martedì 29 settembre 2015

OSC and Eger look strong in round 2 victories

No time to rest after the season openers this past Wednesday. Round 2 was waiting already on the weekend and the top teams of the 2 groups followed up in impressive fashion. After facing Miskolc in round 1, Eger welcomed the other promoted side to the competition in an entertaining and goal packed encounter. Serbian star Milos Cuk continued to show his form with 5 goals in the 17-9 win. At Tatabánya Dániel Francis impressed with 5 goals.

Defending champions Szolnok did not get into action this weekend as their round 2 game against Szeged is scheduled only for October 13. This means that Eger is currently leading group A with 6 points followed by BVSC with 4. The team from Budapest, who got their first win of the season against Szentes this weekend, is determined to redeem themselves for the poor result of last year. Péter Kovács and Mátyás Pásztor both scored 3 goals in the 12-9 victory.

In group B we saw the first big clash of the season with Honvéd taking on 2015 runner up OSC. Although Honvéd is no longer the powerhouse it once was, they can still beat any other team in the league on a good day, especially with the addition of talents such as Gergely Kardos and Gergö Kovács. However, today was not one of those days. OSC dominated the home side in the first half of the game and casually walked away to a 0-7 lead after the second period. There is plenty of talent in the current Honvéd squad, but they seem to be lacking the power to break defenses and get through a rough period. When OSC took their foot off the gas after the break, Honvéd got more active in the offensive end. They did not get more than 3 goals though as OSC closed the door again in the final period. Honvéd should still be able to get a top 4 finish in the group, but if they want to play any role of significance also after the league split, they need to get more effective.

OSC looked strong in the victory but were a little sloppy in the third period when they allowed their opponent too much time and too many shots. Because of the big lead it did not have any effect on the end result, but against a stronger opponent it can be lethal. If they can maintain the right focus for the entire game, they will easily top this group and be able to give Szolnok a run for their money later on.

Prime rival for OSC in group B FTC also maintained a 100% record with a 15-12 win over PVSK. Gergö Marnitz and Márton Tóth proved their worth with 5 and 4 goals respectively. The team coached by Zsolt Varga and György Gerendás (who was introduced this week as new assistant coach of the Hungarian national team to replace Norbert Darbrowski) are looking very strong and it is counting down to November 7th when they go to visit OSC to see if they can be of any threat to the established order. Going forward, the team has a number of match winners and goal scorers. This shows in the 31 goals scored already in the first 2 games. However, they look vulnerable in defense and also already conceded 18 goals. Getting the defense organized will be the focus point for FTC in the upcoming weeks.

Debrecen also got their campaign started this weekend. Because their round 1 game against Vasas is scheduled only for October 6, they got the first points on the board in round 2 against UVSE. Man of the match was Árpád Babay who scored 3 goals in the 8-5 victory. With Márton Lévai in goal this season Debrecen look stronger than last year. The backup goalie of the Hungarian national team transferred from Honvéd to Debrecen this past summer looking to continue his development. However, with competition from Dávid Bisztritsányi and Gergely Kardos, Lévai must show more leadership and spirit if he doesn’t want his spot in the national team to get at risk.

Round 2 results

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