Ibiza found its rhythm today by beating Melilla 3 goals to 1. In a match-up of two rivals that know each other well, Ibiza won the encounter for the third time running against the club based in North Africa. Melilla had to win in order to not lose contact with the top half of the table in group 1 of Segunda B, but they came up against an Ibiza side that was extremely determined and serious, dominating the centre of the pitch with plenty of runs into the opposition’s box. With today’s win, Ibiza has ensured that Can Misses is once again a fortress, accumulating six wins from its eight home fixtures played at the stadium.
With six changes to the starting line up compared to last week in Vigo, Ibiza proved that it has enough firepower in its stocks to freshen up the squad’s dynamics and, at the same time, enough resilience to adapt itself to whatever situation. Two minutes into the match, Ibiza already had one corner in its favour, but it was in the eighth minute when Rubén, with a header, registered the first real chance of the match for the home side. Shortly after, Rodado, who scored two out of the game’s three goals to take his personal goalscoring tally to eight so far this season, tried his luck with a shot from distance.
As far as the visitors, they did not come close to testing Ibiza’s goalkeeper Lucas Anacker in the first quarter of an hour. After a couple of attacking moves of their own, Melilla soon were on the receiving end of more attacking football from Ibiza. Morillas, with a dangerous cross that was picked out by Oleaga, and Javi Pérez, taking a shot from outside the box, took the initiative for the home side in its efforts to find the opening goal. On twenty minutes, however, Rodado wouldn’t let the visitors off the hook: with a dazzling run to break free from two defenders, he found himself with the perfect position to take aim for the far post – and scored.
With the lead in the bag, Ibiza was not content to sit back. Instead, the team looked as eager as ever to increase its lead as soon as possible. On 42 minutes, they did just that courtesy of a Javi Lara free kick which could not have been more precise in its execution.
Melilla returned from the half-time break having made two changes and the change in personnel looked to have reinvigorated the team coached by Manolo Herrero. After being awarded a corner kick, it was Richi who managed to find space and head the ball into the back of the net to bring the score back to 2-1.
Ibiza soon found its rhythm again and looked to take the game to the visitors. A number of chances had gone begging, when on 86 minutes, Rodado was once again at his dangerous best. Shielding the ball from approaching defenders, the Mallorca born striker turned, found space and unleashed a venomous shot that left Oleage with no chance to prevent Can Misses from exploding in joy.
It was the goal that sentenced the game in Ibiza’s favour and gave Pablo Alfaro’s men a much deserved three points. With the win, and Gonzalo’s return to full match fitness by playing the entire match, Ibiza couldn’t have started the month of December in a better way. Reasons and motivation enough for the team to tackle a busy month of December which includes the debut in the Copa del Rey as well as the insular derby in late December against Peña Deportiva.
UD Ibiza: Lucas; Kike López, Gonzalo, Rubén, Morillas; Arranz, Javi Lara (Fran Carbia, 71’), Javi Pérez; Caballé, Rodado (Diego Mendoza, 88’) and Cirio (Núñez, 60’). Unused subs: Germán, Grima, Mariano and Sibo.
Melilla: Oleaga; D. Ramos, Richi, Diana, V. Mena; Deco, Ceberio, Carri (Ortega, 46’); Ruano (Hicham, 46’), Carlos Fernández (Héctor, 74’) and Mawi. Unused subs: Mahanan, Garay, Carrión and Leo Santos (p.s.).
Goals: 1-0, Rodado (20’). 2-0, Javi Lara (42’). 2-1, Richi (63’). 3-1, Rodado (87’).
Referee: Pol Gòdia Solé (Catalonia). Assisted by Daniel Lucas Gómez and Xavier Ariño Jiménez. Showed yellow cards to Cirio (46’), Caballé (58’), Javi Lara (68’), Arranz (70’), Rubén (71’) and Gonzalo (90’). Showed yellow cards to Melilla’s Diana (41’) and Ortega (85’).
Stadium: Can Misses. 2.041 spectators.