With almost the last kick of the match, FC Torrevieja deservedly won a closely fought game against much fancied opposition from Barrio Cristo. With everything to play for, Torrevieja wanting to avoid a relegation battle and their opposition just a point below the play off zone, the win was even sweeter as not too many home supporters could have dreamt of them winning against the odds.
Barrio Cristo started the season well but much like our neighbours Hercules, they have suffered a loss in form recently and Torrevieja took advantage of this, hustling and playing with more passion and determination than has been witnessed in the second half of the season. With just six points from a possible thirty, Torrevieja has dropped from promotion hunters to relegation fighters but Sunday’s win gives them an edge in remaining in their division for 2010/11 and a chance to build for the future.
It was another game of hard tackles and yellow cards coupled with a touch of play-acting, which we are used to seeing week in and week out. For the most part, Torrevieja managed to stay away from getting any more yellow cards for silly offences such as talking back to the referee or not retreating ten metres from a free kick, which must have made management a little happier as the end of the season draws close and, for a change, the Ref had a decent game.
Torrevieja went close a number of times in the first half and in the second half enjoyed many more chances than Barrio Cristo. However, it was not until deep into added time with Torrevieja’s last attack of the match, that Heredia snatched the winning goal, after following up on a blocked shot that caught the Barrio Cristo defence off guard.
A few tempers were fraught after the final whistle had blown but fortunately the Torrevieja team kept their cool and walked away from a possible explosive situation. The entire crowd were on their feet and applauding the efforts of the team, who returned the gesture to the fans, by gathering in the centre of the field and giving their own thanks to the crowd for continuing to show faith.