Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend Roundup 2/14 - 2/15

Queen of the South - QoS hosted Aridrie United at Palmerston this week, looking for their first win in front of their fans in over 4 months. The game got off to a good start with Queens being awarded a penalty after the half hour mark and converting it for a 1-0 lead. Right at halftime Airdire was down a man as their man attempted a two footed tackle of the Doonhamers keeper. That was all the help South needed as they piled on in the second half to the tune of 3 more goals and a 4-0 win. With the victory QoS finally gets out of the bottom of the table, moving all the way up to 6th, with a full 3 points separating them from the relegation zone. With 12 games to play the Doonhamers are only 5 points out of second place, though Dunfermline does have 2 games in hand. Its a full 12 points to the top of the table and promotion, so that is probably out of reach now.

Blackburn Rovers - An Alpha and Omega game for Blackburn as they hosted Championship side Coventry City in the 5th Round of the FA Cup. Roque Santa Cruz scored just 90 seconds into the game, and Rovers controlled play for most of the first half. They apparently thought that was enough as they took most of the second half off, allowing Coventry to come back and score not once, but twice. Just when it looked like the Cup run was over Chris Samba scored with 2 minutes left in stoppage time to tie the game. This leads to a replay (the last thing Rovers need) in Coventry a week from Wednesday. The winners get the reward of hosting Chelsea in the quarterfinals.

CD Tenerife - CDT hosted bottom half side Elche in front of over 19,000 fans in Santa Cruz. Tenerife is battling some injury issues with up to 4 starters not available for the starting lineup. CDT won the first half, controlling play and leading 1-0 at the break. 2 minutes into the second half Elche levelled the score though, and 15 minutes later the visitors took the lead. Tenerife wouldn't quit though, and with some inspired offensive substitutions CDT drew the game, then took the lead 3-2. Some strong defending protected the lead and Tenerife continued their good run. The win kept them in 2nd place, 3 points behind the leaders and in a promotion spot by 3 points with 18 games to play.

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