Monagas SC – Match Report vs. GV Maracay 08/03/20


  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, rewatch
  • D – Below average, don’t follow up

Match overview

Monagas SC cruised to the win comfortably as they were the much stronger side against GV Maracay. They played a 4-4-2 formation with very attacking minded wide midfielders and exploited the gaps in behind very well, as the defenders of Maracay lacked awareness and discipline to work well together and to spot runs in behind. In the end, Monagas won 3-0.

Héctor Maestre

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Venezuelan
  • Age: 19
  • Date of birth: 19/02/2001
  • Current Club: Monagas SC (L)
  • Career: Deportivo Lara (Y)
  • Position: central defender
  • Preferred foot: right

Héctor Maestre played as a left central defender. The Venezuelan youngster is right-footed and had some troubles sometimes using his left foot to play a long pass. His short passing with his left foot was alright. With his right foot, Maestre felt more confident in playing more difficult long passes, which he did very well. Sometimes, he was a bit too wild in his clearances.

Once, Maestre overestimated himself as he tried to dribble it out from the back, but eventually came up against three opponents which led to him losing the ball. When Maestre is in possession, he carries the ball a few meters often as he scans over the ball looking for passing options. He is able to play a pass that breaks lines with his right foot, as well as some good cross passes.

In defence, Maestre seemed very confident and dominant once again. He never got into any trouble and it seems like he is playing at a level that is a bit too low for him. The 19-year-old was very strong in the 1-on-1 duels as he managed to win nearly every duel. When he could not recover possession immediately, he did well to get back into position every time and to not follow his opponent around.

He came in front of his opponent often and managed to anticipate well. He got his timing right almost every time and chose his moments to step out of the defensive line to get into the duels very well. When he needed to defend with a lot of space in his back, he did well to position his body well which means that he not needed to turn when his opponent made a run in behind. His pace is decent and his acceleration is okay. He won every aerial duel.

Rating: A1

As mentioned above, it feels like he is playing at a level below his current level and I would like to see him moving to either Caracas FC or to a midtable club in the Colombian league.

Ismael Romero

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Venezuelan
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 02/03/1999
  • Current Club: Monagas SC
  • Career: Monagas SC (Y)
  • Position: right-back
  • Secondary position: left-back
  • Preferred foot: both

Ismael Romero played as a right-back and once again showed that he has decent on the ball ability. He is very comfortable playing with both feet which helps him when he is being put under pressure. Romero made a very good assist as he spotted his teammate making a run in behind, and Romero played an over the top through pass to find him. He anticipated well on a few occasions to recover possession.

Rating: B1

He did not get tested too often and could focus fully on attacking, in which he is quite good for this level.

Yorlen Cordero

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Venezuelan
  • Age: 18
  • Date of birth: 05/02/2002
  • Current Club: Monagas SC
  • Career: Monagas SC (Y)
  • Position: right-winger
  • Secondary position: left-winger and secondary striker
  • Preferred foot: right

Yorlen Cordero played as a right-midfielder but he was very attacking minded, which made it look like he played more as a right winger than midfielder. He showed that he has an impressive acceleration and very good changes of directions on the ball as he is very agile. He made very good use of the space in behind and got past Gabriel Reyes every single time.

Rating: A2

He played a lot better on the wing than as a striker, which could be expected. It will be interesting to seeing him play against better sides.

Luis Chiquillo

Player profile:

  • Nationality: Venezuelan
  • Age: 21
  • Date of birth: 02/01/1999
  • Current Club: Monagas SC
  • Career: Atlético Venezuela CF
  • Position: central midfielder
  • Preferred foot: both

Luis Chiquillo played as a left central midfielder. He did well to be very aggressive in the defensive duels to recover possession often and he anticipated well quite a few times. Chiquillo showed good vision when he played a through pass to create a big chance for a teammate. Chiquillo occasionally dove into the gap on the right side of the pitch behind Gabriel Reyes.

Rating: B1

Good player at current level, need to rewatch him to see if he has more potential.

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