Squad news


28 Dec 2011
Depor B ended the first round at Tercera División with mixed news; it gave positive sensations during big part of the tournament, but ended living outside the promotion zone, which is a disappointing outcome for Ramallo’s boys.

Everybody knew that this season was going to be tough at the Galician group of Tercera División, big names like CD Ourense, CCD Cerceda, Pontevedra CF, Racing de Ferrol and Deportivo B were the favourites to fight for the four promotion spots, and in the end Alondras CF and Racing Club Villalbés joined a race that seems more complicated than at the beginning.

Fabril ended the first round at the fifth place at the standings, three points behind fourth place RC Villalbés and six from leader CD Ourense, precisely Ramallo’s team had the big chance to hunt the first place at the last matchday of the first round, but it ended losing the game at the O Couto pitch.

Clearly the strongest point of the team is when it plays at Abegondo, Depor B and Alondras CF are the only two teams in the group that haven’t been defeated at home yet, and 25 of the 36 points added on this initial round -69% of the total- were added at Abegondo.

Another interesting stat is related to the number of goals scored; Depor B scored 33 times on the season, which is the highest mark in the league. Perhaps the major problem has been the number of goals scored as Ramallo’s team allowed 19, which is only the eighth best record in the league.

The start was promising for Deportivo, with two straight victories at home (3-1 Vs. SD Negreira and 2-0 Vs. Villalonga FC), plus a draw visiting top-flight Alondras CF (1-1), but later the team suffered two defeats within the next three games (0-2 at CD As Pontes and 0-1 at Rápido de Bouzas).

But Fabril bounced back and added three victories in the next four games, including an impressive 4-0 win visiting RC Villalbés, club that at the time was the leader in the group after a rally of six straight victories. But then it occurred a key setback as Ramallo’s boys lost before direct rival CCD Cerceda (0-1). That result prevented Fabril of reaching the top two places, though later the team added seven of the next nine points in dispute.

The painful defeat visiting CD Dordena (0-1) just complicated the things, but later Deportivo B was able to clinch three straight victories, including a 6-1 crushing triumph over Cultural Areas, which was the biggest win on the first round. Still, with all this ups and downs, Fabril had the chance of reaching the second position as in the last matchday it was visiting CD Ourense, but the 1-3 loss left the team living outside of the promotion zone.

Goalkeeper Marc Martinez was the player with more minutes as he disputed the full 90 minutes in all the 19 matchdays of the first round. He was an important factor as his saves prevented more negative results. The other player that was part of all the liga matches was central defender Pablo Ínsua, who only missed 45 minutes as he was replaced at half-time of the visit to Órdenes SD due to illness.

The two new arrivals that had a deeper impact at the team were centre midfielder Pedro Crespo and right back Adriá Gallego, both only missed one game on the season and are now regular starters with Tito Ramallo. There were other six youngsters that passed the 1,000-minute mark on the first round: central defenders Uxío Marcos and Stefan Deak, left-back Ángel Martinez, playmaker Juan Carlos Real, right winger Diego Vela and striker David Cubillas.

Second keeper Eduardo Sousa Edu´ and centre midfielder Richi are the only players that haven’t disputed any minute in the league, this last one has been injured within the last year and is expected to witness his return for the first days of January.

Precisely the injuries have been one of the main problems at the team, it was the reason why players like captain Diego Vieytes, midfielder David Garcia, Cameroonian winger Julien Dilal Nddombo and striker Iago Beceiro didn’t have a bigger participation in this first round, though it seems that everything can be solved for the first matchday of 2012 as all the players could be available for the meeting before SD Negreira (January 7), which means zero injuries for the first time on the season.

Without doubt playmaker Juan Carlos Real has been the most determinant player in attack; he is the top-scorer at the team with nine goals added to his tally and is also the best assistor with five assists. Other names to remember are right winger Diego Vela, who has scored six times, plus striker David Cubillas, who scored five goals.


Photos: La Opinion a Coruńa



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