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Competitive walking football returns with play-off to decide league winner

The victorious Aston Viñuela team pose with their trophy.
The victorious Aston Viñuela team pose with their trophy. / SUR
  • Aston Viñuela beat old rivals Malaga A in the final to claim the Baha Whiskey League trophy

After months of disruption due to restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, competitive walking football action returned on Saturday with a play-off at Finca Naundrup in Calahonda to decide the Baha Whiskey League champions.

It was decided that the five teams who were in with a chance of winning the league when it was halted at the beginning of December would fight for the trophy in this way to avoid further fixture congestion in the future.

Atlético Benahavís won the final semi-final spot after beating Malaga B 3-1 but were eliminated at the next hurdle by Aston Viñuela, who ground out a hard-fought 2-1 win.

The Malaga A team meanwhile booked their spot in the final with a resounding 7-0 win over Sporting Benahavís.

And so the old rivals met in the final with Viñuela coming out on top, 2-1, to claim their second trophy. Their previous, the League Cup, was awarded when Covid again disrupted schedules.

This Sunday, meanwhile, sees the Hidromaster Walking Football League get under way, also at Finca Naundrup, with eight teams vying to become the first official league champions in the south of Spain. Kick-off is at 11.30am; spectators are welcome with strict Covid restrictions in place.