October 2014: Goals, Goals and Goals
In October we were lethal in front of goal
On the back of an undefeated September, excluding our cup exit to Deportivo La Guaire, we strived to maintain and possibly improve our performances going into October. We had some tough games coming up against promotion rivals so the lads were training at a higher intensity than before.
To begin with we played host to cellar dwellers Deportivo Peñarol
, a side struggling to put up wins on the board and looking likely to drop down a division come the end of the season. We met them on the back of three straight wins and despite a tough first half we made it four with three second half strikes.
The Minasoro FC
clash was a frustrating one. While we got the three points and the final score of 5-4 looks like a positive one I was left fuming at our defence. A stunning first half display saw us race to a comprehensive 5-0 lead. After a couple of leads lost earlier in the season I was cautious in giving my praise and it seems I made a mistake, as we allowed our opponents to come right back into the match. Defensive training is now high on the agenda.
Only three days and a coach journey later we fell victim to Central Ítalo
despite Freddy Granados' 65th minute effort. This loss is really hard to take as we need all the points we can get in the promotion race and especially before the big games that were to take place next.
Facing promotion front runners SC Guaraní
was the worst team to compete against after a loss like the one in our previous game. This was exemplified as we went two-nil down early in the second half and we faced an uphill battle to get back into the game. But using my limited motivational skills we were able to pull ourselves back into the game and Dervis Barrera's late equaliser was one to savour, earning us a hugely vital point in this game.
To wrap up October we welcomed Baralt FC
to the Polideportivo Misael Delgado in what was sure to be an extremely close run affair. Fortune favoured us as we were awarded a penalty less than 15 minutes into the encounter and Freddy Granados tucked it away with ease. Víctor Archila, his fellow winger, added a second ten minutes later to seal a massively important 2-1 win.
October League Table
As you can see from the picture, above, we handed Baralt FC their first defeat of the league season and those pivotal four points from the last two games of October leave us in fourth
position. ULA FC and Estrella Roja are right on our heals though so we know that any slip ups will be punished.
October Player of the Month
For this month's award I have to hand it to Dervis Barrera
. The youngster is filling the void left by the injured Jesús Reyes comfortably and his last gasp equaliser against SC Guaraní is the reason why football is such a popular sport.
On my way home from the stadium I noticed the slimy young journalist following me. I have to say I had to control my laughter as he walked circles around that little alleyway while I hid in plain sight. I now know that I'll have to watch my back and keep on the ever lower down low. For now, adios!