Szabolcs Gabona Csoport Amateur team guide
Thursday, 12 June 2003
Hungary's representative's at the UEFA Regions' Cup final qualified on home territory.
How they reached the finals:
Home territory proved decisive in Group 5 as Szabolcs Gabona Csosport Amateur of Hungary reached the UEFA Regions' Cup finals, winning all three of their games.
Their campaign began at the Tiszaujvaros Sportcentrum on 1 October 2002 when they secured a 2-1 win in their opening group qualifier against Israel Amateur. Zoltán Varga gave Szabolcs a 21st-minute lead, but Avraham Alperin equalised 16 minutes into the second half.
János Dóra was on hand to restore the Hungarian side's lead nine minutes later, but the game was to end in a flurry of red cards. First Israel's Benny Bechor Kahlon was shown a second yellow card with a minute of normal time remaining, before Szabolcs' Zsolt Mórocz saw a straight red a minute later.
There were plenty of yellow cards shown in the Hungarian side's next game against Moldova's Chisinau Amateur. However, more crucially, there were also plenty of goals. Midfield player Lásló Illés opened the scoring after seven minutes for Szabolcs, and György Koleszár's side were three goals to the good by half-time as Varga scored his second of the tournament, before Illés doubled his tally for the game.
The competition between the two goalscorers intensified further in the second half as Varga managed to get his name on the scoresheet again with eight minutes of the game remaining, but Chisinau had the last word as Aurel Andronache converted an 89th-minute penalty to leave the scores standing at 4-1 to Szabolcs.
Szabolcs' final game against Montenegro Amateur was a fiercely-contested affair but the Hungarians weathered the storm again, taking full advantage when they were awarded a 35th-minute penalty to take the lead through Illés. It took until the 73rd minute for Tamás Kulacsik to double their lead, but the game was only over as a competition when Montenegro's Aleksandar Kaludjerovic was dismissed for a second yellow card two minutes later.
That third win sent Koleszár's side to the Regions' Cup finals where their competitive style could yet cause an upset. Their opponents would do well to keep an eye on prolific striker Varga, although Illés has proved he can pose just as much of a threat from midfield.
Lásló Illés (3)
Zoltán Varga (3)