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Archive Reports 2018/19 - Tercera Division

 

MAZARRON FC 1 - CD CIEZA 1 (14.10.2018) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

(ABANDONED AFTER 76 MINUTES)

The problems of writing a Mazarron FC match report when watching the game via internet transmission (this time from Odense in Denmark) were never more obvious than on Sunday. The first 35 minutes of the game were missed because of lack of internet coverage and then the fracas which led to the abandonment of the game was not picked up by the camera although the aftermath certainly was.

The first surprise of the evening was the sight of the league's joint leading goalscorer Dani Barrelis on the substitutes bench for Mazarron with Chino given his first start of the season and Basi playing the role of lone striker down the middle.

According to the local media Mazarron made a good start to the game and had the better of the first 15 minutes and should have scored on 16 minutes but the shot following a corner was well wide. Cieza then came more into the game and had three decent chances to take the lead, two from headers and one from a shot from outside the penalty area. The visitors took the lead a minute before half time when Jesus Moreno latched on to as through ball and lobbed the ball over the advancing Antonio Pena and into the empty net.

Mazarron introduced Dani Barrelis after the interval and started the second half on the front foot. Unfortunately, as has happened too often in recent weeks, they wasted two free kicks in dangerous positions, the first from Salva Ballesta and the second from Xavi. Then on 53 minutes a corner from Salva was headed just wide by captain Adrian Campoy.

Mazarron were now in control of the game and a free kick from substitute Jose Da went close. Cieza were adopting the usual tactic of falling to the ground dramatically after every tackle but in the 72nd minute Mazarron appealed in vain for a penalty when Dani Barrellis appeared to be fouled in the area. In the scramble that followed, Diego's header was saved by the visiting keeper.

A rare break by Cieza saw a left wing cross go well wide of the intended target and then Mazarron scored the equaliser a minute later. A long clearance by Antonio Pena eventually saw the ball land at the feet of Salva Ballesta and his left foot shot found the corner of the net.

Unfortunately, that was the last action of the game as an incident around the Cieza substitutes bench saw the visitors taking the dramatic action of leaving the field and refusing to return leaving the match officials no alternative but to abandon the game.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo; Basi; Xavi (Jose Da); Chino (Dani Barrelis); Diego; Salva Ballesta.

MAZARRON FC 1 - MAR MENOR CF 1 (7.10.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron kept their unbeaten home record with another hard working performance against a strong Mar Menor side. The visitors were runners-up in this division last year and have not finished below fifth in the last eight seasons.

Mar Menor started on the front foot forcing two early corners and looking quick and dangerous in attack. Antonio Pena had to be alert to keep out a cross shot from the right and at the other end Basi made a strong run forward but his shot was blocked for a corner.

On 13 minutes Antonio Pena came to Mazarron's rescue, not for the first time this season, when Mar Menor broke clear and he dived at the striker's feet to clutch the ball safely. However, the visitors took the lead after 18 minutes when Nacho was penalised for handball in the area. Pena made a superb save from the spot kick but was powerless to prevent the follow up shot entering the net.

Mazarron were behind for only 12 minutes when an excellent move down the right saw Basi's cross headed into the corner of the Mar Menor net for his sixth goal of the season. Two minutes later Pena raced out of his goal but his clearance only reached a Mar Menor forward. Fortunately, his shot was well wide of the far post with the goal gaping.

On 38 minutes Pena was again called into action after a ball down the left eluded Gato and the home keeper was on hand to make another diving save. Mazarron almost took the lead on the stroke of half time when Salva Ballesta's corner was headed just over the bar by Adrian Campoy.

Mar Menor began the second half on the attack and looked dangerous on a couple of breaks down their right wing. Dani Barrelis went close for Mazarron but saw his shot blocked at the last minute. Then a superb free kick from Xavi was headed down into the path of Dani Barrelis but his fierce shot brought an excellent save from the Mar Menor keeper.

The game entered a scrappy period with neither side able to make any impression but Adrian Campoy had to be alert to divert a shot for a corner. Mazarron's last chance was a free kick on the edge of the penalty area when Dani Barrelis was brought down but Jose Da's free kick was headed clear at the near post.

The draw keeps Mazarron in eighth position in the Tercera Division a highly creditable start to the season.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Heredia (Jose Da); Basi; Xavi; Dani Barrelis; Diego (Chino); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Adrian Campoy

EDMF CHURRA GESA 2 - MAZARRON FC 2  (30.9.2018)

Mazarron travelled to third placed Churra and came away with an excellent draw in a very hard fought game.

The home team took the lead in the very first minute when a long ball saw former Mazarron striker Dani Morales racing past Alberto and with goalkeeper Antonio Pena racing out to the edge of the penalty area he calmly lobbed the ball over his head and into the empty net.

Churra were looking quick and dangerous up front but Mazarron also looked sharper than the previous week with Basi finally playing alongside Dani Barrelis up front. Jose Da hit a long range free kick straight at the keeper and then Andreo's shot from 25 yards was well saved as Mazarron started to get into their stride.Zurdo was harshly penalised for a foul but the Churra free kick was well wide. Then Salva Ballesta and Andreo combined well on the right but Andreo's cross shot was just wide of the target. Churra had a great opportunity to increase their lead on 38 minutes when a free kick from the right was fired wildly over the bar from just six yards.

They were made to pay for their mistake when Mazarron equalised a minute later. A throw in from Gato caused havoc in the Churra defence and the ball landed at the feet of Basi who fired the ball firmly home from 10 yards. On the stroke of half time a free kick from the right was headed against the bar by Dani Morales and the ball bounced down into the safe arms of Antonio Pena.

Churra began the second half with a left wing corner which was headed wide. Then new signing Javi saw the Churra keeper off his line but his clever effort from 40 yards did not have enough height. However Mazarron took the lead after 56 minutes when Salva Ballesta was pulled back just inside the area and leading scorer Dani Barrelis calmly slotted the resulting penalty into the corner of the net.

Churra were back on level terms seven minutes later when a free kick on the edge of the penalty area was touched back into the path of Nelson Gabriel who shot over the defensive wall past the despairing dive of Antonio Pena.

Mazarron's best move of the game came after 67 minutes when Dani Barrelis cleverly held off three defenders before finding Jose Da whose fierce shot was well saved by the Churra keeper. Churra's giant substitute Alejandro headed a corner over the bar and at the other end Andreo was leaning back as he fired over the bar from 8 yards after a right wing free kick.

It was virtually Andreo's last action of the game as he was harshly shown a straight red card for a tackle right in front of the visiting Mazarron supporters who showed their displeasure at the decision. Then a touchline spat saw a member of the coaching staff from each team sent to the changing rooms.

Mazarron could have won it in the 89th minute when substitute Heredia threaded the ball through to Basi just inside the Churra half. He raced clear but his final shot was smothered by the home keeper.

It was a much better all round performance by Mazarron who have played four of the top six teams in their six games so far and with three wins, a draw and just two defeats it has been a very satisfactory start to the season.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Alberto; Nacho; Andreo; Basi; Javi; Dani Barrelis (Chino); Jose Da (Heredia); Salva Ballesta (Diego).

Man of the Match: Andreo.

MAZARRON FC 2 - NV ESTUDIANTES DE MURCIA CF 0  (23.9.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron retained their 100% home record against an Estudiantes side currently at the foot of the league but it was not one of their best performances.

They started brightly with Salva Ballesta and Zurdo sending in dangerous crosses which caused problems for the visitors defence and took the lead on 14 minutes. A free kick from Jose Da on the right was only half cleared and when the ball was played back into the area Adrian Campoy's header was fumbled by the keeper but the Mazarron skipper was first to react and fired home from close range.

Despite their lowly position Estudiantes were playing some neat football but it was Mazarron who increased the lead after 25 minutes. Jose Da cleverly floated the ball towards the corner of the net where leading scorer Dani Barrelis was on hand to apply the finishing touch with his fourth goal of the season.

As Mazarron for some reason took their foot of the pedal, the visitors dominated the remainder of the first half. After 29 minutes a break down the left forced a good save from Antonio Pena at the near post. On 33 minutes a long range effort went wide but Pena distinguished himself shortly afterwards with another acrobatic save, diving to his left to keep out a fierce drive following a throw in.

A minute later Adrian Campoy had to show his defensive qualities with a last ditch intervention as an Estudiantes striker was about to shoot . Little was seen of Mazarron as an attacking force and they were giving the ball away far too often in midfield.

The second half continued in the same vein with Pena and Adrian Campoy combining to thwart another Estudiantes attack and then Mazarron's outstanding goalkeeper was called into action again in the 53rd and 54th minutes to make two more good saves.

At the other end Basi showed his pace and strength with a surging run from the halfway line but slightly overran the ball at the last minute and the Estudiantes keeper was able to smother his effort. Dani Barrelis and Diego combined well on the right but the resulting cross was cut out.

Estudiantes continued to dominate possession in the last fifteen minutes without really troubling the Mazarron defence again. The game ended on a sour note for the home team when Adrian Campoy was sent off in the 89th minute for a second yellow card.

After the first 25 minutes, Mazarron were far too defensive minded, were caught in possession far too often in midfield and left lone strike Dani Barrelis too isolated up front with little support. Having said all that three wins from the first five games in the higher division is a more than satisfactory start and the victory takes Mazarron up to seventh in the league table.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema (Alberto); Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Zurdo; Andreo; Jose Da (Chicho); Diego; Basi; Dani Barrelis; Salva Ballesta (Chino).

Man of the Match: Antonio Pena.

YECLANO DEPORTIVO 2 - MAZARRON FC 0  (16.9.2018)

Mazarron FC made the long journey to Yecla to take on last season's Tercera Division champions and were thoroughly outplayed in the first 45 minutes.

The game started quietly and the first action was a Mazarron free kick which was fired well over the bar by Salva Ballesta. Yeclano then attacked with a cross from the right which Nacho headed behind. The resultant corner caused havoc for Mazarron with defenders somehow managing to throw their bodies in the way of the ball to block two shots which were heading for the net.

At the other end Dani Barriles was brought down 30 yards out and this time it was Jose Da who blazed another dreadful free kick well off target. Yeclano took the lead on 18 minutes after another quick break down the right which saw Alejandro turning the cross firmly past Antonio Pena.

It should have been 2-0 a minute later when a long ball down the middle caught Alberto napping but, with only Pena to beat, Iker dragged his shot wide of the far post. The Mazarron keeper then had to be alert to smother two more chances in as many minutes as the home team threatened to run away with the game.

The pressure kept mounting with Yeclano somehow contriving to shoot over the bar from 6 yards before they finally got the second goal they deserved on 31 minutes. Another long ball out of defence again caught Alberto out of position and this time Antonio raced clear to fire the ball into the far corner of the net.

Pena made another excellent save as half time approached before Basi gave Mazarron a little hope with a run down the right which ended when the home keeper dived at his feet to claim the ball.

The half time team talk seemed to stir Mazarron into action as they made a much better fist of it in the second period. However, Pena had to make the save of the game on 48 minutes with a flying leap to turn a fierce shot from 25 yards over the bar. Mazarron's first shot from open play came two minutes later when a corner was cleared to Diego but his effort was well wide of the target.

On 53 minutes Diego was blatantly fouled in the penalty area as he rounded the last defender but no foul was given. Then clever play by Dani Barrelis held the ball up but Jose Da's intended pass to the unmarked Basi was just wide of the target. This was Mazarron's best spell of the game and Nacho's header from a Salva Ballesta free kick was saved.

Diego was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Dani's free kick was saved by Miguel in the Yecla goal. After a spell of 25 minutes which saw Mazarron having most of the possession Yeclano again began to stamp their authority on the game without ever playing with the same fluency as they had in the first half.

Salva Ballesta curled another Mazarron free kick just wide of the target but, at the other end, an excellent move down the right wing by Yeclano saw the opportunity wasted with a poor shot over the bar. The game ended typically with yet another diving save from Mazarron's overworked goalkeeper in the second minute of added time.

It was a tough test for Mazarron who need to improve in all areas to consolidate at this higher level but the improved second half performance gives some reason for optimism.

Team: Antonio Pena; Nacho; Zurdo (Carrasco); Adrian Campoy; Alberto; Andreo (Chicho); Basi; Diego; Barriles; Jose Da (Chino); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Antonio Pena.

MAZARRÓN FC 2 - OLÍMPICO DE TOTANA 1  (9.9.2018)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron started the game brightly with Dani Barriles looking lively up front. On 17 minutes, Diego playing in an advanced midfield role found Dani but he was thwarted by a sliding tackle and the danger was cleared.

Mazarron were certainly playing a lot more passing football than they did at Minera last week and little was seen of Totana as an attacking threat in the early stages. However on 27 minutes Antonio Peña had to be alert to flick a header following a free kick over the bar for a corner.

Mazarron continued to have the better of the play as half time approached and forced a couple of corners one of which saw a header fly just wide of the far post. On 35 minutes Diego ran on to a through ball but his shot was wide of the far post and the first half ended 0-0.

It took Mazarron just over a minute to break the deadlock at the start of the second period. A flowing move down the right ended with Basi's cross being turned into the net at the far post by Dani Barriles. The lead was short lived however as Esteban equalised for Totana just five minutes later, somewhat against the run of play.

On 63 minutes Mazarron thought they had regained the lead when Jose Da's pinpoint free kick was turned into the net by Adrian Campoy but the linesman's flag was raised for offside. Manager Juanjo was sent from the touch line for protesting too strongly. Four minutes later Dani Barriles broke through but his shot was blocked and Jose Da's audacious chip from 30 yards was just deflected for a corner.

Mazarron kept pushing forward and were rewarded with what turned out to be the winning goal on 75 minutes. Dani Barriles made a surging run down the left and cut inside before striking his shot into the far corner.

Totana surged forward in search of an equaliser but Mazarron were chasing everything and closing down the visiting players at every opportunity. Totana's best chance came in injury time when a right wing corner was headed wide. Almost immediately Mazarron broke away and substitute Carrasco had a great opportunity but shot wide from an excellent position.

It was an excellent performance by Mazarron and two wins from the first three games in the Tercera Division is a great start to the season.

Team: Antonio Pena; Jose Ma; Gato; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo (Alberto); Basi; Jose Da (Chicho); Dani Barriles; Diego (Carrasco), Salva Ballesta.

Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Man of the Match: Andreo

CD MINERA 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 0  (2.9.2018)

Mazarron made two changes from the side which beat Huercal Overa 2-0 last week with Jose Da replacing Diego and Nacho coming in for the injured Heredia.

Mazarron started the game with three central defenders and neither side could stamp any authority on the game in the opening minutes. Mazarron forced the game's first corner but Salva's cross was headed clear. Mazarron were being penalised at regular intervals, conceding a number of free kicks, most of which seemed very harsh but the defence dealt capably with everything thrown at them.

Mazarron were relying too much on long clearances but still managed to put together an excellent move on 24 minutes. A crossfield ball from Andreo found Zurdo on the left, the cross was touched on by Dani Barellis only for Basi to fire just wide.

As Minera gained the upper hand, Adrian Campoy had to dive smartly to head away for a corner and then Antonio Pena was injured as he punched a cross clear and fortunately the rebound was struck wide.

On the stroke of half time another harsh free kick was awarded against Mazarron and this time the cross was headed home at the far post to give Minera the lead. There was no time left to restart the game and the half ended Minera 1 Mazarron 0.

Mazarron's plan of playing three central defenders had meant that Jose Da and Andreo had little support in midfield so it was no surprise when Manager Juanjo made a change at half time bringing on Diego in place of Nacho.

The visitors showed more attacking intent but it was Minera who broke away in the 50th minute only to see a fierce shot from the right go wide of the target. Mazarron were struggling to string two passes together and could not keep possession of the ball even though they were coming more into the game.

Mazarron had numerous free kicks awarded in their favour all of which either failed to reach their intended targets or sailed well over the bar. Dani Barrelis found himself clear but failed to control the ball and the chance was lost and Basi's good run down the right ended with a cross that was easily cleared.

Instead it was the home team who had another good chance when a free kick was headed goalwards only for Antonio Pena to reach up and turn the ball over the bar on 70 minutes. Mazarron were restricted to a couple of long range efforts which went aimlessly over the bar before they had their first shot on target after 83 minutes when the Minera keeper made a fine save to divert the ball for a corner.

Despite more pressure in the closing stages and a number of corners and free kicks, Mazarron failed to trouble the Minera defence and a very disappointing game ended with a 1-0 defeat.

The game was a sign that Mazarron are going to find life difficult in the higher division. They need to improve their passing skills and not rely on long balls out of defence. Minera move to the top of the league after this result with Mazarron dropping down to eleventh. Mazarron received four yellow cards, Minera six.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema (Pedro Casado); Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Alberto; Nacho (Diego); Basi; Andreo; Dani Barrelis; Jose Da; Salva Ballesta (Diego)

Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Man of the Match: Andreo

MAZARRÓN FC 2 - HUERCAL-OVERA CF 0  (26.8.2018)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Huercal Overa had the better of the early play and Mazarron keeper, Antonio Pena, had to be at his most alert. He made a good save after just eight minutes when the defence was caught flat footed by a through ball.

Little was seen of Mazarron until a superb through ball from Andreo saw Salva Ballesta racing clear of the visitors defence and he coolly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper to give Mazarron the lead after 17 minutes.

Pena then easily dealt with a Huercal Overa free kick before he had to race off his line to make another excellent save with his feet when another long ball beat the Mazarron defence after 21 minutes.

Mazarron suffered two early injuries with Gato and Nacho replacing Heredia and Andreo before Huercal Overa's best move of the half. An excellent run down the left wing saw a pin point cross just turned against the bar and over by an onrushing forward.

Mazarron came more into the game in the closing stages of the first half and Basi's excellent free kick was headed goalwards to force an excellent save by the Huercal Overa keeper. Then superb work on the left saw Dani Barriles turning the visitors' defence inside out only to see his left wing cross evade two onrushing Mazarron players at the far post.

Half time Mazarron 1 Huercal Overa 0

Huercal Overa had a chance to equalise just five minutes into the second half but Alejandro headed a right wing cross just wide. A minute later Antonio Pena was in action again turning another shot round the post for a corner. However, it was Mazarron who increased their lead on 60 minutes when a shot from outside the penalty area was only half saved by the visiting keeper and Dani Barriles rushed in to turn the rebound home.

A spate of bookings disrupted the flow of the game but Mazarron's defence was finally getting to grips with the Huercal Overa attack. The visitors had the majority of the play but just could not break down the Mazarron defence and when they did they had Antonio Pena to contend with.

On 88 minutes Dani Barriles raced down the left before cutting into the penalty area but he was just unable to get his shot in and the danger was cleared. At the other end another diving save from Pena thwarted Huercal Overa again. With the last attack of the game Barriles played a lovely ball into the path of substitute Carrasco but he could not get enough power into his shot which was saved.

It was a great start for Mazarron in the Tercera Division but they had to work very hard to overcome a determined Huercal Overa side.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Alberto; Andreo (Nacho); Basi; Heredia (Gato); Dani Barrelis; Diego (Carrasco); Salva Ballesta

Man of the Match: Antonio Pena