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Week 3 in the Valencian Federation League saw Costa travel away to Orihuela to play Santo Domingo. On a terrible mud pitch it was very difficult for both teams to play attractive football and in the opening 30 mins the game was very even although Costa went down a goal on 7 mins when they were undone for pace down their right side. Costa enjoyed most of the possession but couldn't penetrate the home defence. Sam Broadway saw a great effort hit the post and then minutes later the home side were awarded a penalty on 30 mins although the Costa defender clearly touch the ball and the Domingo player dived. The penalty was converted and 6 mins later another terrible referee decision to allow a clear offside goal to stand. Things got worse just before the interval on 39 mins when the visitors defence were short for pace and couldn't handle the speed of the opposistion's strike force.
Second half and within seconds Costa should of converted a chance after some great closing down from Cope & Broadway but once again just couldn't find the net. Then a card happy referee who had handed out several yellows decided to send Charlie Frost off for a hand ball ( 61 mins) in the middle of the park even though this was accidental. It wasn't difficult when the home players reminded it was Frost's second booking of the match. Costa now down to 10 for the next 30 mins fought like lions and got a goal on 55 mins which came from a great throwing from Jamie Cockroft to Alex Cope who smashed the net with his shot. The referee still decided to hand out more cards and was clearly not going to let the visitors have any chance of competing fairly. Costa pushed up more players in pursuit of more goals but the risk of this meant 2 mins from time Domingo scored their 5th despite some heroic defending and tracking back from Patrick Bass saw a shot hit the cross bar then luckily hit the back of the Costa keeper to go over the line.
Next Saturday Costa are at home to Oriol C.F. in a 4 pm. kick-off at Playa Flamenca Sports Center.For more information on costa then visit : www.orihuelacostafc.com or contact club secretary George on :679 77 44 88. Training takes place every Tuesday & Thursday at 18.30 - 20.00. @ C.D.M. sports Center Playa Flamenca.