The Saint: Las Palmas Vs Villarreal
The Friday night game saw Las Palmas entertain 5th place Villarreal, expecting a tough game.
The away side started brightly and in the 2nd min had their first attempt but this was saved by Raul in the home goal.
More pressure from Villarreal but their next shot is high and wide. Then on 10mins, Las Palmas in their first attack of the game score!! Good work by Castellona down the left, crossing the ball to the far post to find the unmarked Prince Boateng who buries his header in the bottom corner. 1-0 Las Palmas.
After more pressure from the visitors LP play a long ball over the top to Prince Boateng who is clean through. He runs with the ball to the edge of the box and then runs across defender Victor Ruiz who brings him down. Free kick right on the edge of the penalty area but more importantly Ruiz is shown a straight red.
Villarreal look for a penalty when Sansone goes down in the box but nothing is being given by a ref under pressure from the Villarreal players.
On 24mins, Lemos gets close with a long range free kick. Another good move by the home team and Garcia this time is unlucky after good work by the Prince.
It’s now the home side who are having all the play and looking for their second.
Good chances for Lemos, the Prince and Vicente but they are all cleared. Then just before half time Simon goes clear down the right, he try’s to cross to the unmarked Prince on the far post but his cross is blocked. Excellent chance there.
HT – Las Palmas 1 Villarreal 0.
The Half Time Opinon – after a positive start from the visitors Las Palmas took the lead, against the run of play. Then that red card has changed the game, after clever work from the Prince.
LP took control of the half with an extra man but must be disappointed not to be further in front after a series of good chances. Certainly hope they don’t regret that in the second half!!
They need to get a second goal and then take control of the game, which they have failed to do in recent fixtures.
LP start the 2nd half where they left off and are clearly more in control; more pressure sees the Prince produce an overhead kick which the visiting goalie does well to save.
From the corner , Tana finds the Prince again and this time he puts his header wide of the post, when he should have scored.
First real chance in the 2nd half for the visitors falls to the lively Sansone on 59mins but a good save from Raul denies him an otherwise certain goal.
More pressure from LP but captain Viera’s shot is saved.
On 73mins a tired looking Prince is replaced by Jesé. Straight away Jesé breaks down the right and is taken out on the edge of the box. A yellow card for defender Costa who was lucky it wasn’t a red after a poor challenge.
Then in the last 10mins the home side struggle to keep the ball and Villarreal put the pressure on. But some poor finishing for the visitors denies them the equaliser.
With them pressuring forward , LP have a few chances on the break but the final ball let’s them down.
18,717 home fans are relieved to hear the final whistle and go home happy with another home win.
Final score – Las Palmas 1 Villarreal 0
The Verdict of The Saint – A great win for the home side tonight but they made hard work of it with some poor passing, giving the ball away cheaply and not making that extra man count.
They overplayed the ball when they should have been more directed and got that second in the net.
We had the pleasure of watching this game with former Ipswich Town Youth team player, Sir David Berry. It was interesting to listen to his opinion on the match and how much it has changed over the 65 years he has been involved in the beautiful game.
David was at Ipswich Town when Sir Bobby Robson was the manager but due to a cruel injury, his career was cut short. Then for many years, he owned the famous “Sporty towers bar” in the Gran Chapperal in Playa del Inglés, where you would always find him watching, talking, breathing and living football or any other sport, particularly his beloved cricket!! (as well as likely a few too many drinks!!).
Next home game – Sunday 9th April 19.45 KO. Against Real Betis.
Thinking of coming to a game?
You can find tickets at various outlets around the island. The main one in the south is the Disa Service Station on the GC500 at the entry to Maspalomas…
There are also many other outlets all across Gran Canaria, you can find them on this map below…