Players:

Radek Simunek
Bart Burgmans Keyur Patel Garrett Parker Sam Ross
Mark Matthews Dave Sheppard Vitaly Klopot Dammy Olubokun
Dan Finlay Shaz Khaliq

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Keyur Patel
  2. Vitaly Klopot

Report

Looked like another Partisan debacle was on the cards when captain Sheppard wandered up to the pitch: "Got the kit Dave?" Momentary flash of recognition in the eyes then poker face masking the sinking feeling that was undoubtedly setting in. A mad dash back across Prague in the Banjette and Partisan were kitting up on the sidelines 3 minutes before kick-off. Ensued an opening half hour with Radlice offering more resistance than we'd anticipated. Simunek wasn't troubled much in the Partisan goal, with the back four of Burgmans, Parker, Patel and Ross comfortably mopping up everything that came at them. As always though, we were wary of the potential of Czech theatrics or overzealous officialdom to undermine routine wins. Partisan kept possession well, building up patiently, with some good chances going just wide or saved. Breakthrough came on the half hour with a well-struck free-kick by Khaliq that rocketed down off the bar 6 inches outside the goal. The bouncing ball was headed back goalwards and Patel launched himself at it, heading over the line. 1-0. Second goal came from a Khaliq corner that the goalkeeper somehow fumbled into his own net. Third, on the stroke of half time, a free-kick driven in that Klopot got a foot to, lifting it over everyone's head to dip in just under the bar. Good timing. Half Time: Partisan 3 - 0 Radlice Patel subbed off at half time with an ankle injury suffered while moonlighting for a university team. Clearly has his priorities mixed up. Reshuffle with Burgmans into centreback, Ross over to right back, Olubokun dropping to left back, and Caliskaner on at left wing. Second half saw some increase in theatrics from Radlice, who up until then had played a decent, if limited game of football. Constant stoppages served to stop Partisan getting into the rhythm of the first half, and Radlice finally got their breakthrough when a through ball to the lone striker gave him a chance to round Simunek and slot in. 3-1 Radlice were also a bit clumsy in the challenge and the second half saw Finlay and Sheppard both go off with knocks, to be replaced by Child and Benson. Ross moved into his third position of the game, centre-mid, with Child slotting in at right back. Almost an instant impact from the veterans when Child, overlapping Matthews, hit a sharp cross that was intercepted just before it reached Benson's head. Soon after, the marauding manager helped spare Partisan a nervy finale when Radlice's forward broke through again, Parker managed to half-check his run, and Child was on hand to take the ball off his toe and put it out for a corner. Danger dealt with, and Partisan saw out the rest of the game for a functional 3-1 win.