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Torrevieja United U-10's A 2-1 SCD Intangco A
Contributor / 2005-07-09 14:54:07
An early start seemed to suit United, as they passed the ball around with confidence. Josh Wooden was yet again faultless in defence, as Intangco probed for an opening. Honours were even approaching half-time, when a rare Intangco break led to a corner. Jean-Luc Ronan in the United goal could only help the resulting kick into his own goal, for Intangco to take an ill-deserved lead into half-time. Some slight tactical changes at half-time, saw an altogether more attack minded United take the field. Top scorer Spencer McCall was given a more attacking role, and the tidy Wooden was pushed into midfield. This paid dividends ten minutes into the second half. Wooden broke up an Intangco attack and fed McCall who volleyed home his tenth of the season. Stefan Frost replaced Haydn Cummins in attack, and was immediately in amongst the action, tackling feverishly. His robust style pulled him clear of the Intangco defence, from where he unselfishly squared, for Oliver Eley to slot home. It was now all United and Zac Cheesman rattled the crossbar late on. All in all this was another solid performance against a team who had beaten United 7-4 earlier in the season. Coach Paul Hubbard was especially pleased with the maturity with which his team adapted to the tactical changes at half-time. MOM Josh Wooden. Mature above his years.
Bigastro U14 5-2 Torrevieja Utd U14
By Gavin Bush
The match began positively for Torrevieja and within a few minutes of organised play Bigastro were penalised for an undisciplined and desperate challenge in their own box. Ben Lyons stepped up and calmly placed the ball into the back of the net. Play carried on as normal and the lads were looking focussed and confident until, moments later, the referee made an absurd decision which allowed the home side to convert from a free kick. A couple of bad calls from a referee each game is somewhat expected, especially here in Spain, where in youth football no linesmen are used. But what followed was truly shocking to say the least. The game became peppered with poor decisions, free kicks, throw ins, goal kicks and corners all went against United. Torry did make one or two defensive blunders and missed a few chances. However, Bigastro's defensive mistakes (which were many) seemed to be corrected by the referee. Most attacking plays from the home side that were defended impeccably by the Torry lads were given a second chance by the referee. He awarded free kicks for anything. From a high foot when clearly feet weren't raised more than a few inches, to minimal sporting contact, and quite honestly for nothing at all. This didn't stop "super keeper" JP making some amazing saves, but the constant heavy challenges on him caused two injuries. One by one the goals started to slip past the injured and frustrated keeper mand although the team battled on with some quality football the flow of the game was consistently interrupted by the referee.
Bigastro U16 5-1 Torrevieja U16
Torrevieja Uniteds U16s this week took a trip to Bigastro, after the team's first home win last week the players were going into this game with confidence.
The lads showed good adaptability when I asked them to change formation on a smaller pitch than they are used to.
The game started well and Torry seemed to have the better of the play, keeping the ball and trying to play some good football. Some good chances were created by both sides early on but failed to convert any of the chances.
With about twenty five minutes gone the referee made an awful decision in sending of Kyle Common for asking him why he had been booked in the initial instance, and with a good portion of the game to go it was inevitable what was going to happen.
Another five minutes had passed when one of the Bigastro players had made an awful challenge on Liam Lovatt who was then stamped on; Liam proceeded to kick out and deservedly was sent off for retaliating.
Soon after the second dismissal Bigastro took the lead through a great effort from their captain and the source of most of their good play.
The referee by this time had managed to completely ruin the match for these young kids, who were just trying to have a game of football, if it had been a match of more importance I could understand but these boys pay subs every week to be treated unfairly.
With nine men the boys continued to give me 110% and I could not have asked any more of them, they all applied themselves correctly and acted on any instructions given.
Bigastro went on to win the game 5 - 1, only with the help of the referee who managed to stop the game at every opportunity he had.
Two players stood out for me on Saturday and helped keep the score down, first david Clark our goalkeeper made some excellent saves, and Jordan Clegg, our lone striker, did a great job of holding up the ball and bringing others into the game.