MATCH REPORT – BENAHAVIS 6th July by Ronnie Waugh

On arrival at the local team headquarters, it was obvious the local council take great care of this facility. Several football pitches of different size all well maintained and in pristine condition.

What wasn’t so welcoming was the strong sun and heat at that time of the morning, only 9.30am and already 27 degrees. However, after a rule briefing from up-and-coming referee Ian Flynn the game got under way.

A trait Calahonda seem to have developed is being slow to warm up and get organised in defence which once again saw them 2-0 down in the first five minutes. The greens got their act together and five minutes later Gary received a good through ball, took his time and placed it past the keeper. Game on!!!

Next up was a bullet equaliser from the Love a Long Shot man Nick who sent a 30 yarder past the keeper for the equaliser. Calahonda were well back in the game at the first of the water breaks, but it was Benahavis who picked the game up again to take the lead through Gregg before Calahonda pulled it back once again to make it 3-3 with a well taken goal from Colin.

The game was being played in the true spirit with the referee not having to exert his authority unduly. An infringement spotted by the ref. on the edge of the Benahavis penalty area prevented the Greens taking the lead with a goal disallowed. Benahavis used their good fortune to their advantage and swept up field to once again take the lead 4-3.

With it getting hotter and no shade both teams used their substitutes to the full and the changes did not upset the Calahonda rhythm as they equalised and then took the lead for the first time a few minutes later.

Going into the last fifteen minutes Benahavis stepped up the pace piling the pressure on the Greens defence; spurred on by a few thousand young fans who had arrived to cheer on the Blues they equalised to make it 5-5. Benahavis then rattled in another four without reply from Gregg, Paul R and Andrew to run out 9-5 winners.

This was a very good game well controlled by Ian Flynn with both sides playing excellent football and creating good moves. Praise for both goalkeepers who without doubt prevented a rugby score.

Calahonda can be well pleased with this game when apart from the last fifteen minutes they more than held their own against a team who were a bit younger and fitter. Benahavis will on the other hand be happy with this exercise against players who were never going to make it easy for them.

Man of the Match Award had to go to 6 goal Gregg.

Both teams are considering entry into the league but for different reasons. No more details at present.

A short journey up the Ronda road out of San Pedro lay the beautiful Los Almendros restaurant where we were served an excellent Spanish Style Buffet washed down with cervezas.

Many thanks go to our hosts for the friendly match and their hospitality afterwards. Calahonda WFS look forward to returning the hospitality in a pre-season friendly at the Finca Naundrup.