Players:

Radek Simunek
Till Janzer Keyur Patel Dammy Olubokun Gerd Lemke
Anders Rokaas Dave Sheppard Colin Sablack Bart Burgmans Endre Szabo
Chris Johnson

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Anders Rokaas
  2. Endre Szabo

Report

The third match of the year between Partisan and intercity rivals IFC, with each side having won one. In America we call this the rubber match. Partisan started with 12, but were soon lifted by Kierans surprise appearance, with an ankle swollen to the size of my knee. He and Polishchuk started on the bench, but both filled in excellently throughout. The match started with good passing from both teams, although IFC controlled the majority of possession, Partisan was able to show some teeth through their counter-attacking. Credit to Szabo, Johnson, and Rokaas for breaking well and the rest of the squad for feeding playable balls. The deadlock ended in the 30th when IFC was awarded a free kick about 23 yards out. The kick was well taken by their striker, but in the center of goal and Simunek still feels he should have gotten up to get a piece of it. He would redeem himself. Partisan didnt let it get to them, as seconds later Szabo made a diagonal run to the center and swung it wide for Rokaas who took two touches and finished from 15 yards. Excellent response. On the 40-minute mark, some nice movement and 2-touch balls, Sablack broke free down the right of the box and sent in a low, hard cross that eluded Johnson, but Sheppard cleaned up well. Halftime: Partisan 2 1 IFC Lemke came off, Polishchuk to right back, and Janzer to left. Kieran on for either Sheppard or Burgmans, I cant really remember. Subs were rolling fairly regularly in the second half as it started heating up and some of us were drinking tequila the night before. The second half started in similar fashion to the first, IFC with more possession, but both teams knocking it around well. The Partisan backline was stellar, playing organized, physical football and always supporting each other. IFC have some skilled and athletic players, and partisan did well to keep them in check. Simunek got himself in the game and started confidently claiming every ball coming into the box. Partisan scored in the 65th from a nice one-two with Burgmans and Szabo, which sent the winger clear. He coolly chipped the keeper. 3-1. IFC got themselves back into the game a few minutes later, when their big center back moved forward with play used Polishchuk as a step ladder and put his head on a cross from the right. 3-2. Still minutes later, with Partisan under pressure, Simunek chased the same center back to the edge of the box and jumped on his back. You could hear ever partisan everywhere collectively say in a puzzled voice, Gee, I wonder where Radeks going. The experienced and cunning center back used his clear opportunity to go to ground and won the penalty. IFCs skilled, but often agitating forward stepped up and as one would expect, SIMUNEK SAVES, low and to his left. Partisan felt a new confidence as they thought they had let IFC back into the game. An outstanding run from the back by Olubokun forced the keeper of his line, and when Olubokun loss the ball it fell nicely to Kieran who calmly finished with one of his now patented 35 yard, one-touch, lob/shot. It has to be his 3rd or 4th with the club. That basically ended the match. IFC had ten minutes to try and claw back in, but they were tired and deflated. Partisan was tired but spirits were high as they should have been. Partisan 4-2 IFC.