Sparta (Spa)




HMNB Portsmouth (Eng)

Ealing Expendables (Eng)




Penethinaikos (Spa)

* Sparta won 3-2 on penalties.


The two Cup Semi-Finals saw home Spanish teams taken on travelling English opposition for a place in the 2014 Valencia Fives Cup Final.


Both teams came into the game with 4 wins and 1 defeat to their names thus far. If anything HMNB Portsmouth had been more emphatic with their victories which may have made them slight favourites going into the game. With each passing round/fixture the games were getting more and more important with much more at stake. These two teams were one win away from a European final and maybe that would explain why this match was a tense and feisty affair.


The first half came and went with the teams still locked together at 1-1 as Daniel Kerr bagged his 12 th of the day for HMNB Portsmouth to be cancelled out by Sparta's Christian Perello Agudo.


In the second half, Sparta forged ahead through Miguel Morcillo Aguado and with time running out it looked like it could be a winning lead. Sparta then conceded a late penalty which HMNB goalkeeper Matthew Shortt stepped to take and score. It meant we finished at 2-2 and would need a penalty shoot-out to decide the outcome.


It would be Sparta to start the penalty shoot-out;


1-0 as Miguel Morcill Aguado powered past the keeper.

1-0 it remained as Matthew Shortt could not repeat his pen in normal time.

2-0 as Sergio Alvarez Garcia scored.

2-1 Chris Reeves kept it alive powering his pen past the keepers right hand.

2-1 a lifeline as Matthew Shortt saved the final Sparta penalty.

2-2 Daniel Kerr slotted home to take us into sudden death.

3-2 Adrian De La Torre Moreno converted to put the pressure back on HMNB.

3-2 it remained as Andrew Todd saw Eugenio Gonzalez Serrano save his penalty.


It was a contest worthy of a Cup Final but sadly for HMNB Portsmouth we had to say farewell to them thinking of what might have been. Sparta had qualified for the Cup Final.


The second Cup Semi-Final had a lot to live up to after the first Semi-Final. It would be contested by Ealing Expendables and Penthinaikos. The two teams had met in Group C where Ealing Expendables won 3-2 and a repeat of that would do just fine for the travelling team.


Penethinaikos though were looking for revenge and they went for the jugular. The contest was over in the first half as the Spanish team raced into a 5-1 lead. It was perhaps one game too far for Ealing Expendables as the Spanish sun beat down with temperatures hitting 30 degrees.


They fought back in the second half and honours were even 2-2 in the second period but the damage had already been done and we had to bid goodbye to Ealing Expendables. Final score, 7-3.


The goals in this game were scored by Jordan Dunn (2) and Simon Jago. It was a fine tournament for Ealing Expendables and a run of 5 successive wins was impressive. With two strikers both scoring 9 goals in Ben Esprit and Jordan Dunn they will certainly be dangerous in future tournaments.


Penethinaikos were still a danger in this tournament though as they prepared for their showdown with Sparta. They would go into that game on a high thanks to four goals from David Sant Lopez, two from Edgar Sant Lopez and one from Santiago Alcaniz Marti.

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Cup Knock-out



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