30th October 2010

The game many local fans had been waiting for, the islands oldest club Orientación Marítima, versus the islands most successful club U.D. Lanzarote. The setting was perfect on a warm late October evening but the poor performance by both sides made this an evening that will not hang long in the memory of any fan.

Jotha in the away strip of white and blue, being one of the few players to show any passion in this derby matchNext home game is on the 16th January in Arrecife against A.D. Huracán at 12 middayThe Fuerteventura side made their intentions clear from the start that they did not want to risk conceding so packed their defence and just hoped to hit their opponents on the break.

Rojillos winger Toñito was to prove the difference between the two sides. Every time the local lad received the ball he attacked the defence at pace causing chaos and was a constant threat throughout the match.

In the 21st minute Toñito laid on a pass to Ayoze and his first time strike from 20 yards looked destined for the right hand corner but a Jandia defender just managed to get a nick on the ball and guide it to safety.

Centre back Eliot flicked on a corner in the 35th minute which struck a defender on the line but the ball somehow ended up in the keeper’s arms. Lanzarote held the majority of possession for the first half but neither side went into the break with an advantage.

Lanzarote came out for the second half in familiar fashion. As each minute past the Rojillos were edging closer and closer to that all important first goal.

Ten minutes into the second period and striker Yaco got around the back of the Jandia defence and rounded the keeper only to see his strike from a tight angle crash into the side netting. Five minutes on and good work from Toñito gave Yaco another chance for a strike at goal but his powerful effort lacked direction as the keeper made a comfortable save.

In the 73rd minute Toñito got his just reward for another super performance. He received the ball deep and ran at the defence before neatly side footing his shot past the Fuerteventura keeper into the right hand corner of the net.

In another mediocre match the 25 year old winger outshone all on the pitch with his pace, determination and accuracy.

After being in total control of this match from the first whistle the Rojillos almost let in Jandia only two minutes after going in front. Jandia´s best player Toño Hernández beat his left back and blasted in a strike from ten yards which had completely beaten the Lanzarote keeper Alejandro, but fortunately for the Rojillos the ball whistled past both post and bar.

In the closing stages Playas Jandia tried to amount pressure but Lanzarote defended comfortably and ran out 1-0 winners.

Lanzarote lead the table with Las Palmas B in second and Tenerife B a further two points behind in third though both sides have a game in hand. Lanzarote will travel to Gran Canaria next Sunday and face 12th placed side U.D. Guía.

Incredibly Lanzarote´s other side Marítima drew for the ninth time out of 11 games this season which leaves them a point off relegation.