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Final reckoning for Andorran Cup hopefuls

Published: Thursday 29 April 2010, 14.49CET
First-leg victories for UE Sant Julià and UE Santa Coloma have taken both clubs within touching distance of the Andorran Cup showpiece, though their semi-final ties are far from over yet.
by Álvaro Macho
Final reckoning for Andorran Cup hopefuls
Lusitans sprang the biggest surprise in this season's Andorran Cup by ousting FC Santa Coloma ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 29 April 2010, 14.49CET

Final reckoning for Andorran Cup hopefuls

First-leg victories for UE Sant Julià and UE Santa Coloma have taken both clubs within touching distance of the Andorran Cup showpiece, though their semi-final ties are far from over yet.

UE Sant Julià and UE Santa Coloma both took significant steps towards the Andorran Cup final after notching up first-leg victories in their respective last-four contests.

The big surprise in this year's tournament came in the quarter-finals, however, when FC Lusitans ousted favourites and recently crowned league champions FC Santa Coloma thanks to a 7-1 aggregate win. The damage was done in an overwhelming 6-0 success in the opening leg, as FC Santa Coloma coach Xavi Roura opted to rest the majority of his first team.

That set up a semi-final meeting with Sant Julià, one of the favourites to lift the trophy, and this time the form book was respected as Sant Julià clinched a 1-0 home triumph. Sebastián Gómez Pérez broke Lusitans' otherwise impressive resistance in the 25th minute as the victors looked to make up for their disappointing third-place finish in the Premier Division. They also managed to achieve their victory without talisman Víctor Hugo Moreira, but are sure to face a tough encounter in the away leg on 9 May.

In the second tie, league runners-up UE Santa Coloma continued what has been an impressive campaign by chalking up a 3-1 first leg win against CE Principat, leaving the eventual outcome tipped in their favour. Carlos Sirvan gave the home side a psychological advantage when he scored just before the break only for Principat to draw level in the 62nd minute.

Noticing their opponents beginning to tire, UE Santa Coloma then stepped up the pace and their pressure bore fruit when Víctor Bernardo and Víctor Rodríguez struck to offer their side an important advantage. The two teams will also dispute their second leg on 9 May, with the final to be held at the Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall a week later.

Last updated: 29/04/10 17.21CET

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