second Semi-Final was Janssen Portugal versus
JNJ High Wycombe B. Janssen Portugal came into
the game with 2 wins out of their last 3 games
and momentum building.
High Wycombe were the 2014 Cup Winners (their
A team) and the 2015 Plate winners (their B
team). JNJ High Wycombe had played in 4 JNJ
Euro Soccer Tournament Semi-Finals and won all
4 of them. In the Cup their A team had won 5-2
v Belgium A Team (Prague 2012), 4-1 and 3-1
v Serbia (Budapest 2013, Bratislava 2014) and
their B Team won 2-1 v GBS Reds in Prague 2015.
A fifth win would set-up a re-match with GBS
Reds in the Plate Final.
High Wycombe had history on their side and also
today's form. In the group phase they had 2
wins and 1 draw in the group phase compared
to Janssen Portugal's 1 win. JNJ High Wycombe
had scored 9 compared to Janssen Portugal's
5 in the group phase. Both teams had conceded
11 this morning.
the stats favoured JNJ High Wycombe there was
very little between the two teams on the pitch
– certainly in terms of the score. We reached
half-time level at 1-1. JNJ High Wycombe took
the lead through Alex Parkinson – his 8 th of
the day and 80% of his team's goals. Rodrigo
Martins was almost as valuable for his team
in terms of goals as he equalised to make it
1-1. It was Martins 4th of the day which accounted
for 50% of his team's total thus far.
the second half there was to be a winner – who
would be the hero? Step forward Tiago Santos.
He scored the winning goal for Janssen Portugal
that would ensure their team would continue
their participation in this tournament. For
JNJ High Wycombe it was an unusually early exit
this year. We are sure they will bounce back
stronger next year.