Ibarra right in the mix

UD Ibarra 6  Cotillo 1

SOMETHING is stirring in the small town of El Fraile because their football team, UD Ibarra, have secured a promotion play-off spot in their Tercera Division group.

It has been a quiet revolution, but there was nothing shy about their latest win over the Fuerteventura team, and they could easily have hit double figures once they got into their stride.

A low-key start, with too many cautious back-passes by the home side, gave little indication of the goal glut to follow. But there was a feeling that they were simply toying with the visitors.

Angel was breaking well on the right, but he wasn’t getting the passes his speed deserved, and strikers Balduino and Manzi were hungry for that telling ball to unleash them.

It took a shock reversal to kick-start Ibarra. Cotillo’s Couche raided down the left, rounded a defender and laid on an excellent pass for Hector to make it 1-0.

Matias found plenty of room down the left, but he was denied a chance to equalise by a late offside call.

Manzi, now tormenting the visitors’ defence, couldn’t believe he didn’t get a penalty when Alberto hacked him down in the box. Alberto really did lead a charmed life, handling the ball in open play with no comeback.

But Manzi was flying, and when Couche brought him down, this time he was awarded a spot-kick from which he scored, despite the keeper getting a touch to the ball.

A few minutes later, Manzi was bearing down on goal again and keeper Agoney took his feet away. But somehow, the ref missed that one as well.

Ibarra, camped in their opponents’ half now, were playing with confidence, and Balduino curled a screamer into the Cotillo net for a half-time lead.

Agoney failed to return after the break because of an injury, and his replacement, Oliver, had the dubious pleasure of trying to defy the rampant home team.

Matias warmed his gloves up with a hard shot that he handled well, but he had no chance against a classy move as Christian fed Angel, who controlled the ball well to make it 3-1.

It was one-way traffic now, and Alberto had another dig at Angel. The resulting free-kick was blocked, and Ivan’s casual clearance let in Manzi for a shot that just missed the top corner of the goal.

Youngster Efran, who replaced Angel, was quick to show his skills with a cheeky ball, slipped through a defender’s legs for Manzi to score.

And Efran himself wasn’t to be denied, and, when his header was saved, he latched on to the rebound and tucked the ball past a despairing keeper.

Ibarra used their big lead to bring on more subs, with a view to the long, drawn-out, play-off road ahead. Cotillo even managed to get a couple of attacks themselves, but Ibarra were still keen to add to their tally.

Manzi, in the thick of the action, must have been wearing an alluring after-shave because the Cotillo defence couldn’t leave him alone. Hugo fouled him in full flight but, incredibly, the ref made it a hat-trick of denied penalties.

The final goal underlined the superiority of the home side. A long ball into the box was heading for the target, but Junior, fresh off the bench, was able to walk the ball over the goal-line.

It was an easy win against a poor side, but Ibarra showed they have a hunger for goal that will serve them well in the weeks ahead.

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