– an English fan’s view on the beautiful game direct from the stands of UD Las Palmas, Paul Gilliam is…
Top of the table Las Palmas host 8th Place Alcorcón on a perfect night for sub-tropical football – 20/09/14
In the 3rd minute a free kick for the visitors turns out to be a tame shot and is easily saved. Minute 8 and the 1st chance for LP, a long free kick; Aleman gets in behind the away defence but under pressure overshoots from 12 yards. Twelfth minute and a poor play by the back four of LP sees a yellow card for David Garcia and gifts Alcorcón a good chance but the shot is well saved by the home keeper Raul.
Minutes seventeen and eighteen see a well worked free kick by LP but the shot from outside the box is too high. Two good chances follow for both teams, a swift move down the left and a cross produces a good save by the away keeper. From the resulting corner, a very quick break by the visitors puts them in a dangerous position just outside the box, but some great defending by LP manages to clear the threat.
A good move down the right wing by LP and a splitting the defence ball forward puts Aleman clean through followed by a neat chip over the advancing keeper for a GOoOOoooOoAaAL! makes it 1-0 to LP.
30 minutes in and we get good attacking play by the home side with a deep cross finding top scorer Araujo, but his shot hits the post and goes wide.
A yellow card for Araujo is followed by LP breaking through again just before the end of the first half but one touch too many by Aleman and the ball is cleared for a Half Time score of LP 1 Alcorcón 0.
A good start by the visitors but LP took control and had a few missed chances. The crowd hope they won’t regret them!
A good break by the visitors with a neat finish but luckily for the home team, the Alcorcón forward is ruled off-side. A rugby style tackle by an Alcorcón defender about fifteen minutes later produces their 4th yellow card of the game. After just a couple of minutes it’s that man again, Araujo, with a lovely chip from the right edge of the box giving the keeper no chance. 2-0
Straight from the restart, a neat one two and a well deserved goal for Alcorcón, 2-1
Then in a crazy three minute spell, Araujo gets his 7th goal of the season with a fierce shot from the edge of the box giving the visiting keeper no chance whatsoever. 3-1
Super sub, Valerón, comes on for LP and his first touch plays a great pass wide and a neat cross finds the unmarked Mono for an easy tap in to make it 4 for the home side.
The last 10mins sees LP creating a few more ½ chances but that’s the end of the scoring.
Next game is away, it’s the big derby match against their biggest rivals, Tenerife, 11am Sunday 28th. Next home match is against Sporting Gijon on Saturday 4th October, 7pm KO.
Cheapest tickets are just 15€, and great night out like none other on Gran Canaria, so why not go along and support your local team? It definitely beats supping down the pub and watching on a screen!