Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 57179 to Peppard Park
. Urban Stefansson
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Vladimír Holan
and Cavit Özdoruk
Ellesmere decided to use a 4-5-1 set up.
Lineup: Frade - Howe, Falcato, Di Pinto, McPartlin - 有耀 (Youyao), Echebeste, Vikaryuk, Battisti, Tulath - Kožený.
Peaks started off with a 4-5-1 lineup.
The following players took the field: Heaton - O'Dowd, Spivey, Kabaev, Keohane - Dale, Kearsey, Mullally, Laviosa, Duru - Chi Siong.
Underestimation of the opposition made Ellesmere players perform way below their normal capacity.
Pressing was the tactic of the day for Peaks.
The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 12 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from P. Battisti
, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing.
The pressing tactics used by Peaks were successful as the ball remained close to the half way line at all times.
S. Di Pinto
had a fantastic opportunity to put Ellesmere up another goal 34 minutes into the match, but he fired just over the crossbar.
Halftime score was 1 - 0.
Possession in this half belonged to Ellesmere, who controlled the ball 69 percent of the time.
During the break, Ellesmere have had a conversation about the risk of taking this win for granted. At least some of the players should have taken this to heart as the referee signals the start of the second half.
was called on to replace Peaks's J. Laviosa
after 78 minutes following a nasty collision.
Cheers filled the stadium as R. Kožený
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 2 - 0 to Ellesmere.
80 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as P. Battisti
broke through, making the score 3 - 0 for Ellesmere.
Ellesmere solidified their lead at the 82 minute mark, as P. Battisti
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 4 - 0.
This third goal completed a hattrick for P. Battisti
The players of Ellesmere now seemed to think the job was done and acted more defensively, just waiting for the ref to blow the final whistle.
Ellesmere had most of the ball, with 72 percent of possession.
Ellesmere's best player was R. Kožený
was a disappointment, however.
Most important Peaks player was Z. Chi Siong
On the other hand, P. Duru
's play was disheartening.
The match ends 4 - 0.