After a sad meeting, US Concarneau fell on the lawn of Martigues (2-0) during the 15th day of National. Here’s what to take away from the game.
After conceding two draws, US Concarneau recovered last week by dominating US Avranches (3-1). Traveling to Martigues this Monday evening, the Finistère leader obviously wanted to continue his merry way in National. For his part, the promoted Bucco-Rhodanien had not bowed since the 1st day of the championship and a setback against Versailles. The meeting therefore promised to be disputed between the two formations, while Stéphane Le Mignan could count on the return of Fahd El Khoumisti in the workforce of the Thoniers.
A fairly bland first act
From the outset, the Concarnois showed great technical mastery to put their foot on the ball. Probably bothered by the wind and the rain, they nevertheless encountered difficulties when approaching the opposing surface to create concrete opportunities. And apart from a missed face-to-face by Amine Boutrah against the doorman Martégal (17th), the opportunities to get your teeth into were very slim.
On the other side of the field, Mamadou Sylla recovered many balls thanks to his physical power even if he was not really endangered by the local attackers. A few avoidable bullet losses, however, could have cost Antoine Rabillard’s partners dearly. At the break, the score was therefore logically nil and blank.
Martigues takes the lead after returning from the locker room
Much more conquering, the locals returned to the field with the ambition of overthrowing the championship leader. And following a good combination on the right side of the Concarneau defense, Zakaria Fdaouch went to deceive Maxime Pattier with a powerful strike from a closed angle (1-0, 51st). The Thoniers tried to respond with a few distant attempts, without putting the opposing goalkeeper in difficulty. On the hour mark, it was finally Karim Tili who doubled the lead for Martigues after playing Gaoussou Traoré (2-0, 59th).
US Concarneau did not react…
Now dominated in the midfield, Thibault Sinquin and his teammates were no longer able to develop their football in the Martégal half of the field. Rarely in striking position, they failed to find the net. An astonishing impotence in view of the talented players (Antoine Rabillard, Amine Boutrah, Faissal Mannai or even Fahd El Khoumisti) who succeeded one another on the front of the Finistère attack.
…but remains leader of National
US Concarneau therefore lost 2-0 on the lawn of Martigues. This defeat puts an end to the ten-game unbeaten streak of Stéphane Le Mignan’s men. The Thoniers still retain first place in the National even if the gap with Versailles and their evening opponents is only three points. They will host Le Puy (16th) this Friday with the aim of reviving.