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REVIEW: AS PONTES 1 – FABRIL 0 (TERCERA)

11 Feb 2014
Despite the new signings played the game, Depor B were unable to score a goal against the new leader at Tercera. The pitch conditions were terrible and there were only a few scoring chances.

BEFORE THE GAME
New signings Portuguese Miguel Nunes Cardoso & Croatian Tonći Mujan were included in the list for the game after their transfers arrived during the week. The other winter signing, Marc Nierga, who debuted on the previous weekend, was also in the list. Marc Martinez was the only player concentrated with the first team, while Toni Insua, Ángel Fernández and Juanpa were out injured. Jorge Romay was returning from a suspension.

Taking in mind the new arrivals coach José Luis Devesa decided to switch into an offensive 4-1-4-1 figure. Felipe Ramos stayed at the goal, Jorge Callón performed at the right side of the defense, Aarón Rama played at the left, while Uxío and Sidibé were the centre-backs, Álvaro Queijeiro was the lonely centre midfielder, Cañi attacked from the right wing, Dani Iglesias did it from the left, Bicho and Romay were the playmakers, while Tonći Mujan was the central attacker.

The rival was an inspired As Pontes; team that had only lost four games on the season and that was targeting the first place. Coach Manolo García had his best men available, including strikers Sergio ‘Rooney’ Arias and David Amado, plus winger Sergio Díaz ‘Chicho’. Ex-Depor Francisco Esmoris was a starter, same thing than Javier Rochela, brother of former Depor’s defender David Rochela.  It wasn’t a waterlogged pitch, but there were big lagoons as some parts of the O Poboado stadium, which made difficult to play for both teams.

THE MATCH
Déjà vu and premonition at the same time; Depor B already dropped points after allowing goals in set-pieces and suffered again due to the same problem. At the same time this match was played two hours before the first team visited Real Murcia, and the outcome was the same as Fabril lost after leaking a goal after a corner-kick action. The three offensive reinforcements played the game, but the team still lacking ideas to create scoring opportunities.

The true is that it was a difficult game for both sides; the pitch conditions didn’t allow too much and the ball spent more time stuck at midfield. Still, As Pontes managed to have more scoring chances throughout the game.

By minute 15 the locals already had enjoyed of three clear chances. The first a shot of Jorge Nano deflected by Felipe Ramos, and later two one-on-one actions in which Sergio Díaz Dopico ‘Chicho’ and Dani Fernández couldn’t resolve before the visiting goalie.

The best chance for Fabril in the game was a solo-play of Tonći Mujan in which the Croatian tried to chip the ball over Francisco Mariño ‘Kiko’, but the local keeper cleared the danger to corner-kick (25’). Mujan showed some interesting details, but he needs time after only spending one week at Abegondo.

The second half was dreadful, the pitch was worse and the only way to approach into the opposite area was through long passes and the set-pieces. So, it shouldn’t be strange that the only goal in the game came in a strategic play. Bossa released a corner-kick and defender Jorge López ‘Nano’ seized the distraction at Fabril’s defense to head the ball home.

20 minutes were remaining and suddenly the game turned to be interesting. Depor B started to push searching for the equalizer and As Pontes almost took advantage of the cracks to score a second goal. Bossa hit the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the area and later Callón saved at the goal line the attempt by Dani Fernández.

Devesa refreshed the attacking line and allowed the entries of Marc Nierga and Portuguese Miguel Cardoso, two of the four winter singings, they replaced Dani Iglesias and Mujan, but there were no more scoring opportunities.

AFTER THE GAME
New defeat for Fabril. The team only created one clear scoring opportunity and fell before a rival that seized one of their chances. The three winter reinforcements for the attacking line played the game, but were unable to unclog the offensive potential of the team, though it’s true that the pitch conditions also affected the performance. Depor B remains at mid-table while the victory allowed As Pontes to reach the first place at the standings. On next Sunday, Fabril return to Abegondo in order to host Betanzos CF, team currently in relegation.

Comments of Devesa: ”It was a highly disputed game. Very equal. Due to some mismatches and the aerial power of As Pontes, the balance fell in their favour. I saw that Fabril fought hard and even tried to play football despite the pitch conditions. We also were fine in set-pieces; the pity was the error in that play of Nano. Their seized the occasion. There were only a few chances. Fabril could have made better decisions in our few chances. The new signings are adapting. They have some positive things and need time to adapt.”

MATCH STATISTICS
As Pontes: (4-2-3-1) Kiko - Rochela, Jorge Nano, David Amado (Álex Cabarcos 82’), Aitor Díaz - Dani Fernández, Esmoris (Chote 62’), - Bossa, Pablo Domínguez, Chicho (Iván González 68’) - Sergio Arias.
Deportivo B: (4-1-4-1) Felipe Ramos – Callón, Uxío, Sidibé, Aarón – Queijeiro – Cañi, Bicho, Romay, Dani Iglesias (Marc Nierga 65’) - Tonći Mujan (Miguel Cardoso 75’)
Goal: 1-0: (69’) Jorge López ‘Nano’
Referee: Javier Pérez Prado. He showed yellow card to Esmoris (60’), Chicho (65’), Bossa (68’), Dani Fernández (77’) and Sidibé (82’).
Venue: O Poboado (600)

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