The second leg of the Hungarian Cup quarter-final between Pick Szeged and Csurgó took place at a very odd starting time of 8 p.m. on Wednesday. As Csurgó had won the first match by only one goal the 2000 Szeged supporters didn’t need to worry about advancing. Pick produced a dream start and by the 8th minute they were five goals up (7-2). The home team’s wall was tight and aggressive enough and Mikler also made some great saves. Pick’s players may have thought that they had already won the match, but they soon paid dearly for their overconfidence. Csurgó’s coach took his first time out to put his team’s play together, and by doing so the guests almost equalized in ten minutes (18th minute 8-7). Coach Pastor also took his time out to reorganize defense and in the final minutes of the first half Pick reached the five-goal adavantage again (15-10).
The situation remained until the 41st minute when Pick’s players, angered by Csurgó’s much too aggressive defense, quickly shifted into higher gear and doubled their lead (51st minute 28-18). In the 58th minute a fight almost broke out as one of Csurgó’s players, Borsos, who should have been sent off with a red card much earlier, hit advancing Vadkerti from behind. Devastated Csurgó couldn’t put up a fight in the last few minutes and as a result the final score turned out to be a total KO (34-20).
Pick Szeged-Csurgó 34:20 (15:10). Pick Szeged win 58-45 on aggregate
BS: Larholm 6(4), Prce 5, Mindegia-Balogh-Vranjes 4 / Lele 7(3)
Text Péter Butty