Players:

Sylvain Chalieux
Michael Ripley Richard James Dennis Appel Scott Clifford
Doron Raviv Gerry Keaty Bart Burgmans Jaime Martinez
Stuart Ansell Dan Finlay

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Dan Finlay
  2. Scott Clifford
  3. Richard James

Report

First win of the year for Partisan, but the performance was far from vintage. A sunny day up at Maly stadion, and we had a chance to lie around and appreciate it while we waited for the late arrival of our opposition. Once they stumbled on to the pitch, we wasted no time in pushing forward and were rewarded with a goal inside the first two minutes. Child cut in from the right to thread a ball through to Ansell (fresh from running the Prague half-marathon the day before), whose flick-on was bundled past the keeper by the onrushing Finlay from about three yards out. Partisan were looking good in the opening period, with Burgmans linking well with the attack, Keaty spreading the ball wide, and Child sending in a number of teasing crosses from the right. The goal had woken the Medics up however, and despite being a little disorganised, they had a few solid players in midfield who were causing problems going forward. A difficult backpass from Appel under pressure was only cleared to the edge of the box by Chalieux and the Medics' left winger struck a solid shot into the top right corner. 1-1. Medics were posing problems, and matters weren't helped by the recurring abyss between defence and midfield, not to mention James' occasional self-destructive urges to dribble the ball out of his own box. Stick to the sliding tackles mate, it's why we put you there Still, before long Partisan were on top again, Ansell feeding Burgmans in the box, who blasted in a shot that the keeper got a hand to but could not stop. 2-1.Partisan were in the ascendant and when Keaty won a free kick just outside the Medics' box, Clifford finally delivered with a textbook strike over the wall for his first Partisan goal. While he'd like to see the words "top-left corner" here, we'd like to see slightly more postcard accuracy before we award that honour. 3-1. Soon Medics were back in it: an attacking run that seemed to be heading over the endline, until Appel made his presence felt and gave away a penalty. Chalieux did well to parry the first attempt, but Medics were first to the rebound. 3-2. With the minutes ticking down to the break, there was just enough time for Partisan to reassert their two-goal cushion. Another run from Burgmans saw him flick the ball back from the left byline to Ansell, whose scuffed shot from the edge of the six-yard box somehow bobbled past the keeper for his first Partisan goal.Half-Time, 4-2. The second half saw a Partisan debut for Donovan, coming on for Ripley at right back. Andress replaced Child, and Mellis replaced Finlay. More end-to-end stuff, which didn't say much for Partisan's play especially as Medics were clearly flagging. Still, Partisan were creating more chances, Mellis providing an aerial threat up front. With about 15 minutes to go we got a free kick just outside the area. With Clifford on the bench, James stepped up after some childish squabbling. What happened next has been the subject of some debate, but through a cloud of dust, the ball was seen to leave James' foot and shoot along the ground past the wall and into the bottom left corner. 5-2. That seemed to spark the Partisan hunger and brought perhaps the goal of the game. Ansell picked up a pass at half way and laid it on to Burgmans who set off on another blistering run. Ansell collected the return pass just outside the area, controlled well and hit a cross-shot past the onrushing keeper. 6-2 With the minutes ticking away, there was just time for one more goalat the other end! An awkward bounce in his own area and Donovan was unlucky to have it hit his hand. Medics converted the penalty first time. Final score: Partisan 6 Medics 3.