Full match report by: Chris Darwen
City overcome toughest test yet in 4-0 win over Motril B:CD Almunecar City moved three points clear at the top of 3a Andaluza Senior last night with a convincing 4-0 win over Motril B in Puntalon.
In what was by CDAC’s toughest match so far this season, they earned all three points with a performance based upon determination, attitude, fight, commitment and then, at the right moments, quality.
Their opponents had lost just once this season, on the gravel track of Malaha and the early touches in the game suggested
CDAC would be challenged. Motril B, as expected from the cantera of one of the larger clubs in the area, were confident on the ball, well drilled but, when it came down to a it, a side in 6th place in the 8th tier.
Five minutes were gone when a defensive error gave CDAC a corner from the right. Kasper Mikkelson swung it into the middle where Tre Hayes beat his man to the ball and headed City ahead.
The game was physical, with both sides putting in strong challenges many of which were either missed or deemed fair by the referee. City were playing noticebaly more direct in the opening stages, and it was another early ball into Hayes that led to Mulholland winning a penalty, being clipped from behind.
Scoring from the spot has been one of City’s more inconsistent areas in their run to the top of the league, and so it proved once again with Mulholland clipping the outside of the goalkeeper’s right hand post. Moments later, Ramsell hit the same post with a drive from distance.
Defensively, the backline of Zisette, Dallas, Gangi and Jiminez were being supported by the midfield two of Mikkelson and the excellent Ibrahim, keeping Motril at a safe distance, but the half time score of 1-0 suggested that the match was still very much in the balance.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, both sides battling hard with little clear cut being created. CDAC had half chances, but had to wait until the 75th minute before getting a clear sight on goal.
Mulholland went on another mazy dribble and was fouled two or three times before the referee decided to award the one that happened just inside the Motril penalty area. This time Ramsell stepped up and calmly scored from the spot, a goal that clearly deflated the Motril side.
Seven minutes later and another corner led to another goal for City. Mikkelson crossed it in, a scramble ensued and Ramsell was credited with his second of the night, rendering Dallas’ personal celebrations a little foolish. Ramsell completed his late hat-trick with two minutes remaining, following fine work by Hayes.
The victory was built on the back of CDAC’s strongest defensive performance to date, and the Alpacas that had made the short trip from Almunecar voted Gangi as their man of the match after he shut down any attacks that came his way.
CDAC now have seven wins from their seven matches. The team is very much fulfilling their side of the bargain to bring a high level of football back to Almunecar as a town.
However, there is continuing frustration off the pitch as the club was told on Friday that, despite previous assurances they could return next Saturday, the Estadio Municipal Francisco Bonet’s new pitch is not yet ready.
This continuing delay is causing the club many problems, not just financially, as they have built the majority of their season’s plan around having the town’s main facility as their home.
The early interest and reception that the club has received from the majority has been incredibly positive, it is just a shame that there seems to be no apology or recognition from officials of the town hall that by not providing what they promised, they are causing the club to lose money and players.
Still, all George Jermy and the team can do is continue to win football matches and that is certainly within their power.
The exact location of next week’s fixture against Puerto de Motril will be confirmed ASAP.