Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)




The A Team (Fra)


Eighteen teams signed up for the 2013 Krakow Trophy, two remained Budapest Celtic Lions and The A Team. It was Hungary versus France in Poland for the ultimate prize. We had previously had winners from England, Scotland and Poland win this tournament would it be France or Hungary breaking their duck in a short while?


We were treated to a game that was worthy of a final which was a tense, close affair full of entertainment and watched by a supportive crowd who thoroughly enjoyed it. The best thing about the Cup Final was that the two teams played it in a superb spirit despite the honours that were at stake.


Budapest Celtic had finished Runners-Up on two previous occasions so this was their 3 rd Cup Final and could it be third time lucky. The A Team were on debut but Fateh Bekhouche was bidding to become the first man to win two tournaments in the same season with two different teams.


There was a pretty even opening period. Abdoulaye Coulibaly had a snap shot on the turn and Malek Bekhouche had a good effort but there few chances in the first half. A Peter Roscoe break was the best chance for Budapest Celtic but the French goalkeeper was out quickly to snuff out the chance. Peter Hegedus then drilled a cross right across the penalty area but there was no-one there to turn it in. It was 0-0 at half-time.


The first big moment of the game came early in the second period. The ball broke in midfield and quick as a flash Dydynho was on to it and thumped it home from distance. There appeared little danger for Budapest Celtic. It was Dydynho's 14th goal of the day and he was the Top Goalscorer elect.


A long throw then beat the Lions defence and fell to Fateh Bekhouche but he was unable to finish. Dydynho then had another chance from distance but it remained 1-0. The French team were on top at this stage.


Leo Kronberger then had a shot from distance and although it was wide it sparked a change in Budapest Celtic. They picked up their game and when another shot from Kronberger came in it was spilled Laszlo Banka was first to the rebound, 1-1.


Budapest Celtic were moving into the ascendency and the game was sparking into life. The next big action was a Neil evans wonder goal - turned in midfield and released a shot that went it off the post for 2-1. Could the A Team respond?


Dydynho and Fateh Bekhouche both had chances for an equaliser before Kronberger could have sealed it at the other end. He then hit the bar moments later. Dydynho then had the last chance of the game but it was saved. It was all over as the full-time whistle blew.


The winners of the 2013 Krakow Trophy Budapest Celtic Lions.


Our commiserations go to The A Team who played superbly today but did not quite have enough to go all the way today anyway. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. It was a pleasure to host you all and we hope to see you all again at a tournament very soon.

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