35 games of football we came down to the most
important of them all. Game 36 – The
2013 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament Cup Final.
With six games of football already under their
belt the two teams would need to summon one last
burst of energy to ensure they would be picking
up winners and not runners-up medals in the presentation.
were treated to a game that was worthy of a final.
The best thing about the final was that as the
two teams took to the field it was a 50/50 guess
on who would come out on top. Both teams had reached
the final showing a great deal of quality and
determination to reach this stage. Both teams
were unbeaten throughout the day so there really
was very little to choose. We don't think anyone
could deny we had the best two teams in the Cup
two teams did have a little bit of history as
JNJ High Wycombe defeated JNJ Russia A 3-1 in
the Cup Quarter-Finals in Prague last year. Would
we get a repeat or would JNJ Russia enact the
was a cracking atmosphere pitch-side with all
the other teams and spectators lining the touchlines
to watch these two teams in action. The first
big chance of the Final fell to Alex Woodger who
placed it narrowly wide when put through one-on-one
with the Russian goalkeeper. It was then the turn
of Andrey Sheremetyev to sting the palms of the
High Wycombe goalkeeper.
were then treated to the first goal of the game
as Artem Khodas slid in a cross from close range
timing his run to perfection to beat two High
Wycombe defenders and give the goalkeeper no chance.
JNJ High Wycombe A had fallen behind in their
last two games and recovered to claim victory.
They would need to do it a third time to claim
after the goal JNJ Russia enjoyed a period of
possession, slowing the game down and trying to
kill off their opposition but JNJ High Wycombe
were almost level when Alex Parkinson struck the
bar from distance. They were almost level but
then disaster for JNJ High Wycombe as their goalkeeper,
playing sweeper, misplaced a pass and Andrey Sheremetyev
stole in to win possession and slot home with
the goalkeeper out of position. 2-0 was a big
lead in a Cup Final like this.
High Wycombe were working their way back into
the game towards the end of the first half but
the Russians were coping well with everything
that was thrown at them – they had only conceded
one goal all day! JNJ Russia were almost out of
sight as they came close to making it 3-0 on stroke
of half time but Paul Lynch made a good save one
on one, with his legs, from Artem Khodas.
High Wycombe started the second half much the
quicker (as they needed to) but a sublime goal
from Artem Khosas (his 13th of the day) lobbed
over Paul Lynch looked to have clinched things.
If it wasn't all over at 3-0 then, at 4-0 shortly
after, it surely was. A good move on the right
was finished by Valery Shumov stroking the ball
into the net.
was hard work for JNJ High Wycombe to keep their
heads up and keep going especially when Vladimir
Doroshenkov wrapped things up at 5-0 and JNJ Russia
A were marching to the title. Chants of “Russ-i-a”
rang out from the sidelines.
offer our consolations to JNJ High Wycombe Warriors
who came so close to glory but had to settle for
2nd place again. 3rd time lucky next time out?
congratulations go to JNJ Russia A – worthy 2013
Euro Soccer Tournament Champions! We hope
to see you all again at a tournament very soon.