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UD Lanzarote: Rosmen (25), Vladi (61), Ayoze (64) (91)
16th April 2012
The Rojillos make it seven home wins on the bounce with their biggest victory of the season and have darted to within three points of the final playoff spot. Rosmen, Vladi and Ayoze (2), were the goal scorers with the latter finishing the match with a goal of the season strike.
Lanzarote fired off the blocks in typical attacking style and dominated from the off. The midfield of Vladi, Jotha and Ayoze showed their class by keeping the ball moving and closing their opponents down when losing possession.
Toñito was causing his usual mayhem bamboozling his defender with his trickery and pace. When the defender thought that he could get the better of him, Toñito then switched flank and did the same to the left back. It was good football and a goal was on the cards.
After several well worked half chances the inevitable finally occurred in the 25th minute. Ayoze raced to the by-line and with great vision picked out a beauty to Rosmen, the tall centre forward neatly placed his header into the far right hand corner leaving the keeper no chance and gave his side a 1-0 lead.
The Tenerife side were well under the cosh but in the 33rd minute Lanzarote almost learnt how frail a one goal advantage is. A cross from the left found the ball at the feet of striker Carlos. With a free crack at goal from four yards the Atlético Victoria player only managed to find the feet of the Lanzarote keeper Ruymán who remained alert kicking the ball away to safety.
The Rojillos still dominated but were unable to increase their lead as the sides went into the break with Lanzarote a goal to the good.
There wasn’t much change in the pattern of play in the early stages of the second half with Jotha and Vladi moving the ball around quickly making their opponents tire. As the game approached the hour mark the Rojillos upped the tempo one more notch. In the 61st minute Ayoze fed his ever dangerous left back Taja, he curled in a high cross to the far post and Vladi brilliantly rose tallest and thundered in a header from five yards to send the Rojillos 2-0 up.
What little resistance the Tenerife side had prior to this goal had now evaporated. The Rojillos didn’t need to chase the game so held onto possession and just bided their time. In the 64th minute another great cross from Taja found Ayoze who simply tucked the ball away from close range to make it 3-0.
Any fans who decided to wait beyond the 90 minutes were greatly rewarded. Ayoze chased a long ball up field and battled away with the defender. Being off balance and under pressure from the defender he released a strike from 30 yards that whistled through the air and within a second the ball smashed into the net for a goal that would have graced any Primera Liga ground.
A brilliant day’s work for Lanzarote but now they must travel to La Palma to face a side that is fighting for that all important top spot S.D. Tenisca. The Rojillos must return with something.
The last playoff spot is up for grabs. Current holders of that position are C.F. Estrella and they have not won in eight games. Realistically it is between four clubs and the Rojillos have put themselves in a position where they have a great chance of claiming that prize. Lanzarote´s goal difference is the weakest but in Spanish football it is different. It goes against the two clubs. Lanzarote drew away to Estrella therefore on the last game of the season Lanzarote would just need to beat Estrella at home if the points are level and goal difference would be irrelevant.