Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ronnie Rosenthal, did you see that?

A few years ago now, in 1992 to be exact, Israeli international Ronnie Rosenthal, whilst playing for Liverpool, made the kind of name for himself he was never able to forget. Such was his infamy most football fans can instantly recall without recourse to YouTube, how he somehow managed to hit the bar from about six foot away with neither the Aston Villa goalkeeper or any of their defenders anywhere near him. Well, move over Ronnie son, there's a new kid on the block and he plays for Elche.

Each season the Spanish football bible, daily football newspaper Marca, awards the highest goalscorer in the top two divisions the "Pichichi" trophy, a prize Elche Club de Futbol have only ever won once, way back in 1959. Fast forward to 2010 and the Franjiverdes now have a live chance of grabbing the prestigious Segunda A award for a second time. Striker Jorge Molina joined the club when his previous outfit, Polideportivo Ejido, were unable to reclaim their Segunda A status following relegation and has fitted in pretty well. 22 games in, the Spaniard from Alicante has notched eleven league goals and is the divisions joint top scorer. On Saturday February the 6th Elche hosted Numancia at home and Molina played.

Another pretty dismal crowd of under six thousand watched a pretty uninspiring game where Elche shaded a goal-less first half against a Numancia side that were effective but never eye catching. For twenty five minutes the two teams traded chances
with neither able to land a knock-out blow. On the half hour Jorge Molina did something that would definitely have brought a smile to dear old Ronnies face. I'll pick up the story.

Ghanaian midfielder Wakaso found himself on the end of a cut back from forward Trejo, from just outside the Numancia box the popular African twatted a shot in the Numancia keeper, Eduardo, did well to keep out with his left hand, the ball loped up to the nearby Molina, who, a couple of feet out and under no pressure, somehow shoved the ball onto the bar, whereafter a couple of adjacent colleagues tried to spare his blushes but to no avail. I think they call it a goalmouth scramble. See what you think with the game highlights here, fast forward to one minute forty odd seconds to see Molina attempt to emulate a very well known ex Liverpool and Tottenham striker.

Five minutes after the game restarted following the interval, and two minutes thirty into the highlights, Numancia scored and not without a little help from Willy Caballero, Elche's Argentine, (and usually very good), goalkeeper. Barkero slapped in a bit of a hit and hope shot from quite a way out that moved a little bit on it's way, unfortunately, Elche's resident Gaucho could only shovel into his own net for the games only goal. Once you've checked out how not to score, keep watching because a short time later Willy boy, without meaning to, takes all the attention from his striking colleague.

Final score Elche CF 0 - 1 CD Numancia

PHOTOS: A couple of chumps who play for Elche

PS - They really aren't chumps, between the pair of them Elche have won games they had no right to. I sincerely hope the Segunda A top striker isn't decided by a single goal, Molina has been so good all season so far.

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