Second Division B - play-offs, day 2

Granada and Ponferradina have been promoted to the second division after both won through their "regional group champions" knock-out games. Granada go up for the first time in 22 years despite losing 1-0 to giant-killers Alcorcón, the result not enough to overturn a 2-0 scoreline from the first leg. Visiting keeper José Juan had his work cut out early on, and he was finally beaten by Iñigo López four minutes before half time. However the Andalusians held on after that to send the 2,000 travelling fans home happy. Ponferradina were favourites in their tie against Sant Andreu after winning the first leg in Barcelona 0-1, but they had to do it the hard way after a late own goal by Nacho made it all square. The game went to penalties, and local keeper Mackay saved the last spot kick from Tarradellas as the Ponferrada based side won the shoot out 9-8.

Alcorcón and Sant Andreu have a second chance though as both go in to the hat for the second knock-out phase with the six teams who won through their play-off games. On Saturday night Luis Enrique's Barcelona Athletic made it through on the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 with Poli Ejido. The 3-3 draw from the first leg meant they only needed a reasonable draw to qualify, and when Jonathan Soriano converted a penalty four minutes in to the second half after Arbilla was sent off for bringing down the striker, they appeared to be safe. However an equaliser from Antoñito with twenty minutes to go set up a nail-biting finish. Eibar are also in to the last eight after a 2-0 victory over Alcoyano, Sutil opening the scoring in the fifth minute from the penalty spot after Fernando Martín fouled Arruabarrena, and adding a second in injury time with a lob over Maestro on a rapid counter-attack.

Barça B and Eibar are the only second placed sides to go through though after Oviedo and Melilla both lost. Oviedo will have to wait another year at least before they return to the second division after they lost 1-2 to Pontevedra. The visitors were left with ten men when Amaro was sent off in an off-the-ball incident just before half time, but Igor put them in front six minutes after the restart with a header from a corner. On the hour mark right back Orlando followed amaro down the tunnel for a second bookable offence, and with ten minutes to go Perona equalised for the Asturians. Another goal would have taken the game to extra time, but Igor scored his second of the evening in the last minute to take the Galicians through. Melilla didn't put up much of a fight though against Universidad Las Palmas, three goals in the second half from Futre, Ángel Sánchez (penalty) and Pedro giving the Canary Islanders a 0-3 win on the night to add to their one goal advantage from the first leg.

Real Jaén are through to the next round after they won 1-2 at Palencia in one of the ties between third placed sides. Alejandro Suárez put the home team ahead following a corner twenty minutes in to the second half, but Castellanos equalised with a header a few minutes later to take the game in to extra time. The Andalusians won it though with an impressive strike by Solabarrieta with a quarter of an hour to go. Ontinyent are also in to the last eight after a comfortable 1-3 win at Guadalajara. David Torres added to the East coast side's one goal lead shortly before the interval, and Rubio added a second on the hour mark. Alain got one back a few minutes later, but Collado wrapped things up near the end.

Espanyol B and Toledo are the two teams to be relegated after they lost their respective ties. Espanyol B were beaten 1-0 by Guijuelo, Romero getting the winner for the locals in injury time. The Salamanca regional side were already leading though on the away goal rule after the 1-1 draw in Barcelona a week ago. Toledo go down as well after drawing 1-1 with Roquetas, a strike in the 92nd minute from Beltrán giving the Andalusians the edge after a goal in the first minute by Rufino had cancelled out the one goal lead from the first leg. (23.05.10)


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