Alhambra were the last opponents of the season for CD Almuñécar City. They travelled to Estadio Municipal to compete against the reigning champions.
The starting XI looked a bit different as Kasper was reintroduced to the squad and Sean stepped in at centre back to replace the absent Ivan.
As the teams walked out, Alhambra gave CD Almuñécar City a guard of honour to congratulate CDAC on their historic season.
The first half was a relatively quiet affair up until the 27th minute when Rav went over on his knee and claimed to have heard a pop as he fell. The centre back isn’t the kind of player to milk and injury either so everyone knew it was serious.
He was unfortunately forced to stop playing as he couldn’t put any weight on his leg. Today his knee has swelled to twice the size and his kneecap is no longer visible.
The 41st minute was the turning point of the game as Adam Spinks put in a stereotypical cross which was met cleanly by Thiago at the far post and he made no mistake in putting Almuñécar 1-0 up.
CD Almuñécar City went into the break in the lead and the pitch was swiftly taken over by an Almuñécar 77 game to celebrate the new partnership between the two outfits.
George Jermy must have given the team a real pep talk at half time because the second half and the first were completely incomparable.
It took Almuñécar just six minutes to double their lead as Sandro capitalised on a fumbled corner before smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Almuñécar’s third goal was a work of art. Sean started the move at the back and it took three passes to break down Alhambra’s defence. Sean to Charly, Charly to George and George to Thiago who put the ball out of the goalkeeper’s reach for his second of the day.
Almuñécar centre-back, Sam Vermeeren, was sent off in the 65th minute as he picked up his second yellow of the day and a rightly deserved one at that. His rash, lunging tackle on the Alhambra winger completely took the player out of the game and he was sent for an early bath.
Just eight minutes later, the ten-man Almuñécar added their fourth through the deftest of touches by Sandro. The American latched onto a through ball played by Kasper before looping the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper only to touch the ball back down after rounding him and slotted the ball into an empty net.
Almuñécar put the final nail in the coffin as they added their fifth and final goal in the 85th minute from a corner. Baka was waiting at the far post completely unmarked as he met the set piece and was gifted with his second headed goal of the season.
In terms of goal-mouth action, that was all but in the 85th minute the Alhambra number nine was sent off for foul-mouthing the referee – a common occurrence in Almuñécar’s recent history!
After the game was over, the Almuñécar players celebrated with their fans and stayed for the auction where George Jermy’s boots were sold, a match shirt and a ball signed by the team.
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