Resounding victory sends Marbella top of the league

Manel, who scored twice, battles with Johan for the ball.
Manel, who scored twice, battles with Johan for the ball. / J. Rodríguez
  • Manel's brace helped the Costa side to victory against rivals UCAM Murcia on Sunday

A thumping 4-0 victory over UCAM Murcia sent Marbella to the top of the Segunda B group IV table for the first time this campaign on Sunday afternoon.

The home side's second convincing victory on the spin only served to demonstrate David Cubillo's men's ambitions this campaign - only promotion will do.

Despite surrendering the possession in the early exchanges, the hosts soon showed their quality and the shots started to reach Iricibar's goal with increasing frequency.

The keeper responded well to his first test - a Manel effort from just outside the area in the 19th minute. However, just a minute later, the same man wasn't to be denied; his delicate chip found the back of the net after being fed in on goal by Callejón.

Set-piece specialists

After a brief scare from Aketxe just before the break, Marbella came out determined to kill off the game in the second half. Just eight minutes in, Saúl, the smallest man on the pitch, doubled his side's advantage with a decisive header from Elías' corner.

Fourteen minutes later, from the opposite side of the pitch, Elías again whipped in a dangerous corner. This time it was Manel at the back post who headed home to make it 3-0.

There was still plenty of time for Elías to get in on the act himself and he did so in stoppage time when Mustafá laid it on a plate for him to tap home from close to the penalty spot.

The game served not only as a boost to Marbella's hopes of promotion to Segunda, but also as an opportunity for Cubillo to give his new recruits minutes on the field. Not only did Callejón get valuable game time; there was also a debut for centre-back Fernando Román who gave Lolo Pavón a breather.

Next, the Costa side face relegation-threatened Mérida on Sunday (5pm kick-off).