The Rojillos needed a single point to guarantee themselves a second position finish otherwise it was up to our neighbours Yaiza to get any sort of result against third placed side C.D. Marino.
As it panned out it was Yaiza that won 4-0 ensuring Lanzarote finish the season in second spot which not only sees Lanzarote playing a mainland side who finished fourth but also it does have the added advantage of the second leg being played at home.
Lanzarote started the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to take the lead in the opening minutes as British boy Brad Cockerill had a great effort superbly saved by the Tenerife keeper.
This was also a day when the league’s top scorers were on show, Rosmen and Ibarra striker Manzi both with 25 goals apiece. In the 28th minute the latter struck giving his side a 1-0 lead and also making himself the league’s top scorer.
Seconds before the half time whistle Lanzarote were level when Colombian Mauri won the ball and forced his way into the penalty box then squeezed his shot wide of the keeper sending his side into the half time break with the score 1-1.
The home side began the second half on the front foot and read more »
The Rojillos end their home campaign unbeaten all season having won thirteen and drawn six following this win against a young and talented Tenerife B side.
CD Mensajero are deservedly champions and have done it with a game remaining after easing to a 3-0 home win versus UD Telde. Third placed side CD Marino slipped up at home drawing 3-3 which means Lanzarote need one point in their final match to guarantee second spot.
Second position is hugely important as Lanzarote will play a lower placed side in the first playoff, it also means that the first match will be away and a week later the return leg will be played at the Arrecife fortress.
Both Lanzarote and CD Marino are away in the final match of the season with the Rojillos travelling to Tenerife to face mid table side UD Ibarra with a three point advantage. CD Marino are visiting Lanzarote to take on U.S. Yaiza. If Yaiza do not get beaten then Lanzarote are assured of second spot. Goal difference favours CD Marino so as the game kicks off at the same time the Rojillos must at least get a point otherwise they are relying on their neighbours.
It has now been over a year since Adolfo Pérez´s men have tasted defeat at home so if you fancy supporting Yaiza next week all will be forgiven.
U.D. Lanzarote got off to a dream start, seconds into the second minute and Raúl whipped in a cross from the right flank and Rosmen got in between the two central defenders and his superb guided header flew into the bottom right hand corner. The 1-0 lead calmed the nerves of the Lanzarote players and paved the way for an entertaining first half in scorching heat.
It certainly wasn’t one way traffic as this young Tenerife side some of whom have played for the first team were comfortable in possession and dangerous on the break.
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If you’re on the island on Saturday 23rd May, prepare to be engulfed in Iroman fever!
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The Rojillos have now mathematically guaranteed themselves a spot in the Playoffs to try and achieve Segunda B (League 1) status following this win in a pulsating match.
This was a tough game and huge credit must be given to the Gran Canarian side. After a superb second half of the season Arucas had pushed themselves to within two points of the playoffs and were mindset in becoming the first side to defeat Lanzarote at home this season.
To be fair Lanzarote had qualified for a playoff spot the week they won in Fuerteventura and maintaining a 10 point gap to the team in fifth spot who will miss out on the playoffs.
The game began at a fast pace with the Conejeros (Locals) dominating however the visitors caught the Rojillos off guard on the break in the 10thminute. The Lanzarote defence were on the backfoot as winger Tati centred and striker Ayoze showed no mercy blasting home from around the penalty spot to give his side a 0-1 advantage.
Lanzarote then carried on as they had began, dominating possession and looking the more threatening. Ten minutes later and the home side were level. Louis Kennedy took a short corner to fellow winger Toñito and read more »
Both teams very much wanted the win in Gran Canaria. Lanzarote to keep the pressure on the league leaders and Santa Brígida to keep alive their hopes of a playoff finish.
Lanzarote dominated most of the first half with winger Toñito striking the woodwork in the early stages and striker Rosmen failing to hit the target when he found himself unmarked inside the area.
The opening stages of the second period were controlled by the home side with striker Futre and defender Alex both forcing the Lanzarote keeper Agoney to make good saves.
As the game hung in the balance both sides had good chances to win this match with Futre again testing the Lanzarote keeper and Rojillos midfielder Marcos Cabrera coming close with a free kick.
The game ended in a draw as it did in Lanzarote earlier in the season though back then the two teams shared eight goals in a monumental match.
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U.D. Lanzarote and their travelling band of supporters enjoyed a magical day out in Fuerteventura which was topped off with a superb winner in the 18th minute from a free kick by Marcos Cabrera.
This win puts Lanzarote into joint second position and guarantees a playoff spot with five matches yet to play. The only goal available till the end of the season is to claw back three points to overtake league leaders C.D Mensajero which ensures a Copa Del Rey spot for next season.
Even if Lanzarote were to finish top they would still have to win a home and away tie with a team from the mainland to secure promotion to Segunda B (League 1).
The vibe from the players and fans as we boarded the bus at 7.30am, then onto the ferry was boisterous and all aboard felt as if we were in for a day to remember and how right we all were.
This was never going to be an easy match as the Fuerteventura side were in no way wanting to join our party as inter island rivalry was in full flow.
The home side had slipped down to 15th spot in the league table over recent weeks had the first opportunities going close with a free kick and forcing a good save from the Lanzarote keeper Agoney.
In the 18th minute The Rojillos earned a free kick 25 yards out. Midfielder Marcos Cabrera struck the ball with pace and bend just clearing the heads of the Fuerteventura wall and the ball nestled nicely low into the corner sending the travelling fans into a frenzy.
With the 0-1 lead Lanzarote began to settle and read more »
Rojillos manager Adolfo Pérez openly admits that this was his side’s worst home performance of the season. Nevertheless with the two top sides both losing Lanzarote have narrowed the gap to league leaders CD Mensajero to just three points.
It does seem that neither of the top three sides want to win the league championship and gain entry to the Copa Del Rey (F.A. Cup) for next season. Incredibly the leagues bottom club CD La Laguna has taken four points off the top two sides in the last fortnight.
There is no doubt that the Conejeros (locals) should have won this match against the 4th placed Gran Canarian side especially as the visitors were reduced to 10 men in just the second minute following a head butt by striker Victor on defender Falo.
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Lanzarote’s largest sporting event takes place this year on Saturday May 23rd.
We’ve put together this “crib sheet” for those of you visiting the island over that period, so you know what to expect!
Ironman Lanzarote is known as one of the world’s toughest sporting events, and acknowledged as the most demanding triathlon. The three main components of that are the huge climbs and strong winds on the bike, and the soaring temperatures that always accompany the run phase.
Here are the key points: read more »