MAZARRON FC 2 CARTAGENA FC 1
After the abject performance away to lowly Alquerias last week, Mazarron bounced back with an excellent victory over play-off rivals Cartagena FC in a hard fought game at the Estadio Municipal.
Coach Victor sprang a surprise before the kick off leaving leading goal scorer Jose and the skilful Willy on the substitutes bench. However, those supporters who questioned this decision were eating their words as Mazarron took a two goal lead in the first sixteen minutes.
Makeshift striker Gilberto made an early run down the left and his fierce shot was turned away for a corner by the Cartagena keeper, Then Juan Fran was denied an opening goal for Mazarron when his shot was saved at point blank range and his follow up header sailed just over the bar. However, the home team took the lead after five minutes with an audacious effort from Palote who spotted the keeper off his line and his shot from fully 30 yards out sailed over his head into the roof of the net.
Mazarron went 2-0 ahead after 16 minutes when Champi’s free kick on the right saw Alfonso being bundled to the ground in the penalty area. Captain Juan Andreo calmly stroked the spot kick into the corner of the net for his eighth goal of the season, not a bad return for a central defender.
Cartagena were still looking dangerous on the break and Mazarron goalkeeper Antonio had to be on his toes with a number of good saves including one full length dive to catch a fierce drive from 25 yards. Then, a right wing cross was missed by Antonio but Juanma somehow managed to scoop the ball over his own bar for a corner.
The second half started quietly but Cartagena came more into the game and managed to put some serious pressure on the Mazarron defence. They pulled a goal back after 63 minutes when a scramble on the edge of the Mazarron penalty saw a Cartagena player fall to the ground and, despite furious protests from the home players, the referee awarded a penalty which was duly despatched by Andres.
It was all Cartagena at this stage and Mazarron had to defend resolutely to preserve their narrow lead. Champi relieved the pressure with a free kick which was tipped over the bar by the Cartagena keeper but the visitors could have equalised in the dying minutes when their centre forward raced through the middle only to see his shot go just wide of the far post.
The victory took Mazarron back up to fifth position in the league.
Team: Antonio; Alfonso; Juan Fran (Enrique); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu; Champi (Willy); Jesus; Juanma (Hafid); Gilberto (Jose); Palote.
Man of the Match : Palote