1st March 2014

The Rojillos return to their home ground in Arrecife proved to be a winning one. A brilliant battling display earned the Conejeros (locals) great respect against the leagues in form side.

As expected the Tenerife side with seven wins and two draws under their belt in their last nine games came flying out of the traps knowing that a win could send them top.

After a long delay in returning to Lanzarote´s home ground Ciudad Deportiva in Arrecife only around 200 or so souls were there to greet their team. Understandably the attendance was low due to the Music Marathon in Puerto Del Carmen hindering the buses to Arrecife as well as a wonderful sunny day with temperatures at the 5pm kick off peaking at around 24 degrees.

It was a wonderful day to watch a football match drinking a beer whilst catching a suntan. As the game progressed the few tourists who made this match I am sure have become U.D. followers judging by how they were off their seats punching the air at the final whistle.

The visitors dominated the opening 20 minutes and in the 10th minute only a fine save from the Rojillos keeper Agoney from a strike from six yards kept Lanzarote level.

Lanzarote had difficulty keeping hold of the ball as the third placed side didn’t give their opponents a second to think. Rosmen was doing a brilliant job up front holding onto whatever scraps he could pick up but inevitably the ball would come back.

Manager Adolfo Pérez was without suspended British lad Louis Kennedy and for a brave tactical decision left out of the squad the talented winger Toñito. His defence was defiant. Every attack from the visitors was met with a red brick wall and central defence pairing of Fran Gil and Adrián Martin were as committed as you will ever see.

The Rojillos gradually began to gain some possession and had their first strike on goal at the end of the first half from Echedey however his effort flew straight into the arms of Marino´s keeper.

Up until now this was by no means a great game with Lanzarote holding on for dear life but with the Rojillos going into the break with the game even one had a feeling this could be their day.

The second half began exactly as the first did with the visitor’s terrorizing the Rojillo goal. Again Lanzarote stood firm with their 11 warriors.

With 12 minutes remaining manager Adolfo Pérez switched defender Ángel Gil from right back to left back and what an inspired idea that proved to be.

In the 85th minute the over worked Rosmen fought desperately for possession of the ball. He battled and won it on the right wing and produced a beautiful teasing cross low along the six yard box and it was a race between Ángel Gil and the defender to who would get their first. Ángel was the hungrier and slid in to fire the ball home sending Lanzarote into a shock 1-0 lead. Immediately he ran to his wife in the stand rubbing his stomach dedicating this goal to their unborn baby.

The atmosphere had become electric and every clearance from a Lanzarote defender was greeted with a roar from the few fans. The Tenerife side were pressing and won four consecutive corners. On their last corner striker Airam headed against the bar and the follow up shot from defender Eslava was charged down by a determined defence.

Thankfully the Ref blew and Lanzarote recorded their second victory on the bounce. The Rojillos briefly moved up to ninth spot for a day but now have to settle for 11th.

Next week the Rojillos are away and face bottom club CD Vera. The Tenerife club are six points adrift from safety and have conceded 67 goals in 28 matches this season but they have scored more goals than Lanzarote.

On a sad note the other British player at the club Ryan Macphee has gone on loan for the remainder of the season as he is in desperate need of playing time. I am sure that on behalf of all Lanzarote fans that we wish our very best to Ryan and hope he returns to Lanzarote next season.


1-0 min 85 Ángel Gil