Under-23s Follow Up Opening-Day Draw With Victory At Home

CD Almuñécar City Under-23s have begun the 2020-21 season with four points from two games, with their victory coming in the home-opener against UD Los Marinos.

After a positive pre-season behind the team, the U23 side headed into the new campaign full of confidence and they opened up the season with an away game.

Michael Zakoski and Juanma Bullejos took their side to Arenas de Armilla Cultura and found themselves behind early in the game.

The hosts worked the ball down the right side and a cross come to the near post, which was steered home by the head of the striker.

It was a test for the U23 side, who worked their way back into the game. A late equaliser from Adrien Cushing earned the visitors a point in their opening game of the season.

Zakoski talked about how tough it will be if the team goes behind away from home: "The first game gave the squad an idea of what playing at this level is about; a physical battle and more than anything - tested mentally for 90 minutes.

"With an early lapse in concentration, we went down 1-0 and it was difficult to find a way back into the game.

"Technically and tactically, I believe we are among the best in the category, though it is difficult to work your way back into the match when 1-0 down; importantly because of the atmosphere these clubs create at home.

"We were tested to the 87th minute, where we found a late equaliser from a set-piece through an Adrien Cushing header, which propelled us into the home fixture against Los Marinos."

Next up was the first home game of the season, which is always a game to look forward to for players, staff and club personnel. It was also a local derby as UD Los Marinos came to town.

Joe Montero was on target twice in the game and substitute Benny Villaflor scored the other goal to fire the CDAC U23 up to second in the league table.

Zakoski commented: "It was a stronger performance in every aspect and it was pleasing to have survived the typical ‘physical fight’ that most derby’s present.

"Specific messaging around the intensity and concentration in the playing style helped the group secure a professional 3-0 home win to conclude the week with four points from a possible six!

"A double from Joe Montero and 1 from substitute Bienvendio Villaflor have presented new challenges to me and the coaching staff ahead of Round Three, and we are extremely fortunate to be selecting from a large group of talented players."

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