Losing CD Tenerife Cast Envious Eyes At Real Betis

Like the stubborn Kit Kat in the vending machine CD Tenerife are still teetering on the edge waiting for the drop into Segunda B. Nastic had been expected to provide the nudge but with them losing again even this 3-1 defeat at Real Betis couldn’t seal Tenerife’s fate. What a frustrating night watching the Betis party in full swing to celebrate their promotion to La Primera, our own promotion is still fresh in the memory but how quickly that has turned sour.

Canal Plus did their best to wind up the Armada Sur fans gathered at the Royal Oak 2, they stayed with the Barcelona title winning celebrations and only cut across to our game 3 minutes in as a penalty was given against us. Former Pio Ruben Castro was brought down by Pablo Sicilia and the annoying little player stepped up and made it 1-0. Tenerife went into this game without the suspended Nino and had a makeshift attack of Iriome and B team star German. Betis threatened to roll over Tenerife, after 17 minutes another surge saw the CDT defence open up and  Molina set up De Salva to make it 2-0.

Strangely this seemed to inspire Tenerife and they played some of their best football, better finishing could have seen them back in the game. German got into a good position but hit his shot over the bar and Mikel forced a save from the home keeper when he might have been better laying the ball off to his team mate. Kitoko created the Tenerife goal slipping a pass to Julio Alvarez (pic) out wide, he timed his chip perfectly as the keeper rushed out in vain. Betis restored their 2 goal lead just before half time with a break that ended with Isidro slipping the ball under Sergio Aragoneses.

The second half was a quieter affair as Betis did just enough to hold their 3-1 advantage and Tenerife made chances but couldn’t convert them. Omar came on for the impressive German and Ricardo thought he had the home keeper beaten but the stopper made a fine diving save. Mikel Alonso headed over as Kitoko gave way to Juanlu and Alvarez forced a 2 fisted clearance from the Betis goalie. Even in injury time Sicilia had a half chance  but the Betis party was already cranking up and Tenerife are still 11 points from safety but now with just 4 games and 12 points left.