58 games of football we came down to the most
important of them all. Game 59 – The 2013 Budapest
Fives Cup Final.
two teams set to do battle for the honour and
glory of victory were Team Bear and Rigford Seahawks
Omega. Team Bear were on debut and making a hugely
impressive debut at that. Rigford Seahawks had
been into a eurofootballfives.com Final on 4 previous
occasions – twice in the Cup and twice in the
Plate. On all four occasions they had emerged
victorious. Could their greater experience tell
and they make it 5-time glory and a hat-trick
of Cup wins. If so, they would be only the second
club to make it 3 tournament wins in eurofootballfives.com
history after Olympic Phil Babb (who have 4 titles
to their name).
two teams had met earlier in the day in the final
game of Group C – on that occasion it finished
0-0. In a fairly even first half it was 0-0 with
Team Bear coming the closest to breaking the deadlock
when Justin Bowen struck the bar moments before
the half-time whistle. In the second half the
pattern of the game continued as it remained pretty
close although it looked like Team Bear would
be the most likely to score as Billy Saunders
came close to his 7th of the day as he struck
the post. Ultimately though, no-one could find
the goal that would win the coveted trophy and
we were still 0-0 at full-time.
was penalty shoot-out time, our third and most
important shoot-out of the day…to decide who would
be 2013 Budapest Fives champions. It would be
Rigford Seahawks Omega to shoot first….
First up was Alex Harding, goal-scoring hero in
the Cup Semi-Final. He struck it hard and low
in the bottom right hand corner. Simon Walker
in the Team Bear goal pulled off a great save
to get down low and put out a strong left arm
to divert the ball wide.
Simon Hanover was up first for Team Bear. He scored
5 goals in open play today but was unable to beat
Alex Moss and it was still 0-0.
Max Eagle was up next for Rigford Seahawks Omega.
He went for the top right hand corner beating
the outstretched arm of Walker but also over the
top of the bar it went.
It was advantage Team Bear who could go ahead
if Justin Bowen could convert. His penalty was
on target but saved by the legs of Alex Moss.
Chris Jestico would take the third penalty for
Rigford Seahawks Omega – the other goalscorer
in the Semi-Final. He thumped his penalty down
the middle but straight into the midrift of Simon
Walker and another penalty went begging.
Goalkeepers were on top and so perhaps it was
wise for a goalkeeper to take a penalty. Up stepped
Simon Walker and he did what no-one else in this
match had done so far and sent the ball into the
back of the onion bag. His penalty won the shoot-out
1-0 and claimed the 2013 Budapest Fives title
for Team Bear.
were shades of the 2011 Budapest Fives Cup Final
where Olympic Phil Babb defeated Budapest Celtic
Tigers on penalties where Olympic Phil Babb goalkeeper
Dan Andrews was also the hero – saving penalties
and scoring the winning spotkick.
sincere commiserations to Rigford Seahawks Omega
who had come so close to glory but just missed
out. It was a superb day's play for them though.
congratulations go to Team Bear and also Yanick
Jista of Les 5 Salopards who picked up the Top
Goalscorer prize! We hope to see you all again
at a tournament very soon.