Ready, aim, dire!

By Colin Kirby

Lugo 1 CD Tenerife 0

BLAMING the referee for gifting a penalty to Lugo would be too easy a get-out for CD Tenerife after they slipped up on Sunday. They had plenty of chances to secure a comfortable win, but Tenerife´s shooting was weak and off-target. Filip Malbasic was the main culprit, but there were plenty of others guilty of schoolboy misses.

Having seen how good this season’s squad can be, it is so frustrating when the see-saw tips the other way and they under-achieve.

An early defensive mix up needed a grateful grab from Dani Hernandez to stop Tenerife’s blushes. Raul Camara and Camille both looked adventurous from their full-back berths.

Raul’s foray up the right forced a corner, which was taken too hastily. Malbasic found a good position in front of goal, but he couldn’t dig out a clean shot, the Serbian followed up a few minutes later with a lightweight strike at the keeper’s feet.

Longo, who was also having a blunt day, just couldn’t impose himself on the game, and Juan Carlos was getting bogged down in midfield.

The disease was spreading, and Camille got in on the act. He created acres of room for himself, but his shot was a simple pick-up for the keeper. Longo collected a long clearance down the left and beat a defender with ease. Guess what, he found the side-netting more attractive than the open goalmouth.

Lugo were nothing special, and former Tenerife prospect Iriome was having a quiet game. His only decent chance was ushered clear by the away defence.

Aitor Sanz came to the rescue at the end of the half as Lugo lurked close to goal, sticking out a leg and putting the ball out for a corner. It was a good trade-off, especially when Lugo couldn’t make anything of the kick.

The turning point came three minutes into the second half. Fede Vico was in a dangerous position in the penalty area, but Vitolo timed his tackle well and robbed him of the ball.

But Vic took a dive, the ref bought it, and Dani was beaten from the spot. A collective groan must have been heard from bars all over Tenerife.

Heads-up boys, plenty of time to rescue this game. But that confident thought took an immediate dent as Juan Carlos shaped up and launched a rugby-style conversion way above the goal.

Lugo could have increased their lead, a shot clipping the bar on its way out of play. The first sub for Tenerife was a positive one: Casadesus for Vitolo – forward for midfielder.

It didn’t make much difference and, so, 10 minutes later, Tayron arrived for Juan Carlos. But the switch didn’t light the fuse.

Tenerife were awarded a free-kick in a good position, but it seemed a crazy decision to let defender Jorge take it… the ball was last seen heading for the moon!

At the other end, Lugo were getting cocky, and Camille had to bale out his team mates twice to avoid a second goal.

The last Tenerife change was Montañes for defender Carlos Ruiz, which was another bold call. But when the new arrival flicked the ball off to Casadesus, he rounded a defender and then hit it over the bar.

The defeat drops Tenerife to 10th spot, Let’s hope shooting practice has been the training ground mantra this week before hosting Nastic tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm.

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