This week saw Costa start their new adventure in the Valencian Federation League playing 11 - side football which is new to most of their players. Costa made the trip to Almoradi "A" team this week and from the start looking at the size of the opponents it was going to be a tough 80 minutes ahead. Costa found themselves in trouble from the opening couple of minutes and gave away two free kicks down their right side which on the second they got punished by not closing down the home team after the ball had been cleared to the edge of their area. This led to an unmarked & unchallenged Almoradi player to smash the ball into the Costa net on 3 mins. To the credit of the Costa players they slowly built in confidence and started to create their own chances and also with great performances from L.J. Nicholas & Aidan Sullivan in defence and the desire and work rate of Jake Burnip in midfield Costa stood firm for the next 28 minutes ,but then on 31 mins ,33 mins & 39 mins totally fell to pieces and Almoradi went into half time with a flattering 4 - 0 advantage.
Team talk at half time was simple which was to stop giving the ball away cheaply and to show some heart in their tackles. The opening 10 mins in the second half did seem to be an improvement but on 50 mins for the first time in the match Costa got caught ball watching down their left side and allowed an unmarked player to slot in an Almoradi 5th goal. Costa made several changes which included moving Aidan Sullivan to center of midfield which improved Costa possesion but once again left the left side open for another attack were an Almoradi player was allowed to put in a cheap cross which led to Costa keeper Jordan Marshall recieving a nasty injury and an own goal. Costa's misery continued on 76 mins when the home side snatched a seventh goal and to end the tie 7 - 0 to the home side. A lot of work to be done on the training field this week before the visit of Bigastro next Saturday 22nd at Playa Flamenca for Costa's first home game of the season.
If you would like more information on playing or training with Orihuela Costa Cadetes F.C. who train every tuesday & thursday evening 18.30 - 20.00. at the C.D.M. sports center Playa Flamenca then contact club secretary George on: 679 77 44 88 or visit the website :www.orihuelacostafc.com for more information.