Spartacus Squeeze Past Jászapáti In Ferguson Debut
Balogh; Szokol, Orozco, Cséke
62', Törtei; Kákonyi, Ulviczky; Pákolicz (C), Huszák 63' (Rubus), Rezes; Molnár 45' (Szilágyi
Ryan Ferguson enjoyed a debut victory over Jászapáti in the Hungarian Cup Second Round as his team, Nyíregyháza Spartacus, came out as 1-0 victors. A late goal from substitute Péter Szilagyi in his first game for the club gave Ferguson a dream start to his managerial career.
Nyíregyháza had the brighter start of the two teams and won several corners early on in the game. Spartacus winger László Rezes came closest to a goal early on as his powerful drive from outside the box was deflected inches wide of the post by a Jászapáti defender, almost giving the home side an early set-back.
However, it was the home side who found the back of the net first as they penetrated Nyíregyháza's defence in first-half stoppage time. A quick-moving counter attack left Spartacus' midfielders for dead and a spectacular volleyed pass by Kotula picked out Mosonyi eighteen yards out who charged passed his marked and fired past a helpless Balogh. Luckily for Nyíregyháza Spartacus, the goal was ruled out for offside as Mosonyi had drifted in to an illegal position on the pitch. A major warning sign for Fergie's men!
Ryan Ferguson must not have been happy with the efforts of striker Marcell Mólnar, as he was replaced by Spartacus debutant Péter Szilágyi during the half-time interval. This gave more pace and power up front as Spartacus attempted to find a winning goal.
Despite the half-time substitution, Jászapáti still found themselves with the better of the chances as Kotula's dipping free-kick skimmed the cross bar and Újfalusi went one-on-one with Balogh, only to be thwarted by an excellent save by the away team goal-tender.
In a game where Nyíregyháza were on the back foot up until the hour mark, things turned from bad to worse as central defender Gyorgy Cséke was handed a straight red card for a professional foul. Dávid Kósa was running one-on-one with goalkeeper Balogh when Cséke slid in from behind to illegally deny the Jászapáti midfielder's chance. A red card was brandished by the referee almost immediately and a free-kick just outside the box was awarded to the home side.
Down to ten men, Ferguson's men did not back down. If anything, they stepped up and improved their game as they began to turn the tide on their hosts. Fergie's fledglings adopted a counter-attacking philosophy for the remainder of the game and the pace of Szilágyi proved to be a thorn in the side of the home team.
Nyíregyháza's first real chance of the game did fall to the debut striker. Newly appointed captain Dávid Pákolicz had shown a tremendous hunger in his first game as skipper and it was his willingness to chase down opponents which lead to his side's first real chance. Pákolicz closed down János Molnár near the half-way line and won the ball through a feisty tackle. A swift ball forward put Szilágyi in a dangerous position where his cleanly-hit half-volley thundered off the crossbar and back in to play.
However, the crossbar was still shaking when the deadlock was eventually broken with just over ten minutes remaining and it was Péter Szilágyi who scored. Jászapáti's counter-attack was quickly broken down and as they were left with few at the back, Rezes slid a delightful through-ball in to the feet of Péter Szilágyi who curled a close effort in to right-hand corner, out of the reach of the goalkeeper. The debutant had made it 1-0 to Nyíregyháza
Despite Jászapáti's best attempts to get back in to the tie, Ferguson's men stood firm and kept danger at bay. The full-time whistle was blown and Ryan Ferguson had earned a victory on his debut. He will now look to make it two wins from two as his side face ZTE in four days time.
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