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Torry competed so well in the first half, then faded dramatically for the remainder of the match


Not for the first time this season, Torry competed so well in the first half, then faded dramatically for the remainder of the match.

This reversal against Villarreal’s 3rd string side, means it’s now 3 defeats on the bounce, and 3 without scoring. But in mitigation, the missing from action list is growing! New signing Obele’s return to the fold has been delayed by international clearance, plus fellow strikers Pinera and Rafa Gomez were out injured.

Add to them Alexis, Eddy, Sergio, Ferran and Martin, all casualties, and it’s clear why manager Galiana has such a huge selection headache. In fact, he had to include youth players Costa, Gonzalo, Chamit and reserve keeper Jamie, on the bench. Back in September, Torry just about edged a narrow victory in Villarreal, but this time around a repeat was never really on the cards.

It started so brightly for the hosts, when after 20 mins, Brani found himself in a great goal scoring position, but the alert visiting keeper Quique closed him down, panicking him into shooting over.

Up the other end, Alexi should have opened his account, but his scuffed shot past the post, left Torry keeper Oscar a relieved man. Chances were arriving thick and fast, in this end to end half, and the pick of the bunch was Vicente’s swerving 25 yard drive, which Quique acrobatically tipped over the bar. Villarreal struck back, this time it was Cristian who shot narrowly wide with Oscar well beaten. A Ruben assist found Corella, whose accurate powerful drive was again brilliantly dealt with by the impressive Quique, thus keeping his side in the game.

Torry were playing with such confidence and flair, but lacked a vital goal needed to reward all their hard efforts. Carrasco found Cesar, who from 10 yards out, couldn’t find the target.

Adrian replaced centre back Ruben at the start of the new half, meaning a reshuffle which Torry never really came to terms with. An awful defensive mix up on 51 mins, allowed Pablo lashing home a loose ball to give Villarreal the lead. Three mins later they had doubled their lead, courtesy of a quick break down the left wing, resulting in Cristian hammering the ball past Oscar.

From then on, the visitors virtually ran the show. The lively Alexi hit the post on 66 mins, as the ‘yellow submarine’ threatened to run riot. Torry found a brief respite from the punishment, when first Brani on 74, then Jorge on 76 mins, both had goal bound shots charged down at close range.

Their quest wasn’t made easier by the ref’s refusal of some quite blatant free kicks, especially obvious fouls on Carrasco, but their main undoing was being guilty of far too many unforced errors. Oscar came to his sides rescue on 85 mins, saving with his legs from a Joel close range shot, but the final say went to Torry’s Corella, whose unchecked individual run from inside his own half, forced another fine save from Quique. Jorge, Corella and Carrasco were booked for the hosts, whilst the visitors picked up 2 of their own.

Next Sun 15 Feb, ko 5pm, Torry travel to local rivals Orihuela for another important div 3 match. Both teams are locked on 38 points, some 7 behind leaders Castellon, but Torry are out for revenge following their disappointing defeat earlier in the season.

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