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MATCH REPORT | CD Castellon 1 CD Torrevieja 2. Heroes!
2016-03-20 20:24:00

Match Report: Jefferson Scott / Photo: CD Castellon.
 
      Heroes!
 
Manager Pedreno got it spot on in Castellon against a top promotion seeking side, who had accrued 34 points from their last 15 matches. Matej replaced the suspended Jorge, though played at left back, as Luis Carlos failed a late fitness test. Carrasco and Suarez both started and demonstrated their unique skills coming deep to receive the ball, holding it up and using it to great effect. However, it was the hosts who seized the initiative and bombed forward relentlessly attacking the Torry rearguard.
 
Selvas and Quintero stood rock solid at the heart of the defence, with Matej using his strength to dominate his opponent who in turn switched wings to see if he could fare better on the other side. Burguillos worked his socks off in midfield as did Higon who battled for every ball. Miguel Serna dominated his area, oozing confidence and conveying authority in all his work. Prieto was exposed up front, but on the break, Higon and Rafa looked dangerous. The best chance in the first half fell to Torry. Suarez halted a Castellon forward thrust, as Higon snatched the ball and broke fast through the middle. Suarez followed his path whilst Rafa closed in from the left. Higon delivered the ball to Rafa as they approached the penalty box with an outfield advantage of three to one. Rafa elected to strike the ball early, but in doing so failed to get his angles right and placed the ball tamely into the keeper's grateful arms.
 
Suarez was a popular player with Castellon, where he started this season. Thus he was roundly and aggressively booed and jeered every time he received the ball - which was a lot! He took the corner which was nodded home by Carrasco to silence the crowd who tried to put an exceptional referee under enormous pressure, even the manager screaming at him and brandishing an imaginary card urging him to book Burguillos after a shirt pulling incident.
 
Despite leading one nil at the interval, Torry knew they would be under the kosh once more for the second forty five. It proved to be so, with a robust home outfit bringing on the big boys and putting Torry under pressure from a series of place kicks. Selvas and Quintero were exceptional and never shirked a single challenge. Vicente was finding the tricky fast winger a handful and received a caution after a tussle close to the goaline.
 
Midway through the second period, the linesman on the far side intervened, asking the referee to come to him, advising him to send off Miguel and award Castellon a penalty. Miguel was incensed, as were the Torry plalyers, believing it was Miguel who had been fouled. After an inordinate delay, Miguel was off and teenager Kike gloved up and placed on his goaline to face a home penalty. The youngster dived to his right as the ball was drilled low and he saved it to the astonishment of the partisan fans behind his goal. Twice within the next ten minutes Kike made point blank saves to maintain Torry's slender advantage.
 
With a man more, Castellon stormed the Torry goal but could not find a way through as every player soaked up the pressure, got their body in the way, made crucial tackles and played out of their skins. Suarez was replaced by the insightful Sanchez and he beagn to orchestrate forward forays for Torry amid the bombarment of Castellon attacks. Clsoe to ninety minutes he won the ball with sheer tenacity and as Lewis intelligently peeled away to the left, Sanchez slipped it past the last defender to allow Lewis a one on one with the keeper. The normally clinical Lewis took his time but lashed the ball wide of the mark.
 
Within a minute Sanchez once more battled for the ball inside the opposition half. He drove forward then cleverly jinked past two defenders before gliding into the penalty box. He kept his composure and waitied until he could see the gaping goal, then slammed the ball into the net to make it 2-0. However, depsite this being the last minute of normal time, we knew there would be six or seven minutes to add on. After five of those additional minutes, the Torry defence was breached after failing to clear the ball inside the box. It was pounded high into the Torry net from ten yards, with Kike diving in vain but without much hope.
 
Castellon continued to believe they could find an equaliser, but Torry's ten men redoubled their resolve and maintained control until the final whistle. It was a monumental performance against a side who rarely lose at home, plus it was only Torry's fourth away win of the campaign. Next up is 7th placed Torre Levante who visit the Vicente Garcia for a 5pm kick off on Saturday. Once more unto the breach dear friends!
 

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