Pici Gol (Hun)

1

V

1*

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)

2**

V

2

Csabagyongye (Hun)

* Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun) won 2-1 on penalties

** Olympic Phil Babb (Eng) won 2-0 on penalties

 

Our pre-tournament favourites of Olympic Phil Babb had made it through to the Semi-Finals where they were joined by three Hungarian debutant teams who were looking every bit as strong as the favourites and any one of these four teams had the ability to go on and lift the title.

The first semi-final would guarantee a team from Hungary in the final as Pici Gol took on Budapest Celtic Tigers. It promised to be a classic encounter as both teams had 5 wins out of 5 that record would end for one of these two teams.

It looked like ending for the Tigers as Pici Gol took an early lead through Gergely Ombodi in the first half and they led for long periods of the game. Then, step up Michael Globits in the second half with a strong contender for goal of the tournament. In a seemingly safe part of the pitch he unleashed a rasping left foot shoot drive that pinged in off the best before following the contours of the back of the net and settling in the onion bag for 1-1. The Pici Gol goalkeeper had barely moved. It was a stunning strike and one that kept the Tigers in the competition.

The game ended 1-1 and we went to penalties. It meant one unlucky team would exit the tournament unbeaten with 5 wins and a draw to their name. Rough justice indeed.

Globits himself stepped up to take the first penalty for Budapest Celtic Tigers before goalkeeper Janos Petervari made a save to put them in the driving seat. Roles were reversed in the second round of penalties as Tamas Pekk equalized for Pici Gol. So, into the third and final round of penalties Leo Kronberger (Budapest Celtic Tigers) scored, Csongor Major (Pici Gol) missed. Budapest Celtic Tigers had qualified for the 2011 Budapest Fives Final.

It was a tough break for Pici Gol who had made a great debut in eurofootballfives.com competition and in many other tournaments may well have gone all the way themselves. We look forward to seeing them again when we return to Budapest in 2012.

 
 
 

If you thought the first Semi-Final was good then you were in for a real treat in the second Semi-Final as Olympic Phil Babb met Csabagyongye.

Alex Woolston opened the scoring for Olympic Phil Babb who were seemingly on the charge for another Cup Final. Csabagyongye did not read the script though as they were level before the break thanks to Gergo Koczka's 6th goal of the tournament.

With the teams level at 1-1 Olympic Phil Babb would have to summon up the form of champions to make it through a difficult fixture. At this stage of the Prague Masters they needed a penalty shoot-out to overcome Cheesecake FC. They would hope to avoid this requirement in this Semi-Final. However, when Koczka's 7th goal of the tournament put Csabagyongye ahead a penalty shoot-out may have looked quite attractive.

Time was running out for Olympic Phil Babb and, although they piled forward, Csabagyongye were looking strong in defence. Time was ticking away and so were Olympic Phil Babb's chances of tournament win number four. However, with just 10 seconds left on the clock Olympic Phil Babb showed just why they have been so successful in Europe as Chris Jarrett scored a vital goal to equalize and make the final score 2-2.

So, after all it would be another Cup Semi-Final penalty shoot-out for Olympic Phil Babb. This was only their second shoot-out in eurofootballfives.com competition and they hoped the second would prove as successful as the first.

First up to the penalty spot was Milan Martonei. He saw his penalty saved by Dan Andrews who stepped up to convert Olympic Phil Babb's first penalty and give them a 1-0 lead in this footballing tie-break. Dan Andrews was dominating this shoot-out as he saved again before Chris Jarrett scored the winning goal and they were 2-0 winners. Olympic Phil Babb had indeed made their 4th eurofootballfives.com final and they had Andrews and Jarrett to thank.

The day was over for Csabagyongye, and as with Pici Gol, we are sure there is a tournament victory for Csabagyongye in the future.

 
 
 
 
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