Monday, July 24, 2006


Are Malang v Kediri

After the fun and games yesterday in Batang where the Semarang game was postponed we finally have the final semi finalists.

Kediri didn’t really get out of second gear in coping with Are Malang with a sweetly struck goal a minute from time by their skipper Hariyanto. All too often this season I’ve seen players in this league blaze for glory when given time and space at the edge of the area. Perhaps they should watch this goal and see how Indonesians do have skill. The Malang defence failed to clear a driven cross and Hariyanto, seeing the spac open up, had the time and vision to keep his head down and drive straight for the far corner, the ball rising slowly but the speed alone left the Malang keeper clutching air.

Semarang won the other semi so along with Kediri they join Minahasa and Pasuruan Town in the semis. An interesting line up with possibly the neutral, whoever they maybe, edging for a Semarang v Kediri match up. We’ll see…

The Indonesian Cup kicks in tomorrow and we’ll have a look at that then.


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