Old Aloysians host Croatian rivals in special match

St Aloysius Veterans hosted Croatian side NK Sracinec Veterani as part of the ongoing relationship b

St Aloysius Veterans hosted Croatian side NK Sracinec Veterani as part of the ongoing relationship between the north London school and the Druga Gymnasium Secondary from Croatia's Varazdin County - Credit: Archant

NK Sracinec Veterani visit Highgate school

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with visitors from NK Sracinec Veterani

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with visitors from NK Sracinec Veterani - Credit: Archant

The ongoing relationship between St Aloysius School and Druga Gymnasium Secondary school in Varazdin County, Croatia, led to a special match recently.

Old Aloysians Veterans hosted NK Sracinec Veterani at St Aloysius Playing Fields in Highgate, with most of the players aged between 40 and 60.

In what was a very evenly balanced game throughout, with good football played by both sides, Sracinec took the lead after 15 minutes when Elvis Plantak scored with a neat finish.

Plantak then set up Stjepan Smic after 25 minutes to make the score 2-0, which is how it stayed until half-time.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with visitors from NK Sracinec Veterani

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic with visitors from NK Sracinec Veterani - Credit: Archant


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In the second half Plantak, who in his younger years had played top-flight football in Croatia for Varteks Varazdin, added a third, but then Aloysius fought back with two goals in eight minutes.

Andy Bricktop got the first for the hosts, with an own goal cutting the gap to one, before Steficar Ivica sealed the match five minutes from time with a fine finish from the left to make it 4-2.

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The touring team then finished their trip off with a visit to compatriot Slaven Bilic at West Ham’s training ground the following day.

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