Players:

Radek Simunek
Dammy Olubokun anonymous Stephan Schuchardt Jerry Lillard
Dan Finlay Dominic Rice Dave Sheppard Vitaly Klopot
Armand Guri Shaz Khaliq

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Dominic Rice
  2. Dominic Rice
  3. Endre Szabo

Report

Partisan entered the clash with Molly Mallone's desperate for a win if they were to retain any hope of still challenging for the league title. The fixture was held on a mild Thursday evening, on grass and under floodlights, which turned out to be quite the dramatic setting for the goal-fest which ensued. Partisan, under the debutant captainship of Sheppard, began strongly, searching for much needed goals. both teams were playing physical, direct football but it was Partisan who broke the deadlock first, with Rice making a late run into the box and volleying home from 10 yards. The ball coming on a plate to the back post from the left flank. 1-0. Partisan were coming close with surprising regularity. The Mallone's keeper looking clearly out of his depth. Lillard, Sheppard and Schuchardt all came close, the woodwork in a constant state of vibration. Khaliq was working tirelessly up-front, chasing down the Molly's defence and laying balls off for supporting team mates. Klopot was next on the score sheet, latching onto a nice low ball into the box and slotting home calmly. 2-0. Rice was clearly going to have a good night when, just before the break he netted his second. Breaking into the opposition's box from midfield regularly showing good energy. Molly's were putting up a spirited fight to get back into the game though with a physical performance. Guri netted once more for Partisan before the break and Molly's had snatched 2 goals back. Half Time: Partisan 4 - 2 Mollys The second half began with the same high tempo as the first. Partisan were attempting to test Molly's keeper wherever possible and it was Szabo who claimed the next, volleying the ball through a clutch of defenders after a corner. Finlay getting what may or may not have been a decisive deflection to take the ball past the keeper. 5-2. Molly's made the sensible decision to change their keeper at some point during the second period. An ex-Partisan player in fact, their defender Shane Crean taking on the responsibility, and proving to be much more durable than their previous guardian. Mallone's also seemed to have two number 10's on the field, one of whom was throwing his weight around and doing his best to unsettle Partisan's rhythm. This resulting in him receiving a yellow card early on in the half for dragging down and shoving Sheppard (who also received a card for raising his hands) The same Mallone's player was later removed from the field for pushing during a wall set-up. Molly's next was a debatable penalty (Szabo accused of holding a striker back), to which Schuchardt took particular umbridge to, made things 5-3. The terboholy grass pitch, usually in such good condition, was cutting up and becoming patchy in places, making things heavy going, with a few players feeling the effects of cramp during the second half. Sheppard was the first in need of a break midway though the half, bringing Rice (who had been rested after 30 mins) back into the fray. Finlay was to follow. He had to have his say first though, leaving the field after having grabbed a well-earned goal though. 6-4 Partisan. Molly's were also giving Simunek plenty to do in goal. Things weren't looking so sure for the blue of Partisan now, Mallone's came to within one goal of making things level. 6-5 after 75 mins. Clearly getting a wake-up call, Partisan kept steaming ahead, Guri running the Irish defence ragged with some strong dribbling. The next goal though, would see Rice get his first hat-trick for the club. The best of his three - a nice 20 yard drive into the top of the net. 7-5. Lillard put the much needed icing on the cake in typical fashion, using his powerful left foot to good effect from the flank. 8-5. Partisan should be more than happy at scoring 8 goals and always looking threatening in attack. However there was a feeling that were conceded too many to feel really comfortable. We missed an opportunity to really make the goal difference count in the league table. Special mention should also go to Dom Rice for an outstanding performance in the centre of the park, netting 3.