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LANZAROTE 2 U.D. SAN FERNANDO 2, 20th January 2019,
Coasting to three points with a two nil lead with just five minutes remaining and the Rojillos concede two goals in as many minutes and miss the opportunity to close the gap on fifth placed side CD Mensajero.
The Gran Canarian side have struggled this season following a brilliant campaign last term but they began the game full of energy and not allowing the Rojillos to settle.
Lanzarote keeper Agoney was the first to be called into action in the 12th minute when he produced an excellent save from a strike by front man Eleder from 12 yards low at his left hand post.
It took the home side the best part of an hour to find their rhythm and start putting together notable passes. In the 34th minute a beautifully weighted pass from defender Dani García sent Gastón galloping down the right wing.
The newly returned winger shrugged off a pull back on his shirt from the defender but as he got into the box the defender once again tugged at his shirt and the 20 year old went down leaving the referee no alternative but to award a spot kick.
Ayoze Pérez made no mistake sending the keeper the wrong way to give his side a 1-0 lead. Just before the break a clash of heads between Rojillos defender Brad and striker Ayoze for the visitors forced Brad to be replaced with a cut under his eye. The San Fernando player was bandaged up and was able to play on.
The game was more open in the second period as San Fernando looked to get level. Agoney produced another fine diving save from Eleder as he struck an inviting half volley from 25 yards.
Lanzarote introduced the exciting Miguel Gómez ten minutes into the second half to inject a bit of urgency to its play. Miguel does not need any invitation to run at defenders and in the 57th minute he raced down the right and sent a low cross into Rosmen, the tall striker beat his defender to the ball but the defender recovered and was able to block his strike from five yards.
The Gran Canarian side introduced ex Rojillo striker Jonathan Quintero on the hour. I did feel safe as I spoke to him prior to kick off and he told me how much he loved Lanzarote and promised he wouldn’t score. He was suffering with a back injury and said he could only play for 20-30 minutes.
In the 69th minute it was Quintero who picked up the ball in the last third and then fired in a rocket of a shot which cleared the ball by inches letting his old side know what he is capable of.
The Rojillo fans were a little nervous with how things were going but in the 72nd minute Miguel sent in a curling 25 yard shot which the keeper Fermín should have easily covered. He didn’t get his body behind the ball and as it bounced in front of him and with his positioning in a mess the ball traveled through his hands and into the left hand corner of the net giving Lanzarote what they thought was a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Miguel didn’t really celebrate the goal but his accuracy is excellent and it goes to show that as long as the strike is on target and the keeper has to work then there is always a chance.
The 14th placed side did not drop their heads and kept on pressing. Rojillos defender Josito had to clear a dangerous cross along the six yard box in the 75th minute and shaky defending gave the Gran Canarian side hope.
In the 85th minute a corner for the visitors was cleared and it was Quintero with his back to goal on the by line at the corner of the box offering no danger who got a nudge from Rojillos striker Alex Yunes and happily went down to earn a penalty.
The classy Ex Rojillo striker took the spot kick sending the ball comfortably into the bottom left hand corner to put his side back into the game with the score 2-1.
Lanzarote looked nervous when they had a two goal lead but now they looked terrified. Two minutes after the goal the visitors were awarded a dubious free kick deep on the right wing. The ball was whipped in and Quintero left his marker for dead and from ten yards the six foot three striker rose and powered in a tremendous header into the top right hand corner to earn his side a deserved point.
Lanzarote tried to hit back but San Fernando shut up their defence and there was no way through.
I spoke to Jonathan Quintero after the game and he apologised saying that it hurt him to score against Lanzarote. It couldn’t have hurt him that much as he damn well scored twice. Nevertheless he is a great lad and loves this island.
The Rojillos were incredibly fortunate with other results for teams competing for a playoff finish. Only league leaders UD Tamaraceite picked up maximum points in the top nine positions so Lanzarote remain in fifth spot just four points from the last playoff position and fourth placed side CD Mensajero.
FUERTEVENTURA TRIP next Sunday 27th January
The club is organising a trip over to Fuerteventura next Sunday to face CF Unión Puerto. For details, price, bus times etc of this trip please go onto the Facebook page Lanzarote football club.