Atletico Catral 3 – 3 CD Montesinos
AFTER two defeats it was essential for Monte to come good against Atletico Catral. Still without experienced player and captain, Fernando, centre half strongman Joao and Carlos Lorente, manager Carlos Perez left experienced players Maccan and German as well as Fran Guirao on the bench, somewhat to the bemusement of the 100 or so travelling supporters.
The first half started and it was clear Monte had the most attacking moves, but couldn’t find the crucial finish. Vazquinho, on two occasions and Carlos Ventura on another, had great one on one opportunities which they wasted.
Monte continued to push the ball forward along the wings in an effort to find their fast forwards which time and again kept coming straight back and it was no surprise that the home side opened the scoring on 45 minutes with almost the last kick of the first half.
Manager Carlos Perez made no changes at the break but seeing as his side were not making an impact on the game, he made the brave decision of making a triple substitution with Maccan, German and Fran Guirao coming on. Unfortunately, with almost the first attack from the home side, Catral went 2-0 ahead.
Nobody in the crowd expected to witness what was about to happen in the final 30 minutes. Maccan and German started to win the midfield and break forward creating panic in the home defence. First Fran Guirao pulled one back and then, almost immediately, German made it 2-2 as the travelling horde celebrated.
But the celebrations were cut short as the referee awarded a free kick to Catral on the edge of the penalty area. Why he made the award, nobody knows but he did and the Catral player thumped it high and wide of Dani to make it 3-2 with minutes left.
Monte pushed forward and should have scored on three separate occasion until, deep into injury time, Vazquinho somehow got his head to the ball and it went in off the cross bar to equalise.
CD Montesinos will play Hondon Nieves C.F. at Los Montesinos tomorrow, Saturday October 7 with a 5.30pm kick-off