Borja wins striking battle

UD Ibarra 0 CD Tenerife 2

JOSE Naranjo, Tenerife’s newly-signed forward, was the star attraction at Ibarra, while Felip Malbasic was trying to boost his case to stay.

But youth striker Borja Llarena upstaged them both by scoring both goals in this positive win for CD Tenerife.

There was more pre-season juggling of positions from Tenerife coach Joseba Etxeberria. But Naranjo, a goal-getting central striker, struggled to make his mark, out wide on the left.

Colombian left-sided player Joao Rodriguez showed his versatility by switching to the right, and Paco Montañes shone in a more central midfield role.

Borja, who look born to the main role, popped the ball just wide after 10 minutes. But the opening from the same player, soon followed. A fierce shot from Joao was spilled by home keeper Airam, and Borja pounced, crashing the rebound into the back of the net.

Naranjo arrived from Belgium club Genk just a few days beforehand, and his uphill task not helped by the stout defending of Juanito.

Changes in the Tenerife defence saw Camille back from injury on the left, with Raul Camara giving a typically-tenacious display on the right.

Joao launched a free-kick into the home area and Naranjo controlled it well, only for a defender to block his shot.

A few years ago, in this fixture, Alberto hit a storming goal from far out, and that memory inspired him to try again. But his aim was not so accurate this time.

Naranjo’s best chance came with keeper Airam off his line, but the new striker’s lobbed attempt went over the bar.

Ibarra also had their moments, Ramos unlocking the visitors’ defence and slipping the ball to Ramon, who should have done better than shooting wide.

Montañes picked out Naranjo with a sweet ball, which was met with a wild swing.

Tenerife had subs pouring off the bench. Malbasic for Naranjo was the main change, but Suso, Luis Milla, Samuel, Luis Perez and Faradi were all given a run-out.

Perez made a good, deep, run from the right, ending with a cross to Malbasic, whose header was saved well by replacement goalie Marko. Suso, exploiting the left, also found Marko expecting his first shot.

The captain’s next effort drew a foul in the box. Malbasic stepped up to take the penalty, but his strike was snuffed out easily by Marko.

Tenerife wanted to make the score a little more impressive, and Borja shot over the bar in the dying minutes, just before going one better.

Sub Bryan Acosta found Malbasic at the byline, and his tuck-back was weighted perfectly for Borja, who smashed the second goal home.

The 19-year-old is fast making a name for himself.


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