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MATCH REPORT | Silla CF 3 CD Torrevieja 0. Martin dismissal the turning point!
2017-03-27 10:30:00
Match Report: Jefferson Scott / Photo: Joaquin Carrion.
Martin dismissal the turning Point
Up until the hour mark in this tight contest, it looked as though one goal, one piece of individual enterprise, or one fatal slip would decide the outcome. As it happened, the key moment arrived when Martin made a somewhat innocuous but clumsy challenge on his opponent in the centre circle that was penalised. It looked as though the referee was happy to leave it at that. But after Silla player protests and demands from the home fans, he belatedly elected to pull out his cards and give the authoritative Torry midfielder a second yellow and thus a red. It was weak refereeing and one that made sure the home side would take the points.
Before kick off, manager Pedreno was spoilt for choice as captain Javi Meca returned to service, along with Luis Carlos and first choice goalkeeper, Jose Carlos. It was the latter who showed his worth with a double save from a penalty kick after 15 minutes. Torry gave as good as they got in the early exchanges and Lucas in the home goal emulated his opposite number with a double save from a rasping Lewis Allen free kick from 25 yards, then a near point blank stop from Borja Mir on the follow up.
Both sides showed flair and enterprise, but Silla just had the edge with the greater number of attacks. However, Torry coped with these adequately, Javi Meca marshalling his troops superbly and restricting Silla to speculative opportunities. In midfield Martin was dominant, using his strength to win tackles and drive forward in counter attacks. The home crowd resented his authourity and jeered his interventions, hoping the referee would intervene and penalise him. With only seconds remaining in the one minute of time added on in the first half, their wish came true when a run of the mill foul by Martin in the centre circle saw the referee reach for the yellow card.
Neither side looked able to assert themselves sufficiently to win the match, with defences snuffing out goal chances comfortably. Then on the hour mark, once more in the centre circle, Martin clumsily knocked his opponent to the ground in another "nothing" challenge. The referee awarded the free kick and appeared to have no intention of pusuing the matter further until a host of Silla players encircled him angrily. The crowd added their weight to the cry for another caution and only then did Ángel Enrique Sanz Terrades reach for his yellow card, followed immediately by his red one. It was pathetic. No doubt Martin has to take responsibility for his naive tackle but also the manager must shoulder some blame, as he should have realised the pressure Martin was under and have substituted him before this likely outcome.
It proved to be the turning point of the game. Pedreno did not immediatley injert some fresh legs into battle, despite the evidence that one or two players had given their all and were running on empty. Instead, Silla got a decisive grip on the game and on 71 minutes Carles was the spare man on the right side of the goal who drove his low shot into the far corner of the net for the first goal. Even then there was no response from the bench. With less than fifteen minutes to play, Molina replaced Borja Mir, who had run himself ragged, but the next strike came yet again from the hosts.
Carrascosa had come on in the 6th minute after Jero had to retire from an early injury and the substitute made the points safe for Silla in the 80th minute in a quick break, shortly after David Verdu had fluffed a golden opportunity when one on one with Jose Carlos. Joel and Dani Salazar made a belated double entry on 81 minutes and Torry threw caution to the wind seeking late replies. They almost got one when Javi Meca had his header from a corner hooked off the line by a defender at the back post in a last gasp clearance. Molina was lively and he was sent through after exquisite build up play but was dubiously deemed offside. In the end Carrascosa headed home his second and Silla's third in the 92nd minute with the Torry defence caught out after pressing forward.
Manager Pedreno got himself sent to the stands for his vehement critcism of a decision just to round off a miserable afternoon in the outskirts of Valencia. However, Torry's fate still remains in their own hands, as they are not in the relegation places and only need to stay ahead of those that are there.The next opportunity to collect salvation points will be on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela where Torre Levante visit for an 11.45 kick off. Fans should also note that the following home match will take place on Thursday 13th April and not Easter Sunday.

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