Second Division B - play-offs, day 4

Barcelona Athletic are the first side to reach the final round of the play-offs after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Real Jaén on Saturday evening. Building on the score-less draw from the first leg, Luis Enrique's team went ahead in the twentieth minute with a well-struck free kick from Thiago. Jonathan Soriano made it two on the hour mark after Víctor Vázquez put him through, and Rueda hit the post with another free kick before Soriano picked up Thiago's pass to wrap things up with twenty minutes to go. (05.06.10)

Granada were crowned second division B champions after a 0-0 draw against Ponferradina. Both teams had ensured a place in the second division next season after winning through their regional group champions knock-outs, and there was a festival atmosphere in the Nuevo Las Carmenes stadium. The Andalusians were defending a one goal lead from the first leg, and they sat back to protect their position. Yuri came close to levelling the tie when he hit the post shortly before the break, and local keeper José Juan had to be at his best to keep out Jano after the restart, but the visitors were unable to find a way through.

The two remaining regional group champions both won through their play-off semi-finals, and will be seeded to play their respective finals with the first leg away from home. Alcorcón had drawn 0-0 in their first leg at Pontevedra, and they made sure of a place in the finals with a 3-0 win in Madrid. Sergio Mora opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Vázquez had been sent off on the half hour mark, and the midfielder added a second with a direct free kick on the stroke of half time. Visiting coach Pablo Alfaro was also red-carded at the start of the second half, as were his assistant and physical trainer, and local forward Borja had three goals disallowed before Vara rounded things off with three minutes to go.

Sant Andreu had virtually wrapped up their tie against Universidad Las Palmas after a 0-2 first leg win, and they go through after a 2-2 draw in the return match. Miguélez put the Barcelona based side ahead after Abraham set him up eight minutes before the break, but Cristo Marrero equalised for the Canary Islanders just four minutes later. Substitute Moyano restored the lead though midway through the second half, and a second equaliser from Angel Sánchez came too late to change the result.

The surprise of the day though was the 0-1 defeat of Eibar by Ontinyent. The Basque side were favourites to overturn the 2-1 scoreline from the first leg, but they were unlucky to have two goals disallowed by the referee, and Montañés struck the killer blow for the Valencia regional team with five minutes to go. The rules state that clashes between clubs from the same regional group should be avoided where possible, but as three sides from group III have qualified for the finals, there will be a draw to decide who plays who. (06.06.10)


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