Castro Marim 2 – 1 Aljezur

This week’s report from our Guest Reporter:

On a grey blustery day Aljezurense headed to the far east to take on Castromarim in Monte Gordo.
As usual Aljezur gave away a goal in the first 10 mins trying to play their clumsy offside trap when neither centre back had the speed to match the centre forward.

Aljezur dominated the play in the midfield with Dani 23 making some great runs, Lawrence 8 working hard and Eddy 14 making valuable contributions. Djiga 5 at left back was excellent as was Rafael 15 at right back with Pop 18 and Pipi 10 using their speed Aljezur looked certain to equalise.

However the finishing of Joao Luis 7 left a lot to be desired as he wasted a fantastic opportunity in the first half and to more in the second half. At last the coach replaced him with Sam who immediately showed he is recovering from a one month long knee injury and with Jardel 16 replacing Noel the attack looked far more potent and a goal looked certain to come!
Pipi 10 Diogo decided to argue with the ref and got a yellow card, stupidly kept arguing and got sent off for the same reason!
With 10 men and attacking flat out, unfortunately, the defense were even more open at the back and Castro Marim scored with virtually their only attack of the second half (2-0 down)!

Interplay between Sam 9, Dani 23 and Jardel 16 almost provided a goal and should have provided a penalty but in the end the only consolation was an excellent bent free kick from outside the area by Dani 23 to make the final score 2-1, Dani rewarded after another excellent performance.

Aljezur really should have won this game but the offside trap has cost them at least 6 goals this year and they look a better side when they playing a sweeper behind the back three. Eddy 14 has looked particularly good in this role.

Sam looks to be fit again and should add a little potency up front and although Luis 25 has stabilized things in goal the return of Toco 13 should secure the defense more.

It is a shame that Beja & Kieran have not been training as the team need their quality on the ball. If all the best players are fit Aljezur could have a far better second half of the season.

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