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REVIEW: CHOCO 2 – FABRIL 1 (TERCERA)

12 May 2015
Ninth defeat on the season; Fabril were facing a motivated rival that was trying to secure a historic qualification for the playoffs. Hugo Díaz played his third game with the team and scored for the first time.

BEFORE THE GAME
With the second place already secured, three players picked the fifth yellow card in order to arrive without any caution the playoff round, in this sense Adrián, Remeseiro and Queijeiro were suspended for the game. At the same time centre-back Iago López was out with an ankle injury, so Hugo Díaz from Juvenil A was picked for the meeting, while keeper David Gómez was a substitute after making the trip with the first team to Bilbao.

Coach Manu Mosquera presented a 4-2-3-1 lineup. Rafael Veloso was the keeper, Toni Insua was the right-back defender, Jorge Fernández performed on the left side, the centre-backs were Hugo Díaz and Róber Suárez. Sam Piette and Juan López were the centre midfielders, Ángel Fernández was attacking from the right wing, Cañi was the left winger, Miguel Cardoso was the playmaker and Álex Pérez was the centre forward.

The rival was CD Choco, team coached by Jacobo Montes and that arrived to the game with a streak of six straight games without losing, they reached the promotion zone and needed the victory to certify their participation in the playoff round, something they never did before, so there was a lot of expectation in a packed Santa Mariña field. Hugo Sanmartin was the big casualty for them, he was injured and is the top scorer at the team (15 goals).

THE MATCH
CD Choco clinched an historic qualification for the promotion playoff in an open game that was decided with two counterattacks perfectly executed. Fabril were playing for nothing, but left a positive impression and had enough scoring opportunities to have claimed a better result.

The locals had the control of the game since the kick-off, but were unable to create any harm within the first twenty minutes. Meanwhile, Fabril were looking more fresher and had two goal opportunities in that frame, the first chance was a crossed shot by Ángel (5’) and then a low attempt by Cardoso (13’), both were saved by keeper David Cortegoso.

The first chance for Choco came at minute 22, Gonzalo Fernández ‘Gonza’ entered the area and his shot was saved by Veloso, in the next play Álex Pérez was left alone before Cortegoso and the striker couldn’t resolve the one-on-one situation. The fact that one team was having a goal opportunity just after the rival had another one was a common thing on this game, both sides were having chances and the big difference was only the aim from Choco.

This situation was repeated at minute 29, Cardoso scored a goal that was ruled out due to an offside and minutes later the locals scored the first goal. It was a counterattack that surprised Fabril as Óscar Comis got the ball at midfield and ran fifty meters eluding three rival to score with a drilling shot. It was a great solo-move, though the defenders looked too passive to cut the run of the attacker.

Before the break Álex Pérez hit the post with a mid-distance shot. Fabril was losing by half-time, but it did the merits to deserve a better result. Still, the team didn’t have time to react after allowing the second goal just seven minutes after the pause.

Again the defence was surprised, this time with a long throw coming from Choco’s back line, Félix Rial got the ball and easily surpassed Fabril’s defence to reach the area and release a drilling and crossed shot past Veloso, the ball hit the far post and luckily for CD Choco it went directly into the path of Diego Silva who taped the ball in from the box.

The game was equal despite the two-goal disadvantage; Fabril were pushing and was able to score in a corner-kick action. Cañi sent the cross from the left and into the near post, Álex Pérez was there to head the ball, it turned into a volley that went into the far post and Hugo Díaz was there to push the ball in. The centre-back from Juvenil A was making his third appearance with the B squad and was scoring his first goal at Tercera.

Twenty minutes were remaining and the match continued to be exciting, Manu Mosquera sent Dani Iglesias and Kim Woo-Hong to replace Ángel and Álex Pérez. Instead of protecting the pass to the playoff round locked at the back, CD Choco chose to continue attacking and, with Fabril searching for the equalizer, the final minutes were dramatic as both sides had a clear chance to score.

Silva was close to score his second goal in the game with a low shot saved by Veloso (83’), and two minutes later Cardoso was close to score with a crossed shot that passed close to the post. The Portuguese winger was once again the main threat in attack, having four chances to score and a disallowed goal.

AFTER THE GAME
The party was unleashed after the final whistle. CD Choco qualified for the first time for a promotion playoff at Tercera and the local players celebrated it on the pitch. Good performance for a Fabril that was playing for nothing. The game was equal and only the aim from CD Choco defined a game that could perfectly end in a draw.

Only one matchday is pending, but everything is already decided at Tercera. Xuventú Sanxenxo, Laracha CF, Cultural Areas and Bertamiráns FC are relegated, while the promotion playoff will be played by Pontevedra CF, Deportivo B, CCD Cerceda and CD Choco. Before facing the playoff, Fabril will close the league tournament with the home game against Rápido de Bouzas (Sunday, Abegondo, 18h00 CET).

As it happened in the previous game, three players from Fabril intentionally picked the fifth yellow card on the season during the visit to CD Choco, so they can arrive to the playoff without any caution. These players are Sam Piette, Cardoso and Juan López, trio that will skip the game with Rápido de Bouzas.

MATCH STATISTICS
Deportivo B: (4-2-3-1) Veloso – Toni Insua, Hugo Díaz, Róber, Jorge – Sam Piette, Juan López – Ángel (Dani Iglesias 73’), Cardoso, Cañi – Álex Pérez (Kim Woo-Hong 73’)
Choco: (4-2-3-1) Cortegoso - Iago Vázquez (Pablo Piñeiro 57’), Cristian, Lucas, Carminati -  Fernando, Gonza (Róber Fernández 65’) - Xosé Ramón, Félix, Comis - Silva (Molinos 83’)
Goals: 1-0: (32’) Óscar Comis, 2-0: (52’) Diego Silva, 2-1: (64’) Hugo Díaz
Referee: Víctor García Villaverde. He showed yellow card to Hugo Díaz (26’), Sam Piette (69’), Juan López (84’), Cardoso (85’) and Comis (88’)
Venue: Santa Mariña (1,100)

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