who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to
do battle were JNJ Russia and JNJ High Wycombe.
vintage rivalry would be renewed for the 11th
time. This fixture had been played in the JNJ
Euro Soccer Tournament more than any other pairing
of teams. It was the second time today they
would have played with JNJ Russia taking the
spoils 2-1 which was JNJ High Wycombe's only
defeat so far and the only game in which they
had conceded. JNJ Russia had history on their
side with 6 wins in the previous 10 meetings.
two teams played out a goal-less first half
but there was notable action to come in the
second half. Paul Lynch struck from the penalty
spot to go 1-0 up and then they hit the bar
which would have given JNJ Russia a mountain
to climb. As it was, the Russian team were still
very much in it. Andrey Sheremetyev claimed
a late equalizer with a powerful right foot
strike which Will Frempong got a hand to but
couldn't quite keep it out. It meant this semi-final
would need penalties to decide who would reach
the Cup Final.
Russia's Alexander Rimskiy would have the honour
of going first. He had 3 goals in today's tournament
but was unable to convert from 8 yards out.
He went for power and down the middle of the
goal but goalkeeper Will Frempong put up a strong
right arm to keep it out. It was advantage JNJ
English team's first penalty taker was Paul
Lynch who converted a penalty in normal time.
Anton Smirnov dived to his right but Paul Lynch
went the other way and it was 1-0 to High Wycombe.
The pressure was now on JNJ Russia as Sergey
Stupin stepped forward. He went to the goalkeeper's
bottom right and equalized at 1-1.
Mpofu was the second penalty taker for JNJ High
Wycombe. He struck it low towards the bottom
right hand corner but Anton Smirnov went the
right way and pushed the ball to safety. The
score remained 1-1 with both teams now having
taken 2 penalties. Denis Dezhin would be charged
with trying to put JNJ Russia in the lead. His
penalty went down the middle but with not enough
pace. As Frempong went to his left he was able
to stick out a right boot and make the save.
eyes were now on Tom Court. He went for power
as he struck it hard and low. Anton Smirnov
stayed on his line and saw the ball sail between
his legs as he couldn't adjust his feet in time.
The ball crashed into the back of the net and
JNJ High Wycombe were through.
tournament was now over for JNJ Russia and that
dream of a third title would have to be put
on ice until next year. Although I'm sure they
were disappointed they should be proud of their