were at the 2016 Mallorca Tournament Cup Semi-Final
stage and from the 24 teams who signed up we were
down to the final 4 – already an achievement for
those who were still in the hunt for glory. The
only thing we knew was that there would be a first
home winner since 2012 as the strong home challenge
had seen off all the travelling teams.
first Cup Semi-Final would see Peluqueria Mariano
versus Brioche. Peluqueria Mariano had reached
this stage last year before going out on penalties
to ZVC Indoor Gent of Belgium. Brioche also went
out to the Belgian team on penalties but in the
Quarter-Finals so were in unchartered territory.
What it did show, using ZVC Indoor Gent as a marker,
was that these teams were evenly matched.
how it played out on the pitch with Peluqueria
Mariano holding a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time
courtesy of a Sergio Gonzalez goal. Brioche FS
hit back in the second half through Cheema Molina's
7th goal of the tournament but David Ribero's
strike for Peluqueria Mariano put them in command
at 2-1. A late defensive mix-up for Peluqueria
Mariano gifted Brioche an equalizer through Cheema
Molina again and we finished at 2-2. It was penalty
shoot-out time and Brioche FS would go first.
Cheema Molina scored in the bottom left hand corner.
Mariano Llamas smashes it down the middle to equalize.
Joau Ripoll fires it into the corner – the third
power penalty of the shoot-out.
David Ribero strikes low to the right corner.
Brioche goalkeeper Jose Garcia dives to his left
to make the save.
It is advantage Brioche and if Pau Bujosa (5 goals
today) can score his team are in the final but
Jose Carlos makes up for his mistake in the game
by going the right way and making the save.
The pressure was now on Sergio Gonzalez who had
to score to take it to sudden death and he did
just that – striking it sweetly straight down
Jose Carlos saves his second penalty in a row
and Peluqueria Mariano are in touching distance
of the Cup Final.
Jose Carlos steps up to take it – the hero with
2 penalties saved but he misses his as his opposite
number Jose Garcia makes the save – huge drama
on pitch B.
The score moves on with Brioche FS converting
to take the lead.
Can Jose Garcia be the hero again? No he can't
as Rafael Ribero hits the top corner.
Joau Carlos Ensenyat is up next but sees his penalty
saved by Jose Carlos – his third save of the shoot-out.
It's all eyes on Carols Danan who smashes it down
the middle to send Peluqueria Mariano into the
Cup Final. What a game!
was a tough exit for Brioche FS who went out on
penalties for the second year in a row – we hope
they will join us again for another crack at the
title in 2017.