England fielded two different teams in the friendly against Czech Republic at Carshalton FC as they continued their revolution under the new management structure.
The scheduled matches were expected to be a strong challenge against one of the top Minifootball Countries in Europe. The England Management say they are very pleased with how well the squad is starting to take shape.
And now they are looking forward to their next friendly against Wales on 15th May at Hendon FC.
England Red 2 v 2 Czech Republic (1:1)
Czech Republic enjoy the early share of possession and tested the England defence with a high tempo passing game. England slowly found their feet and began to create changes and openings with their set play moves and combination plays.
The home side took lead mid-way through the first half when an excellent through ball by Rob Ursell found the impressive debutant Sam Murphy who drilled the ball pass the Czech goalkeeper with a cool right foot finish.
After falling behind the Czech team again started to control the game and after hitting the post equalised with a close finish after some good exchanges by Michal Macek.
The second half saw the Czech Republic continue to test the England defence and some good short/ one touch passing and saw the Czechs move into a 2-1 lead with a good finish from set piece by Lukáš Haspra after Robin Demeter´ pass. The goal helped England as they then had their best spell of the game and created good openings, one of these was converted by James McCluskey when England broke forward with a three v two situation.
Both teams continued to create chances in this entertaining match but neither team could convert their chances.
Goals: 7. Cousins, 24. McCluskey - 10. Macek (Vobořil), 20. Haspra (Demeter)
Adam Smith, Rob Ursell, Charlie Kuehn (C) , George Isaac, James McCluskey, Dean Withers, Saman Kanani, Adam Birchall, Sam Murphy.
England White 2 v 3 Czech Republic
England started the second match very strongly and continued to adapt to their new style and tactics. England’s hard work and style paid off as they took a half time 1-0 lead after scoring on 15 mins with a great finish from Bilal Butt.
The first period of the second half was very even with both teams creating good chances, but both Goalkeepers made good saves. England increased their lead on 32 minutes when good team pressing enabled Mussa Bham to break away and slot the ball into an empty net.
With the score now 2-0 to England the Czech Republic raised their game and scored two goals in a two minute by Cenek and Gőth period going into the final period of the game, their 2nd goal coming from a quick corner.
There was disappointment for England as they conceded a goal with the last kick of the match to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win. Jakub Gőth with his two late goals decided this tight game.
Goals: 16. Butt, 32. Bham - 44. Cenek (Doubravský), 46. Gőth (Demeter), 50+1. Gőth (Polák)