Lezama Weekend Recap: Juvenil And Cadete Teams Make Statement Wins
Bilbao Athletic 2-2 Real Sociedad
The home and away split under Aritz Solabarrieta has finally come to an end. Since the managerial change in December, Bilbao Athletic have won every game at Lezama and lost every game on the road. The Katxorros faced a huge test on Saturday when they welcomed Real Sociedad for the Basque Derby and Gaizka Larrazabal scored in the opening minute to stun the visitors. La Real equalized through a penalty 15 minutes later before Larrazabal added a second just before the break. With just 9 minutes left to play, Zourdine scored to level the score at 2-2 which would stand until the final whistle. Bilbao Athletic will try to get their first positive result on the road next weekend, but it won’t be easy. On Sunday they will travel to face off with 2nd placed Mirandés.
CD Basconia 1-4 San Ignacio (Ewan Urain)
Basconia’s 9 game unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Saturday when they fell 4-1 to visitors San Ignacio. The Basauritarras found themselves down 2-0 until Ewan Urain pulled one back in the 61st minute, his 9th goal of the season. San Ignacio would then find the back of the net two more times before hearing the final whistle. The defeat sees Basconia fall to 8th in the table, bust still just 2 points off of 4th place. They will be back at home Sunday to host 12th place Santurtzi.
Athletic Juvenil A 4-2 Real Sociedad
It was a very difficult start to the season for Athletic Juvenil A who spent several months in the middle of the table. That finally appears to be a thing of the past as the Katxorros have now gone five games unbeaten and have only lost twice in their last 10 matches. On Sunday they played host to league leaders Real Sociedad and came away with a massive 4-2 victory at Lezama. Alejandro Ibarrondo netted a brace, Josu Juste added a goal of his own, and La Real scored an own goal in the big win. Taking the three points moved Athletic into 7th and just 8 points off of the top four. Another test looms large on Sunday as the Juvenil A team will travel to face off with 2nd placed Numancia.
Beasain 1-2 Athletic Juvenil B
Athletic’s Juvenil B team entered the weekend in blistering form, having won 7 matches as part of an 8 game unbeaten streak. They traveled to Beasain on Saturday and were able to come away with another impressive victory. Koldo Ferrer and Nico Serrano both found the back of the net as the Kumeak took all 3 points in a 2-1 win. Athletic now hold a 6 point lead over Real Sociedad at the top of the league table and will have the chance to extend it even more on Sunday when they host Arenas Club at Lezama.
Athletic Cadete A 3-2 Eibar
Like the Juvenil A team, Athletic’s Cadete A also appear to have turned things around after a disastrous start to the season. The Katxorros won their 4th straight match on Saturday, defeating 2nd placed Eibar 3-2 at Lezama. Athletic are now just one point off of 4th placed which is held by Antiguoko. To make things even more interesting, the team will actually be traveling to Antiguoko on Sunday for their next match and the chance to climb into the top four.
Zalla 0-10 Athletic Infantil A
Another game, another win for Athletic Infantil A who are still perfect this season. Wednesday’s 10-0 win over Zalla was yet another impressive result from the team who have a massive lead at the top of the table. With 18 wins from 18 games the Kumeak are flying high and will have the chance to extend their streak on Saturday when they host Barakaldo at Lezama.
Lagun Artea 1-1 Athletic Infantil B
Following last weekend’s loss to Getxo, San Mamés 2006 were back on the road Saturday where they played Lagun Artea to a 1-1 draw. The team has only one win in their last 6 games and are in need of a big victory to turn things around. The Infantil B team will have a chance to do just that on Saturday as they host Retuerto Sport at Lezama.
Athletic Infantil C 6-3 Leioa
Alirón 2006 extended their unbeaten streak to four game on Saturday with a splendid 6-3 win over Leioa at home. The Infantil C team have been in fabulous form over the past month and will travel to Indautxu on Saturday for what will be another challenging fixture.
Zalla 3-3 Athletic Alevín A
San Mamés 2007 hit the road on Saturday for a tough game against Zalla. The two sides battled it out over the full 90 minutes as the match eventually ended in a 3-3 draw. It wasn’t the result that Alevín A were hoping for, but after last weekend’s win over Cultural Durango they are now on a two game unbeaten streak. The Katxorros will be back at home on Saturday as they host Santutxu.
Athletic Alevín B 1-3 Danok Bat
The last couple of weeks have been hard for Alirón 2007 who fell 3-1 to Danok Bat over the weekend. Alevín B have now lost two games in a row after enjoying a four game winning streak. They will try to get back on track this Saturday when the Kumeak travel to Barakaldo.
Athletic Club’s Infantil C,D, and E teams all had the weekend off, but they will be back in action on Saturday, 9 March.