The Saint: Las Palmas V Real Sociedad
After the defeat away to Real Madrid, Saturday, LP welcomed David Moles Real Sociedad. Coming from the city of San Sebastián , in the Basque Country, David Moles side are sitting just above LP with 9 points and only 2 wins from their opening 10 games. So this was an important game for both sides to try and start climbing the table.
On 3 mins RS broke the offside trap and Illarramendi threw on goal, but instead of shooting he decided to pass letting the LP defence get back and manage to clear the ball to safety.
LP makes their first real attacking move on 12mins with Simon charging down the right, putting in a decent cross but the RS keeper makes a good punch and clears the danger.
Then on 28 mins the deadlock is broken, another good move down the right sees Simon again put in a great cross to the far post, met by Tana who nods the ball into the path of Viera’s right foot shot finding the net, 1-0 Las Palmas.
Just what the home team needed to calm the nerves of both the players and supporters.
A lucky escape on 38mins for the home team, a good break from RS, the forward, Vela, goes down in the box under a challenge but nothing given by the ref. That looked like a penalty to me! Vela gets booked for his dive.
HT – Las Palmas 1 Real Sociedad 0.
Finally the home fans see a goal for their team. It was certainly worth the wait with a well taken shot and great build up of play and finish.
Las Palmas are playing some nice football tonight, but at times still not finding that final pass to create a good, goal scoring chance.
The defence are playing well and have kept RS down to a couple of long range shots.
Second half begins with LP putting the pressure on the away side, then on 51mins LP find a telling ball. A long pass by Tana finds Araujo, he takes the ball down nicely and is just outside of the box, with the centre defender trying his best to close him down, Araujo sides a left foot shot, across the keeper into the bottom corner. 2-0 to Las Palmas!!!
A reminder of last season where Araujo scored goals like that for fun, running onto the ball over the defence, using his strength to keep the defender away and scoring an excellent goal. This was well deserved as in recent weeks some of the fans have been questioning his work rate and his ability to make it in the big league. This should be great for his confidence.
On 56mins a good chance for the visitors but Reyes header is just too high.
Another couple of half chances for the visitors as the game is really opening up now.
A good break by LP sees Tana shoot from outside of the box and saved well by Rulli in goal for RS.
The best chance of the game for RS sees Yuri’s left foot shot just inches wide; with Varas looking beaten in the home goal.
In injury time RS hit the bar with another great shot from the edge of the box but that was last of the action.
Full Time – Las Palmas 2 Real Sociedad 0
Attendance : 18,461
The Verdict of The Saint – A much needed second win of the season for LP. They played a lot more positively tonight and it was great to see Araujo get on the score sheet. My great friend and local football pundit Juan Antonio from Arguineguin writes:
A victory for hope.
“Real Sociedad have been the perfect rivals for the reconciliation of UD Las Palmas and the Pio Pio fans after several bitter weekends. Absolutely inoffensive and a total lack of tactics, David Moyes’ days in Donosti seem to be over (or almost).
A perfect day for Sergio Araujo, who had been booed by some fans even before the match, as his name was called by the speaker; to see that Nabil El Zhar is a man who must be in the line up at every match; for Javi Varas to make a clean sheet.
A perfect day to see Momo back to the pitch; to see Valeron back too and pleasing the fans with his passing game in the last ten minutes of the match. A perfect day for sad Nauzet Aleman after his Dad passed away recently, to see how much his teammates love him.
We all want more days like today.”
Let’s hope this is the foundation for Las Palmas to start to climb the league now. Next home game is on Saturday 28th November, 21.00 KO against Deportivo La Coruna.