The game finished goalless, despite Ibiza’s best efforts in what was an exciting battle.
The Can Misses crowd enjoyed another exciting match that hung in the balance until the very end. Ibiza and Villanovense shared the points in an intense and hard-fought goalless draw. Ibiza were the better team on the day, especially in the first half, and had chances to win a match that saw both Albizua and Bonilla make their debuts.
Straight from kick-off it was clear that both teams were happy to take on very different roles. Ibiza looked to dominate possession, holding onto the ball for long periods of play, while Villanovense were content to sit back and try to hit the home team on the break. Rodado got on the end of a Cirio pass and hit a first-time shot that stung the hands of the goalkeeper. Ibiza were getting plenty of balls into the box from various corners and attacking free kicks, but were unable turn their dominance into a first half goal.
The second half was a tighter affair with a lot of stoppages in play. Ibiza continued to search for a goal and pushed both full-backs higher in an attempt to create more two on one situations down the flanks. As the half progressed, the home team threw more men forward, and Villanovense had chances on the counter. However, neither team were able to break the deadlock, and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. Palop’s side now turn their attention to next week’s fixture against Badajoz.
Ibiza: Lucas, Grima, Nuñez(Riverola 70′), Gonzalo, Albizua, Javi Garcia, Iosu, Serra(Cristian 74′), Chavero(Bonilla 85′), Rodado y Cirio.
Villanovense: Ismel, Sergio, Tapia, Javi Sánchez, Espin, Diakite, José Ramón, Poley(Borja 60′), Carrasco(Camara 80′), Puerto, Braim(Montero 70′).
Referee: Carlos Calderiña Pavón, assisted by José Unai García Urbaneja and Vicente Alexandre Muñoz Baquero from the Catalonian regional committee.