Another win maybe, but Almuñécar did not have things all their own way yesterday evening away at Puntalon in the Costa Tropical Cup.
Some woeful defending saw Almuñécar 3-0 down in the first half, but the boys worked hard to not only drag it back to 3-3, but to go on and take a 5-3 lead, only for the first half defensive frailties to return and the loss of two late goals saw the 90 minutes end at 5-5 and penalties ensue.
Puntalon managed to put two of their first five pens over the bar, leaving Almuñécar the winners.
Player manager George Jermy was not over enthused, “Not our best performance… but a win.” He said.
Rounding up. Puntalon were tough tackling opponents, with a very basic long ball and counter-attack game, whilst Almuñécar looked good on the ball, passing and moving confidently. However, they were a very young starting eleven, and despite their skill on the ball and speed, they looked vulnerable at every counter attack. However, this is a young team and just a couple of changes at half time saw some experience introduced and Almuñécar looked to take complete control, only to lose concentration and two late goals, giving the ball away in their own half on several occasions, when they were clearly the better team and able to keep possession. Lessons learned, and this talented group of players will learn from this type of encounter.
Most importantly of all, CD Almuñécar City have a new fan, my 7-year-old son Jack, who summed things up much better than me… “Dad, it’s my first football match and we won away from home… best day ever!” A truism if ever there was.