As expected, Mladost and Jug will play in the final of the Croatian Cup tomorrow.
The Final Four has started today in Rijeka. Jug defeated Jadran Split 11:9, while Mladost beat host Primorje 11:6.
Jug – Jadran S 11:9 (2:3, 4:1, 3:1, 2:4)
Jug AO: Fatovic 2, Garcia 2, Obert 1, Loncar 1, Merkulov 1, Papanastasiou 1, Zuvela 1, Benic 1, Obradovic 1.
Jadran Split: Marinic Kragic 3, Milradovic 1, Stojanac 1, Setka 1, Duzevic 1, Zovic 1, Buric 1.
Mladost – Primorje 11:6 (2:1, 2:0, 6:2, 1:3)
Mladost:Kharkov 3,Milos 2, Bukic 2, Lazic 1, Dasic 1, Buslje 1, Viskovic 1.
Primorje: Brubnjak 3, Jurisic 1, Rakovac 1,Paparic 1.
Mladost started slowly against Primorje. The score was 1:1 in the 6th minute. But, Mladost took control and built a 6:1 lead by the middle of the third quarter. Early in the fourth, the Zagreb-based side had a huge 8-goal advantage (11:3) and it let Primorje cut the deficit with three straight goals in the last five minutes.
Jug had a little bit harder task than Mladost. Jadran Split opened the match excellently, with a 2:0 lead. The Croatian champion equalized (2:2), but Jadran finished the first period with a slim lead (3:2). Jug produced a 4:0 run in the second period for 6:3 and controlled the match until the end. In the third period, they increased the margin to four (8:4 and 9:5). After it built an 11:7 advantage (26th minute), Jug was saving energy for tomorrow.
Last season, Mladost defeated Jug 16:12 in the final of the Croatian Cup. After that, the Zagreb-based side won the Regional League, but Jug took the winning trophy in the Croatian League.