Femenino left frustrated by home stalemate after dominant showing

Carol challenges for a header.
Carol challenges for a header. / Migue Fernández
  • Malaga were the better team against the Canarian side on Sunday but failed to finish their chances

Malaga Femenino were left frustrated on Sunday as they dropped two points against 10th-placed Juan Grande.

The hosts completely controlled possession in the first half, with the visitors hoping to get chances to counter, without much luck. Juan Grande only had one shot at goal in the first half, an effort from Carla which came just before the whistle.

Malaga, however, had several, with Maria Ruiz the standout player. She created two chances and had one herself, a shot from outside the area which deflected off an opponent and grazed the post. Another effort, Carol's shot from inside the six-yard box, was only kept out by a last-ditch challenge.

The Andalusians continued to press for a goal after the break, but real chances were few and far between. Arantxa had the best chance, hitting a well-struck effort towards the far post which flew narrowly wide.

The home side became increasingly desperate, with Adriana and Arantxa often opting to shoot from distance, and their play became forced.

The introduction of Edna and Lorena shook things up somewhat, but ultimately neither came up with the goods either.

The result means Malaga finish the calendar year in fifth place, 11 points behind leaders Santa Teresa.

Manager José Herrera insisted that "if our ambitions are just to stay in the top five, then we're fine. But if we want to battle it out with the top two or three, we're going to need to sign another striker".