Match report by Chris Darwen:
The rolling mist coming on over the pitch at La Herradura was unable to stop CD Almuñécar City delivering their best performance of their inaugural season in Spanish football yesterday evening against Arenas de Armilla CF.
Playing at their training ground with the pitch at the Estadio Francisco Bonet still being relaid, CDAC were confident that they could make it five from five and end the weekend top of the 3a Andaluza Granada, even without last week’s points officially added to the table.
George Jermy made just one change from the side that started the match against Sexitana, bringing himself into the side at left back to provide some balance and width. The selection paid immediate dividends, as within two minutes CDAC led. Jermy was released down the left and his cross was headed home by Kristoffer Sindholt.
CDAC had clearly been working on getting the ball wide quicker during the week, as it was a cross from Chris Ramsell that led to Danny Mulholland heading home the second goal after 16 minutes.
The 120 or so fans that had travelled to La Herradura had to be patient for CDAC‘s third. City had two goals chalked off for offside before Sam Zisette, virtually free from all defensive duties for the day, raced through to score. The goal saw the Arenas players sink somewhat, as Ramsell and then a deflected free-kick from Kasper Mikkelson saw City head into the half-time break leading 5-0.
Quite often in match situations like this, it is hard for the team leading to maintain the standards for the full 90 minutes, and this message had clearly been drummed into the team during the break. City came flying out of the blocks once again with Sindholt making it six. Mulholland was tripped in the box when about to score number seven. Sindholt was keen to take the penalty to complete his second hat-trick of the season, but the honour fell to Sandro whose slightly different run-up confused the goalkeeper enough, the ball slotted into the corner.
Sindholt didn’t have to wait too long for his third, but he did have to wait until Tre Hayes scored his first goal of the evening having come off the bench. Sindholt made it nine with his third, before Hayes tapped in his second. Sindholt scored once more, and his 4th was special. Picking the ball up 30 yards out he surged past four defenders centrally and slipped the ball into the corner. His 5th was a tap in, making it 12-0.
City rounded off an emphatic win with Tre Hayes unselfishly denying himself a hat-trick and setting up Chris Sanchez for 13-0, surely one of the bigger victories recorded in this division.
With Puntalon beating Sexitana 4-1, City are technically sharing top spot with 15 points. However, the damage done on Saturday night means their goal difference is now superior to their rivals and with the Federation soon to add the 4-1 victory over Sexitana, City will be three points clear.
Next weekend sees a trip to UD Orgiva who, at the time of writing on Sunday morning, were bottom of the table having lost three from three. CDAC will be praying for a pitch of sensible dimensions as they chase a 6th league win in a row.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)