Exciting game between UD SIA Benigànim and CD Castellón
The semi-professional football team managed by SIA Academy kicked off its friendly matches against CD Castellón, a team that played in the Spanish Second Division last season and will be looking to return to the silver division of Spanish football this season.
The 2021/2022 pre-season is already underway for UD SIA Benigànim. The Spanish Third Division Football team (now known as 3ªRFEF) finished with a good feeling in their first pre-season friendly match of the summer.
The opponent invited to turn this friendly match into a nice experience for the young U-23 players of UD SIA Benigànim. CD Castellón is one of the most important teams in the Valencian Community, as they have shown throughout their history.
A golden opportunity for UD SIA Benigànim’s young U-23 players to show their level. CD Castellón is one of the most demanding professional rivals on the national scene and the occasion was ideal to test the potential of the players.
CD Castellón arrived at the Municipal de Benigànim to play their first pre-season match. The ‘orellut’ club have an exciting campaign ahead of them where their objective is to be promoted to compete again in the Spanish Second Division.
What was the result of the friendly match?
The final score was nil goals to two in favour of Club Deportivo Castellón. This professional club ended up imposing their level, but the image given by UD SIA Benigànim was more than satisfactory.
In fact, the U-23 players coached by Emer Esteve showed a great performance despite having only been in pre-season for a few weeks. The players on trial at UD SIA Benigànim, both national and international, showed that they can compete in the Spanish Third Division.
The signed UD SIA Benigànim footballers were a great support for those who want to make a place for themselves in this exciting sporting-educational project. The Municipal de Benigànim filled its limited capacity of 200 spectators and everyone enjoyed a beautiful evening.
How did the match develop?
Castellón started the game dominating. The physical strength of the ‘orellut’ team was noticeable in the early stages, although UD SIA Benigànim were able to counteract this initial impetus with a solid defence.
However, CD Castellón’s attack eventually overcame the SIA Academy side thanks to Bilal’s goal after a pass from Carrillo, who was very active throughout the game. The home side looked to take a step forward and slowed down the Castellón attack, whose chances from then on came from set pieces.
The changeover brought with it a lot of substitutions and this meant that the second half took a long time to get into rhythm. However, there was also an exciting second half with both teams looking to try things out ahead of the season.
In the last few minutes Marc Pitarch made the final two-nil after a powerful shot high in front of Enric Sánchez who could do no more to stop it. The game ended without any further incident.