Archive for June 8th, 2009
CD Tenerife – the best yet

Just when you think the season has got as good as it can – along comes a performance like this. Xerez was always going to be one of the toughest games, and with 4 key players missing and them still needing a point for promotion, it sounded a tough nut to crack. In the end, despite being reduced to 10 men for an hour of the game, CDT were brilliant and won 2-0.

From start to bleary finish, this was a perfect day (don’t worry, I’m not gonna start singing) 2 coach loads of Armada Sur gathered at the Toby Jug, we even had a stag party complete with Batman and Robin. The plaza outside our bar just down down from the ground was heaving, there was a big group of  Xerez fans, we had a few beers and some good natured banter with them.

Entering the ground these days is like entering a wonderland, the tifo gets better and better. This time the banners and streamers were all around 360 degrees, and when the players came out , a sea of blue and white cards was held up in an amazing mosaic – truly inspiring.

Tenerife made Xerez look pretty ordinary and a 16th minute goal from Alfaro ignited the crowd. Then came the big set back, Ricardo chopped down a Xerez player to stop a goal threat break, and was sent off after 26 minutes. Xerez sensed their chance had come and put Tenerife under the cosh, Aragonoses was on top form, mopping up any loose balls and high crosses, the objective now was to survive to half time.

There was more pressure to soak up in the second half, but as the clock ticked on the Xerez threat began to fizzle out. Coach Oltra hasn’t always got the credit he deserves, but again he showed his worth by bringing on striker Angel for midfielder Juanlu, the message was clear, don’t sit back on the lead-attack the game. The reward came with 5 minutes left on the clock, Nino pounced on a half chance to score the decisive goal, cue a pitch invasion.

The scenes after the final whistle were wild, car horns beeping, flags waving, singing, chanting and much downing of Doradas. just one point needed now to ensure promotion, and a good chance of going up as champions – what a day.