2009 Prague Trophy bore witness to two cracking
semi-finals. First up was Group A winners El Studs
against a very strong Dogshead FC.
Studs were making their eurofootballfives.com
debut and had cruised to four wins and a draw
in the group phase. Dogshead
FC would be a huge challenge to this unbeaten
run. Having just come off a momumental 7-0 victory
against SK Zelenec they would be bang up for this.
their last knock-out phase appearance they were
knocked out in the quarter-finals back in 2007
when they were hot favourites. They were determined
not to make the same mistakes again and so it
showed as Adam Denovan gave them an early lead.
El Studs had only been behind once before in this
tournament and on that occasion they bounced back
from a 1-0 deficit to draw level with Kehar Club.
If they were going to comeback this time they
would need to do it from 2-0 down when Daniel
House made it 2-0. Before the break it was 3-0
from Luke Brammer and you could be forgiven for
thinking it was game over and El Studs tournament
was trickling away.
Spencer had other ideas though and brought the
game back to 3-1 in the second half. Most of the
play was coming from El Studs and if there was
to be a fifth goal you would expect it to come
from them. If they could have got back to 3-2
then anything could happen and you could tell
El Studs were right back in this. A rather calm
Dogshead FC were getting more and more vocal as
they knew this game was not quite put to bed yet.
The fifth goal of the game was to be the decider
as it ended El Studs hopes of a comeback. 4-1
then became 5-1 as both teams realized the game
was over. Daniel House scoring two more to complete
Studs will probably feel hard done by with the
size of the scoreline but Dogshead FC were the
better team over the whole game and merited their
place in the final.
would meet Dogshead FC in the final? That honour
would be contested by Atlantic
Star and Kehar Club. Kehar
Club were looking for their second successive
Prague Trophy final having come a close runner-up
12 months ago when they missed out on the tournament
win in golden goal injury time. They were a much
changed line-up from then and given the form in
the group phase would have to concede this game's
favourite tag to Atlantic Star.
Star were much fancied to make the final and so
it came as a surprise when they went 1-0 down
to a Jaroslav Cernoch strike. The goal enabled
Kehar Club to sit back and defend and force Atlantic
Star to come at them. For long spells Kehar Club
blunted Atlantic Star's attack and frustrated
the English team. Atlantic Star had made comebacks
before today most notably against their potential
opponents in the final. They would need to comeback
in this game first if they were to realise the
ambition of their first final. Comeback they did
and before half time they leveled things up thanks
to Adam Whittaker.
second half kicked off with the teams level at
1-1. It was déjà vu in the second
half as Kehar Club regained the lead. It was a
free kick this time from Martin Prchal to put
the Czech team in pole position. The 2-1 lead
meant it was park the bus time for Kehar Club
again. The news was spreading over the Satalice
complex that an upset was on the cards and even
those watching the El Studs v Dogshead FC semi-final
could tell something was up across the park. You
could glance across and it was Atlantic Star who
were frantically chasing after the ball on throw-ins,
goal kicks etc to get the ball back in play. They
huffed and puffed but alas could not blow down
the Kehar Club door. When the referee blew the
final whistle Atlantic Star were as shocked as
anyone that they were out.
to Kehar Club through who had pulled it out the
bag and would go on to compete in their 3 rd eurofootballfives.com
to Atlantic Star who had shown signs that they
certainly have a tournament victory in them.