By Chris Darwen:
City Stun Alhendin 7-2 in Second Half Blitz
Following their midweek showcase game against mid-table Tercera side CF Martos, CD Almuñécar City returned to the day job of the 3a Andaluza Granada Senior Grupo 1 yesterday evening.
The side had lost narrowly against Martos, a team hoping to be promoted to Segunda B this season, a 4-3 defeat showing a massive improvement to the 4-3 win over Sporting Padul the previous Sunday.
Alhendin came into the match unbeaten, with four points. CDAC came in without top goalscorer Chris Sanchez, suspended, and the trio of Tre Hayes, Sandro and Ika who were all due to be available until the Spanish Federacion declared that they wouldn’t be in the office to finish the paperwork.
In better news for CDAC, George Jermy was able to select Sam Zisette on the bench knowing he would be able to play a strong part in the game having finally been declared fully fit.
City started the game with the same back four as at Padul, with Pablo making his first start alongside Mikkelson. Abdul Ibrahim was cleared by the Federacion during the week and was also in midfield for his debut.
It was clear from the first whistle that Alhendin were going to be CDAC‘s toughest league opponent so far. They moved the ball well and competed well in the middle of the park. However, when CDAC were able to work the ball wide to Sindholt and Mulholland they looked dangerous, and it was from a wide area where the first goal was created. Spinks, attacking from right back, recreated his assist from last week again delivering a ball deep to the far post where Sindholt scored his first with a fine powerful header.
CDAC relaxed having taken the lead and Alhendin grew back into the game. They found themselves level midway through the first half, City failing to take one of the three opportunities to clear the ball from danger and Ruiz toe-poked home a scruffy equaliser.
City went again, and on the half-hour mark Ramsell showed his incredible pace to get wide on the right. His high, hanging cross was again met at the far post by Norwegian Sindolt, heading home his second. Five minutes later Alhendin were caught in possession, trying to play out from the back. Mulholland stole the ball, shimmied past two and passed the ball past Guti for 3-1.
At this point City would have been wise to shut up shop until half time and trust the percentages, but no. A sloppy free kick was given away after 40 minutes, allowing a good delivery into the box. Kilpatrick made a solid stop from the header, but the ball fell loose to the onrushing Torres who pulled another back for Alhendin. The final five minutes of the first half were all Alhendin with CDAC struggling to get control of the game. Fortunately for the Almuñécar side the half time whistle came and they led by a goal.
Whatever was said or done at half time by head coach George Jermy worked a treat, as CDAC came out a different side in the second half. Sam Zisette replaced Pablo and it was his fine cross on the hour that saw Sindholt arrive from the left once more to finish and claim his hat-trick. This goal gave CDAC confidence and saw Alhendin‘s heads drop and from that moment it was one-way traffic. Mulholland out sprinted his man into the box and was taken down, leaving the referee no option than to award a penalty. Ramsell stepped up to make it 5-2.
The sixth was a well worked routine from the training pitch. Mikkelsson’s deep corner was headed back across the goal by central defender Gangi and Zisette tapped in from close range.
With Puntalon topping the table and having scored seven in each of their games, City were keen to keep pressing and get at least seven of their own. Abdul Ibrahim, excellent on his first league start, sprinted into the area and drew the foul from the tiring Alhendin right back. Ibrahim stepped up to take the penalty himself, missed but was able to score from the rebound.
The pleasing part of the second period was not just the four CDAC goals. It was the whole performance, starting with the defence. There was more intensity, more communication and more responsibility taken as soon as the second half got underway and if the side can do a full 90 minutes in the league in this manner there cannot be many sides that can touch them.
Alhendin are clearly a well run, well coached side with excellent facilities and very friendly, gracious supporters. It was an excellent away day for the Alpacas that travelled.
Next week sees the first ever EL Clásico de Almuñécar as CDAC pop over the road to play new local rivals Juventud Sexitana. The game is down as a 6pm kick off on Saturday, 14th October at Campo Rio Verde – please do check www.facebook.com/cdalmunecarcity during the week for any changes that might occur.
The club would welcome as much support for their first ever derby match as possible, and as the game is in Almuñécar it would be great to see as many faces there as possible to cheer the team on.