Stand up for the champions! Szolnoki water polo club defended the trophy in Hungarian cup and once more proved that it is a dominant force in the country. In the big final in Budapest, Szolnoki easily defeated OSC – 13:4.
This is the fifth trophy in the national cup for Szolnoki and second in a row. And it was a much easier match for them then a semifinal duel against Ferencvaros.
The big final was practically over before the OSC players even got the chance to show some kind of ambition in the swimming pool. Szolnoki opened the game with two fast goals from Bence and Zalanki.
After that, it was Serbian duo that got a chance to find a net. And Prlainovic and Aleksic knew exactly what to do to get a 4:0 lead before the end of the first quarter.
But, Prlainovic didn’t stop there. He continued in the second period on the same level. He scored two goals, Zalanki added one more so Szolnoki went to a halftime break with a 7:1 lead.
In the third period, Szolnoki dominated defensively, while in the last quarter it was all just a matter of routine. OSC managed just to score two fast goals in the dying minutes of the game before Szolnok fans could start a party!
Eger and OSC Budapest played a crazy game in the first semifinal duel and the team from the capital secured a spot in the big final with a 10:7 win.
There were some tensions in the swimming pool between Vlachopoulos and Hegedus. This was a real physical game and Nemanja Ubovic settled well in those conditions as he scored two goals. Eger pulled one back thanks to Hosnyanszky, but Brguljan gave OSC a solid two-goal lead (3:1).
In the second period Decker and Cuckovic equalized for Eger, but, even if it seemed like they are going to overturn a game, it didn’t happen. And the main reason was Balazs Erdelyi who found a net couple of times and OSC went to a big break with a three-goal advantage (6:3).
The fans were delighted to see seven goals in the third quarter as Gergo Kovacs and Strahinja Rasovic gave a glimmer of hope to the Eger fans when they cut OSC lead to 7:6. But, after that Budapest team had a time-out, Brguljan scored the eight-goal and OSC rejected the last attacking wave od their rival.
It was nothing less crazy in the second semifinal in which the defending champion Szolnoki scraped into the final after a penalty drama against Ferenvaros – 13:12. It was 7:7 after regular time.
This game, though, didn’t have such big tensions as the OSC-Eger duel but it really didn’t lack excitement. Fradi opened the match perfectly taking a 2:0 lead after goals from Stefan Mitrovic and Marton Vamos.
Szolnoki, however, managed to stabilize its game – Prlainovic and Cuk scored to get the team back on the track. In the second quarter, Szolnoki steadily gained the control of the game. With two goals from Prlainovic European champion got a 5:3 lead.
But then it was Ferencvaros’s turn in the third period. Budapest team scored three times in a row, Szilard Jansik found the net twice in that period.
Aron Younger then became a top performer for Szolnoki. He single-handedly outshined Fradi, scored two times and Szolnoki was once again up front.
Of course, this was not the end of a drama, because Denes Varga equalized 46 seconds before the final whistle and the match went to penalties.
And it was Viktor Nagy, Szolnoki keeper, who saved shots from Adam Manhercz and Stefan Mitrovic who pushed Szolnoki towards final and Younger confirmed it with a goal from the last penalty.
Hungarian cup – Final four
Saturday, December 2
Eger 7:10 OSC
(2:3, 1:3, 4:3, 0:1)
Eger: Kovacs 2, Angyal 2, S. Rasovic, Hosnyanszky
OSC: Ubovic 3, Erdelyi 3, Brguljan 2, Salamon, Kovacs,
Szolnoki 13:12 Ferencvaros
(2:2, 3:1, 0:3, 2:1, 6:5)
Szolnoki: Prlainovic 5, Younger 3, Cuk 2, Zalanki, Gocic, Aleksic
Ferencvaros: Varga 3, Mitrovic 3, Jansik 2, Vamos 2, Madaras, Jaksic
OSC 4:13 Szolnoki
(1:4, 0:3, 1:3, 2:3)
OSC: Toth 3, Hegedus
Szolnoki: Batori 3, Zalanki 3, Prlainovic 3, Cuk 2, Younger, Aleksic