Malaga got back into their stride with a comfortable 0-2 victory on the road against Valencia B on Saturday. Gabi Morales bagged her first goal for the Blue and Whites in the first half before Ayano sealed the win with a penalty at the beginning just after the break.
Malaga, on the back of a two-match losing streak, faced off against a Valencia side who conversely had won their last two matches. What they both had in common, however, was injury problems.
The game started with both sides struggling to make a decisive breakthrough. Ayano and Pamela had the best chances for Malaga but central defender María Jiménez held firm for Valencia.
However, half an hour into the game, a defensive misjudgement allowed a long diagonal to drop at the feet of Gabi Morales who kept her composure to bag hers and Malaga's first.
The visitors came out even stronger at the beginning of the second half and when Valencia's Meryl grabbed Ayano in a desperate attempt to thwart the forward, the Japanese converted the subsequent penalty.
Blighted by injuries, Malaga's bench was full of youth team players. One that entered the fray was debutant Futu, who replaced Gabi Morales in the second half. She had the best opportunity to make it three for Malaga with her chipped shot spectacularly coming back out off the crossbar. María Ruiz then squandered the rebound.
The victory ends Malaga's losing streak and puts them two points away from the top four in the Grupo Sur de Reto Iberdrola. They face second-place Granada in their next league match on 29 February.