Halfway point in the season for Fabril getting 18 pts from 11 matches. They are currently in 3rd but some teams still need to make up suspended games which means once everything is even they’ll likely be just outside the playoff spots for the second phase. Valeron seems to be adjusting well as they are getting better every week and he is also giving opportunities to young players. Sarmiento (CAM) , Alberto (GK) , Guille (LB), and Juan Rodriguez (CB) are all mainstays with the team and under 20 years old as well as recently including Peke (W) and Trilli (Right Back) into the team. Rayco is probably the most talented attacking player who came from Lugo but is already 24 so once he plays with the first team he is no longer able to play with Fabril. He plays well with Adri up top as well so wouldn’t mind seeing both of them move up to the first team in January but obviously would weaken Fabril significantly and take them out of the playoff run with Bergantiños, Somozas, and Polvorin (Lugo B) so far ahead.
Juvenil A , led by Gilsanz, are sitting 2nd in the table with a big win over Celta but losing the top of the table with a 1-1 draw vs Ferrol last week. With Guille, Trilli and Peke likely to move full time to Fabril, players like Cristian (reminds me of Mollejo and will be part of Fabril at only 17 next year if he can grow more these next 6 months) and David Mella (Mella got hurt early and has not played) will join a handful of Juvenil B players that will get opportunities to play at a higher level. While Mella and Canales can replace Peke, the team looks very weak in the back without Guille and Trilli. I like this group a lot but they still need to grow physically and am excited to see them in March vs professional teams like Racing, Sporting, and Celta.
Juvenil B, led by Duscher, is perfect so far with 18pts from 6 games but against much weaker competition. Their biggest challenge will come next week vs 2nd place Compostela. With Cadete’s season starting up next month, I’d expect some of those players to eventually debut with this Juvenil B group as it is considered the best group in Abegondo.
One thing I’ve noticed watching highlights/full games is that all three of these teams struggle on artificial turf and I think Abegondo should look into getting 1 turf field in addition to their 6 grass fields.