Brno Sports Weekly Report — Zbrojovka Takes Major Step Forward
The stands were packed Tuesday night and the fans serenaded FC Zbrojovka after an important 2-0 victory. Photo credit: FC Zbrojovka.
Brno, May 8 (BD) — Lokomotiva returns home to host Plzeň on Saturday, Sígrs maintain local bragging rights, Brno Cricket Club plays home-opener this Saturday, and the Brno sports results and schedule.
Zbrojovka Beats FC Hradec Králové, Sokolov
In front of more than 4,000 people and a national television audience on Tuesday evening, FC Zbrojovka won a game it had to win in order to keep its hopes alive to return to the top league of football in the Czech Republic when it beat FC Hradec Králové, 2-0.
Peter Štepanovský scored both goals.
Zbrojovka needs to finish the Fortuna:Narodní Liga season in at least third place in order to have a chance to advance into the Fortuna:Liga next season; fourth place means a second year in the second league.
Zbrojovka (14-6-7, 48 points), which has won three games in a row with scores of 2-0, jumped over Hradec Králové (13-7-7, 46) and into third place. FK Ústí nad Labem (14-4 -8, 46) is lurking just behind with a game in hand.
The Hradec Králové game was a must win to save the season, and Zbrojovka took advantage of some fortuitous chances. Štepanovský got his first goal late in the first half when he ran after a ball that had drawn the goalkeeper out into the field; when the goalkeeper slipped and fell, Štepanovský had a step on a defender and tapped the ball into the goal.
Four minutes later, a Hradec Králové player was shown a red card and Zbrojovka would enjoy a man advantage through the second half.
In the 83rd minute, Štepanovský scored again. Strangely, a Hradec Králové player appeared injured, yet his teammates continued play over his prone body; when Zbrojovka gained control of the ball, they followed suit and did not stop play — and instead moved the ball to the goal and Štepanovský for the insurance goal.
On Saturday, Zbrojovka beat FK Baník Sokolov, 0-2, with goals from Michal Škoda at the end of the first half and Ondřej Pachlopník at the beginning of the second half. For Pachlopník, 19, it was his first score in four games (and first start) with the top squad in the Zbrojovka system.
Less than 10 days ago, Zbrojovka beat southern neighbor Znojmo, 2-0, to start the three-game winning streak.
Brno most likely needs to win its remaining three games in order to have a chance at promotion. The teams travels to eighth-place Vítkovice (9-7-10, 34) on Saturday, plays its final regular-season home game against 10th-place Třinec (8-6-12, 30) on May 18 and then finishes the regular-season at second-place Jihlava (16-5-5, 53) on May 25.
Lokomotiva Hosts Plzeň Saturday in Playout Bracket
FC Lokomotiva-Horní Heršpice will host FC Viktoria Plzeň this Saturday at 11 a.m. at its field in South Brno. Lokomotiva is in the lower bracket of the country’s top women’s football league. They were able to get a point last Sunday when they tied host FC Hradec Králové, 1-1.
The eight-team league split evenly into a Championship Bracket and a Playout Bracket after the first 14 rounds. Lokomotiva needs to survive the lower bracket in order to stay in the top league next season. Lokomotiva started play in the Playout Bracket with a 1-1 tie at FC Viktoria Plzeň.
Lokomotiva had a chance to reach the top flight of the restructured league, but they were unable to beat 1. FC Slovácko in the final game of the regular season. They lost in the final minute of the league’s most-attended game of the season.
Lokomotiva Juniors win Czech Cup
The second-team of the Lokomotiva-Horní Heršpice football club won the Czech Cup for their division when they beat Viktorie Plzeň, 5-1, last Wednesday.
Sígrs Hold off Late Alligators Charge
The Brno Sígrs beat the Brno Alligators in the first Battle of Brno, 22-35, on Friday.
Veteran quarter Tomáš Fortelný brought the Alligators (0-4) back into the game in the second half when he threw two touchdown passes, a 7-yarder to David Michálek midway through the third quarter and a 4-yarder to Jaroslav Doležal with 9:33 left in the game.
But the Sígrs (2-2) were able to nail down the game with a 6-yard run by Tyrone Clark with 5:21 left.
Fortelný also connected with Doležal for a 24-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Battle for Brno II will be Saturday, June 22, on the same field in Bystrc at 5 p.m.
Brno Cricket Opens Home Season Saturday
Brno Cricket Club beat the host Prague Barbarians Cricket Club on Saturday to even its record in the young T20 League season. Brno was 110-3, from 16 overs; Prague had gone 108-7 from 20 overs.
Brno will open its home season this Saturday against Vinohrady Cricket Club at 3 p.m.
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BRNO SPORTS RESULTS
Quick results for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the past week. Home team listed first (when applicable).
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
— Rugby: RC Dragon Brno 32, RC Slavia Praha 24
— Baseball: Draci Brno 5, Arrows Ostrava 2
Friday, May 3, 2019
— American Football: Brno Alligators X Brno Sígrs, 5 p.m.
— Baseball: Olympia Blansko 7, Technika Brno 6
— Baseball: Draci Brno 3, Kotlářka Praha 6
— Baseball: Eagles Praha 4, Cardion Hroši Brno 3
Saturday, May 4, 2019
— Men’s Football: Sokolov 0, Zbrojovka Brno 2
— Baseball (Game 1): Cardion Hroši Brno 2, Eagles Praha 1
— Baseball: Kotlářka Praha 2, Draci Brno 12
— Baseball: Technika Brno 8, Olympia Blansko 15
— Baseball (Game 2): Cardion Hroši Brno 1, Eagles Praha 9
— Rugby: RC Tatra Smíchov 15, RC Dragon Brno 8
Sunday, May 5, 2019
— Women’s Football: FC Hradec Králové 1, Lokomotiva Brno – Horní Heršpice 1
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
— Men’s Football: Zbrojovka Brno 2, Hradec Králové 0
BRNO SPORTS SCHEDULE
The schedule for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the next two weeks. All dates and times subject to change. Home team listed first (when applicable).
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
— Baseball: Arrows Ostrava X Draci Brno, 3 p.m.
Friday, May 10, 2019
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Třebíč Nuclears, 7 p.m.
— Baseball: Eagles Praha X Technika Brno, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
— Men’s Football: Vítkovice X Zbrojovka Brno, 5 p.m.
— Rugby: RC Dragon Brno X RC JIMI Vyškov, TBD
— Women’s Football: Lokomotiva Brno – Horní Heršpice X FC Viktoria Plzeň, 11 a.m.
— Baseball: Tempo Praha X Cardion Hroši Brno, 1 p.m.
— Baseball: Eagles Praha X Technika Brno, 1 p.m.
— Baseball: Třebíč Nuclears X Draci Brno, 2 p.m.
— Baseball: Tempo Praha X Cardion Hroši Brno, 4 p.m.
— Baseball: Technika Brno X Eagles Praha, 4 p.m.
— Cricket: Brno CC X Vinohrady CC, 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Třebíč Nuclears, 2 p.m.
— Baseball: Cardion Hroši Brno X Tempo Praha, 2 p.m.
— American Football: Aquaponik Ostrava Steelers X Brno Sígrs, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Arrows Ostrava, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
— Baseball: Cardion Hroši Brno X Draci Brno, 5 p.m.
Friday, May 17, 2019
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Cardion Hroši Brno, 7 p.m.
— Baseball: Arrows Ostrava X Technika Brno, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
— American Football: Brno Sígrs X Ústí nad Labem Blades, 3 p.m.
— Women’s Football: Lokomotiva Brno – Horní Heršpice X FK DUKLA Praha, 10:30 a.m.
— Baseball: Arrows Ostrava X Technika Brno, 2 p.m.
— Men’s Football: Zbrojovka Brno X Třinec, 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
— American Football: Brno Alligators X Aquaponik Ostrava Steelers, 2 p.m.
— Baseball: Technika Brno X Arrows Ostrava, 2 p.m.
— Cricket: Prague CC X Brno CC, 3 p.m.
Monday, May 20, 2019
— Baseball: Draci Brno X Cardion Hroši Brno, 7 p.m.
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