Everything but the goal

Women’s football

Tenerife 0 Valencia 0

TENERIFE, fired-up but closed-down, hosted a tough, physical  team, who frustrated their hopes of making it four straight wins.

The game was fast-flowing and entertaining, despite a howling wind in the upper reaches of San Isidro. But neither side were able to find the net.

Tenerife were brimming with confidence from the off, with Maria Jose Perez working hard just behind Paloma Lazaro, Ayano Dozono hugging the right flank and Cristina Martin-Nieto patrolling the left.

Ayano warmed the Valencia keeper’s hands gently with her first strike, and Cristina showed her determination to keep a lost ball in play, sending in a cross that was a little too forward for her team-mates.

Pili Gonzalez, in the home goal, made a great save from Magalhaes, before the ball broke to Sandra Hernandez, whose rushed blast was way over the goal.

Magalhaes had speed and an instinct for a half-chance, but Maria Estella did well to limit her opportunities and turn defence into attack.

Ayano set up another wave of pressure on the orange shirts, her cross being met by a low header from Maria Jose. The keeper pushed it high, and then had to tip over a fierce shot from Cristina.

Tenerife had a penalty shout just before the half-hour as Karpova tripped Maria Jose in the box after a short corner. The ref waved play on. The action switched to the other end, and, this time, Pili looked sharp when denying Vilas.

But the ref, who was a bit fussy, called players on both sides back to retake free-kicks on several occasion. To the players’ credit, they didn’t let it stop their attacking instincts.

Tenerife finished stronger in the first half, but a sprinter’s run from Cristina was snuffed out by the Valencia keeper, while Paloma Lazaro cut inside for two attempts that weren’t far off target.

The second half opened with Valencia flexing their muscles, but they found Megan Crosson on top form, shielding the ball away from danger. And Jackie Simpson combined her defensive duties with support up front at corners and free-kicks.

Vilas almost put Valencia ahead, turning sharply to fire at an unsighted Pili, whose reaction save was instinctive and effective.

Valencia’s defenders were having a tough time, and it was going to get worse for them. Ange Koko took over from Paloma and was a menace, first on the left and then on her usual right-wing.

Koko set up Ayano for a sizzling shot that nearly snapped the bar before going out of play. It was all Tenerife now, with Koko breezing past the Valencia defence, and her cross inside from the byline found the head of Cristina for another near miss.

It took a double substitution for Valencia to make a more even game of it. They tightened their defence and raised enough confidence to try some counter-attacks. Pili had to be brave to smother a threatening ball at the feet of Vilas.

And there was another penalty shout 10 minutes from time as Maria Jose put Koko through on goal. Sancho tripped her but the ref wasn’t having anything to do with it.

A frantic finish offered more chances for both teams. Sub Ana Gonzalez won the ball, and, with a slick move, fed Koko, who set up a header for Maria Jose, but it lacked direction.

Perez forced another good save from Pili, down at the post, and a weak Koko shot when Ana Gonzalez was calling for a pass, proved the last kick of the game.

Tenerife stayed just above Valencia in seventh place, and the 700-strong crowd had enjoyed a fine advert for the Spanish Ladies Premier League.



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