George Jermy: "Huge Confidence Amongst The Squad"

After making a statement of intent last weekend, George Jermy thinks CD Almuñecar City have an “advantage” going into Sunday’s Play-Off Final against Vandalia de Peligros.

The Granada-based side now stand in the way of promotion to the División de Honor Andaluza, which would be the third-consecutive promotion in the club's short history.

CDAC booked their place in the final thanks to a second half brace from Veron Hylaj, who opened the scoring with a volley just three minutes after half-time, and a strike from Nicky Guyo.

The victory over Churriana CF in the semi-final was Almuñecar’s first competitive game in over four months and Jermy is hoping that it will give CDAC the edge this weekend.

“It’s much of the same,” Jermy said. “It clearly works and I think there’s huge confidence among the squad, but also in the way that we’re working.

“We have a very set methodology and we’re following it and everyone believes in the staff and the message that they’re giving us.

“We’ll try and carry it out and give 110 per cent. I think it’s going to come down to an emotional final. We’ve got the advantage that we’ve had the experience of the semi-final.

“They’re coming into it a little bit cold. We’re hoping to maximise that and really get out the traps a little bit quicker and set the tempo of the game.”

While CDAC knew they had to win during 90 minutes in the semi-final to avoid heartbreak, with rules stating Churriana would progress if the scores were level, the ruling goes in favour of the home team this time around.

After a goalless first-half, Almuñecar raced out the blocks in the second-half and scored two goals inside the first eight minutes after half-time. Jermy believes the team can take a lot of confidence from the performance going into Sunday’s final.

Jermy added: “You can’t really expect much more. It’s close to a perfect performance. A game is never perfect and it’s a very imperfect sport, but I think we have to be happy with that.

“The first 15, maybe 20, minutes we took to get into the game, which we’re talking about and addressing as we go into the final, but we weathered the storm and we showed great character.

“We were under a little bit of pressure at the start with a slow start, but it didn’t really phase anyone. We stuck to the game plan and believed in what the coaches wanted.”

The final on Sunday will be played behind closed doors at the Estadio Miguel Prieto, but supporters across the world will be able to watch the game online on RFAF-TV.

By Andrew McDonnell

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