Jadran Herceg Novi is one win away from its new title of the Montenegrin champion.
The title-holder defeated Primorac 8:6 in the third match of the final and had a 2:1 lead in the series. Interestingly, a visiting team has emerged as a winner from each of the games of the series. Jadran won both games in Budva (where Primorac plays its home matches) – 14:11 and 8:6, while Primorac recorded a win in the 2nd match, played in the pool in Herceg Novi (8:6).
Jadran will have the first “match point” for the title on May 13. The Herceg Novi-based side will be the host in that game.
2020/21 Montenegrin League, playoffs
Final (best-of-five), 3rd match
Primorac – Jadran HN 6:8 (0:1, 1:1, 2:5, 3:1) – score in the series 1:2
Primorac: Vukasovic 1, Molthen 1, Perkovic 1, Matkovic 1, Stanojevic 1, Vuksic 1.
Jadran HN: Averka 4, Vujovic 2, Dj.Radovic 1, Brkic 1.
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Both defenses were almost flawless in the first half. Jadran’s Brkic broke the deadlock in the 7th minute for 1:0. Konstantin Averka converted a man-up to double the visitors’ lead after 30 seconds of play in the second half. But, Stanojevic responded quickly for 1:2. There were no goals until the end of the first half, while Jadran broke its rival in the third period with five unanswered goals. By the middle of the quarter, the visitors, led by Averka, built a 5-goal lead (6:1). But, that wasn’t the end of their series of goals. In the 22nd minute, Djuro Radovic found the net to give Jadran a huge 7:1 advantage.
Still, Primorac didn’t surrender. Before the final break, the hosts scored two goals, and added two in the middle of the fourth, and cut the deficit (5:7) with 04:23 minutes remaining on the clock. Shortly after Primorac’s fifth goal, Konstantin Averka ended Jadran’s scoreless phase from a penalty (8:5). Vukasovic scored for 6:8 in the 29th minute. It turned out that it was the final score. Primorac had a few excellent chances to come closer and reduce the gap to one goal, but Jadran’s goalie Petar Tesanovic was up to the task.
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