Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)




Naranjitos (Spa)


The 2015 Budapest Fives Plate Final was to be contested by two teams who had grown into this tournament. Today would see both Budapest Celtic Tigers and Naranjitos pick up medals but who would take the winners medals and the coveted Plate trophy?

With five games down and one to go the teams would need to summon up one last effort to collect those winners medals. The teams were no strangers to European Finals with us:

As recently as October 2014 Naranjitos had been successful in Plate competition as they lifted the Plate trophy aloft at the 2014 Barcelona Fives. If they were successful here they would become the 7th team in history to have multiple Plate victories.

For Budapest Celtic this was their seventh Final and fourth in the Plate competition. The Tigers reached the Budapest Fives Cup Finals losing 2-0 on penalties to 4-times winners Olympic Phil Babb (after a 0-0 draw) in 2011 and lost 5-1 ABC United of Romania in 2012. In 2013 they took the 2013 Krakow Trophy with a 2-1 win over The A Team of France. In 2014 they reached the Plate Final on 3 occasions and lost every single one as the Tigers lost 4-1 to Saipan FC (Ire) in Valencia, the Panthers lost 3-2 to FC Radbroke (Eng) here in Budapest and the Lions lost on penalties (after a 2-2 draw) to GSF Drunkerz (Svk) in Bratislava. They would feel they were due a win.

Naranjitos had played the Tigers stable-mates (or should that be zoo-mates) the Budapest Celtic Lions in the group phase and were held 0-0. Here in the Plate Final it was Miguel Angel Escutia Lozano who broke the deadlock and what a time to score his first goal of the day. It looked like it would be 1-0 at half-time but a good finish from Miguel Angel Escutia Lozano again made it 2-0. What a time to score his second goal of the day!

Budapest Celtic Tigers had a massive job on their hands to avoid a fourth Plate runners-up finish and a fourth final defeat on home soil. Could they turn it around? Naranjitos had kept two clean sheets in a row before this game and the Spanish defence was looking strong here too.

The Plate Final was then settled as a Naranjitos counter attack saw Jorge Bayer Saez break free and as the Hungarian goalkeeper came charging out to meet him Bayer Saez coolly slotted home from the edge of the area to make it 3-0 and game over. The Spanish had beaten Red Cow Belgrade 2-0 in their Barcelona Fives Plate Final and now had a 3-0 success here. They had the Plate trophy and their winners medals to take back home to Valencia.

Take nothing away from Budapest Celtic Tigers though who had performed well during the day but just ran out of steam and into a superior opposition on the day. As always the Celtic teams proved great value with their appearance. It was our pleasure to host you both and we look forward to seeing you again next time.

Group Phase
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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