Liga División de Honor Champions!

Pablo Ayuso’s Juvenil A side beat Eibar 3-2 and go down in the Club’s history

Numancia’s Juvenil A team, who play in the ‘División de Honor’ have made history after beating Eibar 3-2 on Sunday and, in doing so, claiming the league title. As a result, they will now take part in the Copa del Rey and the Champions Cup. It was a hard-fought victory, after an evenly-balanced game, one that was not lacking in excitement, with a great atmosphere. More than 1,200 people packed out the Francisco Rubio ‘Football City’ ground and roared the young Numantinos on to victory.

Numancia began well and dominated from the start, although the gusty wind made playing difficult. Ebri made a great move and put David González through; his shot forced Beris to make a great save. In the 17th minute, Clavero won the ball to the side of the area and played it in for Albín to stroke home the first goal. Now trailing, Eibar started to play a lot better, and soon levelled when Gaubeka turned in a corner.

With the scores now level, Eibar began to boss the game, although the best chances did fall to the Rojillos; one was for David González who had a shot after an individual move, and another was for Marcos Gil after a free-kick was swung in from the wing. It was Eibar who would score next, though, through a one-off piece of play. Collado, 35 metres out, let fly and the ball, helped by the wind, found its way into the top corner. The goal was a harsh blow to take for Numancia, and the visitors then pressed them hard up until the break.

The second half, with the wind behind them now, was one of Numantino brilliance. They came out confident that they could turn the game around and played like they meant to. Ebri sent out a warning with a great shot that forced Beris to make a desperate save. Shortly after that, the scores were level. A great move from the Rojillos, a save by Beris and an overhead shot into the net from Albín. Then, only four minutes later, came joy. David Sanz’s free-kick from 30 metres out took Beris by surprise and put the home side ahead.

With the score now at 3-2, the hosts were in the driving seat and, while Pitarch did force Toni to make a fine save to prevent the equaliser, the visitors scarcely enjoyed any more chances. David González could have put the result beyond any doubt from a free-kick, while Dani fired in what seemed to be fourth, but it was ruled out for offside. The minutes ticked by and when the final whistle came, the Rojillos claimed the championship title.

The Juvenil DH side have made history, becoming champions for the first time ever. Now they will take part in the Champions Cup, with the other best seven teams in Spain, and the Copa del Rey.

C.D. NUMANCIA: Toni, Clavero, Ceínos, Raúl H, Sergio, Marcos Gil, Albín (Choski, m. 92), David Sanz (Adri, m. 85), Vidorreta (Dani, m. 75), David G, Ebri (Arranz, m. 89).

S.D. EIBAR: Beris, Urresti, Urbina (Argente, m. 74), Olasagasti, Gaubeka (Tejeda, m. 74), Collado (Hidalgo, m. 55), Pitarch (Uzkudun, m. 70), Marí, Gimeno, Trincado, Villanueva.

Referee:  Villar Ruiz (Castilla-León Committee), yellow cards for Clavero and Ceínos, Numancia, and for Beris, Urbina, Olasagasti, Collado, Marí and Trincado, Eibar.

GOALS: 1-0 Albín m. 17; 1-1 Gaubeka m. 21; 1-2 Collado m. 36; 2-2 Albín m. 56; 3-2 David Sanz m. 60.

VENUE: Ciudad Deportiva Francisco Rubio. Attendance 1,200.

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