who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to
do battle were Paralytic Athletic against Budapest
Athletic had reached this stage finishing second
in their group (on goal difference) and then
dumping out defending champions Meglepetes on
penalties. In normal time, they had 3 wins and
3 draws under their belts and remained unbeaten.
They kept 4 clean sheets in their first 4 games
so had a strong defensive unit. They had scored
7 goals today with Alexander Wood leading the
way on 4.
Celtic Hoops had a record of 3 wins, 2 draws
and 1 defeat. They had scored 9 goals and conceded
6 along the way. They also finished second in
their group and secured a great comeback win
in the Quarter-Finals over Spider Mans &
game proved to be as tight as they come. The
first half came and went with no score. The
second half came and went still with no score.
The 0-0 full-time result meant that a penalty
shoot-out would be required to settle this one.
Paralytic Athletic were no strangers to penalty
shoot-outs. This would be their third shoot-out
in 4 eurofootballfives.com knock-out games.
Of the previous two, they had a 50% success
rate (1 out of 2). That 1 success was today
though so they would be feeling confident.
Celtic had so far been involved in 10 penalty
shoot-outs in our tournament – 5 wins, 5 defeats
in all competitions. At home in Budapest their
record was a little better with 4 wins and 2
defeats. It would be Budapest Celtic Hoops to
take the first penalty here.
Segantini was the man to step up to the penalty
spot. He shaped to go to Joe Walker's left but
struck it into the bottom right corner for 1-0.
Alexander Wood was first up for Paralytic Athletic.
He had scored in the QF shoot-out but here he
scuffed his penalty wide and it was advantage
Celtic. Daniel Harasztos rammed home that advantage
to make it 2-0 as he slotted the ball to the
goalkeeper's bottom left hand corner. It meant
Edward Sharp had to score to keep his team in
it but sadly for him and his team his penalty
went over the bar.
Athletic were out in a Cup Semi-Final on penalties
for the second successive year. We hope they
will join us on tour again and it will be third
time lucky for reaching a first Cup Final.