Each Friday at Puerto del Carmen Market (10am-2pm) and Sundays at Teguise Market (10am-2pm) all info and merchandise can be obtained from Ian at the Clubs Stall
LANZAROTE 1 YAIZA 0, 26th August 2018,
The Rojillos kicked off the season with a hard fought win over local rivals Yaiza. Miguel Gómez came off the bench on the hour mark and tormented the visitors defence then fired in the winner deep into stoppage time.
It was a great opening day atmosphere even though many locals were still on their August holidays but this was compensated with an enormous amount of visitors enjoying their holiday and joining in the fun of watching a local match.
The day before the match the players and directors of the club went to receive their annual blessing from the Padre (Father) of Los Dolores church in Mancha Blanca as tradition and this bit of faith reaped dividends in added on time.
This will not go down as a classic; Unión Sur Yaiza edged possession and chances in a dismal first half display as both teams were too worried about conceding rather than scoring.
The opening of the second half didn’t improve much but when the Lanzarote manager brought on ex Boca Junior youth player Nico González in the 56th minute followed shortly by Miguel Gómez the visitors were stretched and noticeably tired in the 30 degree heat.
Yaiza had two good chances to take the lead but ex Rojillo Kamara headed high over and keeper Alejandro pulled off a good save by the lively Yaiza front man Miguel Yunes.
Rojillos defender Fran Gil will be disappointed not to have scored when he found himself free at the far post but his header fell straight into the arms of keeper Agoney.
When I saw the team sheet prior to the match (if you want to see the team sheet, see me on the stall before kickoff) and noticed that Miguel Gómez was on the bench I thought the Rojillos manager would be saving that energy for the final third of the match. Years past and Miguel might have been upset beginning on the bench but now more mature he understood his managers thinking.
Both Miguel and Nico ran at the Yaiza back four and were a constant threat especially down the right flank forcing their opponents to slip deeper and deeper defensively.
Just when it seemed that the first island derby of the season would end in stalemate Miguel Gómez showed his quality by side stepping a defender and firing in a low hard strike into the far post and giving his side all three points.
Next Sunday Lanzarote travel to Gran Canaria to face a tough UD San Fernando side.
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