Marino at crossroads!
MARINO, starting with a change of ground and finishing with a change of keeper, were unable to reverse their recent form.
With athletes warming-up on the track at the main Las Americas stadium, a bigger-than-usual crowd of 300 gathered at the smaller Anexo stadium over the road.
Both sides found plenty of room to express themselves on the artificial pitch, and Tenerife made good use of wingers Nadhib and Marwan, who had a hard-fought contest with his marker, Brad Mills, throughout.
Nadhib found Torres, who wasted a good early chance, and Coly created an opening for Adan to pick up on the left. But his finish wasn’t enough to beat Angel Galvan in the away goal.
Keeper Cicovic looked strong for Marino, smothering a Brian Martin effort and providing a safe pair of hands for Saavedra’s defensive header.
Marino took the lead with Lolo’s curling shot, but it seemed to fire Tenerife into action. Saavedra came to the rescue again with a well-timed tackle on Brian Martin, but captain Gopar made himself some space to fire a goal to level the scores.
Marino put the pressure on at the start of the second half, Adan and Lolo both going close. But it proved a blow for the home side when they lost Coly with an ankle injury. And, while facing a free-kick and still reorganising, Brian Martin stole in for the visitors’ second goal.
The game was drifting away from Marino, who tried to rescue a draw at the end by pushing keeper Cicovic up for an attack.
But the move backfired as Tenerife broke and the retreating keeper fouled Cristian to stop a certain goal, but gained a certain red card.
On came replacement Petar with only seconds left. He kept out a shot from Giovanni with his first touch, but big sub Denzell came powering through, avoiding the keeper’s dive (and the team’s possible second sending-off) to hit the third goal and clinch the points.
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