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LANZAROTE 2 UD LAS ZOCAS 0, 13th November 2016,
The Rojillos at last know what it feels like to earn maximum points after nine draws in their opening 12 matches. On a beautiful November afternoon with temperatures in the mid to high 20´s a goal in each half was enough for Lanzarote to move up to eighth spot in the league table and move to within three points of the playoffs.
The Tenerife side began the game the better of the two sides and in the second minute a cross from the left wing found striker Ibrahim, he cut inside the defender and from eight yards struck a powerful drive however the Lanzarote keeper Agoney stood tall and palmed the ball away to safety.
Las Zocas looked comfortable on the ball but failed to test the Lanzarote keeper the rest of the match. British boy Louis Kennedy was in good form, displaying an array of skills during the first half. In the 28th minute Kennedy neatly beat two players before setting up Jonathan Quintero, The tall striker fired in from six yards but his effort was blocked with a last ditch interception.
Chances were few and far between but in the 32nd minute a cross from the far left was misjudged by the defender though Quintero failed to connect with a header after losing his marker.
Four minutes later and Kennedy as good as anyone in the side at reading the game intercepted a pass in left midfield, the winger took one touch and then hit the ball forward into space but was completely taken out by the defender Alejandro who earned himself the first yellow card of the day.
The breakthrough came in the 39th minute. Midfielder Borja swung in a dangerous out swinging cross from the left and Quintero dived in where it hurt receiving a punch from the keeper after the ball was fisted out and landing inside the goal, unfortunately for the Tenerife keeper the ball rebounded off his defender joining the Lanzarote striker in the back of the net and sending Lanzarote 1-0 up.
Just a minute later and a game that was quiet had well and truly sprung into action. Kennedy again intercepted another pass and released Borja down the left and his cross was put inches wide by Quintero.
The first half did lack a little energy but the spectators didn’t seem to mind. It’s never that bad watching a game when the sun is shining and you can retreat to the stand with a cool beer to get some shade.
The second half exploded into action. Quintero crossed from the left wing into the centre and found midfielder Javi Navarro, he scuffed his shot but the ball fell kindly to Javi Melian who shot at goal but the keeper saved from five yards and the rebound again fell to Javi Melian but he could only strike the upright as the ball ran off for a goal kick.
Summer signing Borja began to take the game by the scruff of the neck. The Lanzarote number 10 was pure entertainment the whole of the second half. In the 66th minute he cut inside two defenders in the tightest of spaces on the right before being hacked down by a defender.
In the 74th minute Krispy won the ball in midfield and fed Quintero on the half way line, a first touch pass released Borja straight down the middle and on a one on one with the keeper he looked extremely confident as he passed the ball into the left hand corner easily beating the keeper and giving his side breathing space with a 2-0 lead.
Five minutes later and Borja again broke through the middle and managed to turn his defender but just couldn’t release the pass as the defender would have blocked it. When he finally managed to release Toñito on the left the Rojillos winger struck at goal from a narrow angle but had his effort blocked.
In the 40th minute a brilliant piece of skill by Borja beating two players on the right wing and then looking up and seeing the keeper off the line, he let rip from all of 40 yards and as the keeper scrambled back he must have been praying to see the ball go wide. His prayers were answered as Borja´s outrageous effort was just a yard wide of the upright.
In the final minute Quintero was put through by Borja, the Rojillos striker let the ball past the keeper but from a narrow angle he only managed to find the side netting.
Next Saturday Lanzarote travel to Tenerife and face 16th placed side CD Santa Úrsula.