Ed­die's Fi­nal Whis­tle

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - LOCAL FOOTBALL REVIEW - By Ed­die Cagi­gao

The foot­ball sea­son re-started again last week­end after the Christ­mas and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties, although only down as far as 3rd Divi­sion level. For the Pref­er­ente groups and be­low (1st and 2nd Re­gional di­vi­sions start up again this com­ing week­end), with re­sults as be­low. 2B Divi­sion, Group 3 Match Day 19 – Jan 6 , 2019 UB Con­quense 0 – 0 CD Al­coy­ano

CD Al­coy­ano started the New Year in the same way they ended the old year – an­other draw, their 8th draw of the sea­son, against a Con­quense side that they re­ally should have beaten keep­ing in mind that the side from Cuenca are in the rel­e­ga­tion places and find­ing their first sea­son back at this level, some­thing of a strug­gle.

Cer­tainly if Al­coy­ano are to start climb­ing up the ta­ble, it is these sort of matches (against the sides at or near the bot­tom of the ta­ble), that they need to win although again this week, that was not the case.

It is fair to say that both sides had a num­ber of chances. Con­quense, mainly in the early part of each half whilst the vis­i­tors come back strongly to­wards the end of both halves. How­ever, both sides demon­strated just why they have drawn so many of the matches and won so few as up front both these sides need to im­prove.

After this draw, Al­coy­ano are in tenth po­si­tion with 23 points, just three points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone so still in need of a de­cent run of re­sults to climb away from the dan­ger area. FC Barcelona “B” 1 – 1 CD Castel­lon

CD Castel­lon racked up an­other draw – their 11th draw from their 19 matches played – which is not good enough form to stay up.

How­ever, the point has to go down as a point won rather that two lost as it was away from home against a very good FC Barcelona side and a game which many would have ex­pected them to lose on cur­rent form.

De­spite the draw and sub­se­quent point, CD Castel­lon are still in deep trou­ble in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. They are in 19th po­si­tion just one place off the foot of the ta­ble, with 17 points and two points above the di­vi­sions´ bot­tom club, CD Teruel who have 15 points.

Barcelona “B” are up in joint fifth po­si­tion with 29 points and just three points out­side the top four places which give you the right at the end of the sea­son to go into the pro­mo­tion Play Off matches.

Castel­lon have, over the fes­tive pe­riod, re­leased a num­ber of play­ers who the man­ager was not go­ing to use. They have also brought in a cou­ple of play­ers one be­ing a striker, in an ef­fort to score more goals as at the mo­ment, the have scored just 15 goals all sea­son. Atletico Baleares 2 – 0 Her­cules CF

This was the big game of the week­end with Her­cules in third place and Atletico Baleares in fourth po­si­tion com­ing into this match. But the win for the Balearic side means its all change as they now go above Her­cules in the league ta­ble.

This re­ally was the prover­bial game of two halves. The home side raced into a two goal lead within the first 20 min­utes and de­spite a spir­ited sec­ond half per­for­mance from Her­cules, the home side held strong de­fen­sively to take all three points which al­lows them to climb above their op­po­nents in the ta­ble.

The re­sult demon­strated once again all that is wrong with Her­cules this sea­son. They are a good side and are more than good enough to pos­si­bly claim a top four fin­ish.

How­ever, as demon­strated once again in this game, they are se­ri­ously lack­ing in fire power up front where they do not have any­body able to “kill off ” their op­po­nents in­side their penalty area.

Maybe with this in mind, the club have taken Je­sus Al­faro, a for­ward who is on the books at Zaragoza but who started this sea­son at Real Mur­cia. He joins the club on a loan un­til the end of the sea­son.

If the player can bring his shoot­ing boots with him and score a few goals, then maybe Her­cules can still claim one of the four Play Off places at the end of the sea­son. Ontinyent CF 0 – 0 Lleida Es­portiu

Cata­lan side Lleida Es­portiu vis­ited Ontinyent as league lead­ers at the week­end but ended the day in sec­ond po­si­tion as Ontinyent played one of if not their best match of the sea­son, even miss­ing an early penalty (which was su­perbly saved by the Lleida keeper, Pau Tor­res, who was in fine form through­out the game.

The home side were so dom­i­nant that you would have thought that it was they who were chal­leng­ing at the top of the ta­ble.

They to­tally out­played their op­po­nents and came off at the end dis­ap­pointed to only have a share of the points, but happy as they got a stand­ing ova­tion from their sup­port­ers, some­thing that has not hap­pened too often this sea­son.

De­spite their per­for­mance, the point is not enough to move them out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Ontinyent are still in 18th po­si­tion – 3rd from bot­tom – with 19 points on the board. Like CD Castel­lon, who are one place be­low them, it is up front where most of their prob­lems are and a lack of goals has cost them dearly so far this sea­son. Lleida Es­portiu drop down into sec­ond place after this draw, with 37 points, one point less than the new league lead­ers, Vil­lar­real “B”. Vil­lar­real CF “B” 1 – 0 CF Badalona

Vil­lar­real got the New Year off to a win­ning start and, in do­ing so cou­pled with Lleida drop­ping points, go back to the top of the league.

It was very much "one way traf­fic" in this game and the only sur­prise was that the mar­gin of vic­tory was not greater against a Badalona side that de­fended well but showed very lit­tle as an at­tack­ing force.

The only goal of the game ar­rived in the 66th minute when Mario Gon­za­lez ran onto a through ball to beat the vis­it­ing keeper with a low shot.

Chances both be­fore and after came thick and fast for the Vil­lar­real re­serves who this sea­son ap­pear to be stronger and more ma­ture than in pre­vi­ous cam­paigns. RCD Es­pañol “B” 1 – 3 Va­len­cia CF Mestalla

It has been months since Va­len­cia Mestalla took all three points from a league game and dur­ing those dif­fi­cult months, the club has gone from be­ing near the top of the divi­sion to stag­nat­ing in the rel­e­ga­tion places.

This match, away at an­other of the re­serve sides, Es­pañol “B” started in the worst way pos­si­ble for Mestalla as they went 1-0 down in the very first minute of the game. But two goals from Fran Navarro on 10 and 44 min­utes meant they went into the break with their noses in front.

The sec­ond half saw chances for both teams in what was an ex­cel­lent show case for foot­ball in this group but it was the vis­i­tors who once again scored next.

This time it was Pascu who, in the 86th minute put the game be­yond doubt and gave three very valu­able points to the Va­len­cia re­serve side, Mestalla.

This win moves Mestalla up to 16th in the ta­ble with 20 points, the same points to­tal as UB Con­quense in 17th po­si­tion and in the last of the au­to­matic rel­e­ga­tion places. But things are very tight in this group with just three points sep­a­rat­ing RCD Es­pañol “B” in 9th po­si­tion with the first of the rel­e­ga­tion places. CD Ebro 1 – 1 Atletico Le­vante UD

Atletico Le­vante man­aged an­other point in their bat­tle to fin­ish the sea­son in one of the safety places. This time it was away at CD Ebro who are one in a group of clubs chas­ing them in the league ta­ble.

The Le­vante re­serves did well to come from be­hind in this game after Ger­rit had given the home side an early lead. That lead was can­celled out in the 63rd minute by Le­vante for­ward Joel who gave his side a de­served share of the points and keeps them in 11th po­si­tion with 22 points. Non Va­len­cia based clubs CE Sabadell FC 0 – 0 UE Olot CF Per­al­ada 2 – 1 SD Ejea CD Teruel – UE Cor­nella Match Day 20 – Jan 13, 2019

CD Teruel – Atletico Le­vante UD CD Ebro – Va­len­cia CF Mestalla Vil­lar­real CF “B” – Lleida Es­portiu

Ontinyent CF – Her­cules CF Atletico Baleares – CD Castel­lon FC Barcelona “B” – CD Al­coy­ano UE Cor­nella – UE Olot

RCD Es­pañol “B” – CF Badalona

UB Con­quense – SD Ejea CF Per­al­ada – CE Sabadell FC 3rd Divi­sion La Nu­cia take over at the top of this group and are crowned the “Win­ter Cham­pi­ons” which is an hon­ory ti­tle they use her in Spain to the club in each of the di­vi­sions that fin­ish the first half of the sea­son in top spot. With Olimpic Xa­tiva only man­ag­ing to draw at home against Eldense, La Nu­cia took full ad­van­tage of that slip up fol­low­ing their win away at Vil­a­marx­ant to climb above Olimpic into top spot. They have 38 points whilst Olimpic are on 37 points.

Atletico Sa­guntino and Ori­huela CF are just be­hind the top two with 35 points whilst Eldense and Atzeneta both have 33 points.

Paiporta CF are still at the foot of the ta­ble. They lost 2-4 at home to Silla and have 11 points – six points be­hind the first safety place which is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Elche Ilic­i­tano in 17th po­si­tion with 17 points.

One place off the bot­tom of the ta­ble is Pa­terna with 15 points whilst Torre Le­vante, on 16 points, are the side cur­rently in the fi­nal rel­e­ga­tion place. Match Day 19 – Jan 6, 2019 Atzeneta UE 2 – 0 Novelda CF Cre­vil­lente De­portivo 1 – 1 CD Acero

Pa­terna CF 1 – 1 FC Jove Es­pañol

CD Roda 1 – 1 Atletico Sa­guntino CF Vil­a­marx­ant 0 – 2 CF La Nu­cia

UD Alzira 0 – 1 Ori­huela CF UD Rayo Ibense 1 – 1 Elche Ilic­i­tano

CD Olimpic Xa­tiva 1 – 1 CD Eldense

Paiporta CF 2 – 4 Silla CF CF Torre Le­vante 1 – 0 Vil­lar­real CF “C” Match Day 20 – Jan 13, 2019

CD Olimpic Xa­tiva – Silla CF UD Rayo Ibense – CD Eldense CF Torre Le­vante – Elche Ilic­i­tano CF

Vil­lar­real CF “C” – Atletico Sa­guntino

Paiporta CF – Ori­huela CF UD Alzira – CF La Nu­cia Cre­vil­lente De­portivo – FC Jove Es­pañol

Atzeneta UE – CD Acero CF Vil­a­marx­ant – Novelda CF Pa­terna CF – CD Roda Re­gional Pref­er­ente Groups The Pref­er­ente groups all re­turn to league ac­tion this com­ing week­end with the fol­low­ing matches: Group 1

Match Day 18 – Jan 13, 2019 CD Bur­ri­ana – CF Nules Club Al­me­nara Atletic – CF Al­buix­ech

CD Castel­lon “B” – CF Hu­ra­can Mon­cada CF

CF Bor­riol – CD Ca­banes CD Beni­carlo – UD Vall de Uxo CF San Pe­dro – CF Rafalafena Castel­lon

CD Al­ma­zora – UD Pu­zol

CD LA´ lcora – CF Sant Jordi Al­queries CF – CD Onda Group 2

Match Day 18 – Jan 13, 2019 Dis­cobolo-La Torre AC – UD Ju­ven­tud Bar­rio Cristo

CD Utiel – Mis­lata CF Atletico Vall­bo­nense – Tor­rent CF

Rayo S. An­to­nio – Al­casser CF CF Re­cam­bios Colon Catar­roja – UD Al­daia CF

CD Ser­ra­nos – Bur­jas­sot CF Ribar­roja CF – UD Castel­larOliv­eral

UD Quart de Poblet – SC Re­quena

CD Buñol – CD San Marcelino Group 3

Match Day 18 – Jan 13, 2019 Rac­ing Rafel­cofer CF – Muro CF

UD Por­tu­ar­ios – UD Al­ginet UD Car­caix­ent – Pego CF CD Javea – LO´ lle­ria CF CD De­nia – CD Enguera UD Castel­lonense – CD Con­tes­tano

CD Monte-Sion – UD Beni­ganim CF Tous – UE LA´ lcu­dia

CF UE Gan­dia – CF UE Tav­ernes Group 4

Match Day 18 – Jan 13, 2019 Ori­huela CF “B” – Her­cules CF “B”

Ben­ferri CF – Aspe UD In­ter­city San Juan – Vil­lena CF Benidorm CD – Elda In­dus­trial CF

CF UD Ilic­i­tana – Cal­losa De­portiva

UD Ho­radada – CD Tor­re­vieja Vil­la­joyosa CF – CF In­de­pen­di­ente Ali­cante

FB Re­dovan CF – CD Univer­si­dad Ali­cante

CD Al­moradi – CD Thader

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