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LANZAROTE 2 UD LAS PALMAS B 3, 5th March 2017,
This must go down as the most exciting home game this season. For any neutral this game had the lot, goals, passion, intensity and quality football from both sides.
The Rojillos will feel hard done by as the Referee failed to award them an obvious penalty, sent off Lanzarote defender Raúl on the hour amidst a catalogue decisions that went against the home club all awarded by the official who is also from Las Palmas.
It’s wrong to blame referees and on reports I have done in the past I have rarely criticised the officials but on this occasion they were poor. Surely the football federation should not allow a referee to be from the same place of either of the teams.
Lanzarote knew that they had to be at their very best to take anything from the runaway league leaders but at their very best Lanzarote were which made it a wonderful game of football to watch.
From the opening whistle the Rojillos didn’t allow their opponents anytime to dwell on the ball and in particular Ayoze Pérez chased every ball forcing Las Palmas to commit errors.
In the third minute British boy Louis Kennedy won the ball in midfield and fed Ayoze on the right wing, his excellent cross was fired in low across the six yard box but unfortunately midfielder Javi Betancort put the ball wide when maybe he should have done better.
Lanzarote dominated the early stages but in the 12th minute a quick fire break from the visitors almost gave them the lead. The ball was swept wide on the left and left back Yeremi who was only last week in the first team squad that earned a 3-3 draw with Real Madrid in the Primera Liga fired in a brilliant cross which was met with a diving header from striker Siverio which cleared the crossbar by just a matter of inches.
Both sides were creating chances, a great long pass from the Lanzarote keeper saw Borja go through but just as he fired goal bound a Las Palmas defender deflected his effort away for a corner.
Two minutes later and a wonderful sweeping move from the youthful Las Palmas B side allowed striker Raúl a free sight of goal from ten yards but his effort which was ferocious whistled past the upright.
In the 32nd minute the first incident of real notice took place. A ball over the top was raced onto by Ayoze the Las Palmas keeper committed himself but Ayoze was first to the ball and crossed it into the centre, the goalkeeper then completely took out Ayoze but the Ref chose to ignore the incident and waived play on.
Rojillos manager Adolfo Pérez was furious with the official and was shown the red card following his protest. If Adolfo hadn’t been sent to the stands then he most surely would have as the game progressed as decisions kept on going against his team.
Only a couple of minutes later and the visitors went in front. Some great one touch football inside the box undone the Lanzarote defence and striker Benito who has already debuted this season for the Las Palmas first team calmly stroked the ball past Agoney to put his side 0-1 up.
The Rojillos had to be careful as the visitors were enjoying a lot more of the ball and were ready to punish Lanzarote with their abundance of talent. In the 43rd minute the visitors almost doubled their lead with some more quick one touch football. Striker Siverio was set up for a blast at goal but thankfully for Lanzarote he failed to hit the target.
The Rojillos came out for the second half with renewed energy. Toñito who has been sidelined with injury for the past couple of months came on as sub and in the 48th minute saw his strike from 20 yards just go over the bar. A few minutes later and a long throw from Raúl was cleared by the Gran Canarian defence and Borja struck his volley sweetly from 20 yards but the ball went straight into the hands of the keeper.
In the 55th minute Kennedy who was having a great game won the ball back in the final third of the pitch. The 23 year old kept the ball intelligently and then laid it off to Toñito who immediately floated an inch perfect cross over to the far post for Ayoze to head home and put Lanzarote back into the game with the score at 1-1.
The game began to get heated as Lanzarote were forcing themselves into the match. In the 57th minute Kennedy won a header in the centre but was then floored with the arm of a Las Palmas midfielder. The ref gave a yellow card but it could have easily been a red.
That had been the spark to send the game further alight and two minutes after that incident it all flared up with both sets of players involved in arguments. Rojillos midfielder Raúl stood toe to toe with Las Palmas winger Borja and unwisely put his head onto the wingers face. The Las Palmas captain disintegrated on the floor like a rich tea biscuit in a mug of PG tips. Raúl was shown a red card and Lanzarote were forced to play the final thirty minutes with ten players.
It looked as though it was going to be a long half hour for Lanzarote against the best side in the league that are now fifteen points clear at the top but the Rojillos were inspired.
In the 65th minute Kennedy stole the ball in midfield and fed Toñito on the right wing. His cross was flicked on by Javi Betancort, Rosmen held the ball up and laid it back to Javi Betancort who hit it first time from 10 yards into the top left hand corner to incredibly give Lanzarote a 2-1 lead.
It was all hands on deck for the ten Lanzarote players; they all fought like warriors defending from the front with their 35 year old captain Rosmen chasing down the Las Palmas defenders.
As the Rojillo players obviously tired chasing shadows in the 24 degree heat opportunities were growing for Las Palmas. In the 41st minute left back Yeremi was put through but from eight yards he blasted over the crossbar.
Two minutes later and the same player was put through again but this time he made no mistake planting his shot low past Agoney inside the left hand post to put his side back on level terms at 2-2.
Three minutes into stoppage time and Benito broke Lanzarote hearts when he timed his run well took one touch before firing past Agoney to give his side the 2-3 victory.
The Rojillos can raise their heads high as they put everything they had into an excellent game of football. They have slipped to seventh spot in the table but are still only four points off the playoffs.
Next week Lanzarote will have another difficult match when they travel to Gran Canaria to face second placed side UD Villa Santa Brígida.