Sparta (Spa)




Penethinaikos (Spa)

* Sparta won 2-0 on penalties.

So, with 42 games under our belts we had just one more to go to decide the winners of the 2014 Valencia Fives Cup. We had a great final in store and a fantastic crowd assembled by Pitch A to watch the game and see who would be crowned champions.


The Final would be contested by Sparta of Spain (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss) and Penethinaikos of Spain (5 wins, 1 loss). The general feeling was this was going to be a tough one to call and so it proved.


However, that didn't look the case in the early stages as Sparta eased into a 3-0 lead. They looked galvanized by their penalty win in the Semi-Finals and looked the more “up for it”. Goals from Antonio Garcia Medrano, Sergio Alvarez Garcia and Miguel Morcillo Aguado put them in pole position.


To all intents and purposes the Final looked over and Sparta were champions elect. The second half seemed a mere formality. It wasn't to be though.


The crowd were becoming very partisan in their support of Penethinaikos and urging a comeback. Sparta were beginning to feel the tension of everyone being against them and were starting to lose their discipline. They gave away a penalty when the goalkeeper handled outside his area and Jose Maria Escridie Vidal duly dispatched it for 3-1. Even at this stage it looked like a consolation.


Sparta were rattled and then hit the self-destruct button conceding another penalty for the same offence. Jose Maria Escridie Vidal duly dispatched it for 3-2. Game on!


Time was running out but momentum had swung so much in Penethinaikos's favour that there was real belief in the crowd and their adopted team that this was not over. David Sant Lopez then struck to make it 3-3 which sparked a huge celebration from the goalscorer as he milked the adulation of the watching galleries. There was little time for more action and we finished at 3-3. The 2014 Valencia Fives would be decided on a penalty shoot-out.


Sparta of course had been here before and won their Semi-Final in the same fashion. Could they hold their nerve again? They must have thought this game was in the bag but they let it slip. Sparta would take the first kick as they did in the Semi-Final.


1-0 Adrian De La Torre Moreno scored under intense pressure.

1-0 Edgar Sant Lopez saw his penalty blocked by Eugenio Gonzalez Serrano

2-0 Another fine penalty saw Sparta double their lead and move closer to glory.

2-0 Jose Maria Escrifie Vidal saw his penalty saved superbly by Eugenio Gonzalez Serrano.


It was all over. There was a massive release of pressure as Sparta were jubilant in celebration. They had won it the hard way but won it nonetheless and congratulations to the 2014 Valencia Fives champions.


Our commiserations to Penethinaikos who had made it a superb Cup Final for the spectators to watch.


We send our congratulations to all the teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. The tournament had everything and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Group Phase
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



©Copyright 2006 |
site disclaimer | contact us