In a thrilling Euro Cup Final clash at Alfred Hajos, Ferencvaros emerged victorious with a narrow 9-8 win over UVSE, thanks to a last-minute strike from Dalma Domsodi.
The match was a closely contested affair, with both sides showcasing their attacking prowess and defensive resilience. However, it was the FTC Telekom team that managed to edge out their opponents, albeit by the slimmest of margins.
Despite the narrow lead, Ferencvaros will be pleased with their performance and confident of securing their first-ever European title in the second leg. They may have hoped for a bigger advantage, but Gyorgy Gerendas’ team will take heart from their triumph and the backing of their home fans.
UVSE, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their spirited display in front of a packed crowd at Hajos. Their defensive solidity was particularly impressive, and their attacking threat, especially with an extra player, caused Ferencvaros plenty of problems.
With everything to play for in the second leg, the outcome of the match could hinge on the smallest of margins, including tonight’s one goal lead. The missed penalty by Kamilla Farago in the third quarter could also prove to be a decisive moment in the final.
UVSE 8 – 9 FTC Telekom (2-2, 2-3, 2-1, 2-3)
UVSE: A. Magyari, T. Aubeli, E. Macsai, K. Hajdu, G, Szucs 1, P. Tiba 1, V. Baksa 1, K. Farago 1, P. Szegedi 2, N. Rybanska 1, R. Irmes 1, K. Peresztegi-Nagy, S. Golopencza
FTC: B. Neszmely, B. Vosseberg, Z. Mate, G. Gurisatti 2, P. Pocze 1, T. Farkas, D. Leimeter 1, A. Illes 1, S. Kuna 2, P. Petik, D. Toth Csabai 1, D. Domsodi 1, L. Greso
The highly anticipated match between the archrivals Ferencvaros and UVSE ended in a tight contest with both teams showing their mettle. After eight minutes of play, the teams were tied at 2-2, with Greta Gurisatti scoring twice for Fradi and UVSE capitalising on their player advantage with goals from Baksa and Farago.
Fradi dominated the second period, but their efforts were not enough to distance themselves from the resilient hosts, with the half-time score standing at 5-4 in favor of Ferencvaros. Dora Toth-Csabai scored on the powerplay for Fradi, but UVSE’s Szonja Kuna increased the lead for the home team to two scores. Despite the lead, UVSE continued to impress with their conversions during powerplay opportunities, as Panni Szegedi and Rozi Irmes found the back of the net.
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The second half of the match saw Fradi regain their two-goal lead, but UVSE showed impressive composure to fight back and equalize the score at 6-6 with Gabriella Szucs and Natasa Rybanska scoring from man-up moves. A penalty save from Neszmely prevented UVSE from taking the lead through Kamilla Farago.
As the final quarter of the match began, the two teams remained neck and neck. Panna Pocze gave Ferencvaros the lead, but UVSE’s Panna Tiba responded with an outstanding shot that hit the crossbar and went in. For the first time in the match, UVSE took the lead with Panni Szegedi’s successful penalty, but Anna Illes equalized almost immediately with a shot that just crossed the line.
With the match appearing to end in a stalemate, Fradi secured a slender advantage when Dalma Domsodi tapped in from a powerplay after UVSE failed to clear the ball. Ferencvaros will head into the second leg with a one-goal advantage over their rivals, but both teams proved that they are equally capable of securing the title.
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