Archive for May 1st, 2011
Pretend Your Happy When Your Blue

When I was younger (so much younger than today) I had a toy called Etch a Sketch, using buttons I could trace lines on the screen to make patterns or pictures and when I was bored of them I could shake it and the screen would clear to blank again – how I wish I could do something similar with CD Tenerife. This week was a 2-1 away loss to Granada, we didn’t play that bad, but we didn’t play that good, Melli was unlucky to get sent off but it was his own fault, we created a few good moves but had hardly any shots. It’s a familiar tale, we need a clean screen and now 14 points adrift from safety and just 18 points up for grabs from 6 games I’m ready to embrace the inevitable.

Yesterdays results, including an amazing 5-4 win for Salamanca, pushed CD Tenerife nearer the brink but the first half performance was pretty good at a soggy Granada, some crisp confident passing and an 8th minute lead. Julio Alvarez flighted a perfect free kick and Pablo Sicilia rose to nod it on into the home goal, Hidalgo nearly followed up with a 2nd but hit his shot straight at the keeper. Nino was playing as a left winger and cut inside well to set up Iriome, he should have done better but put his shot wide. That was the best of Tenerife, Granada came into the game and Lopez chipped over from an offside position and Bertran was relieved to see Ighalo pull up after an offside shout after the CDT captain had lost the ball upfield.

There was even some luck for Tenerife, just before half time Ighalo scored for the home team but the ref ruled it offside, Melli was clearly playing him on. Natalio came on for Iriome to start the second half Nino flashed a shot across the Granada goalmouth and straight after Benitez blasted a shot at Sergio that the keeper did well to parry. The turning point came after 59 minutes Melli got a second yellow card and was off, it was just a barge but the visiting defender had his hand raised and that swung the deal. Prieto came on for Hidalgo to plug the defence but Sergio found himself facing more attacks as Granada chased the game. A few minutes later Ighalo let 2 Tenerife defenders come at him before picking his spot and scoring.

The turnaround was complete after 79 minutes as Prieto (above) stuck his foot out to stop a defence splitting ball and turned it into his own net. The only good point from then on was seeing B team forward German make his debut with 5 minutes to go, he didn’t get to do anything but it’s another step for him towards leading the line in Segunda B next season. Ho hum another defeat, I’m off to play Ker Plunk.