Archive for January 29th, 2012
A Huge Loss And A Big Win For CD Tenerife

Mixed emotions hardly begins to cover what the last week has been like for CD Tenerife fans. A week ago we couldn’t have imagined that we would be following a 2-1 away win in Conquense by packing into a church to mix tears with laughter as we said goodbye to Andy Glover, or Twat Hat as he was affectionately known. At least fate, if you believe in it, had the decency to deliver a rare away win, I’m sure I could hear the clink of a glass and a trace of Andy’s Sid James laugh as the final whistle blew.

On a rock hard frozen pitch, bereft of grass, another new era was begining for the team, Calderon had been sacked and new coach Garcia Tebar took his place in the dug out, latest new sigining Luismi Loro made his debut up front just behind Kiko Raton. Chechu had the best early chance but fired wide after 10 minutes, a few minutes later he threaded a long pass through to Kiko who stretched but couldn’t get his foot to the ball. Maybe that effort gave the big forward an injury, he was replaced by Aridane after 20 minutes and his first touch was a well plaved header from new boy Loro’s perfect pass.

Loro looked classy and left back Raul Llorente (above) continued to impress after his eye catching debut in last weeks home defeat. Sergio had little to do in goal but just before half time he had to be alert to a shot that swirled in the icy cold wind. The Tenerife keeper followed up with a decisive take of the ball on the edge of the box as Ruano closed in. The second half opened well as Chechu took advantage of some slack home defending to make it 2-0. Loro had a clear penalty claim but the referee wasn’t having it and within two minutes Tarantino was sent off for his second red card. Medina was brought on for Chechu and resumed his old place in the heart of defence.

New coach Garcia soon discovered the facts of life when the customary jitters set in, Vinuesa grabbed the first decent home chance of the second half to reduce the arrears and alarm bells were ringing. Ten man CDT did well to hang on but had to thank Sergio for two more outstanding saves, one in the last seconds of injury time. Plenty for the new boss to work on in the week as he tries to instill his own ideas, at least the win put Tenerife back up into the fourth promotion play off spot.

Back at the church there was a good turnout as at the Santa Cruz crematorium on Friday. Andy enriched so many of our lives, however bad the games, and there were many shockers, he could always crack us up with a well chosen word or another of his endless filthy bad taste jokes. The coffin and the urn had no connection with the Andy I knew, for me his spirit will always be there in the Heliodoro stadium, any bar where we watch an away game, and most of all in some fantastic memories of a great friend.