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That sinking feeling…

Egatesa Granadilla Tenerife 0 Albacete 5

ALARM bells were ringing after this defeat left Tenerife without a win from their opening four games, and the final whistle couldn’t come soon enough.

It was a defensive nightmare for the shell-shocked team as the pink tide breached their rearguard with ease.

Tenerife’s Ana Gonzalez, dribbling the ball upfield in the opening minutes, should have laid it off to Maria Jose Perez on the left before the move fizzled out.

Ange Koko set up a hanging cross from the right, which Ana put over the bar, and it all looked sweet as Tenerife appeared to be settling nicely.

But it didn’t last long! Alba pounced on a loose ball and went on an unchallenged run that ended with a 10th-minute opener for the visitors. Ana might have equalised, but her shot popped back off the bar, and the keeper thwarted Maria Jose’s rebound with her boot.

There was more encouragement from the right wing as Ivory Coast player Ange Koko showed she had the beating of the Albacete defence.

But too often, when the ball was launched into the box, there was no white-shirted player attacking the ball, giving the defence time to clear.

Back at the other end, Albacete won a free-kick, and, when the ball came loose to Miriam Rodriguez, she was able to squeeze it into the goal from a tight angle.

That sent Albacete into the break with a firm hold on the game, which forced a couple of Tenerife changes before the restart.

Jackie Simpson and Cristina Martin-Prieto replaced Cindy Garcia and Eva Llamas, which helped for a while.

Cristina added a stronger presence to the attack, while Jackie was always willing to push up and add her height for set-pieces.

In fact, Albacete keeper Elena was under some pressure as Tenerife forced a series of corners. But they needed to keep the back-door closed.

A smart move from the visitors turned defence into attack as Alba raced down the pitch and tucked the ball past keeper Noelia Gil for her second goal.

Paloma Lazaro became the third Tenerife sub, replacing Silvia Doblado, who had received a knock. But Albacete turned up the pressure and went in search of more goals. Miriam added a fourth strike as the home defence dithered, and completed her hat-trick when a loose ball wasn’t cleared.

Tenerife’s suffering was complete when Ana Gonzalez, through on goal, was held back in the penalty area. But no spot-kick materialised.

Tenerife drop down to 13th place in the 16-team Spanish Premier League, with much to ponder.

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