Players:

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Johan Karlsson
  2. Kenny Haig

Report

The long-awaited and much-rearranged match against Prague's other perennials. Unfortunately, things didn't go our way, and the scoreline, while marginally flattering to DZ, reflected a deserved victory for an experienced team. From the whistle, DZ pushed forward and were rewarded about 10 minutes in, when Clarke unfortunately made decisive contact with a Zizkov ankle, and they duly converted the penalty. It took a second Zizkov goal for us to really start digging in, and the rest of the half was a back and forth affair, with the back four of Clifford, Clarke, Appel and Andress resolutely snuffing out DZ's attacks, and Partisan looking to catch them on the break. Karlsson worked tirelessly down the left wing, a cross from Child drifted inches over Mats' head in the box, and young Zhmako's pace caused the DZ defence a number of problems. We should have built on this in the second half, but again got caught out, giving away a couple of stupid goals either side of a fine solo effort from one DZ midfielder, and before we knew it we were 5-0 down. Things looked hopeless, until debutant Rob Holton, son of Partisan stalwart Richard, chased an improbable ball that rolled along the right sideline for about 30 metres without ever going out. He even gave up on it himself at one point, before realising he still had a chance, and from his resulting cross, the diminutive Karlsson was on hand to head in over the diving keeper. Incredibly, he was denied a second following a fast free kick when the DZ keeper handled a back-pass near the edge of his area. Taken fast by Partisan (who?) to Karlsson who struck it straight towards the empty goal, only to be denied by the DZ keeper virtually flying across the face of goal with an arm outstretched to push it wide. Not long after that, however, a corner from the right saw Clarke rise unchallenged in the box to score with a well-placed header. At 5-2, the fightback was on, but time was running out, and as we pushed forward we were caught out leaving space at the back. 6-2. There was one last bit of excitement in the dying minutes, however, as Haig struck a beautiful volley from just outside the box into the top right hand corner, an early contender for goal of the season.