CD TORREVIEJA 0 ATLETICO LEVANTE UD 1
Wondering where his team’s next win was going to come from, Riquelme Galiana must have been relieved to have his skipper Jorge, and playmaker Carrasco back at his disposal, following their spent 1 match ban.
In form Levante ‘B’ were the visitors to Vicente Garcia Stadium, hell bent on reversing their defeat to Torry in Valencia earlier in the season.
Lying 2nd in the table, only 1 point off the top, it wasn’t that long ago that they were chasing Torry, who have now slipped to mid table (10th), but following a disastrous run in which they have failed to score in 4 bad defeats, Galiana’s men are now seriously looking over their shoulders at the teams below.
The game got underway in front of the smallest crowd of the season with Torry looking far more decisive than in previous weeks, they were pressing from the start and with an attacking formation of Obele, Carrasco and Rafa they piled early pressure on Levante. A good indication, we thought, that we were set for a good number of goals.
Levante were also creating chances but there was no real edge to their build up play, most of which was adeptly ‘snuffed out’.
Jorge was almost on the scoresheet after just 8 mins but his shot was straight at keeper Zagala when either side might well have produced a goal.
Oscar was called into action just 5 mins later and he had to be at full stretch to tip over a good effort from Nanclares.
Moments later it was the home side that were back on the front foot with a superb 20 yard shot sailing just inches over the Levante bar from Adrian. This was much better from Torry and a possible upset looked most certainly to be on the cards.
Zagala was in action with a finger tip save after a fine combination between Jorge and Alexis and then on the half hour mark he acrobatically turned Carrasco’s goalbound effort over the bar. The resultant corner saw the keeper called into action again when he was equal to a powerful header from Torry’s Alexis. As the players trooped of at 0-0, the Torrevieja changing room was certainly going to be the happier of the two, the only disappointment being they were unable to convert their domination into goals. We wondered whether they might subsequently be made to pay for those missed opportunities.
And that’s unfortunately the way it turned out to be. Despite Torry’s continued second half superiority, chances for Carrasco, Alexis and Obele the game was turned on its head with just one defensive lapse, a 60 yard back pass from Cesar to keeper Oscar who completely fluffed his clearance. The ball went straight to Levante’s Keita who rammed it home from close range. 1-0 to Levante with the home side staring at their 5th consecutive defeat, but on this occasion one that they most certainly did not deserve.
Next weekend, Torry are away to Ontinyent and then in 2 weeks time, as there’s an odd number of teams in div 3 this season, it will be Torry’s turn to sit it out, which might see them slip further down the standings.
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