ENGLAND 7 – 1 Czech Republic
(Faraquharson, Temple, Clarke 2, Day 3)
England opened up there Superfinal campaign with a dominant display against the Czech Republic!
Farquharson opened the scoring early on in the first period, after out muscling the defender, to coolly slot the ball home. England looked solid at the back, Humm commanded his area, with Bowes and Lawson using there physical statures to break down any signs of a Czech Republic attack. Day proved to be a constant threat, coming close with a number of chances, with Clarke turning on the style, producing an acrobatic bicycle kick, which left the Czech Republic keeper with no chance. England and Day’s persistence paid off in the latter stages of the 1st period, with Day scoring the worlds lowest header! Going into the 2nd period, England led 3-0.
With their 3 goal lead, England showed their defensive discipline, holding off the Czech Republic until midway through the second period; a slight lapse in concentration which allowed the Czech team to rescue a goal back. An immediate reply from the lions, shattered any hopes of a Czech Republic comeback, with Day once again skipping past a defender, putting the ball top left. Jackson showed his maturity in goal, producing several saves and a few long range efforts which just dipped wide. A quieter period from England going forward, proved to be no downfall, as a strong defensive shape took them into the final period, with their 3 goal cushion still in tact, they led 4-1 going into the final period.
It didn’t take long for the Lions to find the back of the net in the final period, with a brilliant solo goal from Captain Clarke, comfortably flicking the ball up and slotting the ball under the keeper. England’s possession game and defensive shape was proving too much for the Czech Republic, who couldn’t break the lions down. A handball in the middle of the pitch, proved a great opportunity for Day to score his third of the game, as he stepped up to drill the ball home. England capped off their superior performance, with a brilliant team goal, which saw Temple link up with Clarke, for England’s 7th and final goal of the game! Strong displays from O’Rourke and O’Neil helped see out England’s first win of the EBSL.
Next up for England, is Azerbaijan, 10.30am, live on http://livestream.com/bsww/ebslsuperfinal2016