Lorca entertained Barcelona B at the Francisco Artés Carrasco on Saturday, looking to halt a fifteen match winless streak that had left them firmly in the drop zone, just two points above bottom side Sevilla Atlético. They earned a point, but the visitors owe a debt of gratitude to their goalkeeper, Adrian Ortolá, who kept the home side at bay.
It began well for them, when they took the lead shortly before half an hour had been played. Barcelona B centre-back José Martinez was guilty of handball, earning the hosts a penalty. Daniel Ojeda slid the ball home to the bottom left corner as the away ‘keeper went the other way. Neither team could muster much in the way of clear cut chances for the remainder of the half and the Murcians went in at the break a goal ahead.
Ortolá parried a shot from Ojeda as Fabri’s men pushed to double their advantage in the second period. However, it was the Catalans who got back on an even keel. Some good work on the left flank from Matías Nahuel bought him just enough space to play a ball to a left-back Marc Cucurella who angled his side-footed shot between the legs of Lorca goalkeeper Francisco Dorronsoro.
At the other end, Ortolá saved well from substitute Deshorn Brown after Ojeda’s run into the box had set the Jamaican up for a crack at goal.
Barça B’s goal-scorer almost turned provider as Cucurella’s ball into the box from the left somehow found right-back Sergi Palencia who had bombed forward, but somehow Dorronsoro denied him from point-blank range with just the slightest touch from his right glove to send the ball spiralling over the bar.
The theme of heroic goalkeeping continued in injury time as Ortolá preserved the draw. He spectacularly turned over a strong header from Lorca midfielder Fran Cruz who met Carlos Peña’s cross with might. Lorca were unlucky not to take maximum points from this contest and will rue meeting Ortolá on a day where he was in such inspired form.
Lorca 1 Ojeda (Pen.) 28’
Barcelona B 1 Cucurella 76’