Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Ponaryo From the Halfway Line

David Beckham and that twat who used to play for Spurs are famous for scoring from the half way line in high profile games. Anders Limpar once managed it for Arsenal against Liverpool at Highbury but that was in the pre Premier League days and for many numpties doesn't count.

In fact it is the way of the world here to be as condescending as possible about local football whatever it may throw up. And last night it threw up a Ponaryo free kick from about 50 yards which had the Persiba keeper back pedalling to little avail.

The opportunism and bravado was enough to drag Persija back into a game they were losing against 10 men and probably offered coach Danurwindo a stay of execution from an axe that was being sharpened.

Musyafry had given the visitors a shock lead on 17' minutes, his seventh of the season, as a disjoined Persija shorn of defensive rock Pierre Njanka struggled at the back. Going forward Persija also offered little and despite hitting the post on a few occassions and forcing keeper Made Wirawan into some good saves they struggled to find any fluency.

Aris Nanto saw red just after the break but for 10 minutes or so it was difficult to believe the visitor's were down to 10 men.

Ponaryo's audacity spurred Persija androared on by a raucous but small crowd of just under 8,000 they laid siege to the Persiba goal, Aliyudin finally making it 2-1 on 76'.

It was a vital three points after three straight defeats but no o ne was convinced. Without Njanka at the back they looked jittery and even Abanda, normally so unflustered, looked ill at ease and uncomfortable.

Next up is PKT at home next Sunday and Danurwindo will be looking for some improvement. Whether it will be with Njanka remains to be seen.

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