Tenerife Cup of woe

Copa del Ray

CD Tenerife 1 Cadiz 2

CHANGES needed to be made and this Cup game at home against Cadiz on Wednesday night seemed to be the perfect opportunity.

Sadly, though, the underlying goal-scoring problems remained, and a few new ones emerged, leading to an injury-time defeat.

On the plus side, the defence was on top form, with Hector Hernandez, the last-minute, transfer-window addition, making a sound debut at left-back.

Another change, bringing in back-up keeper Angel Galvan, was not as positive. He had little to do, yet he made a badly-timed dive that saw the winning shot pass right under him.

The plan was that struggling strikers Nano and Naranjo would use the game, against a much-changed Cadiz side, to find their shooting boots.

Nano, who showed some of his old pace, was still lightweight in front of goal, though he did hit the post and struck a simple shot straight at the keeper. And Naranjo, who seemed lost, wasn’t much help to his team-mates.

The midfield was again negative, with Alberto and Undabarrena playing deep. Unfortunately, creative midfielders Luis Milla and Bryan Acosta, were on the bench.

Cadiz never looked back after a ninth-minute opener. A Ramos cross eluded Carlos Ruiz and gave a free header to Romera.

That was about all Angel Galvan saw of the ball in the first half, because his defence were doing a good job, Ruiz settled back into his assured play and Jorge Saenz continued his recent emergence as a dominant defender.

The second half moved up a pace. Galvan made a confident save from a corner, Ruiz went close with a header, which was met with ease by impressive Cadiz keeper David Gil.

Luis Milla came on for Alberto, and Malbasic for Nano, and the changes boosted Tenerife, Milla letting rip with a long shot just over the bar.

Acosta replaced Undabarrena and it seemed as though the 8,777 home fans might have something to look forward to.

Malbasic blew hot and cold, his best effort being a curling shot over the woodwork.

Jorge joined the attack to meet a high ball, only to be out-jumped by Gil. The minutes were running out, but Naranjo took a short corner and Carlos Ruiz got his head under the flying ball to nudge it into the roof of the net.

An extra 30 minutes, and, possible penalties loomed. But in injury time, Galvan made his grave error, and the Cup dream was over.

Coach Exteberria has a big job on his hands. Tomorrow (Saturday) at 5pm, Reus are the visitors to Santa Cruz. They are one of the few teams in the table below CD Tenerife, who must beat them to kick-start the season.


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