Ten men Lanzarote come back from 1-3 down at half time and go within whiskers of taking all three points in a day that manager Adolfo Pérez´s men made history going 34 home matches unbeaten.
Even with this superb fight back the Rojillos have now drawn their last four matches. As fortune would have it none of their closest rivals picked up maximum points so Lanzarote remain three points clear at the top.
The first opportunity came in the 6th minute when Rojillos striker Mauri burst down the left flank, his cross found Toñito on the right but the wingers strike went narrowly past the far post.
Other than that Lanzarote were a little stagnant in the opening stages and were made to pay in the 12th minute. A corner was poorly dealt with by the Rojillos defence and striker Johny nodded the ball home from close range to give the Tenerife side a 0-1 advantage.
This brought Lanzarote immediately into life and just 60 seconds later left back Miguel Gómez powered in a drive beating the keeper with utter power at his near post from 12 yards to level the score at 1-1.
The hosts now had the grit between their teeth but the visitors were more than willing to play their part in what was becoming a great football match. Unfortunately the Ref failed to let play continue with some challenges and started brandishing yellow cards and Lanzarote´s discipline began to slide from being infuriated with the official.
In the 29th minute striker Rosmen picked the ball up in midfield, rode a couple of challenges and played a one two with Mauri and then from eight yards he forced the Tenerife keeper into a good save. Fine play from the Lanzarote skipper.
Lanzarote were now on top and in the 32nd minute Toñito fed Vladi on the edge of the box but the Lanzarote midfielder had to stretch to strike the ball which meant his effort lacked venom and the keeper made a comfortable save.
Five minutes later and Mauri struck from the edge of the box but his shot was blocked, Louis Kennedy sweetly struck the rebound but his effort went inches past the right hand post.
Now came a sensational five minutes of football. A long kick from Carlos the Tenerife keeper was not picked up by the Lanzarote defence and the tall and talented Tenerife striker Oscar nipped in tucking the ball past an embarrassed Lanzarote goalkeeper to give his side a 1-2 lead.
Four minutes later and Lanzarote´s defence lost possession in their own third which forced defender Fran Gil into a rash tackle which clearly upended goal scorer Oscar. The Ref finally got a decision correct awarding a penalty to the visitors.
Oscar dusted himself off and sent keeper Agoney the wrong way to give his side a two goal advantage with the score 1-3. If Lanzarote thought that things could not get worse then they were completely wrong. Just a minute after conceding their read more »
The Rojillos have now gone 32 home games without defeat and are just one home game away of equalling their best home form since the mid 90¨s.
This may not have been Lanzarote at their best and the score does not paint the whole picture. The Fuerteventura side fought well but to be fair only had one good chance to score whereas Lanzarote made the most of the few opportunities that came their way.
The stats don’t lie. The league’s top scorers, one defeat all season, stunning home form has all led Lanzarote to top spot and are clear of second placed Las Palma B side by six points, though one rival SD Tenisca has a game in hand which could reduce it to four points.
The newly promoted opponents have struggled in this higher category but with two wins and a draw in their last three games they have moved out of the relegation positions.
With Louis Kennedy suspended and Brad Cockerill out with injury there was still a British person on the pitch. Ex Lanzarote player Ryan Macphee had read more »
These are unbelievable times for U.D Lanzarote. After going down to 10 men early in the second half the Rojillos overcame adversities with three second half super goals to extend their lead at the top of the league to five points.
The first half didn’t produce much in the way of goal mouth action with both sides being cautious to the extreme. The only notable events occurred late in the first period when the Gran Canarian side came close with an effort from striker Fernando, immediately the Rojillos hit back when Mauri crossed for Javi Melián but the Lanzarote striker was just inches away from connecting to give his side the lead.
The second half began terribly for the Rojillos. Without injured captain Rosmen and the suspended vice captain Toñito it was defender Falo wearing the captains armband. Manager Adolfo Perez´s third captain reacted badly to a challenge and raised his hands to the face of a Real Sporting player. After just two minutes of football being played in the second period Falo was red carded and the Rojillos were forced to play the entire second half with just ten players.
With Lanzarote´s read more »
This is the provisional calendar for motor racing events in Lanzarote during 2016 as organised by the Federación de Automovilismo de Las Palmas (FALP).
We wanted to publish the list as soon as possible, as we know some of you like to plan your holidays around spectating our motorsport events. These are the dates suggested for 2016.
6 February 1 Slalom La Candelaria
2 April Rallye La Candelaria
30 April Rallye Isla de Los Volcanes
30 July Slalom de Tinajo
18 June Subida de Haría read more »
The Rojillos begin the New Year and ended the first round of games with an emphatic win on a scorching hot winter’s day in paradise.
A fantastic amount of holidaymakers gave up part of their Sunday afternoon to lend their support to the island that many of them love. Heaps of children walking out with the Lanzarote team will I hope embed a fondness for this great island. For the adults a 5 Euro entrance, one Euro a beer and a steak sandwich for 2 Euros with sun on tap will seal that love.
For those of you not at the match and enduring a wet and windy winter please forgive my comments though I am sure for many of you it will be quite easy to picture yourself there so close your eyes for a moment and feel that heat. Did it work? The only flood we had in Lanzarote today was that of sun and goals.
Fair enough, it was Lanzarote at the top of the table playing the bottom club but you can only play what is in front of you and Lanzarote went at the Tenerife side looking for the early kill.
In the 12th minute Lanzarote went 1-0 up following a corner from Toñito . Defender Ignacio fired home with his left foot and then it was all hands on deck for the visitors who were getting murdered down either flank by Toñito and Louis Kennedy.
It took till the read more »
The Rojillos extend their unbeaten home run to a mighty 30 games but again it needed a late goal to keep that record intact.
What a day to watch a football match with a pleasant sunny sky and temperatures topping 24 degrees just a few days before Christmas. To all the holidaymakers that I spoke to, watching a game of footy in shorts and a T shirt and grabbing a beer from the bar for one Euro life could hardly get better.
The first chance of the match fell to British boy Louis Kennedy, a super cross from the right in the 7th minute found the winger but unfortunately his diving header from 6 yards was inches wide of the target with the goal at his mercy.
The Tenerife side certainly didn’t arrive in Lanzarote to sit back and enjoy the sun; they looked dangerous on the counter attack and in the read more »
What a huge disappointment this derby match proved to be. A horrible strong wind blew across the pitch and with the hosts scoring just 4 goals in their last 8 outings but still picking up an incredible 12 points this weather played into the hands of the home side.
Lanzarote knew this was going to be a physical match but when the officials stopped play for every foul the game could find no rhythm as the yellow cards mounted up.
As this was an away match it was one that I was looking forward to as I could enjoy a beer watching my club on a public holiday. To make things better my wife said she would like to join me to watch the match and as Anna is no great fan of the beautiful game I was well happy with the hope of converting her to the round ball game rather than Yoga or Zumba.
Leaving our home in Tahiche with nothing more than a gentle breeze with the sun being covered only by the occasional cloud all looked good. Just as we left I stopped the car and ran back inside to get my sweatshirt with Anna saying you won’t be needing that as we are heading south. Best decision of the day I had made was there and then.
Twenty minutes later we arrived in Yaiza in read more »
What a great weekend for the Rojillos. On the Saturday Lanzarote´s closest rivals UD Telde and Las Palmas B both lost so with this win Lanzarote are now four points clear at the top of the league.
This will not go down as a classic, not by a long way but two deserved goals in the final fifteen minutes was enough to secure the win against the Tenerife side and make it 29 games since defeat at home, just four short of the record of 33 set back in the mid 90´s.
Neither side were impressive in the opening minutes though you could see Lanzarote´s winger Toñito was up for the match as he breezed past defenders on both flanks though his team mates were not on the same wave length. You do know that if Toñito wants to play you will be guaranteed at least two or three good chances every match.
The first clear chance of the match was in the read more »