ABC United (Rom)




Exeter Gently (Eng)

L'Albiceleste (Fra)




Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)

Luminy Wolves (Fra)




It's Back (Eng)

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)




The Mersey White Sox (Eng)


As the 2012 Budapest Fives Cup Quarter-Finals were about to get underway we were down to the elite 8 teams in the tournament representing Romania, France, Hungary and England.


We started on Pitch A with many people's favourites ABC United of Romania first in action against Exeter Gently of England. Before the game started Exeter Gently were playing down their chances and feared the worst.


Their fears were well founded as ABC United seemed to have stepped up a gear after the group phase. They put Exeter Gently to the sword as Andrei Brasoveanu started the ball rolling before Robert Florin Matei made it 2-0. Mihai Michalche made it 3-0 and Ciprian Mozacu scored a fourth and it was still only the first half. After the break things didn't get better as Mozacu bagged his second. Bogdan Dragos put the Romanians 6-0 up before Mihalache rounded off the scoring 7-0.


It was tournament over for Exeter Gently who had put in a strong morning performance but had met formidable opponents. ABC United had a Semi-Final to prepare for who would want to play them!?!


So, who would meet ABC United in the Semi-Final? It was L'Albiceleste of France against Budapest Celtic Lions of Hungary. L'Albiceleste had been mightily impressive so far as they won Group C with four victories and one draw. Budapest Celtic Lions were going to be dangerous opposition though given they had made the Cup Semi-Finals in Barcelona 2 weeks ago and only missed out on the Final on penalties. The Lions lost at this stage 12 months ago in Budapest and would look to make it at least one step further this year.


We had expected a close game and that is what we got. At half-time the two teams were level at 0-0 and no real indications yet of who was going to progress.


In the second half we were to witness a goal and it was a goal that proved decisive. The goal came from Chris Dobson and it was Budapest Celtic Lions who would advance to the Semi-Finals. We had to say farewell to a French team in a Budapest Quarter-Final for the third successive time as Centrale Paris A and Centrale Paris B had both gone out at this stage in the 2011 tournament.


We must admit it was a small surprise as L'Albiceleste had looked strong in Group C. On another day, we are sure they will be lifting a trophy in the future.


Quarter-Final three was Luminy Wolves versus It's Back. As touched upon above French teams have never progressed beyond the Cup Quarter-Finals in Budapest. Could Luminy Wolves be the first at the fourth attempt? They would play It's Back in a repeat of a Group B game earlier today.


Luminy Wolves would certainly go into the game as favourites seeing they won Group B to It's Back's 3rd place finish. It's Back were on a good run though with 7 points out of a possible 9 since they lost to Luminy Wolves earlier. In that game it was a comprehensive 6-0 win for the French but It's Back were much improved since then.


If Luminy Wolves thought they would have another easy win they were mistaken and we reached half-time level at 0-0. In the end there would be just the one goal to split the two teams and it did go to the team from Marseille as Mohamed-Mehdi Yousfi bagged the goal that sent them through to the Semi-Finals.


It's Back were out and their search for a first eurofootballfives title would have to wait for another season. Early indications are they are looking at Berlin for 2013 so we look forward to seeing them then.


The final Quarter-Final was last year's Runners-Up Budapest Celtic Tigers versus The Mersey White Sox on debut. Both teams finished second in their group and so there was little to choose between the two teams on paper.


On the field it looked like there was little to choose between the two teams too as nothing could divide them in the opening period. The teams turned round at the break level at 0-0. As time went on the first goal was always going to be crucial and when it came it was Bruno who grabbed the goal. Cillian O Donoghue added two more for the Tigers and before you could blink it was 3-0. It was a killer period for The Mersey White Sox who saw their 2012 Budapest Fives challenge extinguished but there was much to like about this team and, with a young squad, can surely go further in future years.

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