CD Almuñécar City ran out 4-1 winners tonight in the semi-final of the Costa Tropical Cup in La Herradura (CD Almuñécar City are playing their home games in La Herradura until the surface has been sorted in Almuñécar) against Los Molinos. But the game was somewhat marred by the behavior of the Los Molinos coaching team.
Almuñécar once again started poorly and were 1-0 down early in the first half and missed a penalty. The Los Molinos goal may have been against the run of play, but coaching staff including George Jermy who played the full 90 minutes, were clearly disappointed.
After a stiff talking to during the break, Almuñécar turned in a much better performance in the second half, with some dazzling ball control and good use of space and runners. It was clear the opposition were tiring and ended up pinned in their own half, especially during the final 20 minutes. The four goals came very easily with some good moves, which in the first half were ending up with a poor final ball or finish, now actually started to come together. Almuñécar basically took the wind out the Los Molinos sails.
The controversy came in the second half, firstly with a pretty good penalty shout from Los Molinos when one of their players went down in the area under a heavy challenge. The Almuñécar player’s trailing foot did get the ball, but it did look a pen from the sideline. However, much to the frustration of Los Molinos, the ref and the linesman, both of whom were well placed didn’t see the challenge as a foul.
This was followed by another Los Molinos player going down just outside the area under a challenge from the Almuñécar goalkeeper. This one looked like a strong but fair intervention by the keeper. The ref seemed to think about this one, and eventually gave a free-kick. However, the coaching staff on the Los Molinos benches were incensed by the decision, pointing out that if it was indeed a foul, the keeper, stopping a clear run on goal, should have been sent off.
Mayhem ensued with some ugly pushing and shoving of officials, with coaching staff and a benched player being dragged off the park.
In summary. CD Almuñécar City showed some real moments of class tonight and were by far the better side. The coaching staff have produced a well disciplined unit, who, but for some crazy moments of youthful exuberance, especially at the back, have the makings of a cracking team. These are early days, and if this is the level of skill and commitment after just a few competitive games together, we have got some very good football to enjoy in Almuñécar in the near future. And so… on to the final!
My son Jack’s opinion this time: “We were bound to win… our players were much better looking and had much better haircuts…” What can I say?
Editorial comment: I will be able to report properly with the names of the players etc. once I’ve got them all worked out… at the moment it’s probably best if I don’t use any names rather than getting one wrong.