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REVIEW: AS PONTES 2 – FABRIL 1 (TERCERA)

12 Jan 2015
End to the ten-match unbeaten streak for Depor B. The team felt the absence of Cardoso and saw how the rival came back in the scoresheet during an open game with several opportunities. French striker Francis debuted on the season.

BEFORE THE GAME
Striker Francis Massampu was finally available after been inscribed during the winter window, but the main news what that Miguel Cardoso was out with a muscle injury. The top scorer and assistor at the team was missing his first game on the campaign. Coach Manu Mosquera was also missing Cańi and Juan López. Quique Fornos and Álvaro Queijeiro were also out, though they are training with the group. Captain Adrián Martínez was back after surpassing an injury.

The draw was a 4-2-3-1. David Gómez was the goalkeeper, Adrián was playing at the right-back position, Jorge Fernández performed on the left, the centre-backs were Iago López and Róber Suárez. Santi Taboada and Sam Piette were the centre midfielders, Ángel Fernández was performing on the right wing, Korean Kim Woo-Hong was the left winger, Marcos Remeseiro was the playmaker and Dani Iglesias was the centre forward.

The rival was CD As Pontes. The team coached by Iván Rodríguez is candidate to the promotion seats, though before the game they were closer to relegation than to the first six places. Sergio Arias ‘Rooney’ was leading the 4-4-2 formation. He’s the top-scorer at the team (6). Sergio Díaz ‘Chicho’ and Juan Manuel Pena 'Bossa' were the other references in attack.

THE MATCH
The absence of Cardoso and the difficulty degree of the O Poboado, field where Fabril had lost its previous three visits (the last win there occurred in 2001), meant too much weight for a team that was coming with the confidence of not suffering a defeat in the previous ten meetings. The game was wide open, with a Deportivo B that pushed until the end and a rival that was very dangerous in the counterattacks and especially in set-pieces.

Three names to emphasize during this match: Marcos Remeseiro, Sam Piette and substitute Pancho Cotos. In the case of Remeseiro he was the most constant player in the game. The playmaker was the leading force in attack with his accurate passes, while Canadian Piette was a very important piece at midfield and also bringing the aids to the defense before the local’s counterattacks.

It was an attractive game with at least ten scoring opportunities for each side. Within the first six minutes each outfit had already completed a shot through Chicho and Dani Iglesias. Both attempt were cleared to corner-kick.

Then, at minute 8, Bossas completed the first shot on target in a free-kick action that was blocked by David Gómez, and the goal of Depor B came in the resulting counterattack. The play was led by Remeseiro and ended with Santi Taboada firing from the edge of the area, his shot hit a defender and fooled local keeper Marcos Bouza. It’s the second goal on the season for the midfielder.

But As Pontes only lasted six minutes in finding the equalizer. Bossa released a corner-kick at the left, the ball went into the area and was headed by defender Nano, then went into the far post, Sergio Arias couldn’t head the ball properly, but it turned into a pass that Chicho found to score the goal from close range.

The goal launched the best minutes of As Pontes in the game. At minute 21 the locals were close to score the second goal. Bossas assisted Sergio Arias and his chipping attempt was cleared by David Gómez, the loose ball was found by Chicho and his shot on target was saved by Róber on the goal line.

Fabril were at the mercy of As Pontes and the second goal arrived before half-time. It was a polemic play in which Sergio Arias was fouled at the edge of the area, initially referee José Luis González whistled a penalty, but later changed the decision for a corner-kick at the edge of the area. His call was protested by the locals, but it didn’t matter as Bossa scored the goal with an impressive shot during the free-kick.

As Pontes were now having the advantage after seizing two set-pieces. Fabril were frozen and barely did anything in the rest of the first half. Depor’s lads recharged the batteries for the second part and, with the locals ready to accept the challenge, the game turned into an exchange of blows in which both sides had a lot of scoring changes, though there were no goals in the second period.

Bossa was giving a lot of problems to Fabril, but the first chance in the half was for Deportivo B. Kim met a cross coming from the right and his header hit the woodwork (54’). The Korean was pretty active in the game, always pushing from the sides.

Still, Manu Mosquera wasn’t content and ordered a double change in attack. French Francis Massampu debuted with the team replacing Taboada, while Pancho Cotos took the place of Ángel. The draw was switched into a 4-4-2.

There was a lot of expectation with the debut of Francis, but the Frenchman was quiet in the 35 minutes that he spent on the pitch. The true is that the one that shone was Pancho, who revitalized the attack, though his team wasn’t able to tie the match.

Sergio Arias continued to be a threat for Fabril, at minute 60 he couldn’t find the ball inside the area after a heal pass by Iván González, the latter was also a big menace for Depor B with his game coming from the second line.

Pancho Cotos had the best chance to tie the game. At minute 60 he released a strong shot that was cleared to corner-kick by Marcos. The last ten minutes were exciting, with Fabril pushing in attack and with As Pontes bringing danger through the counterattack.

Chicho and Iván González (86’) could have defined the game, but they missed the target as both were trying to complete their counterattacks. In the middle Pancho Cotos missed the target after been assisted by Remeseiro (80’), while the latter had the last chance for Fabril with a header that went out (86’).

As Pontes spent the last minutes trying to waste the time and there was a weird situation at the end. Sam Piette was booked at minute 88 and, after the final whistle, there’s the report that he was sent off after a fight with a rival, but the referee didn’t present the second yellow on his final act. It still to be seen if the Canadian will be suspended. Who will surely miss the next game is centre-back Róber, who saw the fifth yellow card on the season. He has played all the possible minutes until this point.

AFTER THE GAME
Fabril were diminished by the casualties in attack and couldn’t surpass the challenge of been playing at the O Poboado before a combative As Pontes that was lethal on set-pieces. French Francis debuted, with Piette and Remeseiro been the best players. The defeat is cutting a ten-match unbeaten streak for the team, but it remains in promotions seats, though now six points behind leaders Pontevedra CF. On next weekend the team returns to Abegondo in order to host mid-table Alondras CF.

MATCH STATISTICS
As Pontes: (4-4-2) Marcos - Rochela, Jorge Nano, Chote, Aitor Díaz (Hugo 64’) - Fidi, Iván González (Sergio Criado 88’), Bossa, Sergio Arias - Chicho (Álex Cabarcos 74’), Pablo Domínguez
Deportivo B: (4-2-3-1) David Gómez – Adrián, Iago, Róber, Jorge – Piette, Taboada (Francis 56’) –Ángel (Pancho Cotos 56’), Remeseiro, Kim - Dani Iglesias (Álex Pérez 73’)
Goals: 0-1: (10’) Taboada, 1-1: (16’) Chicho, 2-1: (37’) Bossa
Referee:  José Luis González. He showed yellow card to Adrián Martínez (34’), Jorge Fernández (39’), Róber (52’), Hugo (70’), Bossa (88’) and Sam Piette (90’)
Venue: O Poboado (250).

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