Passing Of The Baton Amid A Blaze Of Glory

It was a strange but magnificent day for Ethyan Gonzalez. The 21 year old striker wasn´t able to make the short hop to Lanzarote to see his CD Tenerife B team mates clinch their promotion, as he was wanted for first team duty. Roll on 81 minutes into the seniors  home tie with Racing Ferol, and the striker was summoned from the bench by coach Garitano (in the stand serving a touchline ban). As the game ticked down to a scoreless draw, Ethyan pounced on the ball and tied the Racing defence in knots before slipping the ball to Teto to score. What a symbolic act, Teto himself is another youth product. And as the game drifted into injury time, Bodiger hit his first goal in Tenerife colours. No it wasn´t a dream, just a well crafted victory for the 13,000 crowd. Ethyan was swamped by his B team squad at the final whistle as they received the ovation of the crowd.

Racing were poor for a side trying to secure a promotion play of spot, and it was Tenerife that had a spring in their step. Loic Williams, another home grown talent, was comfortable in defence and was always keen to overlap to help with raids on the visitors goal. Home goalie Soriano had little to do, most of the action was at the other end of the pitch, the upbeat mood of the stadium encouraged a more flowing performance but Racing seemed content to sit deep and soak up any pressure.

It would be nice if Tenerife could complete their remaining four games with positive results and hint at what could have been. In the summer there will be big decisions to take for the club, especially on the position of the coach. At least the supporters can dream of several B team players joining the seniors, and a realistic run at promotion next term.