Lezama Weekend Recap: Bilbao Athletic Win Big While Juvenil A’s Struggles Continue To Raise Concerns
Bilbao Athletic 5-1 Langreo
After picking up only two points over the last three games Bilbao Athletic made a statement at Lezama against Langreo on Saturday. Iñigo Vicente and Asier Villalibre both scored a brace and Gaizka Larrazabal added a goal of his own as the Katxorros cruised to a 5-1 win. The victory saw Gaizka Garitano’s side move to within four points of the promotional playoff zone and they will be looking to make up even more ground on Sunday when they travel to face Sporting.
Balmaseda 1-1 CD Basconia
Basconia faced a difficult test on Saturday when they traveled to La Baluga for a match against Balmaseda. The first half ended scoreless but midfielder Oier Zarraga gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute. Balmaseda pushed for an equalizer and were able to draw level in the 78th minute as the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Basconia currently occupy 10th place in the league table but could move as high as 5th with a win over Real Sociedad C at home on Saturday.
Athletic Juvenil A 0-1 San Juan
Things have not gone well for Athletic’s Juvenil A team this season. Andoni Galiano’s side have only earned four wins all year and were even flirting with the relegation zone at one point which has not happened in a very long time. Last weekend’s 4-0 win over Amorebieta brought excitement, but the Katxorros came crashing back down to earth with a 1-0 loss to San Juan at Lezama on Saturday. It was an extremely disappointing result and concern has continued to grow over the last few weeks with the team adrift in the middle of the table. Thursday’s away match against Santutxu will present another difficult challenge as the Juvenil A team look to respond with a positive result.
Athletic Juvenil B 1-0 Leioa
Athletic’s Juvenil B team made it 3 straight wins on Saturday when they defeated Leioa 1-0 at Lezama. Nico Serrano was the goalscorer in what was a balanced effort from both sides and the Katorros end the weekend with sole possession of the top spot in the league table. They will have the opportunity to extend their winning streak, and their lead in the standings, when they host Cultural Durango on Sunday.
Deusto 0-4 Athletic Cadete A
Playing at Etxezuri is never easy but Athletic’s Cadete A team were up to the task on Saturday. Luis Bilbao, Ibai Asenjo, Koldo Torres, and Adur Insausti all scored as the Katxorros defeated Deusto 4-0 and moved to within 11 points of Eibar at the top of the league table. They will be back on the road on Sunday against Kostkas where they will be looking to make it three wins in a row.
Galdakao 4-4 Athletic Cadete B
Athletic’s Cadete B team remained unbeaten over the weekend as they played Galdakao to a 4-4 draw at Santa Bárbara. Kerman Junquera scored a brace while Aitor Vega and Aimar Peña both added a goal of their own. The Kumeak will be aiming to extend their lead at the top of the table as they host Retuerto Sport at Lezama this weekend.
Trapagaran 0-10 Athletic Infantil A
Nine games, nine wins for Athletic’s Infantil A team. The Katxorros kept their perfect run going on Saturday as they topped Trapagaran 10-0 on the road. Manager José Luaces’s squad now have a +73 goal differential this season and are in complete control at the top of the league table. Athletic will not play this weekend but will be back in action on 15 December when they will host Zalla at Lezama.
Baskonia 3-1 Athletic Infantil B
San Mamés 2006 saw their two game winning streak end on Saturday as they fell 3-1 to hosts Baskonia. The Infantil B team will not play this weekend and will be back at Lezama on 15 December as they host Somorrostro. The Katxorros lost the first meeting 3-2 earlier this season.
Athletic Infantil C 2-2 Retuerto Sport
Alirón 2006 have spent most of the season battling Retuerto Sport for the top spot in the league table and had the perfect opportunity to pull away as they hosted their rivals at Lezama on Saturday. However, neither side was able to get the upper hand as the match ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. After having this weekend off the team will travel to take on Montefuerte on 15 December.
Gernika 2-7 Athletic Alevin A
San Mamés 2007 entered the weekend in second place and just seven points off of league leaders Santutxu. The Alevin A team needed a big win to make a statement and pick up valuable points and that’s exactly what they did as they went on the road and defeated Gernika 7-2. Like many other youth teams they will not play this weekend and will return on 15 December to host Cultural Durango at Lezama.
Athletic Alevin B (No Game)
Alirón 2007 did not play over the weekend and will take the field again on 15 December when they will travel to face off with Balmaseda
Balmaseda 5-5 Athletic Alevin C
After an impressive 12-2 win over Zalla last weekend San Mamés 2008 hit the road for a very difficult game against Balmaseda. Both sides put in a great performance as the game ended in a 5-5 draw. Athletic’s Alevin C team won’t play this weekend and will host Union Sport at Lezama on 15 December.
Athletic Alevin 8-0 D Askartza
Alirón 2008 were perfect on the season before suffering their first draw last weekend against Gaztelueta. They would bounce back quickly with a stellar 8-0 win over Askartza on Saturday at Lezama
Athletic Alevin E 7-3 Loiola Indautxu
Alevín 1898 continued their perfect streak on Saturday with a 7-3 win over Loiola Indautxu at Lezama. They currently boast a +36 goal differential through 6 games and will play their next game on the road against Astrabuduako on 15 December.