Real Mallorca finally got over the promotion line this week without even playing a game. After beating Alcorcon last weekend pretty comfortably 2-0, they waited to see what Almeria could do at Cartagena. On 82 minutes, Cartagena scored to make 3-2. I was only 10 minutes from the ground at my sons football training, so decided to drive around and see what was happening. I was greeted by fireworks, flares and the fans celebrating. All the cars going by were tooting their horns and their was a sense of celebration and relief.
It was great to see the coaches, players and staff who were all in Tenerife preparing for their game going absolutely nuts. They followed that up with a 0-1 victory in the Canaries to rubber stamp their promotion.
Two more games to go and an outside chance of finishing above Espanyol but they will need to beat Zaragoza and Ponferradina to stand any chance and hope Espanyol slip up.
I’ve been lucky enough to get a ticket to last weeks game and this weeks game and it’s great to be able to watch live games again. Hopefully by the time the new season starts all fans will be allowed back in.
The rebuild of the team for La Liga will start straight away and I’ll have a look next week at who I think will stay and who I think will be shipped out.
All eyes will be on UD Ibiza today to see if they can clinch their promotion to La Liga Smartbank. Their opponents are UCAM Murcia who drew 2-2 last week against Barcelona B and won 5-4 on penalties. In the league season they played 18 games, won 9, drew 6, and lost 3. They scored 22 and conceded 15. Ibiza’s league season was better, played 18 games, won 12, drew 4 and lost 2. Scored 26 and conceded just 5 goals. They must go in as favourites but this is a one off play off game and anything can happen.
UD were only set up in 2015 taking over from UD Ibiza-Eivissa and have had a meteoric rise from the regional divisions. If successful they will be the first team from Ibiza to compete in the higher reaches of the Spanish football pyramid.
It will be great for Balearic football if they can do it.
Huge game for UD Poblense to maintain their position in Segunda RFEF. They need to beat Yugo UDS and hope that other results go their way.
Peña Deportiva we know have secured their position in Segunda RFEF and have their last game of the season today against Olot. Former Arsenal and France star Robert Pires was a visitor to the club this week presenting them with a Teqball table. Which is footballs version of table tennis.
In Tercera Andratx defeated Platges de Calvia 1-0 in a tense game last week to guarantee their promotion to Segunda RFEF along with Ibiza Pitiusas. Platges still have a chance of promotion via the play-offs.
In Division Honor it’s still very tight. I went to watch San Francisco v Huesca last week at Real Mallorca’s training ground. San Fran went 2-0 up and appeared to be cruising in the first half. But the combination of the heat and a better second half performance from Huesca meant the game ended 2-2. A point for both teams meaning neither have yet secured their position in the league next year. The next round of games is next weekend.
Congratulations to CE Mercadal from Menorca who have guaranteed promotion back to Tercera. They have won all of their 16 games so far this season and it will be good to welcome a team from the island again.
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!
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