Pedros at the double, …for a point apiece!

CD Marino 2 CD El Cotillo 2

MARINO were flying, with a two-goal lead that hinted at more in the second half, but they were brought down to earth as El Cotillo clawed their way back for a share of the spoils.

The all-blues will be wondering how they failed to capitalise on an opening 45 minutes, full of confidence and attacking flair.

The unfamiliar setting of the Anexo stadium, next door to their normal home ground, has an artificial pitch. But Marino soon adjusted to its slightly-slower pace, with Ahmed breaking down the right flank and Zeben opening up the left side.

Yassine was the perfect target man, strong in the air and on the ground, and the Cotillo defence struggled to keep him in check.

Marino’s Pedro set up Zeben, who shot over the bar, and Yassine powered through the centre, laying the ball off to Ahmed, who was blocked by a defender.

Zeben, enjoying the freedom of the pitch, twice, in quick succession, tested the Fuerteventura team’s keeper.

Hard-tackling Cotillo forced their own chances at the other end, and Favarell made a timely header away from a corner against Marino.

After 20 minutes, Ahmed had to go off for injury treatment, but Yassine continued to torment the Cotillo defence, rounding a defender to put Marino ahead.

Ahmed wasn’t able to return, so Hector Pano came on in a defensive role as the coach shuffled the pack.

A deserved, second goal for Marino came a few minutes later as Pedro picked up a loose ball and drilled his shot home.

It could easily have been 3-0 by the break, Cotillo’s keeper fumbled a shot from Yassine, but got away with it, and Ubay saved his side from more punishment with a well-timed tackle on Zeben as he shaped up to shoot.

Maybe the real Marino returned to the old stadium during the break, in their minds anyway, because the side who picked up from the 2-0 advantage were much tamer in the second half..

Cotillo sensed the difference, and their sub, Sandro, added some urgency to their attack to give Marino plenty of problems.

Yassine hit the post for Marino, which proved another turning point. Cotillo pushed forward and won a penalty, and they, too, had a No.10 called Pedro, whose shooting from the spot was just as deadly as that of his namesake, as he reduced the arrears.

David had to be alert to catch a free-kick from Cotillo, who saw a way back into the game and looked more positive.

Yassine was still the big home threat, and a foul on the edge of the box gave him a chance with a free-kick, but the defensive wall remained solid.

Marino’s Ricky arrived from the bench and created a few more openings. Zeben tried to chip the keeper, whose reach was just enough to cover the ball.

But some of the Marino passing was going astray and moves weren’t quite coming off. Cotillo pushed for a late goal, and succeeded when defender Carlos headed in at the far post.

Yassine went close in the dying seconds, and Saavedra put the last kick of the game over Cotillo’s bar, to leave Marino still 12th in the league table.

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