Partizan boss Gordan Petric opted to field line-up full of young talent for a third friendly of Belek winter preps.
Youngsters Gocmanac, Subotic, Ilic, Stjepanovic, Jevremovic, Jovic and Bazdar joined more experienced Sehovic, Belic, Pantic and Diabate for this one.
Partizan goals in a two-all draw against Mladost were scored by 19-year old defender Mihajlo Ilic and 18-year old winger Janko Jevremovic. IN the second half, Petric introduced more youngsters – Vanja Vlahovic, Djordje Petrovic and Mihajlo Petkovic, along seasoned midfielder Milos Jojic who is a free agent now and close to returning to his home club.
Unfortunately, Petkovic received a knock early in the second half and had to leave the field with Partizan left with no subs available.
We wish Petkovic a quick recovery and we talked to Mihajlo Ilic after the game.
“It was a great honour for me to score my first goal for the club I love, that`s best feeling you can get besides debut for Partizan. This was a demanding game for all of us, especially in the second half when we were a player short but we managed an equalizer still. Due to Petkovic`s injury, we were forced to improvise at the back with Vlahovic and Petrovic helping us out”, said Ilic.
What Partizan kids need to get to the senior competitive level?
“Well, probably a bit of confidence and experience we still lack a bit but we have older players to help us there. We are gradually getting used to this and preparing for the next step forward. This goal is definitely a motivation for me to keep it going”, said Ilic.
Youngster Janko Jevremovic equalized for Partizan 15 mins from time.
“Second half was much harder as Petkovic picked up an injury early on so we were a player short for the remainder of the game. We ran a lot, fought back, did our best and the equalizer is the reward we deserved to get. But, it was really hard to go through the match full of pace player short”, said 18-year old Jevremovic.
Early info on Petkovic suggests his injury is a minor one.