 465 Euros worth of raffle tickets, a new record with every cent going to the club. There were over 30 prizes so many thanks to all who gave me a bottle, Rooftops Cinema, Café De La Plaza in Puerto Calero who once again donated the lovely prize of High Tea for Two.
There were a few prizes that were not collected so if you have any of these numbers you have won: White 10 a bottle of Captain Morgans, White number 9 an adult home shirt size L. One person probably has both of those prizes. Number 167 White is a UD Lanzarote cap and Body Shop cream whilst 183 white is two tickets for crazy golf at the Biosfera shopping centre.
Strangely enough and for the third trip running nobody claimed the 4 toilet paper rolls. Number 156 White is the lucky person for that prize.