Hungary seal 2-0 series victory in Dublin
8 June 2010
The British Gas GBR Men’s Water Polo team put six goals past Olympic champions Hungary but couldn’t stop their talented opponents sealing a 2-0 Test series victory in Dublin.
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Having slipped to a 16-3 defeat on Monday night, the British team were more clinical in front of goal at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin with Craig Figes, Jack Waller, Rob Paker and Joe O'Regan all finding the net.
But, with five goals in the final quarter, the Hungarians' stamina proved decisive as they closed out a 19-6 win.
World Class Programmes Manager Joanna Wray reports from Dublin:
The atmosphere was once again electric at the National Aquatic Centre with the Hungarians wishing to repeat last night's display and the British raring to have anoter go at the Olympic champions, having learnt a few tricks and ready to rise to the challenge.
Hungary came out hard and fast, coverting a goal in the first minute before doubling the lead a matter of seconds later. Alex Parsonage was unfortunate not to pull one back as he smashed the cross bar with a shot in the fourth minute.
A break away for the Hungarians followed but goalkeeper Ed Scott executed an unbelievable save which brought cheers and gasps of amazement from the crowd.
Spurred on, captain Figes pulled a goal back for Great Britain from a man-up but Hungary added another two goals in the final minutes to end the quarter 4-1 ahead.
The British defended strongly and it took Hungary almost three and a half minute to break the resilient defence for a fifth goal.
With two minutes left in the half, Figes battled hard to draw a foul and Waller converted with precision from the man-up to leave the score 5-2 at half time.
Hungary started the third quarter fast, catching Great Britain off-guard and converting three early goals to take their lead to 8-2.
Great Britain eventually fought their way back into the game with Parker converting a man-up and O'Regan scoring a screamer to cancel out another Hungarian goal and ensure the quarter ended 11-4.
Again the Hungarians came out hard and the British defence struggled to keep their opponents out.
Another five goals for Hungary closed out the match with Great Britain adding two more in the final quarter as the match finished 19-6.
The British Gas GBR Men's Water Polo team will now prepare for their third European Championships 2012 qualifier against Greece on 18th June.