Shaking Off The Shackles, CD Tenerife Emerge From The Drop Zone

Everyone is in a better mood when CD Tenerife win. After this 2-1 home victory over Zerex the young ladies working the street near my bus stop flocked around me to discuss the game, good job they said, well some sort of job was mentioned. Ok maybe they weren’t bothered about foofball but I couldn’t have been happier, a convincing win and out of the relegation zone above Las Palmas, how sweet.

Tenerife looked determined from the kick off, Julio Alvarez forced an early save from a corner and Dubarbier shot high from the edge of the box. The midfield was struggling to take control despite another impressive display from Kitoto and Xerez showed they would be no pushovers. Tenerife have bags of confidence these days and stuck to their task, Julio saw his shot hit the post after 25 minutes and Bernager had an effort deflected off target. Pablo Sicilia was unable to make his interview with me last week and I joked that he owed me a goal, blimey he certainly delivered, Julio swung in a corner and Pablo was there waiting to score his 5th goal of the season, this time with his foot rather than another header.

The second half opened with Sergio Aragoneses looking sharp to turn aside a Redondo shot for a corner but Tenerife were soon pushing forward. Pablo was sniffing around in the box when Bermejo fouled him and the referee awarded a penalty. Hidalgo was cool as he stepped up and easily converted the kick for a 2-0 lead. Even in these improved times, lapses in concentration can prove costly for Tenerife, just a few minutes after the penalty Xerez broke and Cordero found a clear route on the left before slotting the ball in the corner of the home net. That could have marked the way back for Xerez, Sergio produced another superb save, this time from Vega, Capi also came close but Tenerife held on for a deserved win. Despite the Friday night scheduling for television, another 16,545 crowd was able to savour the winning feeling. Tuesday there is a tricky game at Cartegena but Tenerife will be confident of pulling away from the trap door.