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Obele shoul have  added to his first half penalty

Cullera, six points and six places above Torrevieja in Tercera, are just one of the teams that the Saltmen need to overhaul if they are even to come close to retaining their slim hopes and stay in the mix until the end of the season.

So on Sunday afternoon at the Vicente Garcia, an initiative introduced by the Board of Directors as they hoped to attract additional support, free entry for all unemployed, one last thoughtful endeavor to boost the home gate for this final attempt by the club to claw their way back into the play off places.

And those who took advantage of the offer, said to be in the region of 50 people, were rewarded both with an immaculate playing surface, the best seen at the stadium for some little while, and a Torry team that at least attempted to provide it with some justice.

By far the quickest out of the blocks the home side piled on the pressure from the start although the first real opportunity fell to Cullera when Cesar put his shot just wide of the post. The balance was restored with the next attack though. This time a peach of a shot from Carrasco looked to be dipping in but sailed agonizingly over the top of the bar.

Cullera goalkeeper Parades produced a couple of fine saves as the home side bore down on the visitors goal but in an instant, the hero had turned to zero when, with Obele through on goal, he brought the Cameroon striker down on the edge of his box to earn an instant red card from the referee.

Debatable though the position of the offence, Snr Gutiérrez immediately pointed to the spot and despite the gamesmanship involving the replacement of Parades by Burguera, the spot kick from Alberto was a beauty, giving the reserve keeper no chance.

Down to ten men the visitors found themselves two goals down just 6 minutes later after they conceded their 2nd penalty of the game. On this occasion there was no doubt whatsoever, a clear cut handball that earned Adrian Gomis a yellow card.

Rather surprisingly Alberto ceded the task to Obele who copied his mentor by placing his effort in the identical place and while Burguera got his fingers to the ball there was too much power to prevent Torry’s second goal.

A short spurt of bookings followed, after which Obele really should have added to the scoreline when he made a complete hash of a free header just 2 yards out. But going into the interval the two goal advantage was nothing more than Torry deserved.

The home side extended their lead through Pastor on 84 minutes and when substitute Ruben Primo pulled one back for the visitors, his first goal of the season, with a bullet of a shot with 4 minutes remaining we thought it was nothing more than a consolation, but instead it sparked a recovery the like of which is rarely seen.

Ruben Primo got his second of the season, and of the game, through a sea of legs a minute later and then in added time defender Castells hit an unstoppable drive from the edge of the box to level the scores at 3-3.

Torry really didn’t know what had hit them and as Cullera celebrated as though they had just won the cup Ruben Primo’s 92nd-minute effort had completed a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down.

Next Sunday FC Torrevieja travel to runaway league leaders Eldense who will be looking to make up for their surprising defeat at home to Novelda at the weekend.

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