Aljezurense 2 – 4 Odiáxere

Someone said at the match “How do you write a report on this game” so here goes….

First it’s worth stating a few points:

•              The visitors were awarded 2 penalties within 20mins both for offences only seen by the referee.

•              Aljezurense as usual gave the opposition 2 goals within the first 20 mins.

•              The visitors did not create a goal scoring chance in open play until the 78th min. of the match.

The visitors who earlier in the season had been held to a draw by Aljezurense, fielded a side that were a lot smaller than the home side but they were made to look good by bad marking and general bad play.  After 5  minutes a ball travelled harmlessly into the Aljezurense penalty area towards the oncoming goalkeeper who called for Kieran to leave it, which he did.  Unfortunately the keeper never made the ball and the visitors’ forward rolled the ball into the empty goal 0-1.

This put Aljezurense on the back foot not for the first time this term and were once again unsettled. A move down the oppositions left flank ended in a corner and the ball knocked into the goal area, saw the keeper rooted to the spot only for the ball to hit an unmarked player on the head, and the ball bounced over the keeper shoulder 0-2.

Aljezur now in real trouble, tried to re-establish themselves when a challenge by Kieran for a ball was hit against his body, and the referee adjudged that  the ball was handled. This incensed Aljezurense players, as in no way did Kieran raise a hand, and as the ball was struck from less than a metre from him, it was impossible to tell what part of his body it hit. The penalty shot was pushed into goal off the outstretched arm of the keeper 0-3.

Within another 5 minutes, up stepped the inept referee to adjudge that another foul had been committed in the penalty area, when Rafael 15 cleared a ball and the visitors forward in normal fashion fell over his outstretched leg, penalty 0-4.

With this score line Aljezurense still had 25 minutes to go to halftime, and the side looked in disarray.  Silly fouls were given away more in frustration than anything, but a bit more fight was given and the score line remained the same till halftime.

Aljezurense started the second half in better fashion than the first, with both Dani 23 and Lawrence 8 fighting hard in midfield.  Kieran at the heart of defence was now leading in fine style and the opposition forwards had nothing to surpass his skills.

Aljezurense now looked a better side and several passing movements almost came to fruition. Diogo 10 was put away, his skills saw him round the defender and then he drew the keeper from his line but his weak shot was easily saved.  A pity because it was what the home side needed to reward their improved efforts. It was not long though until the showman of the match saw a foul in the Odiáxere penalty area and awarded the third penalty of the day, and up stepped Joao to place the spot kick into the netting 1-4.

Aljezurense were now really up for it and the visitors looked a little lost. A quick move down the left flank saw an untimely challenge by the defender rewarded with a free kick in Aljezurense’s  favour.  Up stepped Joao to take the free kick. His curling shot was helped into goal off the back of a defender past the well beaten keeper 2-4.

Fast and furious football by the home side pressured the visitors and they were unlucky when a long throw by Rafael was headed just wide by Dani.

Odiáxere now made their one and only shot on goal in open play after 78 minutes when a one two was played around Carlinhos 2 and the goal bound shot was brilliantly saved by Renato as he pushed the ball over the bar.

Still Aljezurense battled hard, Kieran knocked ball after ball forward and the side fought well and were unlucky when Dani once again just missed the target with a fine header, and Lawrence had a shot beaten away.

Final score 2-4

Although Aljezurense are now 8 points above the drop zone they still need to win at least another 4 matches to secure a place in this league next season.  Hopefully the manager will be able to field the club’s strongest 11 before the end of the season. Injuries have caused major problems, and it was good to see Andre return to the field after a long layoff.

Keep fighting Aljezurense, you may just make it.

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