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UD Lanzarote 2 UD Las Palmas B 3

This must go down as the most exciting home game this season. For any neutral this game had the lot, goals, passion, intensity and quality football from both sides.

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The Rojillos will feel hard done by as the Referee failed to award them an obvious penalty, sent off Lanzarote defender Raúl on the hour amidst a catalogue decisions that went against the home club all awarded by the official who is also from Las Palmas.

It’s wrong to blame referees and on reports I have done in the past I have rarely criticised the officials but on this occasion they were poor. Surely the football federation should not allow a referee to be from the same place of either of the teams.

Lanzarote knew that they had to be at their very best to take anything from the runaway league leaders but at their very best Lanzarote were which made it a wonderful game of football to watch.

From the opening whistle the Rojillos didn’t allow their opponents anytime to dwell on the ball and in particular Ayoze Pérez chased every ball forcing Las Palmas to commit errors.

In the third minute British boy Louis Kennedy won the ball in midfield and fed Ayoze on the right wing, his excellent cross was fired in low across the six yard box but unfortunately midfielder Javi Betancort put the ball wide when maybe he should have done better.

Lanzarote dominated the early stages but in the 12th minute a quick fire break from the visitors almost gave them the lead. The ball was swept wide on the left and left back Yeremi who was only last week in the first team squad that earned a 3-3 draw with Real Madrid in the Primera Liga fired in a brilliant cross which was met with a diving header from striker Siverio which cleared the crossbar by just a matter of inches.

Both sides were creating chances, a great long pass from the Lanzarote keeper saw Borja go through but just as he fired goal bound a Las Palmas defender deflected his effort away for a corner.  read more »

CD Marino 2 UD Lanzarote 1

This always looked as though it would be a difficult match against fellow playoff hopefuls. The Tenerife side sitting in fifth spot whilst the Rojillos trailed one place below with just goal difference separating them.

Minano

It wasn’t a good start to the day for Lanzarote with their airplane suffering from mechanical failure the flight was delayed for two hours and the kick off was changed from noon to 1.40pm.Lanzarote captain Rosmen alongside fellow islander Kevin now captain of C.D Marino.Lanzarote captain Rosmen alongside fellow islander Kevin now captain of C.D Marino.

The home side were dominant in the opening stages with striker Adán coming close in the 10th minute and it was just five minutes later the same player finished off a good move to put his side 1-0 in front.

Lanzarote did begin to play better but most of their attacking play came from dead ball situations which rarely threatened the Tenerife keeper Cicoviç.  read more »

CD Tenerife B 2 UD Lanzarote 1

Lanzarote suffer their second defeat of the season but still remain in tenth spot though have drifted five points off the play off positions.

Jonathan Quintero with another goal for his new club

Los Rojillos went in front when one of the few in form players Quintero struck the ball on the turn beating the Tenerife keeper in the 14th minute.

The hosts levelled in the 26th minute with a hotly disputed penalty and the score remained 1-1 at the break.The referee booked many players in the second half and even though the game was intense it failed to flow due to the stoppages.  read more »

CD Santa Ursula 1 UD Lanzarote 1

The Rojillos remain unbeaten away from home and remain in 10th spot though they have closed the gap to the playoff positions to just two points.

Team photo santa ursula

The game in Tenerife was littered with yellow cards as well as three red which prevented the flow of the match.The first opportunity fell to Lanzarote with striker Quintero forcing a good save from the Santa Úrsula keeper.

In the 24th minute the home side were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. On the first attempt the Ref booked Miguel for blocking the free kick as the official believed that the Lanzarote left back moved before the whistle. On the second attempt the Tenerife defender made no mistake when he placed his left foot strike into the top right hand corner with the ball hitting the underside of the bar leaving Rojillos keeper Agoney no chance and giving his side a 1-0 lead.  read more »

CF Union Viera 2 UD Lanzarote 2

The Rojillos remain unbeaten away this season but with their ninth draw in twelve games they are sitting in mid table just three points off the playoffs but a whopping eight points adrift of league leaders Las Palmas B.

Starting 11 viera UD Lanzarote

The home side went into this game on the back of five consecutive defeats though were not short of confidence in the opening stages of this match.

The Gran Canarian side who before today’s match were rooted to the bottom of the league earned themselves a penalty in the 16th minute when Rojillos keeper Agoney clearly brought down midfielder Joshua on the edge of the box.

The Lanzarote number one made amends for his mistake with a low diving save which was edging inside his left hand post.  read more »

CD El Cotillo 1 UD Lanzarote 1

Lanzarote are fast becoming the team know as the King of the draws as they have now drawn seven of their eleven matches played though not many Lanzarote fans will be complaining about their last two away draws, here against the team who began the day as league leaders and last week against the side that are now league leaders.

UD Lanzarote Fuerte

The Rojillos have slipped to 10th spot but are one of three teams who have lost just once this season and are still just three points off a playoff spot and a further point off top spot.

The club organised an excursion to the game and once again it proved to be outstanding value, just 20 Euros for residents and 35 Euros for non residents (cannot be the same price as non residents do not get the discount on the ferry). Players and supporters met at the stadium in Arrecife before picking up people in Playa Honda and filling up the 85 seater double decker bus in Puerto Del Carmen before making our way to Playa Blanca to catch the Armas ferry to Fuerteventura.

On arriving in Corralejo we rejoined the bus for the 30 minute ride to Cotillo. It was an hour in the bars before making our way to the ground. For that price the club even bought everyone a bocadillo (roll). Hopefully there will be another trip to Fuerteventura in January when we play Unión Puerto on the 8th January.

The first half played in baking sun was extremely competitive with much of the game being fought out in the midfield. The Majoreros (Fuerteventurians) had the first opportunity when a header from midfielder Héctor which was well saved by the returning Rojillos keeper Agoney. Lanzarote replied when stand in skipper Ayoze rounded the goalkeeper on the half hour but his effort was cleared off the line by a defender.

Lanzarote began to  read more »

Arucas CF 1, UD Lanzarote 1

Lanzarote’s stuttering start to the season continues as they earn just their third point in their last four outings. With striker Dani López leaving the club and with Captain Rosmen who has been out for three weeks through injury and will not be returning for at least a month there is no doubt the Rojillos are lacking firepower upfront.

UD Lanzarote

The day did not begin well for manager Adolfo Pérez with defender Raúl unable to travel due to illness just hours before the flight to Gran Canaria. Fran Gil was drafted into the starting line up for his first game of the season, the Lanzarote centre back had been out with a minor knee injury and a hernia operation.

The opening half hour was even with possession though Lanzarote had three opportunities with Kennedy, Marcos Cabrera and Ayoze Pérez all coming close to breaking the deadlock.

In the 33rd minute Louis Kennedy was only a whisker away from celebrating his 23rd birthday with a goal but his strike from the edge of the area went inches wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Three minutes later and Arucas striker Omar Rodríguez saw his effort come back off the left hand post and just before the break the hosts again came close with a header as they went into the break on the front foot.

Three minutes into the second half and a defence splitting one two let in Omar Rodríguez . The Gran Canarian striker who has just returned to the island from his stint with Real Madrid under 18´s slid the ball beyond Rojillos keeper Alejandro Martín and inside the right hand post to give the second from bottom side a 1-0 lead.

Lanzarote then had a couple of opportunities to level with Miguel Gómez creating chances for Ayoze Pérez and Toñito but they failed to convert the good work from Miguel.  read more »

UD Lanzarote 0, CD Marino 0

There may have not been any goals but this match was far from boring. Los Rojillos (The Reds) dominated the match creating many opportunities but a combination of great goalkeeping and the woodwork prevented Lanzarote claiming all three points.

Yeremy 1

The Tenerife side went into this match as league leaders winning four and drawing two of their six matches played but they were forced to defend the majority of this game.

Lanzarote began on the front foot. Rojillos midfielder Marcos Cabrera had two efforts on goal in the seventh and ninth minute; the first was a bullet of a shot going just a metre wide of the left hand post and the second clearing the bar by a few feet.

In the 20th minute a beautiful cross field pass from defender Raúl sent winger Toñito on the chase, as the ball bounced the goalkeeper completely clattered Toñito and in what seemed a clear penalty the Referee waived play on.

The Rojillos were on top and looking sharp. In the 22nd minute a long throw from near the corner flag was headed on from Javi Betancort to Javi Melian, in an instant the striker side footed the ball from the flick on but the Tenerife keeper produced a top quality save palming the ball away for a corner.

Lanzarote were in the middle of a great spell but just could not apply that finishing touch to compliment their great build up play.  read more »


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