Players:

Radek Simunek
Sam Ross Stephan Schuchardt Keyur Patel Dammy Olubokun
Mark Matthews Dave Sheppard Bart Burgmans Dean DaLanca
Armand Guri Sigve Pedersen

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Armand Guri

Report

We should have been 1-0 up within the first 30 seconds as a perfect Guri-Pedersen combination from kick-off resulted in the latter slotting in easily. I think the ref was so surprised he bottled it and disallowed without ever giving a reason why. There was no offside and no foul. No Bohemian got anywhere near them. Pedersen had the ball in the net again a little while later, called offside this time, though it wasn't. The ref ignored our linesman (Vitaly at this point) throughout the match. We eventually went 1-0 up through Guri, typically barreling through everyone to bundle it in; but we were hardly playing vintage stuff. Too much route 1 up the middle 30-yard passes, not using the wings at all, everyone arguing with each other, not enough movement off the ball. Bohemians were a bunch of old (but experienced) men, whose main tactic was the long ball (and some decent passing, triangles). But they used it well and got 2 goals on the break. One long ball out and Simunek lobbed as neither he nor defender claimed. The second goal I didn't see (was on the bench at that point). Guri got injured minutes before half-time. Half Time: Partisan 1 - 2 Bohemians Second half we played better, got a great goal back through Pedersen with a last-ditch full-stretch cross-goal drive that curved in off the far post. Passed it around, kept possession, built up moves.... but it was hard to find space to break them down. Bohemians basically played 9 men back, with one big, old, but very good striker (an ex-pro, as we subsequently found out) up front for long balls and breaks. And that's what caught us out. Last 5 minutes, long ball to him, he went past 4 of us, myself included, and buried a shot in the corner. Maybe Simunek could have done more, maybe we all could have done more, but we didn't and they won. We have things to work on.