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The Saint: Las Palmas V Granada

The Saint: Las Palmas V Granada

   

 

16/11/2018

Las Palmas hosting top of the league Granada. Before tonight’s game, LP sit in 6th position 6 points behind the leaders.

10mins and a well worked free kick by the visitors fails to materialise after a weak final shot.

14mins in and LP take their first shot but Tana’s effort is well saved.

24mins a powerful shot from Granada from about 35yds out but Raul produces an excellent save.

32mins another good effort from Granada but this time just a bit too high.

Then in the 42nd min a quick break by the home side and Araujo finds space on the left side of the box , he cuts in and takes a shot, the quick thinking Castro gets on the end of it to deflect it past the keeper! 1-0 Las Palmas.

Half Time – Las Palmas 1 Granada 0

HT Verdict – a very close game with not many attempts at goal. Both teams looking tight in defence. Granada went close with some long range shots but some very clever play by Castro put the home team in front at half time. Like most weeks, we need to get another as the last few home games we have dropped points from winning positions.

It doesn’t take long for Granada to be back on level terms. 49mins and a corner for Granada, their big centre forward wins the header at the front post and straight into the back of the net. 1-1.

54mins LP try their luck from long range but it’s an easy save for the keeper.

67mins good work between Castro and Araujo, whose shot is well saved at the near post.

78mins more pressure being applied from Las Palmas and the ball falls nicely to Araujo just inside the box on the left, he takes a touch and shoots across the keeper into the bottom right corner. 2-1 Las Palmas

82mins Granada break into the box, Raul makes a rushed challenge and ref gives a penalty. But luckily for Raul he guesses the right way and makes a good save diving to his left.

Then on 86mins a long ball into the box by Granada, ball not cleared and Granada manage to bundle it over the line. 2-2.

No more chances and the game ends in another draw.

Final Score – Las Palmas 2 Granada 2

The Saint Verdict – again Las Palmas can’t hold on to a lead. They have already dropped too many points from winning positions this season and are drawing too many games especially at home. The home defence looked poor tonight and some poor marking and play cost them once again.

Late last night a surprise announcement comes out from the club with reports that it is Adiós to head coach Manolo Jiminez, and a welcome back to Paco Herrera. Club president, Miguel Á. Ramírez, tells the crowd “I have spoken with Paco Herrera. Tomorrow he will land on the island and become the coach of Las Palmas.” Herrera was the man who took LP up in the play offs in the 2014/15 season. Lets hope he can do the same again!!

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