Ibiza once again managed to add to its points tally on its second away trip to Asturias this season. At the sports complex of Real Oviedo, Pablo Alfaro’s team drew its round 10 match against the reserve side of the Second Division team. In what was a tough battle, Ibiza took the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to a goal by Raí. However, Oviedo B managed to draw level when Rober Sierra scored the equaliser with twenty minutes to go before the final whistle.
As a sign of squad depth, Ibiza –today wearing its all black away kit– made several changes compared to its last outing in the derby against Atlético Baleares. Making their full starting eleven debuts were Diego Mendoza and Álex Quintanilla, with the latter recording his first match minutes this season. Back in the starting line-up were also Fran Grima and Fran Carbia. The team’s style of play, however, remained the same. Ibiza wanted to dictate play and it was Diego Mendoza who had the first chance after a mere three minutes had been played. He forced Jaume Valens to make an important save in order to avoid the early goal for the islanders.
The home side soon responded with a shot by Javi Mier which was intended to test Ibiza’s keeper Lucas Anacker. While Oviedo B collected a number of yellow cards, Ibiza slowly but surely took control of the first half. The only thing missing was the opening goal, however. Fran Carbia was the next player to test Valens. Just as half-time was approaching, it was Carbia once more who this time decided to pass the ball to Raí who made his way into the box and dribbled his way past defenders to put the ball in the back of the net.
Ibiza returned from the sheds with the same attitude and signs of intent. Javi Lara was the first to make sure keeper Valens remained on alert. Two minutes later in the 54th minute, Javi Mier left the pitch after seeing his second yellow card. Just as things couldn’t have looked worse for the home side, the locals started to produce their best football of the match up until that point. Emilio Manuel Cañedo’s team decided to show its pride as the match went on. Showing a lot of fight, the home side tied the match in the 70th minute when Rober Sierra headed the ball into the back of the net.
Despite conceding the equalising goal, Ibiza kept up its level of play and was relentless in looking for its second goal of the afternoon. Javi Lara fired off a missile that just missed the top corner, Diego Mendoza took a shot that stung Valens’ gloves and Arranz tried his best with a long-range effort to claim the lead for the islanders. In the end, the scores remained locked at one goal a piece giving Ibiza the opportunity to make the away point count when it takes on Atlético Madrid B at Can Misses next weekend.