Farewell to missing link

CD Tenerife 1 Albacate 1

SO much had been expected, but the final game of the season summed up the previous months of Tenerife’s disappointing season.

This draw suited the visitors because they avoided relegation. But the Santa Cruz stadium was eerily quiet, a mix of a fan group’s silent protest against the club’s top management, and players who looked as though they were knocking off early.

Temporary coach Joseba Etxeberria had been confirmed as returning with a one-year contract, and he just might have the ruthless touch needed to weed out the under-achievers, and, also, enforce his ideas on the club’s President, and Sporting Director.

Fringe players, such as defender Inaki, keeper Carlos Abad and midfielder Montañes, were given a chance to drink in the last-chance salon. And Carlos was the only one of the trio to offer a defiant cry to stay.

But it was never going to be pretty. Albacete scrapped, dived, rolled, and did what they had to do for survival.

For the first 10 minutes, the home defence was kept busy, as Moreno skied a shot and Zozulya forced a smart save from Carlos. Tenerife then took over, and Luis Perez set up Juan Villar, who headed over.

The Tenerife midfield had a strange appearance. Montañes didn’t seem to have much idea of what role he was filling, and Juan Carlos Real again showed that he’s a bit of a plodder.

After 24 minutes, Albacete took a shock lead when a long ball found Cesar de la Hoz, who pulled wide of three markers and struck the ball between Carlos and the post.

Villar, who’s had a little run of starts after his constant injury problems, has shown lethal moments. But on this occasion, he was a bit wasteful, and he might not have done enough to impress the coach.

Suso replaced Montañes at the start of the second half and showed some urgency and pace, putting a couple of good crosses into the danger area.

Former Tenerife forward Aridane, now with Albacete, managed some testing shots, and he was eventually subbed, to generous applause from the 7,937 crowd.

Bryan Acosta, who won Tenerife’s Player of the season award, came on for Juan Carlos, and it was like turning a light on. That’s because anything is possible when he is on the ball.

Juan Villar had another soft shot at the keeper, and Inaki provided a neat ball to Malbasic, who was having a quiet game, compared with his impressive form recently, and his shot didn’t trouble Tomeu.

Acosta was looking to sign off with something special, and he did just that, picking up a deep pass from Perez, popping the ball up and hitting a sweet volley into the net.

Injuries have cursed Tenerife all season and they were down to the bare bones again, C team player Borja replacing Juan Villar with seven minutes left.

It was a big leap up for the 19-year-old, who displayed a few good touches and will have savoured the experience.

Five minutes of time added on extended the season, but the draw was a fair result. Yet there was frustration among the crowd, at another campaign which just didn’t deliver what they had expected.


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