CE Alaior are Menorca’s last hope for promotion
CE Alaior are the only Menorcan club left standing after the first round of the promotion play-offs at the weekend.
The top four clubs from Menorca went up against their equivalents from Ibiza in a straight knockout quarter-final round.
Champions CD Menorca crashed out on penalties at home to Sant Josep after a goalless draw at Estadi Mahones.
They were beaten 4-3 on spot-kicks to end a historic season – their first league title in more than 30 years – in disappointment.
Both CD Migjorn and UD Mahon went down comprehensively on tough away assignments in Ibiza. Menorca Cup winners Migjorn were beaten 3-0 by Pena Deportiva B, whose first team lost to Real Murcia over the weekend for promotion to RFEF Primera Division.
UD Mahon lost 3-1 at Penya Independent, the same scoreline as when the two sides met this time a year ago in a Copa del Rey qualifier.
The weekend had started so well for Menorca, with CE Alaior winning the first game 1-0 over Luchador.
Eric Mercadal’s strike eight minutes in to extra time was enough to send them through to the semi-finals.
It means the chances of a Menorcan side joining CE Mercadal in Tercera Division for 2022/23 are down to 25%.
CE Alaior will travel to Penya Independent for a one-legged semi-final this weekend (June 4/5), with Pena Deportiva welcoming Sant Josep in the other semi-final.
The two winners will then go on to play a two-legged final for promotion – over the weekends June 11/12 and June 18/19.
Promotion play-offs results
- CE Alaior 1-0 Luchador
- CD Menorca 0-0 Sant Josep (Sant Josep won 4-3 on pens)
- Pena Deportiva B 3-0 CD Migjorn
- Penya Independent 3-1 UD Mahon
Promotion play-off semi-finals (to be played weekend June 4/5)
- Penya Independent v CE Alaior
- Pena Deportiva B v Sant Josep
Promotion play-off final
- First leg: weekend June 11/12
- Second leg: weekend June 18/19