Real Mallorca Back In The Groove

Last weeks results in La Liga Smartbank couldn’t have gone much better for Real Mallorca, they were the only team in the top 6 to win a game. The leaders Espanyol lost at Girona, Mallorca beat fourth placed Rayo Vallecano. Third placed Almeria were the only team to pick up a point with a home draw against lowly Sabadell. Fifth placed Sporting Gijón lost at Castellon and sixth placed Leganés lost against Las Palmas.

It got even better last night against Girona when a last minute Ndiaye goal gave them a 1-0 victory. That takes them 3 points clear at the top, with Espanyol still to play today. Almeria moved level on points with Espanyol with a 3-1 victory against Castellón. 

Mallorca are now top on 48 points, with Espanyol and Almeria on 45 points. Then there’s a gap to Rayo on 37 points, Sporting on 36 points and Leganés on 34 points, who all still have to play this weekend. Remembering that the top two go up automatically to La Liga, with the next four in the play-offs for the remaining place. 

Mallorca are still looking to recruit a striker in the transfer window. Alvaro Giménez at Cadiz and Mamadou Sylla at Girona are two names that have been mentioned. So let’s see if anyone does come in.

Atlético Baleares finally got back to winning ways this week with back to back wins against Rayo Majadahonda and Getafe B. A couple of great results to ease the pressure on the coach Jordi Roger. They are now in the play-off places so it’s important to continue this form against Atlético Madrid B who are managed by the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Atlético legend Fernando Torres. Goalkeeper Juan Carlos Sanchez who joined the club this year has fallen out with the coach and Sporting Director and has now left the club. On the website the club say they’ve reached an agreement to cancel his contract. However Juan Carlos commented that after being dropped after the 2-3 loss to Poblense the club have not kept their promises so he is leaving. Xavi Ginard has played in the last two games and the club have just signed Rene Roman as a back up keeper from Dinamo Bucharest. 

UD Poblense lost 1-0 last weekend to top of the table San Sebastián and remain in seventh place of their ten team league. They have a home match today against Las Rozas, who are below them in the league so 3 points will be most welcome. They have signed centre forward Ruben Jurado from fellow Segunda B team Barakaldo. The 34 year old comes with a lot of experience and will hopefully get some much needed goals. 

UD Ibiza maintained their unbeaten start with a 0-1 last minute victory against La Nucia. This weekend they have a home game against the team that defeated Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey Alcoyano. 

Peña Deportiva managed a 1-1 draw with Valencia Mestalla. An 87th minute equaliser helped them salvage a point. Today they have an away game at bottom of the table Atlético Levante, so a chance of a much needed win. 

Things have got interesting in Tercera. In Group A Ibiza Pitiusas beat top of the table Andratx 3-0 to inflict only their second defeat of the season. Manacor won away at Felanitx leaving Andratx on top with 31 points, Manacor second on 25 points and with a game in hand. Ibiza Pitiusas are third on 23 points but have two games in hand on Andratx. 

In Group B Platges de Calvia still lead the way on 27 points followed by Santanyi on 23 points, having played a game more and Mallorca B in third on 21 points.

In Division Honor, the derby between Penya Arrabal and San Francisco ended in a win for Penya 1-0. Real Mallorca got a creditable 0-0 draw against top of the table Espanyol. 

Still no other youth football at the moment with the current restrictions. 

Take care everyone. 

Richie presents the Radio One Mallorca Breakfast show Monday to Friday 07.30-11.00am on 93.8fm in Mallorca and 102fm in Calvià, online at www.radioonemallorca.com on mobile through their free App for IPhone & Android, The Tunein Radio App, iTunes, the Spanish TDT TV service and all smart speakers. If you can’t hear him on the radio then you’ll find him working at Pirates Adventure the islands number one night out and every now and again he may make an understudy appearance! 

Follow him on Twitter @DadTaxi1 & Instagram @dad.taxi or feel free to email him at rprior@globobalear.com 

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