Three Points… But City Struggle

Monday, October 2, 2017
By David Darby

Match report by: Chris DarwenALM Football Padul oc17 1

After the highs of their opening night last week at the Estadio Municipal Francisco Bonet, CD Almuñécar City experienced a moderate low in their second league fixture of the season.

With the Spanish federation still dragging their feet on the international clearance for six of the first team squad, George Jermy was able to name a squad of 12 for the trip to Sporting Padul, a side that had been beaten 5-1 at Malaha the week before.

The frustrating lack of availability saw Shem Jiminez take up an unfamiliar position at left back, New Zealander Danny Mulholland come into midfield where he started alongside George Jermy and Kasper Mikkelson.

The game got off to a terrible start for CDAC as they found themselves a goal down after 30 seconds. Dallas, Gangi and the ALM Football Padul oc17 3goalkeeper Kilpatrick were caught cold and Alvarez was able to hook the ball into an unguarded net.

It soon became clear that game was not going to be the attractive, open spectacle of the week before. The CDAC pitch came in for some criticism following the 7-0 win over Granada Base, but the size of it had allowed CDAC the opportunity to play their natural game. On the far smaller pitch at Padul, CDAC struggled to find their rhythm. However, with Sanchez and Sindholt causing their opposing full backs problems, Padul began giving away needless fouls which led to the game spinning around.

CDAC equalised when Mikkelson put in a deadly left-footed free kick which Ramsell headed home for his second goal of the season. Shortly after, and this time with his right foot, Mikkelson fired in a curling right-footed free kick that evaded everyone, including the Padul goalkeeper Carrillo who chose to pull his hands away, presumably feeling the shot was going over.

The lead didn’t translate to CDAC being able to force their game on Padul. They found it difficult to move the ball into the final third with Padul’s defence sticking to their task. Finally, a quick move came off, Ramsell dropping deep and playing in the on-rushing Mulholland who slipped the ball past Carillo first time. It was the first time CDAC had really been able to get in behind the Padul defence and they made it count.

Like last week, the second half struggled to get going. The game became broken, niggly and the referee was kept busy. The ALM Football Padul oc17longer it went, the more it felt like there was a chance that Padul could still get something from the game, and sure enough a goal came. At 3-2 it was clear CDAC needed at least another goal to close the game out, possibly a further two.

Yet another free kick was awarded, and the ball was worked quickly to the right flank and Adam Spinks. His early cross flew to the far post where Chris Sanchez met the ball with a fine finish to score his 5th of the season and CDAC‘s 4th of the afternoon.

You would have hoped the game would have been easy to close out from this moment, especially considering that Padul were then reduced to ten men but it was not that kind of afternoon. Sanchez then picked up a harsh second yellow card having tracked his man, and Padul were lifted once more. Their ten men managed to score a third, Hidalgo completely unmarked in a crowded area and this meant it would be a challenging final five minutes. Fortunately, CDAC found some inner strength and closed the game out for their second win of the season.

Almuñécar’s new team will have to learn lessons quickly as they go this season. They clearly have a target on their back as they ALM Football Padul oc17 2are different to the norm in the 3a Andaluza. They will face many more matches like this, especially away from home, where it isn’t going to be enough just to be better players than the opposition. The need to dig deep, stand toe to toe with opposition and be a team that can lead each other will be far more important than individual skill and ability when playing in hostile matches such as yesterday’s fixture. Yet, as the old cliche goes, to get three points when you haven’t played your best is normally a good sign.

With Puntalon and Culler Vega also picking up their second wins of the season, CDAC are tied at the top of the table with  Alhendin next week.

The club also launched their new shop last week where you are able to buy merchandise, memberships and sponsorship packages. If you are looking to be a fully fledged Almuñécar Alpaca then head over to

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