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The starting line up


For the first half hour of this local(ish) fixture inside Deportiva San Vicente Stadium, Torry not only ran the show, but were making their Alicante based hosts, look every bit the div 3 basement side they were.

Then for some inexplicable reason, they switched off, allowing Jove to have a bigger say of the match. Bad defending, coupled with poor finishing, could go some way towards an explanation, but so could manager Galiana’s insistence at starting Cristian on the bench.

The man injects much needed urgency into the side, as he takes on players at will, setting up attack after attack. So, when he brought him on after 49 mins, then Steve after 55, us Torry fans were at least treated to more attempts on goal, even though Steve’s efforts were sadly lacking in the accuracy department! Steve is swiftly becoming an enigma, but his confidence is not helped by the despicable way at which opponents regularly target him as public enemy number one. He’s originally from Cameroon, and unfortunately racism within Spanish football is endemic, so much so that underhanded dirty tactics are in evidence, week in week out.

The man’s clumsy, cumbersome, and unfortunately naïve, but malicious he most certainly aint, but watching opponents go down as if they’d been shot by a sniper in ‘Platoon’, then get up without so much as a scratch on them, sickens me to the stomach!

After only 4 mins, Torry earned 3 corners in quick succession, the latter resulting in Ferran flashing a header across the face of goal.

Torry took a fortuitous lead on 16 mins, following Cesar’s speculative shot from the edge of the box, which squirmed under the body of a somewhat embarrassed keeper. Carrasco had the ball in the net from Jorge’s header on 25 mins, but alas he was adjudged to be in an offside position.

Warning signs were given on 35 mins, when Manrique squandered a glorious opportunity, blasting over from 5 yds out, but Torry hit back through a Jorge blockbuster which was well saved. With time edging towards the interval, Torry were undone by a inch perfect corner, which an unmarked Manrique headed home at the near post.

Worse was to follow, when only 5 mins into the new half, Panos unleashed a spectacular swerving 25 yd shot, which beat keeper Oscar’s despairing dive, almost breaking the back of the net (wasn’t that hard, but it sounds good!).

Cue Cristian’s entrance, whose electric pace was instrumental in the removal of Jove manager Jose Rocamora from the bench, following criticism of the refs award of a free kick in favour of said player. His little angels picked up 5 yellow cards, whilst Vicente and Cristian (self defence your honour!) also received cautions.

Alexis, Cristian and Steve, all had good efforts miss the target, but they can have no complaint at this 3rd away defeat on the trot.

Sunday 7 December, ko 5pm, sees Torry entertain another local(ish) side, when Novelda visit Nelson Mandela Stadium.

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