Monday, September 28, 2009

My kind of weekend

Just for once yours truly had one of those weekends football wise, seventeen goals in total with only a couple for the opposition. On Saturday afternoon Tottenham got things off to a flying start with a five goal thriller, are they still called that when one team bags the lot? Anyway, Robbie Keane did the business, taking home the match ball and a third of the next one with four goals. Jermaine Jenas chipped in with the second to see off a hapless Burnley.
Final score Tottenham 5 - 0 Burnley

Next up midfielder German was the toast of Santa Pola, tonking in a free kick from the kind of range David Beckham would think twice about to smuggle three points home from Hercules B of Alicante. Those two results by themselves helped the San Miguels go down a treat later that same evening. Unbeknown to me things were about to get even better.
Final score Hercules B 0 - 1 Santa Pola

Sunday morning dawned and the sun put in a very brief appearance before giving way to the rain, bloody loads of the stuff too, all day long it absolutely hosed down. Something to do with a northern Costa Blanca weather phenomenon by the name of "Gota Fria." Undeterred, off I trotted to see game three of my personal accumulator; Elche Ilicitano versus Torrellano, a good old fashioned Third Division tear up between two near neighbours separated by about the length of six large fields and an industrial estate. Apart from the quantity of goals, eight, but not equally shared, the only surprising thing was Torrellano didn't kick anything off. By the time their goalkeeper, Pepitiu, retrieved the ball from his net for a sixth time the Torrellano players looked like they just wanted to get home. Visiting centre-back Alexis had the right idea, he avoided pissing about in the torrential rain for ninety minutes by getting himself sent off just before the end.
Final score Elche Ilicitano 6 - 2 Torrellano

Just time to fit in a cheeky Segunda 'A' game then as Elche CF, still searching for their first win in four, hosted Cordoba CF. Assisted by two of the sexiest goals I'm going to see all season, Elche didn't even need top gear to see off a lame looking Cordoba. Fernando Usero staked his claim for goal of the season by lashing an unsaveable shot into the roof of the net from outside the box. Midfield partner Andres del Campo Santos had a good go at matching the feat to give the patient and sodden locals even more cheer on a miserable afternoon to make it a couple nil. Even the own goal by Cordoba defender Ceballos was quite tasty, a "first time" shot into the far corner.

The 3-0 win for Elche was just the tonic, two red cards however, took some of the gloss off an excellent performance. Shortly after Elche had sewn up all three points, Argentine midfielder Jose Luis Acciari saw red, a decision that so enraged manager Claudio Barragan, himself on a dogs chance after a wretched start to the season, he too was banished to the stand. Both player and coach intend to appeal their expulsions in order to be available for the must win local derby away to sworn Alicante enemies Hercules in five days time. Watch this space.
Final score Elche 3 - 0 Cordoba
PHOTO: Saul (17) rides shotgun as Santos celebrates his goal

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