The Easter holidays and some staggered kick off times allowed me to head off the beaten track once again and see some Tercera action.
Game 48: CD Canillas 1-0 Alcorcón B (Estadio Municipal Canillas, Madrid – 18.4.2019)
I arrived back in Madrid at just before 7am after getting an overnight bus from Lisbon. So after freshening up a bit and getting some breakfast, the obvious thing to do was head to some football.
Here Jueves Santo is a public holiday, so lots of teams had moved their fixtures away from the weekend to avoid the clash with Easter Sunday. Presented with a surprising array of choice, I eventually plumped for Canillas mostly because, and thanks to friend of the blog Lester Drake for the tip-off, entrance here is free.
The ground is easy to get to, situated almost right beside Pinar del Rey Metro station (Line 8) so thankfully I didn’t have too far to walk as the weather was terrible. It rained a lot overnight on the bus journey and this followed me back to Madrid. The pitch wasn’t in the best condition for football either, being waterlogged in several places – if it had been a grass pitch rather than 3G, there’s no way it would have gone ahead.
Anyone for Water Polo? 🤽♂️
But go ahead it did and it was a reasonably enjoyable 90 minutes of action. The massive puddles all over the pitch added an element of unpredictability to proceedings as any passes along the ground were liable to get get stuck, so more often than not both sides resorted to launching the ball forward for forwards to chase after.
Canillas’ goalkeeper Guille impressed early on, making two excellent saves inside a few seconds, first to keep out a free kick and then standing up strong to prevent an almost certain goal from the rebound. The home side grew into the game and began to pin Alcorcón back in their own half, albeit without ever really giving their goalkeeper too much to think about.
The rain dried up after the break and this greatly helped the quality of football both sides could play. It became something of an end-to-end contest with it looking like the first goal would be vital.And it went to Canillas, Morales getting on the end of a corner to score what would turn out to be the only goal of the game.
Tempers threatened to boil over late on as Alcorcón grew frustrated at their inability to get back in the game and Guille made one great save to preserve the lead and earn Canillas a big three points in their battle to stay in Tercera.
Game 49: RCD Carabanchel 0-1 Getafe B (Estadio La Mina de Carabanchel, Madrid – 19.4.2019)
Next the Easter football weekend took me to one of Madrid’s most historic clubs. RCD Carabanchel were founded in 1916, making them the third oldest team in la capital while their ground La Mina, which opened in the same year, is the oldest stadium in the city. Fortunately it has been upgraded a little since then!
Making my way to the stadium just in time for kick off, I was delighted to discover that the admission price was only €2 and that scarves were available (after the man at the kiosk had a good hunt around on an upper shelf) for €8. The day was off to a good start!
Thankfully the weather was a bit better than the previous day, which made it possible to stand pitch side and get an up-close view of the action. The first half was a fairly even affair, with few clear chances for either team. Carabanchel are fighting against relegation while Getafe’s B team are almost certain to be contesting the play-offs for promotion to Segunda B, but the difference in league position wasn’t immediately evident from the first 45 minutes.
After a half time trip across the road for coffee (the excellent-looking bar at the ground was unfortunately closed, Good Friday you see) the action continued and it was Getafe who took the lead, a superb curling strike from their number ten Miranda gave Carabanchel’s goalkeeper no chance. The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser and briefly thought they had levelled matters eight minutes later, but as they celebrated the flag had already been raised for offside. Their play became increasingly anxious as the game went on, over-hit passes, rash shots and the pressure was clearly showing on the players’ faces.
But there were no further goals, leaving Carabanchel in 16th position, four points above the relegation zone, while Getafe moved three points clear at the top.
Overall, a couple of nice grounds added to the list, both places I’d like to visit again in nicer weather conditions. Hopefully both Canillas and Carabanchel can do enough in the coming weeks to ensure continued Tercera football for them next season!