Players:

Radek Simunek
Gerd Lemke Chris Johnson anonymous Endre Szabo
Sam Ross Bart Burgmans Dave Sheppard Dammy Olubokun
Todd Benson Shaz Khaliq

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Todd Benson

Report

Partisans second game of the Prague superleague saw them take on arch rivals Dyanmo Zizkov, a game we all knew would be tightly contested with the winner entitled to bragging rights as well as bagging an important 3 points that could well be crucial come the end of the superleague! Before the game everyone seemed up for it and we were all aware of the job at hand. The first half kicked off and both teams were giving nothing away, with even possession and players closing down opposition quickly. The back four were tight and kept a high line every time we were in possession under the commandment of center back Johnson. The first clearcut chance came on about 15 minutes when Khaliq played an exquisite over-the-top through ball which Olubokun skillfully chested down, setting up Benson for a fine finish, a half volley over the keeper and into the net. Marvellous. The first half continued with Partisan getting more of a grip on the game and beginning to dominate, Alexander and Burgmans setting the pace of the game in midfield with excellent passing at will, and Olubokun and Khaliq linking up well down the left flank. During the closing stages of the first half a slight lapse in concentration saw Zizkov back on level terms after a long ball over the top of our defensive line caught us cold and was coolly finished past keeper Simunek - although he got a hand to the ball it was not strong enough and the ball trickled slowly into the goal. Half Time: Partisan 1 - 1 Dynamo Zizkov The second half begun with the game plan basically to continue to do what we were doing in the first half up until their goal: pass the ball to feet, keep possession and work their keeper when we got the chance. However, this was not to be as we failed to keep possession and began to become frustrated at ourselves, the opposition and the referee. This fact was summed up when Guri came close to being sent off for a second bookable offence, with the ref about to brandish the card, only to opt to speak to the skipper instead and ask for Guri to be substituted. As the second half went on, Zizkov were the ones that looked closer to building on their goal tally and they did just that midway through the half with a superbly struck free kick 25 yards out from goal, which came off the inside of the post and into the net. Simunek had no chance and Partisan trailed for the first time in the game. Partisan down by a goal were forced to take risks and began pushing hard for the equaliser, at times leaving holes in their defense. They nearly paid the price instantly with Zizkov catching them on the counter, their striker through on goal 50 yards out with Olubokun sprinting to catch him, putting him under pressure and forcing him wide, with his subsequent shot saved by the face of Simunek, which left him suprisingly flat out on the deck unable to stand for a few minutes and therefore needing a substitution. Up stepped right winger Ross to take the number 1 jersey for the final 15 or so minutes. With Partisan still pressing, Lillard had a few chances that went wide of the mark and a Khaliq effort on goal resulted in a fine save from the Zizkov keeper. Again with Partisan stretched Zizkov caught them on the counter, their nippy striker again through on goal with replacement keeper Ross commiting and failing to get the ball - Zizkov looked almost certin to bag another but for the timely block by Olubokun off the line. The final piece of drama came late into injury time with Partisan being awarded a throw-in signalling for one final push. The long throw was met by a flick on from Johnson with Olubokun making a late run into the box just about able to get a toe poke on the ball that looked to be heading into the top corner but for a brilliant reflex save from the keeper. That was followed by the final whistle of a closely contested game from both sides, which leaves us with a mouthwatering 2nd leg in June in what could be the league decider.