Archive for March 31st, 2008
Promotion? We should be so lucky.

Take a rabbits foot, add some lucky heather and a horseshoe, and it still wont account for the amazingly lucky escape that CD Tenerife had to spare their blushes. Losing 1-0 at home to bottom side Poli Ejido, it took 2 goals from free scoring forward, Nino, late in the game to keep the promotion dream alive with a 2-1 win, and restore Tenerife to 7th spot.

Coach Oltra had promised big changes after last weeks awful 4-0 away hammering at Eibar, but surprisingly the only big change was in goal where the outstanding Juan Pablo was replaced by Raul Navas. Tenerife had a poor first half and made Poli Ejido look good, and of course they grew in confidence as the game went on. Nino went close after 20 minutes but Ejido had plenty of chances too and looked the hungrier side.

Going into the second half all level, Tenerife continued to pump high balls up front with little chance of any result. The unthinkable happened after 60 minutes when Chico netted a rebound for the visitors and Oltra responded by bringing on Arruabarrena to give Nino some help up front.

NinoThe big forward made his prescence felt and had 2 good chances before setting up Nino after 80 minutes, Nino nipped in and made sure the ball went in the goal, and the great escape was on. Just 2 minutes later and the same combination worked again with Nino again poaching a goal to give Tenerife a lead they hardly deserved. Thankfully that killed off Poli Ejido and the game ended with a huge collective sigh of relief for Tenerife.

Next Saturday is the big derby game away to Las Palmas, and with the Pios winning 3-0 away this week, Tenerife will have to raise their game. A travelling army of 1,800 fans will make the short trip over, we just hope that the players “turn Up” even a repeat of last years 0-0 snore draw would be acceptable. And the good news is, the sea is looking very choppy at the moment , that ferry journey should be quite lively. Vamos Tenerife.