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UD Lanzarote: 1-2 Echedey 54 min, 2-2 Javi Betancort 72 min
UD Ibarra: 0-1 Leandro 19 min, 0-2 Leandro 21 min
28th October 2012
LANZAROTE 2 U.D. IBARRA 2
Two goals in two minutes midway through the first half gave the Rojillos there traditional mountain to climb though a spirited second half fight back almost saw Lanzarote claim all three points.
The Conejeros (Locals) started brightly with right back Camacho shot come cross hitting the bar in the third minute. The home side dominated possession but when the Tenerife side got the ball they immediately gave it to their left winger Leandro who´s brilliant foot work and pace had the Rojillo defence in sixes and sevens the whole match.
In the 19th minute the Rojillos half cleared a corner only to find the ball arrive at Leandro´s feet. The small winger may only have a tiny frame but he unleashed a brilliant powerful drive and though the Lanzarote keeper got a hand to the ball he could only steer it into the roof of the net giving the visitors a 0-1 lead.
Two minutes later and Lanzarote were torn apart by the trickery of man of the match Leandro. The winger picked the ball up in his half and beat a couple of defenders before playing a one two then superbly struck his shot wide of Lanzarote keeper Machín to double his sides lead.
Not even half way through the first half and Lanzarote found themselves once again trailing the match 0-2. Heads were down and only a few minutes later the visitors could have further extended their lead with midfielder Emilio being denied by a good save low down from Machín.
Gradually the hosts got their act together and began to threaten the opposition. Centre back Kamara rose well from a free kick on the right wing but his powerful header fell straight into the arms of the keeper. Midfielder Javi Betancort also came close with a header but Lanzarote went into the break trailing 0-2.
The home fans were hoping their side were going to show some pride in the second half and they were not to be disappointed.
It wasn’t until the 57th minute that the Rojillos managed to pull a goal back. A strike from midfielder Victor was saved by the keeper but Rojillo´s winger Toñito picked up the pieces and fired in a cross which found Echedey who stroked the ball home putting his side well back into the game at 1-2.
Lanzarote then surged forward with wave after wave of attack whilst the Tenerife defence were forced to retreat, a goal looked inevitable. In the 72nd minute the goal finally arrived with Javi Betancort firing home from six yards following an almighty throw in by Kamara.
The Rojillos went in search of a winner and as the intensity increased so did the chances. Two minutes before full time and Lanzarote had a golden chance to win the match. Javi Betancort found himself with the ball at his feet in almost the exact position as his earlier goal. The impressive midfielder blasted low and hard but the Ibarra keeper Fran did well saving with his feet, the follow up shots were blocked and finally striker Miguel Yunes headed over from three yards.
It was a great game with the home fans appreciating the fight back their team did in these difficult times. Lanzarote remain one place out of the drop zone but have the opportunity at home this Thursday 1st November at 1pm home to climb the league ladder with the re-arranged match against 8th placed side S.D. Tenisca. The visitors will also be up for this match as a win would see them climb into fourth spot and the final playoff position.
0-1 min 19 Leandro
0-2 min 21 Leandro
1-2 min 57 Echedey
2-2 min 72 Javi Betancort