Plate Semi-Finals would see one English team come
up against three Czech teams to battle it for
the chance to lift the 2009 Prague Trophy Plate.
Pitch A we saw an all Czech encounter between
JNJ Global Services
and SK Zelenec.
JNJ Global Services were much improved since their
July Prague Masters performance where they failed
to win a game. Based on eurofootballfives.com
history you would make them underdogs but they
were arguably favourites in this tie against a
below par SK Zelenec.
Zelenec had 5 brand new players they were trying
to bed into their squad and they were yet to really
settle. This was unchartered territory for them
as they had previously made 3 Cup semi-finals.
In theory the Plate should be a doddle although
we weren't so sure. One nagging doubt maybe that
in those 3 previous semi-finals they had lost
all three although on each occasion to the eventual
winners including getting knocked out on golden
Zelenec were looking to put their semi-final jinx
behind them and they started well enough by gaining
an early advantage when Michal Novak scored the
goal to put them 1-0 ahead. It was a lead they
would retain until the half-time break. In the
second half 2009 Prague Masters top goalscorer
Jiri Jindra scored a decisive second goal for
SK Zelenec and their first final awaited them.
Vincent Solem bagged his fifth of the tournament
but it would not be enough for JNJ Global Services
and, sadly for them, their day was over. They
can be very proud of their days efforts although
captain Gordon MacIntosh was rueing what he described
as two ‘soft' goals and on another day the result
could have been different.
Seahawks were the only English team in
the Plate competition and were hot favourites
to lift the Plate. With the utmost respect to
their opposition, the biggest danger for the 2009
Krakow Trophy winners was the potential hangover
from the disappointment of not making it through
to the Cup competition. This semi-final would
be a test of character as well as ability for
would meet a DHL Prague
Red side who they met in the group stages
of the Krakow tournament. On that occasion they
made short work of their opponents in a 5-1 win.
DHL Prague Red had blown hot and cold today –
they were hot with two opening wins followed by
two disappointing defeats. They returned to winning
ways in their last group game against Harp Chancers
and would need that form and a bit more to cause
an upset in this semi-final.
remember that test of character we mentioned a
short while ago for the Seahawks? Well, they passed
it with flying colours. A closely fought first-half
was followed by a pulsating second half that saw
the Seahawks storm into the Plate final. Chris
Howard scored his first goals of the tournament
and was the chief marksman for the Seahawks as
he claimed a hat-trick. Ben Kent scored twice
and Tom Hallam also found the net. Rob Millan
scored for DHL Prague Red in the first half to
keep the game close for the opening period but
after that there was only one winner.
to DHL Prague Red who were carrying injuries (one
of those days for DHL Prague if you also consider
their Blue teams injury woes) but they will have
a chance to put things right in Barcelona next