It’s a four-goal party
CELEBRATION was in the air at El Medano as Granadilla buried Athletic Bilbao with a four-goal salvo to ensure a top-eight league finish … and entry to the Copa del Reina at the end of May.
The teams will contest the Queen’s Cup over two days in Madrid. And, on current form, the Tenerife ladies will fancy their chances of springing a surprise.
Bilbao, a big, physical team, offered stern resistance at first, concentrating on closing down Granadilla. But the hosts adapted and started to play a neat, passing game, which had Bilbao chasing shadows.
Ayano Dozono spotted a good opening and sprayed a long ball out to Ana Gonzalez, who went close with a shot. The breakthrough came after 14 minutes, Granadilla swarmed forward and Sara Tui was well-positioned at the near post to head the ball home.
Five minutes later, Virgy Garcia took the ball wide and lobbed it over the Bilbao keeper to make it 2-0.
Bilbao tried to fight back, but their finishing was poor. Nekane missed an easy chance, and strayed into an offside position for her next attempt.
A leg injury to Sara Tui disrupted the home flow, but she was soon back in action after some touchline treatment.
Maria Estella should have done better after winning the ball from her opponent, but her run at goal fizzled out to leave it 2-0 at the break.
Bilbao’s Nekane continued to spurn chances after the restart. She got into a good position but failed to control the ball, which went out of play.
In the home goal, Noelia Gil had few dangers to face, but she reacted well to deny a fierce shot, followed by a rebound that missed the target.
It was time for Granadilla to impose themselves again. Virgy forced a free-kick and nearly caught the Bilbao keeper napping, while Ana Gonzalez showed off her play-making skills, picking up the ball on the left.
She turned a defender and got the ball across to Ayano Dozono, who finished smartly to stretch the lead. And Bilbao were in danger of being swamped as Virgy added her second goal.
She beat a defender and tucked the ball under the diving keeper, before departing a few minutes later to grateful applause from the 700-strong crowd.
Granadilla used the remainder of the game to give playing time to the subs, which enabled Bilbao to make a better showing. But they still didn’t have enough creativity to worry Granadilla.
A deep, late cross found Nekane with a golden chance to get the visitors something from the game. But Noelia Gil was too smart for her and won the ball.
There are still more league games to come before the Cup, and buoyant Granadilla will be looking to improve on their sixth place.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of Spain’s Premier League, La Laguna’s Tacuense endured another mauling, this time 8-1 at Real Sociedad.
Sadly, their first season at the top level is now hanging by a thread.
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