the tournament we were asked who our favourites
were and we mentioned Olympic Phil Babb – how
could we not after 3 tournament appearances and
3 tournament wins. The challengers Budapest Celtic
Tigers were stronger than we could have imagined
and these two teams were made to work very hard
to reach the 2011 Budapest Fives Final. They both
needed penalties to get this far and the make
up of this Final could well have looked different.
They did reach the Final though and that is testimony
to their quality and fighting spirit.
Final also marked a special moment as Eszter Bartkd
became the first female referee to officiate in
a eurofootballfives.com final.
Semi-Finals had proved to be classics and so we
were looking forward to this game with relish.
Maybe the Semi-Finals had taken too much out of
the teams but the Final proved pedestrian in comparison.
It may also have been that with so much riding
on this match the teams were a little cautious
in their approach. The watching crowds were treated
to an enthralling encounter if not a spectacular
main talking point of the game came when Budapest
Celtic Tigers won a penalty. Dan Andews had saved
two penalties thus far and maybe his presence
here put off the Hungarian penalty taker as the
forceful penalty struck the crossbar and came
back out. It was a golden opportunity for the
Tigers and one that went begging. Olympic Phil
Babb were clinging on to a potential fourth tournament
but they were still in it fighting.
full-time the whistle blew with the final score
0-0. As with the Semi-Finals, we had another penalty
Celtic Tigers took the first penalty. Michale
Globits, as he did in the Semi-Final, stepped
up and converted. The first penalty for Olympic
Phil Babb, as in the Semi-Finals, was taken and
converted by Dan Andrews. Then, momentum swung
strongly in favour of the English team as Andrews
was the hero again making a vital save. Following
the same Semi-Final order, Chris Jarrett converted
the Olympic Phil Babb second spot-kick and they
could virtually taste glory.
stepped Leo Kronberger for Budapest Celtic Tigers
third penalty and his miss, or rather Dan Andrews
save, sealed victory for Olympic Phil Babb. In
the last two games Andrews had faced 6 penalties
and only conceded one – a remarkable achievement
by any standards.
was a fantastic result for Olympic Phil Babb who
had won their fourth title in four tournaments.
Can anyone beat them? They are off to our Mallorca
Tournament in 2012 so be there if you want a crack
commiserations go to Budapest Celtic Tigers on
coming so close to a debut victory. Surely no-one
has come closer to beating Olympic Phil Babb to
a tournament win.
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.