CD Montesinos 2-2 Callosa Deportivo B
Report and photographs By Andrew Atkinson at The Municipal stadium Los Montesinos.
CD Montesinos paid the penalty in the last game of 2018 in the 1st Regional Group 8 fixture – hosting Callosa Deportivo ‘B’ at the Municipal stadium – when striker Vazquinho failed to net a spot kick!
After opening the 2018-19 season with two 4-1 wins in September against CD Altea and Monovar CD, the early season form bubble burst, leading to the sacking of Carlos Perez in November.
Up stepped youth team coach Ruben Saez who chalked up impressive victories – but a heavy 3-0 defeat against CD Murada going into the fixture against Callosa saw Monte ebbing dangerously near to the relegation zone.
Midfielder Maccan returned to the fold – along with new signing Roberto Palomo from Torrevieja CF – to bolster the Montesinos line up.
Montesinos needed a win, ebbing too close to the relegation slots, against Callosa, but it was the visitors who took the game to the hosts.
Vazquinho scored a ‘goal’, ruled offside after Monte began to settle from Callosa penetrating the home goal.
Callosa took the lead on 20 minutes following a free kick at the edge of the penalty area, which was floated to the back post, where the ball was fired into the net past Carlos.
A mix up in the Callosa goalmouth lead to Montesinos getting an early Christmas present, when the keeper and a defender both went for the ball, evolving with the ball ending up in the net.
Montesinos took the lead on 43 minutes when hard working frontman German went through on goal to fire past the advancing visitor’s keeper, to lead 2-1 at the interval.
Montesinos started the second half on the attack and following the Callosa keeper bringing down Vazquinho in the penalty area, the referee pointed to the spot, and red carded the goalie for his misdemeanor.
Up stepped Vazquinho on 48 minutes to take the spot kick – only to fire the ball over the bar – to the dismay of the Monte players and the home fans in a crowd of 130 in attendance.
The spot kick miss came back to haunt Montesinos as Callosa pressed for an equaliser, hitting the bar on 60 minutes.
On 81 minutes the Montesinos defence were caught flat footed to let the visitors in on goal, that lead to Callosa equalising to take a share of the points, in a 2-2 draw.
The point kept Monte out of the relegation spots going into the new year, but improvement is needed in 2019.
Montesinos defender Dimitry exclusively told me after the game: “We are not happy with the 2-2 scoreline. Going into the new year we are hoping that we see more new faces in the dressing room.”
Montesinos midfielder Maccan told me: “I think we should have won the match. After the penalty miss our intensity dropped.”
The Montesinos players and coaching staff were each given a Christmas hamper by the Full Monte supporters club after the game.
CD Montesinos return to action after the Christmas and new year break on January 13 against CD Altet; with a trip to Monovar CD on January 20, and hosting Bahia Santa Pola on January 27.