the 2013 Budapest Fives Cup Quarter-Finals were
about to get underway we were down to the elite
8 teams in the tournament representing England,
started on Pitch A with Shahs of Sunset versus
BBFC1. Both teams had similar backgrounds – they
were both playing in their second tournament,
both had previously got to the Cup Quarter-Finals
and both had exited at this stage. One of these
teams would go on to put that record to bed but
a quirk of fate they had met before in the group
stage and could not be separated in a nil nil
draw. On this occasion we were to get goals and
it was Tom Obafemi who scored his second of the
tournament to give BBFC1 a first half lead. Amazingly
this was the first goal that Samir Benyounes had
conceded all day.
was a lead Banter Bus FC were to hold until very
close to the end when Anders Schmactenberg scored
a late equalizer to keep his team in the tournament.
The match finished 1-1 and we were going into
a penalty shoot-out.
was déjà vu for Shahs of Sunset
who went to a penalty shoot-out in the 2012 Valencia
Fives Cup Quarter-Finals and lost. They had demons
was Shahs of Sunset to shoot first as Martin Weltman's
effort was saved by David Coleman. BBFC1 then
put their first penalty wide so we were still
level. David Coleman came close to saving Gabriele
Nardo's penalty as it hit the post, onto the keeper
who pushed it on to the post but then nestled
in the back of the net.
Henson was up next for BBFC1…he scored it – thumped
down the middle for 1-1. Paul Lehair stepped up
next for Shahs of Sunset and put it in the ‘keepers
bottom right hand corner. Pressure was now on
BBFC1 and they handled it well…bottom corner for
2-2. It was now sudden death in the shoot-out.
next for Shahs of Sunset was Anes Jusic who missed
the vital penalty in Valencia. He had demons to
exorcise more than most. His team were right behind
“El Capitano”. Coleman got a hand to the ball
but the shot had enough power to convert. Tom
Obafemi was up next to keep his team in the tournament.
Samir Benyounes saved it though and the Shahs
of Sunset went nuts. Benyounes disappeared under
a buddle on ground as Lewis Henson sportingly
came over to congratulate his conquerers.
fell at the Cup Quarter-Final stage for the second
year in a row. They've certainly got it in them
to go further and maybe it will be third time