First Division - Day 11

Las Palmas 1 - Mallorca 0

Las Palmas: Cicovic; Edu Alonso, Jaime Molina, Olias, Paqui, Jarni (Jorge 42'); Angel, Samways, Josico (Eloy 70'); Guayre (Orlando 73'), Oulare. 5-3-2.
Mallorca: Leo Franco; Olaizola, Fernando Niño, Nadal, Miguel Soler; Finidi, Engonga (Francisco Soler 46'), Marcos, Ibagaza; Eto'o (Stankovic 75'), Luque (Carlos 63'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Las Palmas: Cicovic, Jaime Molina, Olias, Angel, Josico, Oulare for Nacho González, Baiano, Alvaro, Schurrer, Jorge, Orlando / Mallorca: None.

1-0. 86. Orlando. Header after a corner not cleared by defence.

Las Palmas did what none of the big three could do, put an end to Mallorca's unbeaten run which had extended to six games, including five victories. It took a headed goal from Orlando right at the end though to do it, the concentration of a tired defensive slipping for the first and only time to allow the home grown forward to nip in and score. The game was a hard fought battle between the two island teams, with the stage set by Las Palmas manager Sergio Kresic before the game with his declarations that they had to win by whatever means, civil or criminal. That suited the likes of Vinny Samways, never one to hold back, and the English midfielder ended the game with a fifth yellow card which means he misses the next match.

Kresic was already missing players for this one, with keeper González and defender Alvaro both suspended after being sent off last week, and with Baiano out with flu and injuries to Schurrer, Pablo Lago, Toddi Gudjonsson, Ramón and Sarasua, both Jaime Molina and Oulare came in to the starting line up although not fully fit. Mallorca's manager Luis Aragonés logically kept the same line up as in previous games, although his frustrations at the lack of effort by his forwards was evident, and in the second half he changed Eto'o and Luque for Stankovic and Carlos. Leo Franco kept his place in goal, with Miki on the bench as Mono Burgos, recently included in the squad in place of the injured Roa, picking up an untimely injury which will keep him out for a couple of weeks.

With both teams playing close marking games, goal chances were few and far between, with the only effort in the first half coming from Guayre, celebrating his under 21 call up with another good performance. However Leo Franco was in the right place to block his close range shot. Las Palmas also claimed two penalties, although referee López Nieto waved their claims away, even though the second one at least looked genuine. Aragonés pulled his players back in the second half happy to secure a point, until Orlando spoilt his plans four minutes from time. It was only the fourth goal that Franco had conceded in seven games, but it was enough to take Las Palmas back up the table to twelfth. Mallorca slip to eighth, behind Oviedo and Celta on goal average, but still only four points from the leaders.