FC TORREVIEJA 1 CD UTIEL 0
Skipper Jorge said before Sunday’s game that Torrevieja’s players are absolutely delighted to be back on the Vicente Garcia after an absence of two months and the ground could be the difference, the incentive that they need as they enter the second phase in their quest for playoff qualification.
‘We’ve been waiting quite a while to get back to Vicente García and playing once more on natural grass is a big advantage that also helps to motivate the players as it suits the Torrevieja style of football. You could see the evidence on the grass pitch at Alzira last week where we took the three points having played a great game’ he told The Leader.
And the team that steps into the firing line as Torry get on with their quest were old rivals Utiel who went into Sunday evening’s game firmly rooted to the bottom of the Tercera with just 15 points from their 22 games. It is a situation that is largely ignored by Jorge who said ‘The situation of the bottom side of Utiel is a false one. They are a team that is working well defensively, which was demonstrated last week in their goalless draw against Cullera. I remember that despite numerous opportunities in the game at Utiel we could only manage a draw so, although we are in a confident mood, we go into the game knowing that we will have to work extremely hard to continue our current good run of form’.
The game itself saw Torry demonstrating a solid look and they were unlucky not to go ahead in the opening minutes when Eddy curled a first-time shot just wide of the post from the edge of the penalty area. Moments later and Jorge went even closer when his effort hit the side netting.
As the home side applied pressure to the Utiel goal Banderas was the next to go close on 11 minutes with Pau needing to pull off a fine point blank save to deny the former Orihuela man. From the rebound Rafa Gomez then went just wide.
Torry began to get frustrated and wide player Berna escaped with a booking for a dangerous challenge on Utiel defender Baixauli as referee Perez Alcocer gave hime the benefit of the doubt.
The visitors only effort came on the half hour when a mix up in the Torry area saw Alexis slice a clearance. Fortunately Oscar was on hand to turn the ball over the bar saving what could have proved an expensive mistake.
Just prior to the interval Banderas had the ball in the Utiel net but was rightly judged offside.
The second period got underway with the home side wondering how they were going to break the deadlock which looked most unlikely until Galiana made a double substitution in the 61st minute bringing on Brani and Cesar, both of which were instrumental in the only goal.
No sooner had they settled into the game when, in the 67th minute, an excellent crossfield ball from Brani picked out Cesar on the edge of the Utiel box. His powerful strike hit the back of the net with Pau stranded between the posts.
In truth this was a game totally dominated by the home side and with good opportunities falling to Carrasco, Oscar, Borja and Banderas Torry should really have won in a canter. But most importantly they kept on pushing forward and in the end they got their just rewards.
Next Sunday Torry travel to Mura for a game that kicks off at 5pm. See the club website for information regarding travel.
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