A was rocked by news of the last-minute withdrawal
of defending champions AFK Druhaci. The
2007 Prague Trophy champions had to pull out due
to their goalkeeper breaking his leg two days
before the tournament and then a bout of illness
across the rest of the squad depleting their numbers.
A kicked off the days proceedings in the morning
mist with the opening pairings of The
Chosen Ones and Atlantic
Star - both teams making their eurofootballfives.com
debut. The first goal of the day was scored by
Jake Cooper to give The Chosen Ones the lead early
on. Atlantic Star were not to be put off by this
though as first of all Graham McAnally put them
back on level terms before Daley Croston go ahead
2-1. Momentum was with Atlantic Star now but The
Chosen Ones scored the fourth and crucial goal
of the game to peg them back. The vital equaliser
scored by Tommy Selfe. The final score of 2-2
meant one point each and a solid start to their
Group A campaign.
up was the all Czech encounter between KBV
and SK Zelenec.
KBV were also making their eurofootballfives.com
whilst SK Zelenec were looking to build upon their
Cup semi-final appearance in the 2008 Prague Masters
earlier in the season. SK Zelenec's eurofootballfives.com
record before the game read 3 wins, 1 draw and
2 defeats. They were to make this 4 wins out of
7 in this fixture as they ran out 4-2 winners
in a closely contested fixture. KBV unfortunately
tasting defeat in their first game but the consolation
for them was Michal Predikant and Miroslav Beneda
getting on the scoresheet.
went into their second game looking for their
first points. They came up against The
Chosen Ones who were looking to build upon
their first round draw. When the referee blew
the whistle for full time the teams could not
be split. Michal Predikant added to his tally
with another two goals while Jiri Kouba opened
his account with the Czech side's third goal.
The Chosen Ones were proving hard to beat and
goals from Josh Huggett, Michael Parker and Jake
Cooper (his second in as many games) earned another
point for The Chosen Ones. A solid platform to
kick-on in their final game.
Zelenec went into their second fixture
topping the group and knowing that a second victory
would ensure safe passage into the Cup competition.
Standing in their way were Atlantic
Star. The English team created chances
but could not convert them whilst SK Zelenec capitalised
at the other end to take all three points running
out 2-0 winners.
two wins out of two, SK
Zelenec entered their final game with the
pressure off knowing they were safely through.
With the pressure off their game became much more
expansive and The Chosen
Ones met the full force of the Czech's
fluid football. While Josh Huggett scored for
the English team it proved to be a mere consolation
as SK Zelenec completed a 6-1 victory.
final game of Group A saw KBV
entertain Atlantic Star.
Both teams were on one point so a win for either
side would guarantee Cup qualification. A draw
would mean both teams, together with The Chosen
Ones, would all finish on two points - with KBV
going through courtesy of their better goal difference
in each team's game against SK Zelenec. This afforded
KBV the luxury of knowing they just needed to
avoid defeat to go through. As it turned out they
went one better than avoiding defeat by turning
over Atlantic Star 2-1 in another close game.
Michal Predikant and Miroslav Beneda scored their
4th and 2nd goals of the tournament for KBV while
Ryan McCairm opened his account for Atlantic Star.
to SK Zelenec and KBV who qualify for the Cup.
Atlantic Star and The Chosen Ones would enter
the Plate competition for their shot at silverware
in the afternoon session.