Girona missed a golden opportunity last Sunday to place third in the table and continue to shorten the distance with the second classified, Zaragoza. In spite of this, the rojiblanco costumes are satisfied with the point harvested before the Mirandés in Anduva (1-1) because it allows them to continue with the good dynamics (they already accumulate six games without falling) and outside they have found more regularity because It is necessary to go back until January 19 to see the last setback at home, on day 24 against Tenerife (1-0). The sensations are good and morale increases in the face of an end of course that seems exciting.Pep Lluís Martí is satisfied with the response of the team in Anduva because he disrupted his starting block to give the alternative to players with less prominence in the last duels and although not all responded in the best way, in general they complied. And it is important to highlight Samu Saiz and Jonás Ramalho. Occupied the posts of Borja García, substitute, and Alcalá, sanctioned, respectively, and left good feelings. Saiz was happy for the work done, but could not hide that “we left annoyed because with the 0-1 I think we had the game on track. But we must continue working, be calm and make good point against Albacete in Montilivi. team is prepared and looking forward to doing so, “he started and then explained that “The wind, especially in the first part, did not let play. Although we endure well, strong.” Of course, it was not enough to maintain the result because in the second half, “in an isolated play they tied us.” The two goals of the match came from the penalty spot and the fact of not having managed to endure the 0-1 also left some bitter feeling in Ramalho: “I think we had the game under control and it was a shame that we missed two points. Although it is always positive to add visitors. We thought that the team that scored first was going to take all three points, but it wasn’t like that and now it’s time to prepare the duel against Albacete. “ Girona enjoys a rest day on Monday and it will not be until Tuesday when it returns to work, in La Vinya, to start preparing the game against Albacete. Martí will recover Pedro Alcalá for the axis of the defense, but he will not be able to count on Pablo Maffeo, That will cycle. Montilivi must remain a fortress (in 2020, Girona has not lost at home) to continue dreaming of direct ascent.
LFA President Musa Bility might have seen the signs on the wall when last week he cried over national radio that Lone Star’s failure against The Crocodiles of Lesotho would not be his fault.The reason he gave was because of the Liberian government’s careless and non-financial support to the team. But while Lone Star did not lose yesterday’s game for Bility to blame the Liberian government, the team at the end of the grueling 90 minutes managed to win 1-0, in the 40th minute.“The Liberians were holding back,” Lesotho coach Seephepha Matete told journalists after the game, “they are good but they could not move in to take control of the game.”Granted Coach Matete had a good opinion about the team, since Lone Star had a 70% ball possession and from the blast of the whistle dictated the pace of the game.“To lose 1-0 away is a good result,” Coach Matete said, “there is nothing that can stand in our way to qualify but I can say that the return leg in Maseru is a 50-50 chance, though.”Perhaps one can say Matete is an honest man, and knowing the surprises that are inherent in sports, he was being too complementary for he indicated his appreciation for the skillful Liberian players.That Lone Star, having dominated the game won 1-0 indicated that they held back and the team was not aggressive enough to make use of the many chances that came their way.Technically, Lone Star was good in the midfield. Center forward Sherman Kpah, Anthony Laffor and Isaac Pupo were great upfront but there were something in their coordination that was lacking, which is effective team-work.“We were much under pressure,” admitted Coach Matete, “so we have to slow the game whenever we had the chance.”And that was exactly what they did. With Lone Star exploding with man to man passes right from the start of the game, and a goal-bound shot that was scissor-kicked from the goal, Lesotho knew they were in trouble and had to slow the game.Perhaps unaware of what The Crocodiles were planning, Lone Star resorted to individual play, and forced their opponents to double their defense.In that effort, defenders Sepiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi and Basia Makepe worked overtime to enable goalkeeper Kananelo Makhooane to understand the intentions of their opponents.Many fans had anticipated a glorious victory that is, at least more than one goal, that would have made the return leg in Maseru (in two weeks) a less pressure game. The Crocodiles’ defenders realized that they were standing between massacre and loss and therefore potted their defense with care.But after Sherman Kpah, in a beautiful attack ran through the Lesotho’s defense and connected for Anthony Laffor to hit the ball home in the 40th minute, the waiting was too long that many fans wondered how the Lone Star would fare in the end.Though one Lesotho player earned a yellow care, the team did not engage in foul plays, but plotted to neutralize Lone Star’s attacks and therefore allowed Liberian strikers to run with the ball, while their opponents’ guided them along.The too much running around with the ball wasted Lone Star’s strikers’ energy and it had a telling effect on them.It was long before Sherman Kpah was begging to be substituted, and though Anthony Laffor held on it was evident that it was a matter of being the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak syndrome. Sekou Jabateh Oliseh was an addition that simply increased the aimless running around since neither he nor Laffor could engage in any meaningful single solo runs.It became apparent that Lone Star’s strikers had not recognized their opponents’ weakness. Though The Crocodiles did not pose any threat in their counter-attacks, the Liberians were not doing enough, despite holding on to the ball when they were expected to run over The Crocodiles’ defense.Sadly, Lone Star’s counter-attack was the most unsatisfactory. In most cases, they resorted to passes from the defense when they were supposed to rush for goal, and even when they attempted to rush for goal, lack of imagination would rob them of any chance to beat their opponents in their own game.It was one game in recent time that a team possessed a game about 70% but failed to turn the superiority into goals.“We are sure to turn the tables in our favor in Maseru,” stated Coach Matete, but whether he was saying it because he was speaking to journalists or not, what is certain is that, there are times that home advantage becomes the only weapon in such a match.But it was that particularly home advantage that Lone Star did not have enough aggression to use to advantage and as result the return-leg in Maseru becomes another herculean mountain to climb.Lone Star: Nathaniel Sherman, Trokon James, Aloysius Simujla, Prince Jetoh, Teah Dennis, Alseny Keita, Issac Pupo, Eddie Wulue, Sekou Jabateh, Sherman Kpah, Anthony Laffor; Sub: Melvin King, Alvin McCornel, Nuwo Johnson, Blama Kamara, Chris Roosevelt, Elijah Clark, Sam Kollie.Lesotho: Kananelo Makhoone, Spiriti Malefane, Nkau Lerotholi, Basia Makepe, Bokang Mothoane, Mabuti Potloane, Tsoanelo Koetle, Lekhanya Lekhanya, Motlalepula Mofolo, Makara Ntaitsane, Tsepo Seturumane, Bushy Moletsane. Sub: Likano Mphuthi, Phafa Tsosane, Bokang Sello, Thapelo Tale, Tsepo Lekhoana, Moitheri Ntobo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)