Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Weekend Roundup 1/3 - 1/4

Queen of the South - QoS travelled to Morton this week trying to get the season turned around. Queens got off to a flying start with Barry Wilson scoring in the 7th minute to give the Doonhamers an early lead. QoS doubled the lead 11 minutes later when Gary Arbuckle found the back of the net. They were only able to keep the two goal lead for 15 minutes however, conceding a goal to Morton in the 33rd minute. It looked like the Doonhamers would escape with the 3 points until the last minute of injury time when Morton equalized to rescue a point at home. Pretty typical of the second half of the QoS season so far. That makes it 2 points in 9 games for Queens, keeping them in a relegation battle. They are just above the relegation playoff spot due to goal differential with 16 games to play.

Blackburn Rovers - Rovers traveled to Blue Square North side Blyth Spartans for the 3rd round of the FA Cup. With 5 levels separating the teams one would expect Blackburn to have an easy time of it, but that wasn't the case. Rovers had control for most of the first half but could not make the chances count. The closest they got was a badly hit bicycle kick from Matt Derbyshire that struck a Spartan in the head and deflected into the net for an own goal, but Derbyshire was ruled to be offside. Blackburn finally broke through for a goal in the second half. Carlos Villanueva took a gorgeous free kick from outside the box that he curled into the upper corner for the lead. Blyth did not go quietly though, keeping the Rovers defense in a state of panic for long stretches. The Spartans had a great chance off a volley in the final minutes bit they managed to put the shot wide and Blackburn escaped with the win. They will travel to Sunderland in the next round.

CD Tenerife - CDT hosted cellar dwellers Sevella Athletic trying to stretch their winning streak to 3 games. Tenerife opened up a two goal lead with goals in the last 10 and first 10 minutes surrounding halftime. Sevella hit right back after the second goal to make things interesting but 10 minutes later their keeper handled the ball outside the box. He was shown a red card and any hope Athletic had was gone. With the win CDT moves into a 3 way tie for 2nd place. They are 4th due to goal differential, one spot out of the promotion zone and two points behind the leaders. Next week they travel to third place Xerez while the top two teams face each other. A win could go a long way towards the promotion hopes.

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