Moleiro lights the road to Las Palmas

The young canterano tipped the balance in the absence of three minutes to go with a shoe from the front.


In the penultimate pre-season game, the yellow team achieved their sixth victory of the summer against San Mateo, a team recently promoted to 2nd RFEF, with a solitary goal from youth squad Moleiro.

UD Las Palmas left for the dispute of this match with an initial formation of 4-3-3, which could perfectly resemble the team that will debut in the league against Valladolid. Raúl Fernández in goal, Lemos, Ferigra, Navas and Benito in defense, with Loiodice, Sergio Ruiz and Maikel Mesa in the middle and the attack commanded by Pejiño on the right, Peñaranda on the left and Jesé on the front. Despite the potential of this eleven of guarantees, Mel's men were unable to sink their teeth into a CF San Mateo, recently promoted to 2nd RFEF, who barely allowed chances in the framework defended by Álvaro Hormiga.

To begin with, as expected, the UD quickly took control of the ball, carrying the ball from one side to the other until, possibly, the clearest chance of those first minutes arrived on the head of Raúl Navas after a corner launched by Álvaro Lemos from the left flank. After this initial warning, the second would arrive in the boots of a Sergio Ruiz who has already recovered from COVID-19 and has joined the training sessions with the team this week. The Cantabrian starred in a breakaway on the right wing that Peñaranda almost finished off at the bottom of the tights, but went over the goal.

From there, the game became little by little thicker, only highlighting the mobility of Peñaranda, very active for his band. For the rest, San Mateo sought to surprise the counter, especially by Benito's band, with the right back of the visiting team, Emilio, who was even able to score a goal in an isolated play a few minutes before reaching the break.

Only Pejiño in a slalom on the right that ended in a cross shot, cleared by the goalkeeper, and a direct free in the 23rd minute, which ended in the same way, were the few occasions that the yellow team achieved in this period.

Already in the second half, with the light rain that fell on the Gran Canaria Stadium as the protagonist, the UD put one more march from the beginning and the occasions began to happen, the clearest arriving in the 53rd by Maikel Mesa, who cut a rival in the front of the area and his shot found the base of the right post. A few minutes later the first outstanding changes began to arrive, with the latest yellow acquisitions such as Sadiku and Mfulu taking the field, as well as Veiga, Clemente and Moleiro.

With the substitutions of both teams, the game lost rhythm and the yellows got quite stuck in attack and barely had chances until the final minutes, where Clemente first warned with a clear chance in the 85th minute, after a filtered pass, when only against him. goalkeeper crossed in excess and the ball went out of the frame defended by Adrián, who entered the second half. And later, just two minutes later, came Moleiro's goal that tipped the balance, after a great individual play on the edge of the area that ended with a precise mid-height shot, impossible for the goalkeeper.From there until the final whistle, nothing more remarkable would occur in either of the two goals and the UD added with this victory the sixth of this preseason, after having beaten its subsidiary, Las Palmas Atlético (2-0). Already in Marbella, to Espanyol (1-0), Cádiz (0-2) and Wolverhampton (2-3), and back to the island to San Fernando (5-0), losing during these weeks only against Sevilla ( 1-0) .

This Friday, at 6.30 p.m. he will have a new match against Tamaraceite on the same stage.

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