FC Santa Coloma and UE Sant Julià's dominance continues in Andorra but Santa Juliá coach Patricio González is wary of the "threat" posed by third-placed UE Santa Coloma as the Primera Divisió heads for a winter break.
A calendar year dominated by the two current pacesetters peaked in April, Sant Juliá and FC Santa Coloma separated by just a point at the top of the table heading into the final round of fixtures. It was Sant Juliá who held sway having beaten their nearest rivals 3-2 on the penultimate day of the campaign and they were not to relent their slender advantage, going on to win only their second league title. FC Santa Coloma were not to end the season empty-handed, however, winning the Copa Constiució soon after courtesy of a resounding 6-1 win against FC Lusitans.
It was a triumph that proved a catalyst for a strong start to this term. González's side are unbeaten in their first eleven league fixtures, dropping just four points to sit three clear of a familiar face. There remains little to choose between the two teams, a parity typified by the goalless draw they played out in October.
But the Primera Divisió, despite first glance, is no duopoly. A closer look will reveal the presence of UE Santa Coloma, ominously poised in third spot, just a solitary point adrift of Sant Juliá with a game in hand. Having only been promoted to the top flight in 2007/08, when they replaced traditional powerhouses FC Rànger's, such a rapid rise to prominence will have many dismissing their staying power – but not González. "We all must be wary of UE Santa Coloma," he said. "They debuted in the championship last year and this time round we will really have to take them into consideration as a threat."
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