Meglepetes (Hun)




Fejlodes (Hun)

CIS Committee (Blr)




Budapest Celtic Greens (Hun)

* Budapest Celtic Greens (Hun) won 3-1 on penalties.


We had 12 teams at the start of the day and we had whittled them down to the 4 as we reached the Semi-Final stage. Hungary were well represented with 3 of the 4 semi-finalists looking to keep the Cup in Budapest after Csabagyongye's win 12 months ago. CIS Committee were the other team looking to regain the title they won in 2014.

The first Semi-Final featured two Hungarian teams in the shape of Meglepetes and Fejlodes. Meglepetes had reached this stage in the 2015 tournament – the zenith of their achievements to date – but bowed out to the eventual winners after a penalty shoot-out. Meglepetes had been in stunning form this morning and they looked favourites to go one step further this year.

Fejlodes were making their debut and results had been mixed – they had pulled off some great wins but had only just made it into the Cup after a final game win in Group B. They were here on merit and their first half performance fully justified them reaching this stage. The opening exchanges were very close and the two teams proved to be evenly matched. We ended the first half level at 0-0.

The second half continued in much the same fashion until a period of play that changed the course of this Semi-Final. Domonkos Muranyi scored two quickfire goals (taking his tally to 8 for the day) which put Meglepetes in reach of their first Budapest Fives Cup Final. When Barnabas Kantor made it 3-0 the game was over and Fejlodes were out.

Meglepetes went marching on….


The second Cup Semi-Final would be contested by CIS Committee and Budapest Celtic Greens. The team from Belarus brought a 100% win ratio to the game – 5 wins out of 5 in Group B today and 3 wins out of 3 in Cup Semi-Finals. CIS Committee had defeated Budapest Celtic Lions 4-0 at the Cup Semi-Final stage of the 2014 Budapest Fives so history was on their side.

Budapest Celtic Greens had quite a task ahead of them but they applied themselves well and this game proved to be as close as the other Semi-Final had started. CIS Committee were not as fluent as they had been today and that is credit to Budapest Celtic. In fact, the best chance of the opening period fell to Budapest Celtic Greens Nate Hajunder who shot narrowly wide. Soon after Andrei Lauryk had a chance for CIS. We reached half-time at 0-0.

As the second half wore on the game became a little stretched as CIS Committee pushed for a winner but Budapest Celtic Greens always looked capable and possibly more likely to score on the break when they turned over quick possession. There was more urgency in the teams play but still limited action in front of goal. We would need a penalty shoot-out to decide this one.

It would be Budapest Celtic Greens to take the first penalty. Nate Hajunder had scored 3 times today and fired it low and right. The CIS goalkeeper Uladzimir Kavalenia got a hand to it but there was too much power and it was 1-0 to Budapest Celtic Greens. Henadzi Nestsiuk stepped forward for CIS and struck it high into the roof of the net – Matt Watson-Broughton in the Celtic goal went the right way but it was beyond his outstretched arm.

Tom Bean stepped forward for Budapest Celtic Greens and whilst Uladzimir Kavalenia got a hand to it again there was too much power and the home team were ahead. Up next was the CIS Committee number 5 who struck it well but the ball hit the post and bounced safely away. Agony for the team from Belarus.

If Levente Kovacs could score his penalty Budapest Celtic would be through in a historic win. He looked nervous but made no mistake as he hit it high into the top left corner and Budapest Celtic Greens had claimed a huge scalp.

It was all over for CIS Committee in the cruelest fashion. They had now played 35 games in 5 tournaments – won 2 tournaments and crashed out in 3 despite just 1 defeat in normal time (the other defeats were via Golden Goal and a penalty shoot-out). We look forward to seeing them challenge at the 2016 Prague Tournament in July.

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