CD Torrevieja 3  CD Almoradi 2

When does an opening day victory turn into defeat despite having scored more goals, and then becomes a win again? The answer is when you field a player that the opponents CD Almoradi thought should have been suspended after being sent-off in the last fixture of the previous season for his ex-club. The player in question was CD Torrevieja’s Matheus who scored the first goal, but was sent off in his final outing back in the spring for Torrevieja CF, and therefore according to Almoradi, should have sat out Sunday’s opener!

After the full time-whistle blew at the Vicente Garcia stadium, joy turned to behind the scenes despair for Torry as Almoradi pointed out that the home side had broken the rules, with Matheus not even aware that he had done anything wrong. The matter was taken to the Valencian Football Federation who ruled in Torrevieja’s favour on the basis that his sending-off could not be transferred to a higher level division, and so the three points were handed back to them, though Almoradi do have a week to appeal.     

As for the match itself, CD Almoradi returned to the third division after 19 years, and their side was packed with seven ex-Torry players, yet it was the home team that showed more flair and greater fire-power compared to the last disappointing season. All three Torry strikers – Matheus, Lewis and Zapata scored and each of them was sharp, committed and eager to show their worth.

Almoradi played their part with former Torry favourite Obele heading home to bring them back into the game at 2-1 and Poveda heading in another with two minutes left on the clock. That made it 3-2 and created a swashbuckling finale. Before that, Torry created many chances but it was not until the 73rd minute that the “illegal” Matheus claimed the ball inside the box on the left side and rifled it home, with Lewis keeping a watchful eye in case it might miss the mark. Two minutes later it was Lewis who nearly ripped the back of the net apart with a left foot drive that screamed into the net. The final Torry goal was netted by main striker Zapata, but that was the cue for a post-match discussion on the legality of playing Matheus.

Torry’s defence was breached by two well taken Almoradi headers, but despite the quality of these goals, manager Correa will be alarmed as to why his defenders did not get close to the scorers. They’re away to Villarreal on Sunday with a 7.45 pm start. Almoradi will open up their home account this weekend against fellow-promoted side Silla CF, who beat Borriol one-nil in their opener. The match kicks-off at 11.30 am.

In last weekend’s other third division group six matches, Elche Ilicitano beat Crevillente three-one, whilst Orihuela had a goaless draw at Muro. This Sunday, Orihuela are at home to Alzira; Elche Ilicitano go to Paterna; and Crevillente entertain Almazora.

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