An own goal seven minutes from time salvaged a point for the rojiblancos who dominated the second half.

An own goal seven minutes from time salvaged a point for CD Jávea after the visitors had taken the lead very much against the run of the play in a second-half almost dominated by the rojiblancos. It is a valuable point for every single one counts at the moment. With eight games remaining, CD Jávea remain bottom of the pile, five points adrift of safety. There’s still very much everything to play for but the inevitable is drawing agonisingly closer.

The opening 45 minutes of the match produced little to excite the modest crowd which had turned out on a cloudy but warm Sunday morning, aside from a free-kick from Jávea’s Pitu which struck the post. Both defences worked hard to cancel out attacks, Jávea’s Isac particularly refusing to allow any ball or any man to pass him. This meant that the game fizzled out for long periods.

The second half was another story. Jávea head coach Julio Ivorra brought on Gabriel for Fran and immediately the game changed as the young striker applied pressure on the visiting defence and gave confidence to the rest of his team. Jávea had a couple of chances to open the scoring through Isac and Gabriel before Redovan charged down the other end and, very much against the run of play, scored through substitute Vela, much to the joy of the visiting fans at the back of the stand.

The goal was a real sucker punch for the home side. But they pulled up their socks and answered their critics in the stand by forcing an equaliser seven minutes from time after a long period of pressure. A corner from Javi was floated into a very crowded six yard box, bodies rose in unison, and a head met the ball to direct it into the far side of the goal. It was a visiting head, that of Redovan’s Botella. But they all count.

Jávea refused to settle for the draw and pushed for the winner but time ran out. A share of the spoils, a single point which leaves the rojiblancos in bottom spot with 18 points from 22 games. CD Thader were defeated in Dénia (21 points from 22) whilst Santa Pola claimed three valuable points in a 2-0 home win over play-off hopefuls CF UD Calpe (21 points from 22). Callosa Deportiva lost in Alicante and sit just above the drop zone with 23 points from 22 games whilst CF La Nucia “B” lost 2-1 at CF UE Tavernes (24 points from 23). It’s evolving into a five team battle to avoid relegation.

Next scheduled match: Saturday 6th April, 6.00pm – L’Olleria CF away.

Match report compiled with the assistance of Vicente Fornes Catalá.

CD JAVEA: Tonet, Willy (Samson, 87m), Caturla, Isac, Aldo, Fran (Gabriel, 46m), Raúl (Javi, 65m), Elián, Cabo, Pitu (Carlos 74m), Mario. Subs not used: Hales (GK), Kenneth, David.

FB REDOVAN CF: Chiri, Morales, Camarasa, Thales (Ferrán, 63m), Mati (Moya, 80m), Sebas (Víctor, 85m), Manresa, Lizón, Guille, Angel (Vela, 63m), Botella. Subs not used: Dueñas (GK), Leonis.

Referee: Daniel Fabra
Assistants: Pablo García & Iván García

CD Jávea: own goal (Botella) 87m
FB Redovan CF: Vela, 67m.

Yellow Cards:
CD Jávea: Mario, 35m; Fran, 38m; Caturla, 90m.
FC Redovan CF: Fernandez, 58m; Botella, 75m; Gelardo, 85m.

Red Cards:
CD Jávea: None.
FB Redovan CF: None.


Round 23 Lliga Comunitat Sud

Saturday 23rd March 2024
CF Independiente Alicante 1-0 Callosa Dep CF
CD Eldense “B” 3-4 L’Olleria CF
CF UE Tavernes 2-1 CF La Nucia “B”
Sunday 24th March 2024
Santa Pola CF 2-0 CF UD Calpe
CD Jávea 1-1 FC Redovan CF
CD Dénia 3-1 CD Thader
Hércules CF “B” 0-1 CD Olímpic
Crevillente Deportivo 1-1 CF Benidorm


Round 24 Lliga Comunitat Sud

Saturday 6th April 2024
L’Olleria CF v CD Jávea
CF La Nucia “B” v Crevillente Deportivo
CF UE Tavernes v Santa Pola CF
Sunday 7th April 2024
Callosa Deportiva CF v CF UD Calpe
FB Redovan CF v CF Independiente Alicante
CF Thader v CD Eldense “B”
CD Olímpic v CD Dénia
CF Benidorm v Hércules CF “B”