Match week nine of the Women’s OB I in Hungary had some highly significant contests, with crucial games at the top, midfield and bottom of the league table. In our feature game, UVSE ran out winners against rivals Dunaujvaros in a hard-fought battle in Budapest. Eger beat Szentes, Keruleti saw off Gyor and BVSC defeated Szeged. League leaders, Ferencvaros, are still top with victory over Tatabanya.
UVSE 16-13 Dunaujvaros (5-4, 5-3, 2-3, 4-3)
UVSE: A. Magyari, T. Aubeli 1, D. Abel-Antal 1, L. Forgacs, G. Szucs, R. Keszthelyi-Nagy 3, Z. Koka, K. Farago 3, P. Szegedi 1, N. Rybanska 2, E. Macsai 2, K. Peresztegi-Nagy 1, K. Hajdu 2, S. Golopencza
Dunaujvaros: L. Maczko, D. Szilagyi 4, N. Sajben, G. Gurisatti 3, B. Horvath, G. Mahieu 1, N. Szabo, K. Garda 2, A. Mucsy 2, L. Somogyvari, R. Pal, C. Szellak 1, N. Sumegi, S. Buis
A big potential title decider was settled today as UVSE worked incredibly hard to beat a very aggressive Dunaujvaros. In the game, UVSE were the better side, and certainly looked more clinical in front of goal. Marton Benczur’s side limited Tibor Fulop’s side, who was filling in for Attila Mihok, to much in attack, with four of DVFE’s goals coming from penalties being their most convincing method of scoring.
The game was feisty and tensions boiled over on a few occasions. Marton Benczur was unimpressed to say the least when Dunaujvaros were awarded a penalty when he signalled for a timeout, while Greta Gurisatti was wrapped after splashing the face of one of the UVSE players right in front of the referee. Natasa Rybanska, who has been one of the league’s top players this season, was involved in an aggressive tussle with Lili Somogyvari, which led to Rybanska’s medical withdrawal of the game, and Somogyvari’s exclusion.
While its certain Ferencvaros are top of the league tonight, there is still much polo to be played and UVSE will back themselves to be right up the table by the end of March. The result today, will certainly help them get back on track for the rest of the season.
Dorottya Szilagyi scored four for Dunaujvaros, with Gurisatti netting three. There were hat-tricks on UVSE’s side for Rita Keszthelyi, and the best player on the day, Kamilla Farago.
It was Dunaujvaros who took the lead thanks to a near-post finish from Brigitta Horvath off a Greta Gurisatti ball from the wing, but Rita Keszthelyi gave UVSE a parity instantly, with the Lilla Maczko only managing to parry the ball into the roof of her own net.
Gurisatti, the provider for the first goal, then turned scorer from position 5, with her cross-cage shot wrong footing Alda Magyari in the UVSE goal. But again, UVSE equalised in the following attack with another shot from range from Kamilla Farago to level the score at 2-2.
Rita Keszthelyi then gave the home side the lead for the first time in the match, with her looped shot well placed into the top-left hand-side of the net giving her side a 3-2 lead. UVSE then added another to make it 4-2 with Kamilla Farago’s low shot from the wing creeping into the Dunaujvaros goal.
Krisztina Garda pulled one back from the penalty spot for DFVE, but Lili Forgacs fed Panni Szegedi on the post to reinstate UVSE’s two goal lead. With a minute to go in the quarter, Anna Mucsy found herself on the right-hand side without pressure, and after briefly hesitating, walked into 2m unopposed and slotted home for the visitors.
Into the second period, Dunaujvaros were back in the game. They first levelled the game up with Gurisatti on the counter, before Dorottya Szilagyi scored practically the same goal from the same place a minute later.
The game once again took a turn, as Natasa Rybanska scored two in less than a minute. The first from the left on the top, and the second a really classy goal from the pit. Marton Benczur’s side then added to their lead thanks to another well-taken finish from the pit. Keszthelyi found Aubeli Tekla, who was clinical.
Dunaujvaros needed a goal to ensure the quarter didn’t get away from them, and while it looked like the UVSE defence would hold strong, Dorottya Szilagyi, as she so often does, found the net from range to put the score at 8-7.
However, UVSE weren’t fazed, and replied with two further goals. Firstly, Panna Szegedi found herself in space on the right, and planted the ball into the bottom left of the Dunaujvaros goal, before Kamilla Farago stole the ball, swam the length of the pitch, drew the keeper, before giving Keszthelyi one of the easiest finishes in her career.
UVSE started the second half how the ended the first, with another quality goal. It was Kamilla Farago who found herself on position 4, and rifled the ball into the DFVE goal for her third of the game. While Dorottya Szilagyi rifled shot gave Dunaujvaros some respite, all of DFVE’s hard-work was instantly undone from a Kinga Peresztegi-Nagy goal from close-range to make it 12-8.
You could feel the energy fading out of Dunaujvaros, particularly as they failed twice to convert a double man-up midway through the third period. But showed a bot of character and grabbed two goals from a 5m penalty – firstly, the experienced Krisztina Garda converted to the left, before Dorottya Szilagyi did the same but to the right, after it appeared that Marton Benczur called a timeout while his side were out of possession, leading to a penalty.
With only two goals in it at 12-10 going into the last quarter, you got the sense that the first exchanges could really tip the momentum of the game for one of these title favourites.
It was Dora Abel-Antal who gave UVSE a three goal lead once more when Csenge Szellak was caught on the wrong side of her attacker and was excluded. But Szellak made amends soon after, with a driven cross-cage shot that bounced past Magyari.
A bit of brilliance in the Dunaujvaros goal from Lili Maczko kept Dunaujvaros in the game, as Kata looked for all the world as if she was going to convert. But an acrobatic leap from Maczko meant she could tip it onto the bar and keep her team within two. However, there wasn’t much she could do when moments later Eszter Macsai guided the ball into the top left corner of the goal.
It seemed like Dunaujvaros would need some more man-up situations or penalties to get back into it, and they got their wish when Gurisatti was presented a penalty – which she converted. However, on the swim back, words were exchanged with one of the UVSE players and she appeared to splash the water in her face – which led to her permanent exclusion from the game.
Kata Hajdu then converted convincingly with a cross-face take on the right to put her side 15-12 up. Before Panna Macsai secured the points for UVSE on a man-up goal from 4m.
Tatabanya 4-17 FTC Telekom (1-5, 0-3, 1-5, 2-4)
Tatabanya: I. Zirighne Sos, H. Zantleitner, N. Zantleitner 1, P. Zink 1, B. Orban, T. Zold, K. Hollosi, L. Soti 1, E. Rajna 1, B. Bozso, J. Kovacs, L. Marsi
FTC: K. Cseho-Kovacsne, P. Petik 1, V. Mate, M. Regos, P. Pocze 3, V. Kovesdi 3, M. Koopman 1, A. Illes 3, S. Kuna 1, E. Varro 1, D. Toth Csabai 4, D. Domsodi, K. Kovacs, B. Neszmely
The league leaders, Ferencvaros, were perhaps enjoying themselves watching the UVSE vs Dunaujvaros game on the team bus to Tatabanya earlier today, but they made sure to take full advantage of that result with a dominant 17-4 victory over the struggling TVSE.
Four of Gyorgy Gerendas’s players in Green and White earned hat-tricks (Pocze, Kovesdi, Illes and Toth Csabai. Fradi take on Szeged this weekend.
ZF Eger 7-5 Szentes (2-3, 3-0, 1-1, 1-1)
Eger: A. Kiss, P. Jancso 2, K. Menczinger, L. Dobi Dorina 2, D. Molnar, Z. Katona, R. Parkanyi, E. Weston, Z. Galicz, A. Keresztes, I. Borsi 1, K. Bodi Fruzstina 1, S. Szilagyi 1, D. Turi
Szentes: R. Aranyi, V. Varga, A. Hevesi, K. Macsai, V. Dankina 2, T. Kolarova, A. Tyukasz, I. Mihaly-Kadar, L. Horvath, M. Csiszar, R. Kover-Kis 2, F. Toth, N. de Vries 1, J. Fusti Molnar
Elsewhere, at the Bitskey Aladar Swimming Pool, Eger just about held out against Szentes in a tight fixture. In both of these teams quest’s to be the best of the rest this season, this contest was always going to be very competitive, and that’s how it played out in Eger.
It was the second quarter that really was decisive with goals for Eger from Ilona Borsi, Patricia Jancso and Lili Dobi Dorina that swung the game in favour of the hosts. A brace from Reka Kover-Kis was not enough to rescue the points for the visitors.
Eger stay in 5th, but are now three points ahead of Szentes, and four points behind BVSC. They face a tough fixture against BVSC next, while Szentes will hope to bounce back on Saturday against Keruleti.
Keruleti TVE 11-6 GYVSE Gyor (3-2, 2-1, 2-1, 4-2)
Keruleti: B. Papai, P. Csizmar, B. Fodor, D. Kisteleki 3, K. Papp, K. Kenez, H. Illes 2, R. Toth-Deme, K. Panna 4, K. Kovacs 1, R. Hajdu 1, K. Gasparics, N. Koltay, M. Dulic
Gyor: E. Kiss, D. Horvath, L. Frater, B. Baksa, J. Vaszari, D. Torok 1, V. Nemeth, V. Huszti 2, D. Huszti 2, P. Kovacs, Z. Finta, I. Droth, K. Kurucz 1, P. Mozbauer
If Gyor fancied beating any of the teams away from home this season, it may well have been one of the sides from Budapest, Keruleti TVE. However, that’s not at all what transpired, as Gyor suffered their ninth defeat of the season. Panna Kudella scored a squad for the home side, while Dora Kisteleki secured a hat-trick.
Although Keruleti are still in 8th, they are now level on points with Szeged, who have a superior goal difference of eight. Gyor, on the other hand, are bottom of the league.
Szeged 4-15 BVSC-Zuglo (1-4, 0-1, 1-5, 2-5)
Szeged: B. Gyongyosi, K. Jenei 2, S. Tatrai, A. Torma, M. Pap 2, R. Bicskei, Z. Armai, N. Varga, D. Pinter Bonita, L. Kucsera
BVSC: K. Kakas, F. Fekete, K. Meszaros Farkas 3, C. Dobos, A. Kreunusz 1, T. Farkas 2, K. Hnatyszyn, D. Leimeter 5, Z. Polak, N. Kele, L. Kenderes, A. Gemes 3, A. Gyongyossy 1, Z. Hajdu
BVSC took full advantage of Szeged’s problematic COVID situation with a solid 15-4 win in the early match. The vital three points for BVSC, their 6th victory of the season, keeps them firmly inside the top 4, while Szeged stay in 7th.
Despite the home side striking first through Mirtill Pap, the visitors always looked favourites to win, scoring nine unanswered goals to build their unassailable 9-1 lead into the third period. Dora Leimeter scored on five occasions in the game – three of which were in the last three minutes of the game. Anett Alexa Gemes and Kata Meszaros Farkas both netted hat-tricks, to keep both of them amongst the top goal scorers in the league.