we now had our semi-final line-up. Two Czech teams,
one English team and one Bulgarian team. The first
semi-final was between Goldsmith
Williams and Kehar
of these teams had lost a eurofootballfives.com
semi-final so that record would continue for one
team and bite the dust for the other. 12 months
ago these teams met in the group stages and Goldsmith
Williams won the game 4-1. That was a weaker Kehar
Club team on that occasion and given their performance
in Group B this year we expected a performance
to challenge the 2008 Prague Masters champions.
we expected didn't happen though. In a devastating
first half Goldsmith Williams dished out a 4-0
football lesson and we were on for a repeat of
the 2008 game. It was Craig Ralph who opened the
scoring for Goldsmith Williams before Chris Williams,
Michael Hughes and John Lowry all grabbed themselves
a slice of the goal pie. The second half started
as the first half did with another goal from Craig
Ralph. Kehar Club did spoil the clean sheet but
with a 5-1 victory and a place in the final secured
we are sure that Goldsmith Williams would not
be too worried about that (with the exception
of goalkeeper Gary Dean of course).
second semi-final was much closer and a much tighter
game. Lozenetz City
and SK Zelenec
could not be split in Group C when they met earlier
in the day finishing level at 3-3. In a fantastic
atmosphere on Pitch C most of the spectators around
the tournament glued themselves to the touchline
to watch this epic encounter unfold. This was
the noisiest game of the tournament with Bulgarian
airhorns going off and Czech cheerleaders spurring
their teams on.
action on the pitch was fierce, feisty and competitive.
We saw three goals in the first half all being
met with huge cheers. It was the Bulgarians who
took the teams into the break with a 2-1 advantage.
Alexander Kyulev and Bojidar Gorchev's goals outgunning
the solitary strike from Martin Zahumensky.
second half was every bit as competitive and getting
increasingly tense. As time ticked on with SK
Zelenec unable to find the equalizer and Lozenetz
unable to put the game to bed it was clear that
the next strike (if there was one) would be decisive.
As it was, there was to be another goal and it
came from Alois Sebek for SK Zelenec. Not long
after the referee blew up for full time and we
had Golden Goal extra time to look forward to.
Zelenec were competing in their third semi-final
and so far had failed to make it to the final.
This was a great opportunity for them. 12 months
ago they lost at this stage to Goldsmith Williams.
A win here would mean they would face them in
the 2009 final.
did not have to wait long for the Golden Goal
and after just a couple of minutes we saw one
team's substitutes and fans storm the pitch in
celebration. The nationality of those pitch invaders
were Bulgarian as Alexander Kyulev's second strike
of the game sealed it for Lozenetz City .