Players:

Radek Simunek
Gerry Keaty Keyur Patel Colin Sablack Till Janzer
Doron Raviv Vitaly Klopot Bart Burgmans Jerry Lillard
Jaime Martinez Scoutos

Substitutes:

Scored goals:

  1. Vitaly Klopot
  2. Steve Hornback
  3. Scoutos

Report

On a beautiful day in late August Partisans opponent was a very capable side comprised of mostly Slovaks and perhaps some Czechs. The sun was shining which made it a bit hot for those of us with the thicker blood. The artificial surface added to the heat and slowed play as the ball tended to travel a good distance away from the pitch, when played out, due to poor design. Partisan fielded a squad with an interesting balance of youth and experience, and two players making their first official appearances for the Blues. To the Action. Play started back and forth with neither team asserting themselves or taking any real control of the game or the ball. The Slovaks were content to test the Partisan back four with long balls and runs. Keaty and Janzer both held firm, played good physical football, and kept the oppositions wingers at bay. K.P. stood out in his ability to track down and deal with difficult balls over the top. Sablack was the odd man out and played as if he hadnt seen a football for several months, misjudging balls in the air and trying to do too much when he did manage to control the ball. Partisan grabbed the advantage when Klopot controlled a bouncing ball at the top of the box and fired a fine bending shot into the upper-right corner. 1-0 to the good guys. Next blood came as Janzer separated his man from the ball, Sablack took over possession and launched a deep ball to Lillard on the left wing. After a long run, Lillard centered to have the rebound come to Child who one-timed a great finish into the bottom left of the net. It went into the half 2-0. Confidence was high at the half, as both teams had had chances, but Partisan were the only ones who were able to finish. The second half started with a bang as Scoutos called for a sub due to a boots-and-blisters problem. Hornback rushed onto the field just in time to run under a long ball from the back by K.P. With the keeper charging hard, Hornback managed, with one touch, to lob the Slovak net minder from 30 yards out. 3-0. Partisan were focusing on a clean sheet, but the Slovaks refused to go quietly, scoring three legitimate goals the first two from corners in a span of about 15 minutes. We need to work on set pieces. The score was level, but certainly could have been worse if not for several breakaways that were snuffed out by Simunek. Just as it seemed that Partisan had let a quality win slip away, we were awarded a penalty when Martinez was clearly taken down in the area. The official had no choice but to give the spot kick. Burgmans stepped up and hit it well towards the bottom left corner, but an excellent save from the Slovak keeper kept things even. Heads were down as Partisan were thinking that they were destined to draw, until excellent ball control and passing in the center by Burgmans set Klopot on a breakaway. A quality collision was overshadowed by an even higher-quality finish by the youngster, his second goal of the match and second big collision in as many minutes. With that goal Partisan were flying high and continued to attack. As time wound down, Lillard went flying down the left wing, beat a defender and served a great ball into the area. The keeper could only get fingertips on the ball, it landed at Scoutoss feet and he calmly touched it in. All-around, Partisan played well. Some brief lapses made it closer than necessary, but the competition was good and the match was exciting. Heres to this match sending Partisan on a long winning streak.