CD Almuñécar City Held To Draw Against Otura CF

Captain Taylor James was on target in the second-half, but CD Almuñécar City were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Otura CF.

It was a game where CDAC were made to be patient as Otura defended in their numbers and the deadlock was broken when James scored the opener on 70 minutes.

Otura replied just nine minutes later when a deep free-kick was played into the far post and their captain volleyed into the far corner of the net.

The hosts pressed for a late winner, with Tobias Karlsen going close in additional time, but were made to settle for a point at home.

Head coach Juan Carlos Añón made four changes to the side that lost against Puerto de Motril last Sunday, with goalkeeper Dallas Odle coming into the team to make his senior team debut - while Luismi, Max Peterson and Erick Mulu all started.

The home side settled well in the opening exchanges, with Booysen heading Luismi’s cross wide of the target in the sixth minute before captain Taylor James had a good chance to put the team ahead soon after, but his header went over the bar.

Odle was called into action for the first time on 13 minutes and the Arizona-native was on hand to push a good effort over the bar to keep the game level.

CDAC went on to cement a foothold in the game and the team worked well to create some good openings. Booysen found himself in acres of space out on the right, but after a switch of play, the wide man opted to go for goal first time and struck wide after seeing the goalkeeper approaching.

The South African winger was in the heart of the action on two more occasions before the half-hour mark. His shot on 25 minutes evaded the far post by inches before a back-heel was blocked inside the six-yard box.

Otura went close themselves on 33 minutes, but despite Odle diving to cover his right-hand post, the effort went wayward. However, the visitors continued took look compact and were resilient.

Just before half-time, CDAC looked to take the lead. Luismi switched the play from right to left and found Juanlu in the penalty area, but the midfielder headed wide of the target.

The first chance of the second-half fell CDAC’s way, with Joe Montero coming in from the left on his right foot before whipping a shot across goal and wide of the far post.

The American striker had a great opportunity to open the scoring on 66 minutes, but after racing through one-on-one, the Otura goalkeeper made a terrific save to deny Montero with his legs.

CDAC’s patience finally paid off with 20 minutes to go. Booysen’s cross was headed out to the edge of the box, as far as Juanlu, whose terrific strike was blocked in the box.

The rebound was latched upon by James and the Almuñécar captain was on hand to fire home to give his side a crucial lead.

Juan Carlos’ side had a chance to double their advantage on 77 minutes after Booysen was brought down by the ‘keeper right on the edge of the area.

Karlsen struck the resulting free-kick powerfully under the wall, but the goalkeeper scampered across to get down and make a good save to deny the Norwegian forward.

With there being just one goal between the sides, the side were going to be tested again to try see the game through, but Otura’s captain had other ideas when he volleyed home at the back post after a deep free-kick was played into the box.

The home side pressed and dominated possession right through to the end of the game, but the final opening was in the first minute of additional time when Karlsen whipped a shot across goal and wide.

CDAC are back on the road next weekend when they travel to face league-leaders Churriana CF.

CD Almuñécar City: Odle, Lee, Yamaguchi, James (C), Peralta, Peterson, Booysen, Juanlu, Karlsen, Mulu, Montero

Substitutes: Mendoza, Zuzic, Fisher, Torres, Delgado, Torres

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