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MATCH REPORT | UD Alzira 2 CD Torrevieja 1. Simply Magnificent!
2016-10-24 11:15:00

Match Report: Jefferson Scott / Photo: Golsmedia.


Simply Magnificent!


Many have written off Torry this term already, as they languish at the bottom of the table with only four points after eleven games. But anybody watching this tenacious, spirited performace would have to agree that the team is as good as any in this group. It is true that presently there is no depth to the squad and there is a real need to bolster the ranks with four or five more seasoned professionals, but take nothing away from this quality group of talented players who came with a whisker of pulling off a memorable victory in the estadio Luis Suñer on Sunday evening.
A sweeping move delivered the ball to the non stop Lewis on the left wing who picked out the advancing Pastor in the middle, who in turn cracked the ball first time into the roof of the net for the opening goal on four minutes. It was pace and accuracy that the hosts could not cope with and Alzira should have found themselves two down shortly after. This time Pastor turned provider from the same left flank and passed a sweet cross to Lewis who had space to pick his spot. He leaned back a little and hit it over the bar from six yards out.
Torry remained resolute throughout the first half with Booker demonstrating his ability with a commanding performance in midfield. He belied his young years with great positional play and superb passing, complementing the brilliance of Damian who has that special quality of being able to create space for himself when he needs it. Hugo was winning the aerial battles and Torry had a menace about them that had the hosts worried. Debutant Baza was terrific at the heart of the defence, soaking up constant pressure, but demonstrating outstanding composure and terrific skill. Another two or three like him would be fabulous. Alongside him, Carrasco was showing one and all that he is a class act. 
However, Alzira is a good side and they came out in the second half like a team possessed. They bossed the midfield and Torry legs tired as their opponents began to batter them. Booker was badly fouled when he courageously won a ball in midfield to set up a Torry attack and he had to be replaced with Matheus. Alzira had missed a penalty in the first half, but that did not stop their ardent supporters from braying for at least six more in the second period. Every time one of their own went down in the box there was thunderous exclamations for another spot kick. Their wish was granted with six minutes left on the clock when Carrasco was deemed to have committed a penal offence from a corner kick. With red and blue shirted players going down like flies, it was impossible to determine if this was a legitimate claim, but the referee was admanant.
Gisbert had missed the target from 12 yards in the first half but Luis Garcia made no such mistake this time, burying the ball in the corner of the net with viciousness. As Alzira bombed forward for the winner, they left themselves exposed at the back and twice Torry almost snatched the winner. The three substitutes, Kerman, Matheus and Eneko combined to bring out two superb saves from Ovejero to keep the score level. Then in the final minute of play a fast break from Alzira saw Luis Garcia rifle another into the Torry net to steal all three points.
Every Torry player gave everything they had and played with consumate skill and determination. For the second week in succession they conceded two penalties and paid the price, but it was nothing short of a remarkable display of quality football and gutsy resolution. They will need all that again as they make the long haul to face Segorbe on Saturday, who are the side immediatley above them in the table. They will have Vicente back from suspension, but a couple more new signings would also be welcome.
CD Torrevieja: Buba, Dani, Carrasco, Juanmi, Luis Carlos, Luis (Mathews, min. 54), Eugenio, Pastor (Kerman, min. 70), Damián (Eneko, min. 85), Lewis y Hugo Salamanca.

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