Los Gallegos Preseason: 2014
We were solid throughout preseason
The first game of our preseason training camp took place on home soil when we scheduled the intra-squad friendly against our Hermandad Gallega Reserves
team. I think the team looked to impress me in this match and despite our lowly opposition our lethal touch in front of goal was eye-catching. Particular standouts were my star striker Jesús Reyes
and his partner in crime Eduardo Cañas
. They both worked well together with the former playing the poacher role and the latter becoming the target man. We also had some great service from winger Freddy Granados
. I thought the only negative was the fact we managed to concede thrice to our reserves but I will give the team time.
HERMANDAD GALLEGA FC 7-3 HERMANDAD GALLEGA RESERVES
J. REYES (x2), L. CHACÓN, D. DÁVILA, E. CAÑAS (x2), F. GRANADOS
Following on from the intra-squad friendly we came back to the Polideportivo Misael Delgado for another local friendly but this against lowly fourth division outfit Valencia
(not to be confused with the Spanish La Liga side). In this match it was again our front line duo of Cañas and Reyes who stole the show. They both exchanged goals before the former made way for 21-year old Dervis Barrera
, who also popped up on the hour mark to open his account. Altogether a fantastic performance and the clean sheet we attained is another positive, with all the defence doing their duty.
HERMANDAD GALLEGA FC 6-0 VALENCIA (VEN)
E. CAÑAS (x2), J. REYES (x3), D. BARRERA
A short journey to the west of the Carabobo state of Valencia took us into Yaracuy, and more specifically the Florentino Oropeza, in San Felipe. That was the venue for our exhibition match versus Atlético Yaracuy
of the Venezuelan Regional Division. Again we found our smaller opposition easy and won by a comfortable five goal margin. There were no particular standouts this game as I felt the whole team played well. It was also good to see yet another clean sheet, that makes two in three games and we're growing more confident after every good result.
ATLÉTICO YARACUY 0-5 HERMANDAD GALLEGA FC
E. CAÑAS (x2), PADRÓN, ARCHILA, RIVERO
This had to be the
shock result out of all the friendlies. I went into this game against Arroceros de Calabozo
thinking we'd be blown out of the water and be brought right back down to earth. Well was I proven wrong. Even after telling the players it was only about the fitness
they still delivered a marvellous performance. Eduardo Cañas again took the plaudits as he netted a superb hat trick. Jesús Reyes also scored another and our fourth goal came through an own goal by their defender. Not only keeping a clean sheet against a second division side but thrashing them by five goals to nil is surely a good sign. I'm not going to get carried away, however, and I think we still need to keep our heads down and focus.
HERMANDAD GALLEGA FC 5-0 ARROCEROS DE CALABOZO
E. CAÑAS (x2), REYES, VISTAROP (
The preseason was rounded off at lowly Bejuma FC
and the result was never really in doubt. There's no prizes for guessing who managed to score four goals, as our target man Eduardo Cañas really hit first gear in this game, and Jesús Reyes
also put his name on the scoreboard. The only worry about this game was the two goals conceded so I don't want to see the defenders going back to old habits in terms of complacency and their mindset. I'm sure they'll switch on once competitive football arrives, however.
HERMANDAD GALLEGA FC 5-2 BEJUMA FC
E. CAÑAS (x4), REYES
Player of Preseason
I can't really think of a more suitable nominee for this unofficial prize. All credit goes to Eduardo Cañas
for really showing his worth to me and cementing his place in the side for a few weeks to come. What I really enjoyed about his performances were how he brought others into play with little flicks and so on as well as just hitting the back of the net consistently.
The Month Ahead
- Game One: CA López Hernandez (H)
- Game Two: Real Anzoátegui (A)
- Game Three: Real Bolívar (H)