E.ON Men's Championship Group A: Pécs win thriller
In a match important in terms of qualification for the upper section in the intermediate stage, Gergely Lukács' team finished a hectic match 7-6 winners against Honvéd. Szentes pushed Fradi all the way while Eger won in Szombathely and BVCS defeated KSI.
It was 5-5 after three quarters and Szentes were on the verge of shocking defending champions Ferencváros! The hosts had taken advantage of a weakened FTC team after the visitors had rested several of their international players but Zsolt Varga's team dug deep in the final period, scoring four consecutive goals to decide the contest in their favour. No doubt Csaba Pellei is delighted with his Szentes players though!
Eger had travelled to Szombathely one day earlier to take on AVUS and they treated their struggling opponents with plenty of respect, which helped them pull away and secure the points after a 4-4 draw in the first quarter, evetually prevailing 16-7.
Meanwhile, Honvéd started well away against Pécs and led 2-0 thanks to goals from Roland Simon and Alexander Kardos, only for the home team to have levelled matters by the end of the 10th minute. At that point, Márton Szivós was excluded and Pécs lost Erik Csacsovszky but Zlatko Rakonjac slotted home Pécs's penalty to hand his side the lead. The visitors showed their strength in adversity by succeeding in blocking out their opponents for the next four minutes and even earning a penalty through veteran Balázs Szirányi, only for Ádám Manhercz to miss the chance to equalise.
Pécs took full advantage of that error by surging into a 5-2 advantage thanks to goals from Márton Csaba and Dániel Jakab but by the third quarter Honvéd had hauled themselves back to parity and the final period started with the teams locked at 6-6. Alex Csacsovszky and Sirányi traded goals before Jakab struck the winner, Pécs ultimately hanging on for a 7-6 triumph which also owed much to Ottó Józsa's 61% saves-to-shots ratio.
In the fourth fixture in GRoup A, BVSC were in firm control at half-time, having won the first two quarters 3-2 and 6-2, but that 9-4 lead was knawed away at by KSI and in particular starlet Botond Bóbis who notched four goals overall as the visitors took th second half 7-4. It wasn't enough of a recovery to deny the capital-city club a 13-11 win.
E.ON men's championship, initial stage, 4th round
PVSK-Mecsek Füszért 8-7 Budapesti Honvéd (1-2, 3-0, 2-4, 2-1)
Goalscorers: PÉCS: Jakab 3, Rakonjac 2, Csacsovszky A., Chilkó, Csaba M., HON: Simon R. 3, Kardos 2, Juhász, Szirányi
Metalcom-Szentes 7-10 FTC-Telekom (2-3, 1-1, 2-1, 2-5)
Goalscorers: SZT: Somogyi 2, Nagy M., Pellei, Werner, Kiss K., Kuzmenko, FTC: Kállay 2, Jaksic 2, Sedlmayer, Német, Mezei, Gór-Nagy, Younger, Mitrovic
AVUS 7-16 ZF-Eger (4-4, 1-4, 1-5, 1-3)
Goalscorers: AVUS: Ekler B. 2, Garancsy, Hajmási, Juhász, Baj, Polovic, EGR: Hosnyánszky 3, Kürti 3, Murisic 3, Gyárfás 2, Tóth B., Sánta, Avramovic, Sz. Rasovic, Vlachopoulos
BVSC-Zugló 13-11 KSI SE (3-2, 6-2, 3-4, 1-3)
Goalscorers: BVSC: Várnai 4, Czigány 2, Pásztor 2, Kovács P., Ambrus, Csapó, Lajkó, Török, KSI: Bóbis 4, Tóth B., Hevesi, Schmölcz, Bihácsi, Tóth G., Vékony, Gábor L.
Group A standings:
1. Eger 12 points
2. FTC 12
3. BVSC 9
4. Honvéd 9
5. Pécs 3
6. Szentes 0
7. KSI 0
8. AVUS 0
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