Tekkers Lovakia (Eng)




JNJ High Wycombe A (Eng)


After 35 games of football we came down to the most important of them all. Game 36 The 2014 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.

The sub-plot to the Cup Final this year was could JNJ High Wycombe get that monkey off their back and claim their maiden JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament title. They had appeared in every single Cup Final so far but had missed out on Golden Goal to JNJ Croatia in 2012 and to JNJ Russia A in 2013. Could this be third time lucky?

Their opponents, Tekkers Lovakia, would be hoping to cause a stir on debut by going all the way to claim victory and leave JNJ High Wycombe A as the bridesmaids for a third occasion. If we have a look at the two teams records today it reads;

Tekkers Lovakia: Played 6, won 5, drawn 1, lost none scoring 14 goals and conceding just 3.

JNJ High Wycombe A: Played 6, won 5, drawn 1, lost none scoring 23 goals and conceding just 3.

As you can see the two records are virtually identical but could that extra firepower and also experience of these Cup Finals give JNJ High Wycombe A the edge? The flip side is that Tekkers Lovakia were not scarred or burdened by past Cup Final defeats.

There was a cracking atmosphere pitch-side with all the other teams and spectators lining the touchlines and occupying the grandstand to watch these two teams in action. For most of the first half it was a game of chess with nothing really between the two teams and chances conspicuous by their absence. It looked like we would have a goal-less first half as the two defences were on top until Rob Buckland pulled a rabbit out of the hat. There seemed to be no danger for Tekkers Lovakia with Buckland out towards the left touchline a fair distance out but a quick turn and shot, perhaps unexpectedly, flashed across the penalty area and in off the far post. It was a great strike and nothing the Tekkers Lovakia goalkeeper could have done.

It was the one moment that separated the two teams in the first half. Early in the second half Rob Buckland scored again to make it 2-0 to JNJ High Wycombe A and they were seemingly cruising to victory.

Tekkers Lovakia were not ready to concede defeat as Josh Lynn reduced the deficit to 2-1 and set-up a thrilling finale. There was renewed confidence and spirit from Tekkers Lovakia and renewed concentration from JNJ High Wycombe A now their two goal cushion had been halved. Time was beginning to run out for Tekkers Lovakia but in the dying embers of the game a frantic scramble in the JNJ High Wycombe A penalty area threatened an equaliser but JNJ High Wycombe A managed to clear their lines and with that they had secured victory.

We offer our consolations to Tekkers Lovakia who came so close to glory at the first attempt. They collected Runners-Up medals in the presentation and who's to say they won't be winners medals at a future tournament.

The personal honours of the day went to Gaspar Arutyunov of JNJ Russia B with a haul of 10 goals on the day. He became the second Russian to win the title after Artem Khodas in Budapest 2013.

Our congratulations today though go to JNJ High Wycombe A worthy 2014 Euro Soccer Tournament Champions! We hope to see you all again at a tournament very soon.

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