Granadilla hit the heights

Egatesa Granadilla 2 Sevilla 0

RECORDS keep tumbling for Egatesa Granadilla, who humbled Sevilla, former home keeper Noelia Gil saving them from a heavier defeat.

Granadilla have now secured fourth spot in the Premier League, already their highest-ever finish.

And victory in their final, regular, league fixture at Albacete on Sunday could see Granadilla take the third position.

Cristina Martin-Prieto made room for a crisp, early shot for Granadilla, but Noelia denied her with a flying save. Paloma Lazaro was next to test the visitors’ keeper, whose reaction was again top-notch.

It was relentless, home-side pressure and Sara Tui let fly with a free-kick, the same pair of hands dealing with her effort.

Granadilla, playing with full confidence, used both flanks to unlock the Sevilla defence. Eva Llamas saw her curling shot finish on the wrong side of the post, and she was equally unlucky when her shot from a Martin-Prieto head-down, cleared the bar.

The breakthrough came from a corner after 24 minutes, and not even the Sevilla keeper could stop Cindy Garcia’s header as she leapt to meet a cross.

Finally, Sevilla managed to break free from their half, Amparito speeding down the right and sending the ball across the face of the goal. But Pinel, running in, couldn’t get a touch in time.

Olivia missed an open goal when Pisco failed to clear the ball, but Granadilla soon restored their dominance. Paloma nearly doubled the home lead only to put her wayward header wide, and only a defensive scramble stopped the last home attack of the first half.

Pinel opened the second half for Sevilla with a soft header, gathered easily by Pili Gonzalez in the home goal.

Patri Gavira was the next to go close for Granadilla, her header from a Pisco cross going just high of the bar.

Granadilla, with a view to the upcoming Queen’s Cup, swapped Paloma for Kokito, who was soon hounding Sevilla with her determined runs down the right, giving them more cause for concern.

A double change for Sevilla wasn’t enough to get them into the game because Granadilla, tight and well-organised in defence offered their opponents no encouragement.

Pisco, Martin-Prieto, and Silvia Doblado all went close, but found Noelia quick to react to their threats.

Sub Maria Borres created the best move of the match for Sevilla. She tricked her way down the left wing and looked dangerous, before Maria Estella made a wonderful tackle to halt her.

Then, as the match moved into the final five minutes, Noelia made her only mistake. She ran out of her area to stop Martin-Prieto, but the quick-thinking Granadilla forward lobbed the ball over the hapless keeper to secure the win.

With that secured, Granadilla gave a senior debut to the B team’s Benchara, who could have made a dream start as she shaped up for a shot.

Blanca held her back, and it should have been a penalty. but the ref ignored claims. Even so, it was a comfortable victory for the home side.

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