Our Diski boys had a positive start to their Spanish tour as we fought back for a victory over Rayo Vallecano this afternoon.
The team took some time to settle into the game in the first half. Some chilly weather and this being their first game on the tour of Spain as part of their Diski Challenge prize had them unsettled in the first 45. Vallecano used this to their advantage, dominating the play and maintaining ball retention well. We took too long to get into any rhythm and Rayo Vallecano took advantage, opening the scoring just before the break.
Some consolidation in the change room from the boys saw us return to the field with a clear objective of pulling this game back. Nkosikhona Dube came on as a substitute for an injured Conco and made his presence felt from the moment he set foot on the field. With Jappie and Sibeko already increasing the pressure on the defence, the inclusion of Dube created cracks in their defence. Jappie played a long ball to Sabelo who beat his defender and layed the ball off to Dube who made no mistake in finding the back of the net.
The equalizer was what was needed to change the tempo of the game. We started dominating the play and some outstanding play from N.Dube was rewarded as he managed to score his brace and give us the lead. The game belonged to us from there and we dominated both the field and ball.
A great performance from all of the players today. A positive start to the tour and this will stand us in good stead as we play again on Thursday against Barcelona.