Monday 17th January 2022 – MIKE SMITH with Xàbia AL DÍA
CD Jávea 0-0 CE Pedreguer
CD Jávea claimed their first point since November 7th last year in a bad-tempered local derby against CE Pedreguer at the Campo d’Esports Municipal. New head coach Lauro Techeira watched on from the stands as his patched up team battled against a brutal visiting side who was reduced to nine men during the second-half and were cheered on by a noisy travelling army who jeered every decision by the referee and even confronted the officials at the final whistle to bring an end to a lively encounter.
It was Jávea who started the better side in the late afternoon sunshine and forced a corner after just two minutes but the high cross into the box from Javi came to nothing as Pedreguer packed their area with bodies. A few minutes later, the intention of the visiting side was made clear when Miralles was booked for clattering clumsily into Jávea’s José Cabo, making only his second start of the season.
In these early stages, the home side looked a far more confident side than the one which had chalked up seven successive defeats. On 12 minutes, they force a second corner and this time the kick from Javi finds its target as the bald head of Cristian Castells rose above the melee but his glanced headed floated harmlessly well wide of the post. Four minutes later, some great work from Cabo down the left saw the young striker find enough space to swing a delightful cross around the back of the defence and into the area but he only found empty space as his team-mates struggled to keep up with him. And then Quintana, clearly a marked man, was bundled over just outside the area, Pedreguer picking up another yellow for the reckless challange, but Javi’s lifted ball into the box was easily claimed by the keeper.
Pedreguer found their feet as the first half drew on and won their first corner on 27 minutes which was easily cleared by Jávea. Two minutes later, the visitor’s intentions emerged and Jávea’s Castell, the hugely experienced centre-half, was booked for a rather innocuous challenge. On 33 minutes, Castro charged forward with the ball for Pedreguer, passing through a rather flat-footed defensive line but he pushed the ball too far as he prepared to take a shot with only the goalkeeper to beat and Edu fell onto it to snuff out the chance.
Just before half-time, Pedreguer won a free-kick just outside the area but the effort from Carles Modenjar was easily claimed by Edu. The half-time whistle blew with the visitors dominant, ending a half of two halves, Jávea taking charge from the opening whistle before Pedreguer got themselves into the game in the final 20 minutes.
And thus, an eventful second-half emerged, a bad-tempered 45 minutes that saw eight yellow cards and two red cards, a phantom goal and a dismissed effort, all played out against a background noise of a very animated crowd, particularly those who made the short journey to the coast.
It all started on 53 minutes when Pedreguer substitute Kevin Filliol fell dramatically to the ground just inside the box but the well-placed referee waved away calls for a penalty to the astonishment of the travelling army of fans who leapt to their feet, arms wide, in disbelief. Five minutes later, the temperature on the pitch boiled over as a string of tough tackles and a flurry of yellow cards finally sees a red card produced, Pedreguer’s Mondejar shown a straight red for a vicious kick against Cabo. Once again, the travelling fans were on their feet, the home fans responded in kind, and the player left the field determined to kick every inanimate object into oblivion. Now, it was a derby game.
On 65 minutes, Jávea think they’ve scored when a great cross from Corbalán on the right was palmed onto the bar by the keeper. The ball dropped and hit the ground; did it cross the line? The home fans at that end of the stand clearly thought so. But the ball bounced back out, substitute Álvaro appeared to have acres of space of head home the rebound but the keeper responded well again and, at full stretch, pushed the effort against the post, the ball then booted clear for a corner. With fans still calling for a goal, some of the Jávea players surrounded the assistant referee on that side of the pitch, but the referee sprinted over to wave them away. No goal, the ball didn’t cross the line.
Much of the remaining second-half was played out in midfield, a bruising battle which was not for the faint-hearted. As the players exchanged tough tackles, the two sets of fans exchanged banter, although the Pedreguer contingent were increasingly failing to see the funny side.
On 82 minutes, another great cross from Corbalán was met well by young striker Álvaro and he forced the keeper to make another great save at full-stretch to palm away the ball for a corner; the resulting kick came to nothing. At the other end, two minutes later, Pedreguer substitute Alex found himself in space on the right hand side and with enough time to wind up a powerful shot across the face of the goal with Edu beaten but his effort sailed just wide of the left post.
With three minutes remaining of normal time, Jávea finally got the ball in the back of the net with substitute Rubén Ortolá smashing home from close range to the delight of the home fans; the joy lasted just seconds as a flag was raised in front of them. Offside. Two minutes into added time, Ortolá had another great chance but shot just wide. A minute later and Pedreguer are reduced to nine men after skipper Ivan Malter received a second yellow. Tempers frayed amongst the travelling army and when the final whistle sounded soon after, they charged down to the tunnel area to convey their thoughts to the officials.
And thus, new head coach Lauro kicks off his career at CD Jávea with a point, the first since a 2-2 draw at CF La Nucia “B” back on November 7th, a magical time when CD Jávea topped the table. The rojiblancos now sit in 9th spot, 17 points adrift on league leaders CF Gandia. And next weekend they face a tricky trip inland to take on Muro CF.
CD Jávea. Samblas, Castells, Bisquert (Fran, 72m), Elian, Juli, Cabo, Ayala, Javi, Quintana (Ortolá, 77m), Hector (Alvaro, 62m), Corbalan. Subs not used: Buigues, Guardiola (GK), Caturla.
CE Pedreguer. Gauchi, Devesa (Luis, 89m), Montaner, Miralles, Lucas (Rosello, 82m), Granados (Cerizola, 60m), Mondejar, Castro (Fillol, 46m), Cambronero, Gaya, Malter. Subs not used: Piña (GK), Mut, Beltran.
Referee: Jorge Javier Crespo Calero.
Assistant Referees: Daniel Chavarri Arranz & Juan Belmonte Javier
11m – Miralles (CE Pedreguer)
23m – Elian (CD Jávea)
23m – Granados (CE Pedreguer)
30m – Castells (CD Jávea)
60m – Malter (CE Pedreguer)
62m – Cabo (CD Jávea)
79m – Cambronero (CE Pedreguer)
90m – Fran (CD Jávea)
90m – Fillol (CE Pedreguer)
90m – Rosello (CE Pedreguer)
60m – Modejar (CE Pedreguer) straight red for violent conduct
90m – Malter (CE Pedreguer) second yellow
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