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Torrevieja 0 Orihuela 2


Neither manager, Galiana nor Garcia Tebar, was underestimating the importance of this derby clash on Sunday evening at the Vicente Garcia with both talking of a victory that would ‘kick start’ their promotion campaign’s in a season that has started rather sluggishly for both of these local sides.

Going into this much anticipated fixture Orihuela have played a game less than their hosts and have the slightly better record although a disappointing home draw to Cullera was the best that they could achieve last Sunday.

Torrevieja, on the other hand, put in an inspired second half shift at Villarreal to emerge as worthy winners so confidence was high for the Salineros as they went into Sunday evening’s game. Despite the fixture being deemed a ‘Club Day,’ with everybody having to pay, the fans responded by turning up in their droves to what was clearly one of the season’s most attractive games.

Of the 1200 spectators that went through the turnstyle, in a country where away support is usually abysmal, an encouraging 200 fans travelled from Orihuela.

And after a quiet opening both sets of supporters were rewarded with an open and entertaining first half with opportunities falling evenly to both sides. Orihuela were first to make an impression as Isaac shot wide on 15 mins with the goal at his mercy. This was a real ‘wake up call’ for Torry who were fortunate still to be level.

Four minutes later though, it was Dani’s turn to put the visitors under pressure. We all thought that his effort was destined for the top corner but a late deflection sent his shot just wide. As both teams continued to make chances Rafa needed just the slightest of touches on the half hour mark to steer the ball into an empty net.

Unfortunately he was millimeters short so the scorer wasn’t troubled. The game then swung Orihuela’s way and it needed a brilliant save from Oscar to keep out Nacho on 37 mins and from his clearance Cristian was sent off down the left wing.

He moved infield with only the keeper to beat as we once again drew breath, but only to see his effort sail narrowly wide and to send the teams into the half time interval at 0-0.

The 2nd period saw rather more desire from the visitors which Torry’s young side found difficult to handle. As they moved up into top gear they once again created chances but now the Orihuela back four were tight as the home side found it impossible to make progress.

Cristian could have opened the scoring on 63 mins but his aim was wayward once again with one of only a couple of chances that Torry were able to create.
Orihuela though, were not as wasteful and from a dangerous free kick on 75 mins Urzaiz rose well to power home a header taking the visitors into a lead that had been coming for a while.

As Torrevieja huffed and puffed Orihuela stood their ground and apart from a Jorge header they created little of note. So it came as no surprise when the visitors got their 2nd in the 4th minute of added time with a well worked move that saw Gines steering the ball home.

The win lifts Orihuela onto the fringe of the play off places.

Next weekend Torrevieja travel to Atletico Levante while Orihuela entertain league leaders Paterna at Los Arcos.

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