Late strike denies Malaga Femenino win over leaders

Malaga's María Ruiz fights for the ball.
Malaga's María Ruiz fights for the ball. / GERMÁN POZO
  • The Blue and Whites' high-flying opponents levelled matters in the 88th minute after Pamela's first-half opener

Sunday yielded yet another draw for Malaga's women's team, their eighth of the campaign so far, this time against the league leaders Santa Teresa.

José Herrera's side dominated the first half at the Malaga Football Federation as they got the second half of the season under way. After an early scare when Nayadet struck the post with a free-kick, Malaga started to create numerous chances, with Ruiz looking the most dangerous player. She made Malaga’s intentions clear when she grazed the post with an effort from outside the area.

It was eventually Pamela who made the home side’s superiority count. After Encarni had seen her shot blocked by a Santa Teresa defender, the ball fell to the midfielder, who grabbed her second goal of the season.

The second half was much more even, broken up by repeated stoppages for foul play. This suited the visitors as Malaga were unable to maintain their intensity in attack.

Despite a good defensive effort from the home side, the pressure eventually proved too much. Malaga were made to pay in the closing exchanges when forward Carrie converted a golden opportunity, completely unmarked.

The hosts reacted, albeit far too late, and were left to rue a missed opportunity to claim a scalp in the new year.

The result leaves Malaga in fifth place in the Segunda División Femenina Sur, six points off Villarreal in fourth and eleven off new leaders Albacete. Their next challenge is a trip to eleventh-placed Tenerife B on Sunday.