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LAST GASP POINT FOR THE SAINTS
By Contributor / 2012-05-01 19:16:08
San Fulgencio 1 C.F. Dama De Elche 1
This was a game we really need to win today if we expected any chance of a miracle to get promoted because we were 7 points behind second place and knowing that this was the case you could expect The Saints to come straight out of the traps and put Dama De Elche under intense pressure.
From the start Samu passed the ball to Sergio and The Saints started the attack, 10 minutes in and Samu was bought down and a free kick was awarded to The Saints. Fernando playing up front was leading by example and was playing out of his skin, again Samu got the ball and a great pass to Liberto who had a shot over the bar.
15 minutes in and Elche broke and were towards goal when Sergio stepped in and broke up Elche’s attack and then passed the ball to Libby who again beat the defender but shot wide.
Gary got the ball and beat a couple of players and crossed the ball into Elche's area but again the chance went missing. 20 minutes gone, a corner to The Saints was crossed into Elche’s area but easily taken by their goalie who threw the ball out to his forwards and it was Elche's chance to break and they broke in force, again as in previous games The Saints were short of players at the back and Elche were in on goal.
However they had to get past The Saints goal keeper Jovi, who again stepped up and took the ball away.
Jovi then gave the ball to Fernando who beat one player, then another, he laid the ball off to Gary who crossed the ball from the left then, Libbi got the ball and shot but narrowly missed.
Libbi went forward again and forced a corner which he took. The ball landed at Samu's feet who hit the ball over the bar. Libbi, who was being a menace to Elche's defence, passed to Jairo who laid the ball off to Sergio who had another shot off target.
Then out of the blue, 40 minutes into the game, Elche attacked in force, the ball was passed to their left winger who ran into The Saints penalty area and beat Jovi. Somehow the Saints were 1 nil down.
The kick off was taken and again the Saints attacked , Samu was bought down and Jairo took the free kick, he passed to Fernando who in turn passed to Libbi who put a great cross into Elche's penalty area but there was no one there, so the first half ending 0-1 to Elche.
The second half started like the first half. From the kick off Gary got the ball and passed to Kiki who put another great cross into Elche's penalty but like the first half there was no one there. This was a game that desperately needed the striking power of Giaco who was unfortunately injured for this game.
Within the first five minutes Fernando put Elche under pressure when he passed the ball to Libbi who again forced a corner. Sergio took the corner again no one able to capitalise on the pressure, the ball came out to Jairo who laid the ball off to Libbi who put the ball into Elche's goal mouth again but it was easily taken by their goalie. This guy was not going to be easy to beat as was shown in the away game where the Saints put Elche under pressure at their home ground but he could not be beaten in that game.
The Saints moved forward all the time trying to find an equaliser that was proving to be difficult to get, there were corners after corners. Again Libbi took a corner and nearly every player from the Saints moved into Elche's goal mouth and Victor nearly headed the goal that was needed to bring the score all level.
Then we had some changes made that should have been the way The Saints started, Gary who had been playing in defence moved up front where he belongs and Jairo took his place in defence and the team had more of an attacking look because until that point Fernando was playing in the centre forwards position.
The Saints needed at least a point so Kiki who had a great game was subbed and on came Carlos. Then the strangest thing I have ever seen regarding substitutions. Jovi the Saints goal keeper came over to the bench and took his goalkeeper’s shirt off, OH NO! Everyone thought, he’s our best player he can’t be being subbed but no! He then put on a Red Shirt and went up front, Sergio came off injured and Soriano went into goal. Was this going to be a great idea or a complete mistake, moving a goalie to an attacker, I know he’s a great player but.................
It was no mistake Jovi was as good up front as he is in goal. The Saints attacked again and Jovi was bought down in Elche's penalty area. A penalty, no way said the ref.
Time was running out for the Saints
Victor got the ball just outsides the Saint’s penalty area and he looked up and hit a speculative ball forward which landed at Carlos's feet, he along with a few other Saints players looked well off side but he did what all good players should do and played to the whistle, he went forward with the ball. Elche’s goalie stood tall but Carlos who had just came on took no notice and slotted the ball into the net 1-1 in a game that the Saints deserved at least a point.
Soon after, the whistle went and the game was over- a draw. The Saints promotion hopes now are gone and all that we can do is look forward to next season where with a bit more luck things might be different –however, there are some questions. Players get injured and Giaco is a great loss when he is not playing and also players leaving can cause problems within any team but some players seem to be playing out of position which can cause major disruption to a team’s performance and so the question begs -Why?