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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Adrian De La Torre Moreno scored under intense
Edgar Sant Lopez saw his penalty blocked by Eugenio
Another fine penalty saw Sparta double their lead
and move closer to glory.
Jose Maria Escrifie Vidal saw his penalty saved
superbly by Eugenio Gonzalez Serrano.
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.
commiserations to Penethinaikos who had made it
a superb Cup Final for the spectators to watch.
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.