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MAZARRON FC 3 CD ESPARAGAL 3
Mazarron’s run of three successive wins came to an end against CD Esparragal but in a typical West Bromwich Albion match they salvaged a draw and should have won it at the death.
There was little to shout about in first half hour but then Mazarron began to play like they had in the last 3 weeks and Tollo missed a sitter from a Jose Ruben cross. Following a corner from the right, Ruben then had two headers cleared off the line before Enrique somehow managed to clear the bar from 6 yards out.
However Ruben ran on to Tolo’s through ball and expertly lobbed the onrushing Esparragal keeper in the 43rd minute and repeated the feat two minutes later, this time rounding the goalkeeper before slotting home to make the half time score a somewhat fortunate 2 – 0 to Mazarron.
Shortly after the break a deep corner was met by Ruben but again his header was cleared off the line. At this stage old habits returned and Mazarron took their foot off the pedal and allowed Esparragal into the game. In the 62nd minute the deficit was reduced following a mistake by Dani and then shortly afterwards a penalty saw the scores leveled at 2 – 2.
At this stage Esparragal looked the more likely to score again and this proved to be the case. Marcos fumbled a long range shot and the ball bounced towards the Mazarron goal line. He recovered quickly and seemed to scoop the ball to safety with the referee waving play on. Unfortunately, the linesman, who did not appear to be in a good position, was flagging for a goal and after a long delay the referee awarded the goal much to the anger of Mazarron players, officials and supporters.
In the 88th minute Mazarron were awarded a very fortunate corner when everyone in the ground except the referee thought the decision should have been a goal kick and from this corner Ruben completed his hat trick to equalise.
In the 5th minute of added time Mazarron should have won the match when Ruben looking suspiciously offside ran on to the ball and unfortunately in a one on one situation with the keeper hit a tame shot which the keeper saved easily.
On the downside it appears that this could well be Juan Andreo’s last game for Mazarron due to work commitments and he will be sorely missed in the centre of defence.
Team: Marcos, Dani (Juanillo), Juan Andreo, Cecilio, Alcaraz, Jose Ruben, Tico, Enrique, Randry, Tolo (Domingo), Gilberto (Fran),
Man of the Match: Jose Ruben
CD Lumbreras 0 Mazarron FC 5
Mazarron completed their third successive victory when they easily outclassed and outplayed CD Lumbreras. From the start the game was a contest between the quick attacking Mazarron forwards and a very shaky Lumbreras defence and the icing on the cake came when the very promising young substitute Juanillo raced clear to score the excellent last goal.
Mazarron should have gone ahead in the first minute when Jose Ruben raced clear down the left wing and his perfect cross found Tolo who unfortunately fluffed his lines and the chance went begging. Within 5 minutes however, they took the lead when Tolo ran down the left wing and his cross to Ruben was put away with ease.
After 10 minutes the Lumbreras keeper made an excellent save from a terrific strike from Randry. However, after more good work from Jose Ruben the home keeper was unable to prevent Tolo making it 2-0 which was the score at half time.
Within 5 minutes of the start of the second half Mazarron were denied two clear penalties, the first for handball and the second for a pull back on Ruben. The next attack however, saw one of the Lumbreras, central defenders sent off for another pull back, this time on Tolo.
Having been reduced to 10 men Lumbreras now had no answer to the rampaging forwards of Mazarron and only an excellent save by the keeper kept a free kick from Tico out. After 64 minutes Juan Andreo’s through ball found Jose Ruben who once again ran past the defence before sidefooting home to make it 3-0 to the visitors
A flurry of substitutions did not detract from the Mazarron performance and next it was Tolo’s turn to race through the static defence from the half way line to score his second and Mazarron’s fourth goal.
The rest of the game was then taken over by a new star in the making in the shape of substitute Juanillo who time and time again outpaced the Lumbreras defence only to have his shots saved by the keeper. However, he did get his reward five minutes from time when he collected the ball near the half way line, outpaced everyone and scored what was probably the best goal of the match.
Team: Ruben, Dani (Chema), Juan Andreo, Cecilio (Gilberto), Alcaraz, Jose Ruben, Tico (Juanillo) Moha, Enrique, Randry, Tolo.
Man of the Match: Jose Ruben
Mazarron 2 CD Alberca 1
On a lovely sunny afternoon Mazarron eventually won a somewhat hectic and at times frantic game against CD Alberca by two goals to one to make it two wins from three games for new coach Javi.
In the first half hour very little of note happened except for a shot from Tico which went narrowly wide following good work by Jose Ruben, and of course the almost inevitable yellow card for Tico!
In the 5 minutes before half time, however, Jose Ruben should have given Mazarron the lead but his mis-hit shot went straight to the keeper. At the other end Marcos made a fine save to keep Alberca out but from the corner Alcaraz was harshly judged to have handled the ball. Beltran made no mistake from the penalty kick to give the visitors the lead at half time.
Mazarron had the ball in the net twice in the opening stages of the second half but both Tolo and Ruben had their efforts ruled out for offside. However in the 60th minute justice was done when following a spell of pin ball wizardry in the 6 yard box it seemed that Dani eventually forced the ball home to make the score 1-1. However, it appears that the goal was officially given to Tolo taking his tally for the season to 20.
Mazarron took a deserved lead in the 70th minute when Alcaraz fed Tolo on the right and his cross was put away at the second time of asking by an unmarked Jose Ruben.
In the closing minutes Mazarron had three more clear cut chances to increase their lead where it seemed easier to score than miss, but miss they did. Firstly by Ruben following good work from Juanillo, then by Juanillo when put through by Chema and finally by Tolo when played in by Jose Ruben.
Team; Marcos, Gilberto, Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Dani, Adrian (Chema),Tico, Moha, Randry (Cecilio), Jose Ruben,Tolo (Juanillo).
Man of Match: Juan Andreo
CF MOLINA 1 MAZARRON FC 4
Mazarron made a welcome and much needed return to winning ways with a 4-1 away victory at Molina at the same time completing their first double of the season.
The first half was completely dominated by Mazarron. In the 3rd minute Cecilio’s pass saw Randry racing down the left and his cross was controlled by Jose Ruben who crashed a shot over the bar when he should really have scored.
However, they took the lead after 12 minutes when Tolo ran on to a through ball and clipped the ball over the advancing Molina keeper into the net. Tolo almost made it two after 17 minutes when Ruben’s pass saw him cut in from the right and hit a left foot shot just over.
Tolo was causing all sorts of trouble for the home defence and another fierce shot was tipped over the bar before he scored his and Mazarron’s second goal after 32 minutes. Cecilio’s clever back header saw Tolo again racing clear of the home defence and, this time, he dribbled round the goalkeeper before placing the ball into the empty net.
Molina were limited to rare breakaways in the first half but Ruben in the Mazarron goal dealt capably with anything thrown at him and, at the other end, both Randry and Cecilio had chances to increase Mazarron’s lead.
Mazarron made the game safe within 7 minutes of the restart. Tolo took Tico’s pass and raced through from the halfway line before despatching the ball past the onrushing keeper to complete his hat trick. Then Jose Ruben was upended by the Molina keeper and the referee awarded a free kick outside the box instead of the expected penalty and only booked the Molina keeper. However, justice was done when Ruben himself scored direct from the free kick to make it 4-0.
Captain Juan Andreo was forced to leave the field through injury after 57 minutes and his absence allowed Molina to come more into the game. It was no surprise when they pulled a goal back after 65 minutes but Mazarron regrouped and played out the last 25 minutes fairly comfortably to register their first win in 5 games.
Team; Ruben, Alcaraz, Gilberto, Juan Andreo (Salvi), Dani, Jose Ruben, Moha (Juanillo), Tico, Randry, Cecilio, Tolo
Man of the Match: Tolo
MAZARRON FC 0 LA HOYA LORCA CF 1
Mazarron slumped to their fourth successive defeat and, with just one victory in 10 games in 2014, are beginning to look anxiously over their shoulders at the teams below them in the league.
With new coach Javi taking over from the departed Antonio Lorente, there were some signs of improvement notably in defence where the visitors were restricted to four breakaways in the entire game including the disputed goal which they scored.
Mazarron goalkeeper Marcos dived full length to turn away a La Hoya shot after 7 minutes and then Tolo raced down the right for Mazarron a minute later only to be foiled when his shot was smothered by the La Hoya keeper.
La Hoya took the lead after 13 minutes when Tico lost the ball in midfield and the ball was played to a La Hoya striker who looked suspiciously offside. His shot was turned away by Marcos but fell to Mariano who slotted the ball home at the far post.
Mazarron had a number of chances in the first half, mainly from dead ball situations, the best of which fell to Moha who headed just over from Tico’s free kick. However, Moha gave the ball away in midfield after 30 minutes and only a superb last ditch tackle by Juan Andreo prevented La Hoya from making it 2-0 at half time.
Mazarron again dominated the second half and should have equalised after 52 minutes. Randry and Jose Ruben combined on the left and Randry’s excellent cross found Tolo unmarked at the far post. Unfortunately, Tolo’s weak shot went straight back across goal into the hands of the relieved La Hoya keeper. A minute leader Tolo hit a fierce shot from 25 yards which the goalkeeper just managed to get his fists to and clear.
La Hoya were limited to the occasional breakaway but the excellent Gilberto came to the rescue after 82 minutes with a lunging tackle after a La Hoya forward had rounded Marcos and was about to increase their lead.
Mazarron had another great chance to equalise in the last minute when Cecilio and Tolo combined to set up Juanillo but he lost his footing and his shot went harmlessly wide.
Team: Marcos, Gilberto, Enrique (Cecilio), Juan Andreo, Dani, Adrian (Chema), Moha (Ishmael), Tico, Randry (Juanillo), Jose Ruben, Tolo
Man of the Match: Gilberto
CF LORCA DEPORTIVA 2 MAZARRON FC 0
Without four regulars in Alfonso, Jose Ruben, Tico and Ishmael, and only able to name two substitutes, Mazarron were always going to struggle at league leaders Lorca and predictably suffered a 2-0 defeat.
Mazarron’s performance in the first half can best be described as inept. Without Jose Ruben they hardly threatened the Lorca half let alone the penalty area and the only shot on target was a tame free kick which the goalkeeper saved with his eyes closed.
After 19 minutes Lorca thought they had taken the lead. A tremendous shot from 25 yards was well saved by Marcos but the ball fell straight to a Lorca forward who slotted home from six yards. Fortunately for Mazarron the linesman had spotted that he was in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.
Two minutes later, however, Lorca did go a goal up when one of their strikers barged into Mazarron’s smallest player Juanillo and fell to the ground. The referee not only pointed to the spot but also booked Juanillo and Marin sent Marcos the wrong way with the penalty kick
Marcos came to the rescue just before half time with a tremendous save when the Mazarron defence opened up and, although the Lorca player went round him, he recovered quickly to dive at his feet and turn the ball away for a corner.
Mazarron improved after the interval and manufactured three or four goal scoring opportunities, the best of which was an excellent free kick from Tolo which found Juan Andreo unmarked at the far post but he somehow contrived to steer the ball wide of the goalpost. Lorca made the game safe with a spectacular long range drive from Marin after 79 minutes which gave Marcos no chance in the Mazarron goal.
In the last minute Moha was denied a consolation goal when his chip over the advancing Lorca keeper hit the post and clearly crossed the line before being scrambled clear by the goalkeeper . The linesman at first seemed to indicate a goal but the referee waved play on.
Mazarron’s miserable 2014 continues with just one win from nine games.
Team: Marcos, Randry, Alcaraz, Juan Andreo, Dani (Salvi), Chema, Enrique, Moha, Juanillo, Cecilio, Tolo
Man of the Match: Alcaraz
Mazarron FC 2 – 3 AD Alquerias
Once again Mazarron successfully snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This time against a team who had their goalkeeper sent off before half time.
Throughout the game the Mazarron defence failed to get to grip with the visitors right winger Jose Francisco who scored Alquerias’s first goal after 18 minutes and caused problems for the rest of the game.
Things could have perhaps been different had an early long range shot from Tolo gone in instead of hitting the post and Mazarron did have chances to score especially when Jose Ruben headed against the bar. The equalizer did come ten minutes before half time when Tolo ran onto a long ball and collided with the keeper. The linesman flagged for a penalty, the referee agreed and sent the keeper off. Juan Andreo converted the penalty and the Mazarron supporters awaited the expected goal flurry.
Early in the second half Tolo scored to make it 2 – 1 to Mazarron after excellent work by Moha but then, for some reason, Mazarron decided to sit back on their lead even though they were playing against 10 men. However in the space of ten minutes, Tico, who has an appalling disciplinary record, received two yellow cards and was sent off.
With parity restored Alquerias pressed more and more, and following more good work by Jose Francisco a tame shot was saved by Marcos but the ball rebounded straight to Garcia who equalized.
Worse was to follow five minutes before time when Jose Francisco raced down the right. He outpaced Dani before crossing the ball to Munoz who gave Marcos no chance and made the final score 3-2 to the visitors.
It has all gone horribly wrong for Mazarron since Christmas and, but for their form earlier in the season, they would be looking anxiously over the shoulders at the relegation places.
Team: Marcos, Dani, Juan Andreo, Cecilio (Fran), Jose Ruben, Tico, Moha, Enrique, Juanillo (Salvi), Randry (Chema) , Tolo.
Man of the Match: Tolo
SANGONERA LA VERDE CF 3 MAZARRON 2
Despite a spirited second half performance Mazarron went down 3-2 to the joint league leaders.
Helped by a strong wind, Sangonera dominated the first half and the Mazarron back four was exposed on several occasions only for goalkeeper Ruben to come to the rescue with good saves. When Ruben was beaten by a fierce strike from outside the penalty area the crossbar intervened and the ball was scrambled clear.
Mazarron were limited to sporadic breakaways but could still have scored a couple of goals, firstly when Cecilio’s cross was met on the volley by Tolo who forced the Sangonera keeper into a fine save and then again when Tolo broke through only to shoot straight at the onrushing keeper.
Sangonera took the lead after 24 minutes when a right wing corner eluded the Mazarron defence and leading scorer Martinez was on hand to stab the ball home. Sangonera could have added to their lead just before half time but Ruben again made the save.
In the second half Mazarron were more in the game and should have equalised after 50 minutes when Tico’s corner found Enrique unmarked 6 yards from goal but he shot straight at the keeper. Then Tico’s free kick found Tolo whose volley was once again well saved. It was all Mazarron now and following excellent work down the left by substitute Randry, Tolo smashed the ball into the net for a well deserved equaliser.
Both sides had chances to take the lead but it was Sangonera who scored after 79 minutes when a right wing cross was cleverly headed home at the far post. In the 89th minute Ruben was beaten again by a cross shot from the edge of the area to make it 3-1 to Sangonera but Tolo made the scoreline more respectable in injury time with another shot from 25 yards which took a deflection before nestling in the back of the net.
Team: Ruben, Alcaraz, Juan Andreo, Dani, Ishmael, Chema (Randry), Enrique, Tico, Jose Ruben, Tolo, Cecilio (Juanillo)
Man of the Match: Alcaraz
Mazarron’s next game is at home to AD Alquerias next Sunday, 2nd March, kick off 12 noon.
MAZARRON FC 2 CD JUVENIA 1
Mazarron returned to winning ways with a hard-earned 2-1 home victory against CD Juvenia. Despite being without the suspended Moha and Randry and the injured Alfonso, Mazarron just about deserved their victory although CD Juvenia missed a second half penalty.
The home team took the lead in the third minute when Cecilio won a strong tackle in midfield and his pass found Tolo racing clear of the visiting defence before slipping the ball under the body of the advancing keeper.
Mazarron’s new goalkeeper Marcos had to be alert shortly afterwards when he raced out of his penalty area to head clear and, after 15 minutes, he came to the rescue again when he foiled another Juvenia breakaway with his feet.
Jose Ruben then raced down the left wing but his excellent cross was volleyed well wide by Tolo and, after 36 minutes, Tolo shot straight at the keeper with Ruben waiting at the far post for a cross.
The second half began with a fierce goalmouth scramble which saw Juvenia eventually clear the ball and then Tico’s free kick just eluded the onrushing Jose Ruben and the ball was cleared for a corner. However, Mazarron increased their lead after 59 minutes when a cross from the left was headed down by Cecilio into the path of Tolo who controlled the ball and hit a fierce left foot shot into the roof of the net.
Juvenia should have equalised after 67 minutes when a cross from the left was punched clear by Marcos but the referee awarded a penalty for apparent pushing by a Mazarron defender. However, the spot kick was blazed over the bar much to the delight of the Mazarron supporters.
CD Juvenia did pull a goal back after 80 minutes when Marcos was caught off his line by Maximino’s clever lob from 20 yards to set up a frantic last 10 minutes but Mazarron hung on for an important victory.
Team: Marcos, Alcaraz, Juan Andreo, Dani, Ishmael, Chema (Fran), Enrique, Tico, Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Juanillio), Tolo
Man of the Match: Tolo
ATLETICO CABEZO DE TORRES 7 MAZARRON FC 4
Mazarron’s depressing start to 2014 continued with a 7-4 defeat at Atletico Cabezo de Torres leaving them with just two points from the five games played so far this year.
Before the Christmas break all thoughts were of promotion as Mazarron were just two points away from an automatic promotion position and four points behind the league leaders. They have now slumped to 12th and are ten points away from the promotion positions.
Noguera replaced Ruben in the Mazarron goal but this, unfortunately, continues to be a problem area, with far too many soft goals being conceded. Influential captain Alfonso was injured in the first half and had to be replaced and, once again, Cecilio, one of the most popular and hardworking players, was named on the substitutes’ bench and did not appear until late in the game.
Mazarron took the lead after 25 minutes when a free kick was headed home by Enrique but Cabezo equalised almost immediately. Alfonso’s powerful drive forced an excellent save by the home keeper but Atletico Cabezo capitalised on another mistake in the Mazarron defence and took the lead four minutes before the interval.
Sloppy defending and goalkeeping in the early stages of the second half saw Atletico Cabezo score three times to race into a 5-1 lead with only 62 minutes played. Although Tolo scored with a long range effort to reduce the arrears 5 minutes later, an error by Noguera allowed Cabezo to restore their four goal lead almost immediately.
Leading scorer Jose Ruben then raced through the Cabezo defence only to be brought down in the area by the goalkeeper. A penalty was awarded but, surprisingly, no red card was shown to the keeper. Ruben duly despatched the penalty for his 12th goal of the season to make the score 6-3.
Things got worse when Moha was sent off for a second yellow card after disputing a free kick from which Cabezo scored their seventh before Cecilio, after finally making an entrance, beat two defenders and fired home to make the final score 7-4.
Team: Noguera, Chema, Dani. Juan Andreo, Alfonso, Enrique, Tico, Moha, Randry, Jose Rube, Tolo. Substitutes (used): Gilberto, Cecilio, Juanillo
Man of the Match; Cecilio
Mazarron’s next home game is at home to CD Juvenia on Sunday (16th February) kick off 16.30. Admission is 4€ for adults with juveniles free.
Mazarron FC 2 – 2 EMF Fuente Alamo
Before the game a cheque for 500€ was presented to Mazarron Football Club by members of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Supporters Club, showing that they are still in the business of supporting the football club.
Unfortunately this was probably the highlight of the afternoon, and the chances of completing a double over local rivals Fuente Alamo, almost disappeared in the opening 5 minutes. A long ball into the Fuente penalty area was completely missed by Tolo and the ball was cleared to the other end of the field. Ruben, who was again surprisingly preferred to Noguera in the Mazarron goal, allowed a harmless shot from Carlos to trickle over the line to give Fuente the lead.
Mazarron struggled to find any rhythm but, even so, created and missed a number of chances before they equalized after 30 minutes. A free kick was headed against the post by Jose Ruben but the rebound was turned home by Dani to level the scores. Tolo and Ruben missed further chances for Mazarron and Fuente Alamo had a blatant miss from a seemingly offside position just before the interval.
Mazarron took the lead virtually straight from the kick off at the start of the second half when Tolo took on four defenders and hit a hard, low shot into the bottom corner of the net. With the game then seemingly at their mercy Mazarron failed to take advantage and tended to sit back in defence allowing Fuente to attack.
Although Mazarron still managed to create and squander further chances, Fuente equalised just before the final whistle. A lengthy spell of sustained pressure ended in a goalmouth scramble which saw Carlos’ s shot deflected in off the post for his second goal of the game.
With only two points gained from 4 games in 2014, it is a mystery why a team with such a strong squad on paper is failing to make a challenge for promotion.
Team: Ruben, Ishamel, Juan Andreo, Alcaraz (Adrian), Dani, Tico, Moha (Randry), Enrique, Cecilio (Chema), Jose Ruben, Tolo.
Man of the Match: Tolo
Mazarron FC 1 –Soho.Medi 1
Once again Mazarron dropped points with a poor display against an equally inept team which means they lose further ground in the race for promotion.
Mazarron were without some key players for a variety of reasons but this should not really serve as an excuse and more has to be done especially in attacking areas where once again the talents of Ruben were wasted by being played in a wide position, leaving Cecilio to plough the inevitable lone furrow up front.
There were early opportunities for Mazarron with a long range shot from Cecilio drawing a good save from Mazarron’s former keeper Jose Iker, and a powerful header from Juan Andreo which went just wide from a corner, but these were few and far between.
Soho.Medi took the lead before the interval when Moha was adjudged to have brought down an opponent in the area and Sergio gave Mazarron keeper Noguerra no chance with a well taken penalty.
Mazarron had most of the play in the second half. An overhead shot from Cecilio was cleared off the line and Jose Ruben headed over the bar from a corner. Then, following an intricate spell of passing down the right between Cecilio and Juanillo, the latter came down in the box. It was unclear whether the referee had awarded a corner, a penalty or a yellow card for simulation.
Eventually a penalty was awarded but Alfonso’s powerful spot kick was well saved by Jose Iker. Shortly afterwards, however, Mazarron equalised when a long free kick from the right was headed home by Enrique, his first goal for the Club.
Soho.Medi defended soundly for the rest of the game as Mazarron searched in vain for the elusive winning goal.
Team: Noguerra, Ishmael, Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Dani, Alfonso, Moha (Gilberto), Enrique, Randrey (Juanillo), Jose Ruben, Cecilio.
Man of the Match: Cecilio
Mazarron are at home again this Sunday, 2nd February, against EMF Fuente Alamo, kick off 4.30 pm. Admission is just 4€ for adults with juveniles free.
Beniajan CF 3 Mazarron 2
Mazarron were perhaps a little unlucky to come away pointless from high flying Beniajan on Sunday in a thoroughly enjoyable and competitive game. The first half belonged to Mazarron who led 2 – 0 at the interval. However, an injury to goalkeeper Noguera towards the end of the first half changed the game and Beniajan scored three times after the break to consolidate their position in second place in the league table.
With Jose Ruben missing through suspension for the third time this season, new signing Tolo was the sole striker and showed plenty of speed and the ability to make a nuisance of himself. He could well make a useful partnership with Ruben when they get to link up together.
Mazarron took the lead after 30 minutes when Jose Da collected a loose ball and his shot was deflected high in the air, but Tolo ran on to it and headed his first Mazarron goal.
Mazarron’s second goal came just five minutes later from an excellent long range effort from Randrey which he hammered into the roof of the net. Despite a few nervous moments before half time including the incident in which Noguera was injured and booked, Mazarron were well worth their lead at this stage.
Noguera was unable to resume after the interval and replaced by Ruben in goal. Almost immediately a speculative long range shot from distance was missed by Ruben and Mazarron’s lead was halved.
Beniajan took the points with two further long range efforts, the second coming with about five minutes remaining. However both teams had good chances in the final few minutes including a header from Mazarron’s substitute Cecilio which hit the post.
Unfortunately the result means that Mazarron lost further ground on the promotion chasers but this was a far more spirited display than in last week’s game.
Team, Noguera (Ruben), Juan Andreo, Alfonso (Cecilio), Alcaraz, Tico, Ishmael, Moha (Adrian), Enrique, Jose Da, Randrey, Tolo.
Man of the Match: Tolo
MAZARRON FC 0 NUESTRO ABARAN CF 2
Mazarron lost ground in the quest for promotion with a disappointing 2-0 home defeat against Nuestro Abaran. A win would have taken Mazarron into fifth position but, instead, Abaran moved up to fourth in the league and Mazarron dropped back into ninth but they are still only five points away from second place.
With striker Alcon having left the club during the Christmas break, Mazarron fielded two new signings, Ishmael and Enrique, but struggled to make much impression against an average Abaran side.
Two defensive errors led to Abaran’s goals from Sanchez and Ortega and Mazarron missed a number of good chances including a fierce drive which hit the post. Jose Da was voted Man of the Match by the Mazarron supporters
Los Amigos de Mazarron FC made a cheque presentation to Mazarron FC before Christmas but their main fund raising event in support of the Football Club is the Gala Evening and Dinner to be held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron on Wednesday 12th March. This is the 5th year that Los Amigos have organised this prestigious event and in the four previous years around 11,000€ has been raised for Mazarron FC.
This year’s speaker is Joe Royle who scored over 152 league goals in his career as a striker with Everton, Manchester City, Norwich and Bristol City and went on to be equally successful as a Manager with Oldham Athletic, Everton, Manchester City and Ipswich Town. Joe also played 6 times for England.
The comedian for the night is Micky Lewis and there will be music and dancing to round the evening off with the fabulous Beagles. Other guests include former England international, Tony Currie and former World Welterweight Boxing Champion, John H Stracey.
Ticket prices for the Gala Dinner are 40€ which includes a five course meal with local beer, house wine and soft drinks during the serving of dinner.If you would like to reserve tickets, please ring Barbara on 627 012 646, Dave on 634 369 639, Gerard on 624 320 567 or email email@example.com
MAZARRON FC 5 SANTIAGO DE LA RIBERA FC 0
Unlike in previous seasons against teams towards the bottom of the league, Mazarron made no mistake against Santiago de La Ribera with a comprehensive 5-0 win at the Estadio Municipal. The only disappointing aspect for the home supporters was that the margin of victory should have been much greater.
It was a game which Mazarron totally dominated from start to finish. Yet they had to wait 43 minutes before a great ball from Jose Da saw Jose Ruben running clear of the visiting defence to slip the ball past the Santiago keeper to give Mazarron the lead. Before that Ruben, Cecilio and Alcon had all missed good chances but Tico made no mistake in first half injury time with a delightful free kick from the edge of the penalty area which he curled round the defensive wall to make it 2-0.
The second half was the Jose Ruben show as he continued to torment the worst defence in the league. First he set up Tico who shot wide. Then excellent interplay between Ruben, Alcon and Jose Da saw Ruben’s cross cleared at the near post. Ruben then played Juanillo in with a delightful threaded pass but the young substitute fired just over the bar.
After his clever back heel from Alfonso’s cross was saved by the Santiago keeper, Ruben again burst into the penalty area only to be fouled by the keeper and Alcon blasted the resultant penalty kick into the roof of the net to give Mazarron a 3-0 lead after 80 minutes.
Two minutes later Ruben scored his second when the Santiago goalkeeper could only fumble his shot over the line. Mazarron continued to dominate the game and the unstoppable Ruben was once again fouled in the area but this time Alfonso took the spot kick which was saved. However, Ruben had the last word in the 90th minute when he once again raced clear of the defence and coolly slotted the ball home at the near post to complete his hat trick and make the final score 5-0.
Team: Ruben (Noguera). Alfonso, Randry (Dani), Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Tico, Moha, Jose Da (Gilberto), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Juanillo), Alcon
Man of the Match: Jose Ruben
MAZARRON FC 0 GESA SEGUROS CHURRA 1
Mazarron lost ground in the promotion race with a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to rivals Gesa Seguros Churra who moved up into fifth place in the league with this victory.
Mazarron were without key players Alfonso and Alcaraz due to holiday commitments but this did not excuse a below par performance in which they hardly managed a shot on target during the whole game.
Jose Ruben and Gilberto combined down the right after five minutes and Gilberto’s cross found Cecilio whose shot was blocked by a defender and Juanillo’s attempt to follow up was also blocked. Neither side was able to create any clear cut opportunities in the early stages but the visitors took the lead after 29 minutes when a hopeful through ball caught the Mazarron defence out of position and Miralles ignored shouts for offside and ran on to lob the ball over the advancing Mazarron keeper Ruben into the empty net.
Mazarron’s only other attempts in the first half were a header by Juan Andreo from Tico’s corner and a 20 yard drive by Cecilio both of which sailed over the bar.
Mazarron could have equalised after 52 minutes when Jose Ruben just failed to reach an excellent cross from Randry and could only manage to touch the ball wide of the far post. The game became very scrappy with constant interruptions for petty free kicks but Mazarron keeper Ruben kept his team in the game after 70 minutes. Another through ball had again exposed the home defence but Ruben dived bravely at the feet of the inrushing Churra forward to prevent what seemed a certain goalscoring opportunity.
In the fifth minute of stoppage time Tico’s 30 yard drive went just wide but at the other end Ruben had to react sharply to tip a Churra free kick over the bar before the referee blew the final whistle. It was a poor game and Mazarron could not, in all honesty, have any complaints about the result.
Team: Ruben, Gilberto, Juan Andreo, Dani (Jose Da), Randry, Juanillo (Fran), Tico, Moha, Alcon, Jose Ruben, Cecilio.
Man of the Match: Cecilio
Mazarron are at home again next week to Santiago de la Ribera FC. The game is on Saturday 14th December, kick off 16.00
CD ESPARRAGAL 4 MAZARRON FC 5
Mazarrón moved to within two points of third place in the Primera Autonomica in a game which they completely dominated and should have won far more easily than the scoreline suggests. Unusually, some shoddy defending by Mazarrón meant that the result remained in doubt until the last kick of the game when a free kick by Esparragal sailed harmlessly wide.
Esparragal took the lead against the run of play after 29 minutes in only their second attack when a seemingly innocuous cross from the left was missed by Juan Andreo and Alcaraz and clipped over goalkeeper Ruben by an unmarked forward. Five minutes later a quick free kick by Tico was helped on by Moha and Jose Ruben controlled a bouncing ball before lobbing over the advancing Esparragal keeper to make it 1-1.
After 39 minutes Esparragal regained the lead when a right wing cross was touched home at the far post with the Mazarrón defenders appealing in vain for offside. Their lead was short lived as, just before the interval, superb interplay between Ruben and Alfonso saw Alcon swivel and hit a fierce shot into the back of the net.
Cecilio replaced Adrian at half time and Mazarrón continued to attack with four forwards but it was Esparragal who regained the lead for the third time with a fierce shot from 30 yards. The topsy turvy game continued with an immediate response from Mazarrón when Tico’s free kick from the half way line was headed fiercely into the net by Moha to make it 3-3.
It was all Mazarrón now and Alcon put them into the lead for the first time after 63 minutes. Then Cecilio seemed to make the game safe with a fifth goal a few minutes later after excellent work down the left by Tico.
However, Esparragal converted a penalty in the 90th minute after Alfonso was adjudged to have handled in the area and Mazarron had to endure 5 minutes of added time before the final whistle sounded.
Team: Ruben, Randry (Juanillo), Dani, Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Alfonso, Tico (Fran), Moha (Gilberto), Adrian (Cecilio), Jose Ruben, Alcon.
Man of the Match; Cecilio
Mazarron’s next game is on Sunday 8th December, kick off 16.00 at home to Gesa Seguros Churra at the Estadio Municipal.
Mazarron FC 2 – 0 CD Lumbreras
Mazarrón returned to winning ways with a good win against CD Lumbreras. In the first of a sequence of games against teams in the lower half of the league, two goals from Juan Andreo and captain Alfonso were enough to secure the three points in a match in which both teams squandered many chances.
In the opening exchanges a well hit shot from Tico was comfortably saved by the visiting keeper and another and another sailed just wide of the target. Lumbreras also had their chances but all were dealt with easily by Mazarron’s young goalkeeper keeper Ruben.
Mazarron took the lead around the half hour mark when a shot from Randry was fired high and wide. The referee, somewhat fortunately for the home team, awarded a corner and, from this, the cross was headed powerfully into the net by central defender Juan Andreo to give Mazarron a 1-0 lead at half time.
In the second half both teams once again squandered many opportunities. For Mazarron, Alfonso ran onto a through ball but his well hit shot was saved by the keeper and Alcon blazed a shot across the goal with no one able to force the ball into the gaping net. At the other end, Lumbreras had a great opportunity when Alcaraz was unable to cut out a through ball but the ever improving Ruben in the Mazarron goal once again came to the rescue with a fine save.
Shortly afterwards Alfonso, who had just missed a much easier opportunity, made the game safe for Mazarron when he cut in from the left and sent a fierce shot into the net. The game ended with Lumbreras missing another absolute sitter and Mazarron, despite the absence of leading scorer Jose Ruben through suspension, ran out 2-0 winners.
Although never at their best in this game, it was an in important victory for Mazarron and they moved into ninth place in the league also closing the gap on some of the teams in the promotion race. Next weekend they visit lowly CD Esparragal, who are next to bottom of the league, with a chance to close the gap on the promotion pack even further.
Team: Ruben, Gilberto (Dani), Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Randry (Salvi), Alfonso, Tico, Moha (Fran),Adrian (Juanillo), Alcon, Cecilio.
Man of Match; Juan Andreo
CD ALBERCA 2 MAZARRON FC 1
Mazarron’s topsy turvy season continued with a narrow defeat at CD Alberca who started the game one point and one position behind Mazarrón. It is games such as these which need to be won if a realistic push for promotion is to be achieved but once again Mazarrón were let down by their lack of discipline on the field.
Star striker Jose Ruben was dismissed for the second time this season in the first five minutes of the game after reacting to a strong tackle by an Alberca defender, first receiving a yellow card and then a red after continuing to remonstrate with the referee. Five other Mazarrón players were booked during the game and manager Antonio Lorente was also sent to the stands.
Despite this Mazarrón gave a good account of themselves and could have taken the lead when Moha’s powerful header rebounded from the crossbar. However, it was Alberca who took the lead when the referee adjudged that a clearance which was sliced into goalkeeper Ruben’s hands was a back pass. The resultant free kick was touched to Perez who, with all the Mazarrón team guarding one side of the goal, stroked the ball into the other unguarded corner of the net.
In the second half, Mazarrón equalised through Alfonso from the penalty spot and were denied the lead when Alcon’s shot hit the inside of the post and rebounded into the Alberca keeper’s hands. Unfortunately, Alberca went straight up the field and regained the lead through Garcia who, despite looking suspiciously offside, shot past Ruben in the Mazarrón goal to give Alberca the three points.
Despite the poor standard of refereeing there is absolutely no point in arguing with their decisions which will never be reversed. Mazarrón have received 47 yellow cards including three double yellows in their nine games so far, many of which have been for dissent and six players have already received suspensions. Although, on paper, they have one of the strongest squads in the league, this indiscipline is costing the team dearly and is something which must be addressed by the management.
Team: Ruben, Gilberto, Dani, Juan Andreo, Cecilio, Alfonso, Tico, Moha, Juanillo (Adrian), Alcon, Jose Ruben.
Man of the Match: Cecilio
Mazarron’s next game is at home to CD Lumbreras at the Estadio Municipal on Sunday 24th November, kick off 16.30. Admission is just 4€ with juveniles free.
Mazarron FC 4 CF Molina 1
Mazarrón played a more attacking formation on Sunday against lower placed Molina but it was not until early in the second half following the introduction of Cecilio that this policy paid off. He added much needed bite in midfield and in the end the result was an emphatic 4 – 1 victory in favour of the home team.
There was little to report in the first half hour except for Alfonso missing a sitter and Randry getting the first of his two bookings. Alcon and Ruben both had shots and headers at goal but in the 35th minute a corner from the left was headed back across goal by Ruben and expert volleyed into the net by Moha.
In the remaining part of the half, Alcaraz and Alfonso were both booked and Mazarrón keeper Noguera could only fumble a speculative long range free kick into the net to make the half time score 1 – 1
Early in the second half Alcon was fouled but his excellent free kick was well saved by the Molina keeper. Then Mazarrón took the lead when a long through ball was collected by Alfonso and he expertly lobbed over the stranded keeper.
Mazarrón made it 3-1 shortly afterwards in similar fashion when Ruben collected a through pass from Alcon and again lobbed over the advancing Molina keeper.
Tico was booked and following the intervention of a linesman, a second booking for Randry saw him receive a red card. Ruben also received a yellow card when he protested too strongly at the referee’s decision to dismiss Randry.
Despite the fact that Mazarrón were down to 10 men they continued to dominate the match and Ruben completed the scoring when he collected the ball on the half way line and shrugged off the attentions of 3 or 4 Molina defenders before completing the move with a fine finish.
It was a welcome victory for Mazarron after a number of poor results and puts them back into contention for a promotion position
Team: Noguera, Gilberto (Juanillo), Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Dani (Cecilio), Alfonso, Tico, Moha (Fran), Randrey, Alcon, Ruben
Man of the Match: Alfonso.
La Hoya Lorca CF 3 Mazarrón FC 0
Despite having two new players in Alcon and Gilberto, Mazarrón were unable to stop their slide down the table and came away well defeated by La Hoya by three goals to nil. On the plus side, in a very competitive match, excellently controlled by the officials, only two players, Gilberto and Randry were booked, both for foul tackles with no obvious signs of the usual dissent present throughout the game.
In the opening 20 minutes both sides were equally matched and could well have scored with Cecilio and Jose Da having good opportunities for Mazarrón. However in the 25th minute a good advantage was played by the referee who later returned to book Gilberto for the tackle and a long range shot from the left wing sped along the ground and into the far corner of the net. For the rest of the half Mazarrón matched La Hoya and had several opportunities with Alfonso missing and Cecilio hitting the bar.
At the start of the second half Mazarrón went to sleep and a well worked goal saw La Hoya double their lead in the 47th minute. Mazarrón continued to press forward and shots from Cecilio and Jose Da almost reduced the lead.
In the 66th minute came the goal of the game. Jose Da was dispossessed in the centre circle and the La Hoya player took two steps forward and blazed the ball high over Noguera into the top of the net.
Mazarrón then seemed to come more into the game and could well have scored 3 or 4 goals but narrow misses and good saves from the keeper saw the final score remain 3 – 0 to La Hoya.
Team; Noguera, Randry (Perico), Gilberto (Fran), Jose Da, Juan Andreo, Cecilio, Alfonso, Alcaraz, Jose Ruben, Tico, Alcon (Juanillo).
Bookings. Gilberto, Randry
Man of the Match Gilberto.
MAZARRON FC 0 CF LORCA DEPORTIVA 1
Mazarron once again faced a team towards the top of the league with the visit of third placed CF Lorca Deportiva but, on this occasion, they were beaten by the only goal of the game, a hotly disputed penalty.
Lorca made the early running and young goal keeper Ruben was forced to make two good saves. Firstly he made an excellent stop with his legs when a Lorca forward found himself unmarked 10 yards from goal and then he dived full length to save another shot after a long ball had caught the Mazarron defence napping.
It was 25 minutes before Mazarron managed their first shot at goal when Alcaraz’s pin point pass found Chema racing clear only to see his shot turned wide by the Lorca keeper. Four minutes later, with Mazarron now beginning to dominate the game, a cracking left foot drive from Alfonso was just wide of the target.
Then from a Pescao free kick the ball was half cleared to Cecilio who tried a clever overhead kick which Chema just failed to convert at the far post. It was all Mazarron at this stage and when Alfonso’s pass sent Jose Ruben racing down the left wing his cross was mistimed by Cecilio and another chance went begging.
Five minutes before half time the linesman drew the referee’s attention to the Mazarron bench and one of the substitutes, Salvi, was shown a red card. Two minutes later the Lorca right back was sent off when he was shown his second yellow card following tackles on Jose Ruben.
The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot just after half time. A Lorca free kick was punched clear by the Mazarron keeper Ruben but the referee astonishingly awarded a penalty with no offence obvious to the home supporters. Santana made no mistake from the spot kick sending Ruben the wrong way.
Thereafter Lorca were determined to hang on to their lead, pulling all their men behind the ball and employing time wasting tactics and feigning injury at every opportunity. Mazarron did not make their one man advantage count and gave the ball away too often with many inaccurate passes. They relied too much on the runs of Jose Ruben upfront and the resolute Lorca defence managed to withstand everything that Mazarron threw at it.
Team: Ruben, Randey, Juan Andreo, Alcaraz, Alfonso, Chema (Juanillo), Moha, Jose Da, Pescao, Jose Ruben, Cecilio
Man of the Match: Jose Ruben.
A D ALQUERIAS 0 MAZARRON FC 3
Mazarrón returned to winning ways with a 3-0 away victory at A D Alquerias who had started the weekend in second place in the Primera Autonomica.
Despite being without the services of suspended striker, Jose Ruben, Mazarrón started the game brightly playing some excellent one touch football on the synthetic grass surface. Pescao’s pass found Juanillo who cut inside but shot over the bar and at the other end debutant goalkeeper Noguera dived smartly to his right to save an Alquerias free kick.
Mazarrón took the lead in the eighth minute when Tico, playing in a more advanced role, found Jose Da who rifled the ball home from 12 yards. Shortly afterwards the same two combined again but this time Tico’s shot from 20 yards was easily saved by the Alquerias keeper. Next it was Pescao who ran on to a long ball only to hit his shot straight at the keeper.
After 41minutes Juanillo was shown the yellow card when he thought he had made it 2-0 for Mazarrón. The young striker ran on to a superb through ball from Juan Andreo and slipped the ball into the corner of the net only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
Cecilio replaced Juanillo at half time and once again Alquerias were limited to occasional breakaways by a resolute Mazarrón defence superbly marshalled by Alcaraz and Juan Andreo. Tico’s free kick after 58 minutes was met by Alcaraz who directed his header just centimetres wide of the post. However, less than 10 minutes later Mazarrón increased their lead when Cecilio raced on to a long ball out of defence and bravely headed the ball over the onrushing Alquerias keeper into the net.
Two minutes later Mazarrón were awarded a rather fortunate penalty when Alfonso seemed to lose his balance on the edge of the area but the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Alfonso took the spot kick himself and blasted the ball home to give Mazarrón a 3-0 lead. Cecilio almost made it four after 75 minutes with an audacious lob from 35 yards which was turned over the bar at the last minute by a desperate Alquerias keeper.
It was another excellent all round performance by a Mazarron team which looks more than capable of mounting a serious challenge for promotion this season.
Team: Noguera, Randey, Alcaraz, Juan Andreo, Dani (Adrian), Alfonso, Moha (Jose), Jose Da, Pescao (Chema), Tico, Juanillo (Cecilio).
Man of the Match: Jose Da
Mazarron’s next game is at home to CF Lorca Deportiva at the Estadio Municipal, this Sunday, 20th October, kick off 17.30.
MAZARRON FC 0 SANGONERA LA VERDE CF 1
Sangonera went to the top of the Primera Autonomica with an underserved 1-0 victory at the Estadio Municipal against a Mazarrón team who must still be wondering how they failed to win this game.
The tactics employed by Sangonera were cynical and have no place at this lower level of Spanish football. They targeted Mazarron’s star striker Jose Ruben and their players fell to the ground dramatically almost every time Ruben was in their vicinity. Their blatant playacting, bordering on cheating, was obvious to everyone at the game with the exception of Senor Don Harkaoui, the referee.
Ruben was finally sent off 10 minutes before full time after yet another theatrical swallow dive by a Sangonera defender when challenged by Mazarron’s Pescao with Ruben seemingly only a nearby onlooker. The sending off created mayhem on the pitch, with Mazarrón players rightly incensed both by the behaviour of the Sangonera players and the ineptitude of the referee. At the final whistle there appeared to be a mass brawl between the two sets of players as they left the pitch and it was quite some time before the referee and his two assistants were able to retire to the safety of their dressing room accompanied by Mazarrón Manager, Antonio Lorente.
As for the game itself Sangonera took the lead in the first minute when young goalkeeper Ruben could only fumble a seemingly harmless header from Miguel Angel Gimenez over the line. Mazarrón should have equalised after 16 minutes when Jose Ruben outpaced the Sangonera defence only to see his shot saved by the onrushing keeper. Three minutes later, Tico’s free kick found Chema at the far post and his shot was deflected by Ruben towards goal only to see the excellent Sangonera keeper tip the ball onto his own cross bar.
Ten minutes before half time, another free kick from Tico was touched on by Pescao and Juanillo controlled the ball cleverly before seeing his shot go just wide of the post.
Cecilio and Jose Da were second half substitutes for Mazarrón but Sangonera could have increased their lead after 50 minutes after a mistake by Juan Andreo again let in Miguel Angel Giminez but he shot wide with only Ruben to beat.
Alcaraz hit a tremendous shot from 30 yards just wide but the flow of the game was constantly interrupted by Sangonera’s tactics and a flurry of bookings by a referee who had totally lost control of the game and on a number of occasions had to be helped out by his assistants.
Team: Ruben, Alfonso, Alcaraz, Juan Andreo, Randey, Chema (Jose Da), Moha, Tico, Pescao, Jose Ruben, Juanillo (Cecilio)
Man of the Match: Alfonso
CD JUVENIA 4 MAZARRON FC 2
Mazarron’s fine start to the season came to an abrupt end when they failed to capitalise on a 2-0 lead and, in the end, were well beaten by CD Juvenia who had drawn their first two games.
Mazarron took the lead after just five minutes when Pescao ran on to a fine through ball from Alcaraz and slotted the ball home past the advancing keeper. Young goalkeeper Ruben came to Mazarron’s rescue four minutes later with a superb save from point blank range.
Mazarron continued to press forward and Tico’s free kick was headed wide by Jose Ruben. Then, after 20 minutes, Mazarron increased their lead. Chema was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Tico’s perfectly flighted free kick nestled in the top corner of the net.
CD Juvenia came more into the game as the first half progressed and Ruben had to be alert to save a free kick from 30 yards. However, poor defending by Mazarron allowed the home side back into the game three minutes before half time when a right wing cross was turned in at the far post to make the score CD Juvenia 1 Mazarron 2.
The experienced Cecilio replaced Pescao at half time but Mazarron were never in the game after the interval. Too many players were ineffectual and CD Juvenia grew in confidence as the half progressed. They equalised after 54 minutes after a goalmouth scramble ended with a far post header which gave Ruben no chance.
Cecilio broke through minutes later but his poor cross failed to find a Mazarron forward and the ball was cleared. Juan Andreu had a shot saved following an Alfonso free kick but it was CD Juvenia who took the lead for the first time after 70 minutes when poor defending by Mazarron allowed a right wing cross to be forced home at the far post.
Then in the final minutes an error by the usually dependable Juan Andreu let in a Juvenia forward who easily beat the advancing Ruben to make the final score 4-2 in favour of the home team.
The result showed that Mazarron have a lot to do to maintain a push for promotion. Too many players had an off day but hopefully normal service will be resumed at the next game, at home to Sangonera La Verde, next Sunday 6th October kick off 5.30 pm
Team: Ruben, Victor (Juanillo), Juan Andreu, Alcaraz, Dani, Alfonso, Moha, Tico, Pescao (Cecilio), Chema (Randey), Jose Ruben
Man of the Match: Tico
MAZARRON FC 3 ATLETICO CABEZO DE TORRES 0
Mazarron’s fine start to the season continued with a 3-0 home victory against Atletico Cabezo de Torres. It was another good all round performance although the final scoreline perhaps somewhat flattered Mazarron.
Mazarron started the game in attacking fashion and Pescao was unlucky to see his first minute effort rebound off the post. Then, after eight minutes Jose Ruben headed wide from a Tico free kick. Cecilio was next in action with a rasping 25 yard drive which forced a fine save from the visiting goalkeeper.
Atletico Cabezo were limited to occasional breakaways in the early stages but Ruben had to be alert to prevent the visitors taking an underserved lead. Then, at the other end, Tico’s clever ball found Cecilio who hit his shot straight at the keeper. After 24 minutes, Tico and Jose Ruben combined well and Ruben saw his fierce shot clip the cross bar. However, three minutes before the interval, Ruben flicked on a long ball into the path of Alfonso who made no mistake from 10 yards to give Mazarron the lead.
Atletico Cabezo came much more into the game in the second half and Mazarron had to defend for long stages. Young Ruben in the Mazarron goal has grown in confidence and, with the defence well marshalled by Alcaraz and Juan Andreu, the home team weathered the storm. With 15 minutes remaining Cecilio ran onto a through ball and, having drawn the keeper off his line, his intended pass to the unmarked Jose Ruben was deflected into the net by a visiting defender to give Mazarron a two goal cushion.
Five minutes later Mazarron scored their third when Jose Ruben rose superbly to head Tico’s free kick into the far corner of the net. Substitute Juanillo showed his pace in the last minute when a superb pass from Victor saw him racing clear off the home defence only to be thwarted by the onrushing keeper.
Mazarron are one of only three teams with 100% records and travel to CD Juvenia next weekend in second place in the Primera Autonomica.
Team: Ruben, Victor, Alcaraz, Juan Andreu, Dani, Alfonso, Moha (Juanillo), Tico, Pescao (Chema), Jose Ruben (Adrian), Cecilio
Man of the Match: Alfonso
EMF FUENTE ALAMO 1 MAZARRON FC 2
Mazarron’s season got off to a flying start with a 2-1 away victory at local rivals EMF Fuente Alamo. On a hard, sandy playing surface, it was never going to be an attractive game to watch but Mazarron produced a hard-working performance and deservedly took the three points.
Mazarron started the game brightly with newcomers Tico and Moha impressive in midfield but chances were hard to come by on the difficult surface. Alcaraz headed an Alfonso corner over the bar and Juanillo hit a rasping drive from 15 yards that was turned away by the Fuente keeper. Then Cecilio made a surging run forward but his shot from 25 yards was again well saved.
Fuente Alamo had shown little up front but took the lead after 30 minutes when they were awarded a penalty following a handball in the Mazarron box. Garcia sent Ruben the wrong way with the spot kick to give the home team an undeserved lead at half time.
Victor replaced Juanillo at the interval allowing Alfonso to push forward in a more attacking role and Mazarron equalised after 54 minutes. Moha made a surging run down the right and, despite being clearly fouled, managed to put in an excellent cross which was expertly turned home at the near post by last year’s leading marksman, Jose Ruben.
Mazarron were in total control of the game and took the lead after 62 minutes when Alfonso’s right wing cross struck a Fuente defender on the arm and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Alfonso himself took the kick and blasted the ball into the roof of the net.
It could have been 3-1 after 74 minutes after excellent work by Pescao and Cecilio saw Tico hitting a powerful drive which was just turned over the crossbar by the Fuente keeper. Ruben in the Mazarron goal had a fairly quiet game but dealt well with some difficult crosses and made a good save from a rare Fuente breakaway in the latter stages.
A rare mistake by Alcaraz in the dying minutes almost let in a Fuente striker but he blazed his shot well over the crossbar with only Ruben to beat. Overall it was an excellent display by Mazaron which augurs well for the rest of the season.
Team: Ruben, Alfonso, Dani, Juan Andreu, Alcaraz, Tico (Chema), Moha, Juanillo (Victor), Pescao, Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Adrian).
Man of the Match: Tico
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