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The rojiblancos maintain unbeaten record thanks to second-half goal from Palau

Sunday 4th November 2018


A single goal from leading scorer Vicente Palau early in the second half clinched maximum points in a difficult home game against CF Tous and, after the defeat of UD Beniganim at L'Olleria CF, ensured that CD Jávea remained the only unbeaten side in the league after ten games. The rojiblancos remain in third spot, one point behind arch-rivals CD Dénia in second and three adrift of leaders UD Castellonense.

With an eye of the big Marina Alta derby next weekend, coach Antonio Villaescusa named a modified starting XI against lowly CF Tous with striker Rubén Ortolá making his first start of the season and tough midfielder Ferran Molina being rested, sitting on four cards with a fifth ruling him out of the game in Dénia. But the visitors had not come to the coast to be sacrificial lambs and would refuse to roll over to hand the rojiblancos an inevitable victory.

It was a battling first half with neither side claiming dominance. After five minutes Jávea skipper Pau powered a long-range free-kick into the chest of the visiting keeper after the influential midfielder Michael had been hauled down 25 yards out. Four minutes later Pau would slide a superb ball through the defence onto which Palau pounced and charged on goal. The visiting keeper dived low to push the ball wide for a corner but appeared to haul the player down in the process but appeals for a penalty were waved away by the referee.

The game began to turn into a scrappy midfield battle with Tous looking to chip away at the joint best defensive line in the league and after 12 minutes Andreu managed to break clear with the ball down the right, working his way down to the corner against the challenges of Cristian before pulling the ball back for Magraner to fire across the face of the goal and just wide of the left post. Magraner had a second chance to open the scoring for the visitors when he charged on the advancing Edu in Jávea's goal but the striker fired against the custodian's chest. There was controversy as the linesman on the far side appeared to signal for an offside before lowering his flag on instruction from the referee.

The battle continued but the passes were sloppy and the challenges crunching with Tous coming out on top in many of them, much to the frustration of the home side as the referee awarded a succession of free-kicks to the visitors. Jávea had to fight to break free of the turmoil in the centre of the park with right-back Ayoze doing well after 25 minutes to charge forward and force a corner but the resulting corner from Paco was headed over from close range by Rubén. A few minutes later Paco fired over from just outside the area and then Pau forced another corner but it came to nothing. At the other end Tous midfielder Javi met Andreu's free-kick well inside the area but his effort was well-saved by Edu. Both sides had chances as the first half came to an end.

Five minutes into the second-half a goal finally arrived when some great work by man-of-the-match Michael make a great pass through the defence to Palau who slid the ball confidently under the advancing keeper to open the scoring. It would have been forgivable to expect the flood gates to open; Jáve had finally broken down a solid side but one that was struggling at the wrong end of the table. But they didn't. Instead Tous refused to bow and Jávea had to rely on the counter-attack to try and increase their advantage to give some breathing space. Jávea had the ball in the back of the net on 55 minutes after some great work by Paco, Michael and Palau but the latter was judged to have been offside as he fired home. On 67 minutes Pau should have scored after some more great work from Favio but he fired against the keeper when it did really look easier to score.

The final third of the game saw Jávea reduced to ten men when the masked Favio was dismissed for a second bookable offence. He continued to claim his innocence as he walked forlornly off the pitch for he had been an influential player, causing the visitors all sort of problems so they had to deal with it the best way that they could. The incident clearly changed the game and Tous looked to capitalise with Jabu going close and then the same player managing to get the ball into the net after chipping the advancing Edu but he was judged to have been offside much to the relief of the home crowd. As the visitors pushed forward, the best defence in the league had to work very hard to contain them and there were more offside decisions whilst the battle entrenched itself in the centre of the park again. And that's where it stayed until the final whistle which brought huge relief from the home contingent.

This Sunday at 5.00pm CD Jávea make the short journey over the hill to Dénia for the first big Marina Alta derby of the season and what a game it promises to be with Dénia in second spot and unbeaten Jávea just a point behind in third. The rojiblancos will be roared on by another big traveling army of fans and we'll put more information online later in the week for those wishing to attend this big game.

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