Cantoria 2017 picked up three valuable points this Sunday at the Campo Municipal Salva Sevilla in Berja. They beat Berja Club de Fútbol 2-3 in one of the derbies of the category, a match corresponding to matchday 17 of the Andalusian Division of Honour, Group 2.
A hard-fought victory for Cantoria -this Sunday in green and white- who from the start were well positioned on the pitch, while the home side had control of the ball. The first chance fell to Berja, but Alberto -who returned to the starting line-up- was on target and closed down the home side in a clear goal-scoring situation.
From then on, Cantoria took a step forward, attacking, stealing and counter-attacking. And so came the first goal for Ricardo Mora’s team, from a throw-in by Darío -a specialist in getting the ball into the danger zone-, Agustín headed the ball into the back of the net, it was the 27th minute, 0-1.
The visitors could have extended their lead. Again Agustín, converted into a centre forward, sent the ball against the post; Migui also had a chance and after a mistake by the local goalkeeper almost scored the second for Cantoria.
In the 35th minute Berja were down a player due to the sending off of Ángel Fernández and in the 40th minute a mistake by the Cantoria defence saw the home side equalise through Miguel Ángel. With the score at 1-1, the two teams went to the break.
Right after coming out of the dressing room, Cantoria came out for the match and first Darío in the 48th minute, after finishing off a lateral free kick and Parra in the 52nd minute after a ball was stolen, put distance on the scoreboard. At 1-3 and with an extra player on the pitch, Berja were forced to take risks and try to reduce the deficit while the visitors waited to counter-attack.
The story could have changed if Brian had converted a penalty that he shot high over the crossbar.
In the 88th minute, with the match dying down, Gonzaldo scored the 2-3 and put the suspense at the end of the match that Cantoria had put in the freezer at that point.
Pablo Gázquez (cadet) and Juanje Silvente (youth) played some good minutes at the end of the match, highlighting the work done at home during the week.
A very important victory for Cantoria (19 points) which helps them to stay in the fight for salvation.
Next Sunday at 12 noon at the Campo Municipal Los Olivos they host bottom team UD Pavía (10 points), another derby and another good opportunity to keep on winning and escape from the bottom of the table.
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