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The rojiblancos finished 4th, two points adrift of the top three

Monday 20th May 2019


CD Jávea finished fourth in Group III of the Regional Preferente after an emphatic 5-2 away win at Muro CF, two points adrift of the top three. The rojiblancos recorded their highest position for more than 15 years but it was definitely a case of 'so near yet so far' for the club after a record of just three defeats in 34 games and a defence that let in just 23 goals, both the best in the league, was out-weighed by a frustrating record of 15 draws. With a new pitch about to be laid at the Campo d'Esports Municipal, the summer should be an interesting time for the club to reflect on this campaign and build on its relative success to take that step further next season.

Although it's always unwise to read too much into friendly games, a successful pre-season campaign promised much for CD Jávea. There were goals galore - 16 in the six warm-up games, including a 9-0 thumping of CF Benitachell - and both team and individual performances impressed as coach Antonio Villaescusa, starting his third season at the helm, looked to have built a side which would make a claim for a top three spot. New signings included Vicente Palau, a 28-year-old attacking midfielder who had spent the two previous seasons at UD Beniganim, and 26-year-old Paraguayan striker Favio Osorio who had spells at CD Polop and Calpe CF. Lucas Bou, Rubén Ortolá, Roberto and Paolo were all confirmed for another season as was the popular midfielder Michael. All seemed set for a decent claim for a successful season.

A 2-1 away win at CF L'Olleria was followed by a 2-0 win at home against CD Enguera with placed CD Jávea amongst the early pace-setters which included arch-rivals and eventual champions CD Dénia. By the end of October, the club was well positioned in third spot, two points behind leaders UD Beniganim, but a frustrating run of six draws in the following eight games saw the side slip to fifth point and begin to lose touch with the top three. After a 1-1 draw away at UD Alginet, the board of directors had seen enough and head coach Antonio Villaescusa was dismissed from the post. He had been in charge for 84 games, winning 36 of them, but it wasn't enough for the ambitions of the board and within hours a new face was brought it, former CD Dénia head coach Juan Carlos Signes. He arrived with a decent pedigree having guided Dénia to two promotion play-offs in 2016-17 and 2017-18 but his debut at the helm would be memorable for a 1-2 home defeat to Muro CF, bringing a 16-game unbeaten run to an end.

By the winter break CD Jávea had slipped to sixth spot, five points adrift of the top three, but they came back after the festive break with renewed enthusiasm. Seven wins in ten games lifted them back up to fourth and just two points behind UD Beniganim. And the side were finally finding the back of the net on a more regular basis, firing six past CF Monte Sion and another four at CF Tous. However the side's race for a top three spot was tripped up by a return of those stalemates including a 0-0 home draw against CD Dénia and a frustrating 1-1 home draw against struggling UD Portuarios, those two points dropped proving to be the difference at the end of the season.

It has been a decent if a little frustrating season for CD Jávea. Performances have been hugely improved on previous seasons, the side looking more confident on the ball and much more enthusiastic to take the game to the opposition, to hound them, to force them into mistakes and then capitalise. It would be difficult to choose a player of the season as there have been so many great individual performances. Paolo and Cristian have both been solid in a defence that has allowed just 23 goals. Young right-back Ayoze has showed great promise surging down the flank to create many opportunities; midfielder Michael has done the same down the opposite side. Super-sub Favio finished the season as top scorer with 11 goals, stepping into the injured Palau's shoes to assume the responsibility of getting those goals. Edu has been dominant between the sticks; Paco like-wise in midfield. Obviously hanging on to these players at a level where it is common for them to move around clubs during the summer recess is essential. And if the club manages to do so - and maybe brings in one or two new experienced faces in midfield and up front - then CD Jávea has the framework to take the next step in the 2019/20 season.


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