Sunday, November 16, 2008


Saturday's Scores

Indonesian Super League

PSM v Persib 1-1 (Ahmad Amiruddin; Cabanas) 10,000

Copa Indonesia

PKT v Persiwa 1-1 (Debbah; Weeks) 2,000

The first round of ISL fixtures came to a close with Persib coming away from Makassar with a point that sees the Bandung side 5th but eight points behind the leaders Persipura. PSM have struggled of late and this score won't have done Malaysian coach Raja Isa any favours as the clud sit 11th. Yesterday they were without their prolific strikers Julio Lopez and Aldo Baretto and, if the rumours are true, both could be on their way when the transfer window opens next week.

In the Copa it was the Liberians who had the biggest say in a game that was scrappy to put it mildly. I'd never seen PKT's home stadium before! Mulawarman has everything you need in a top flight league. Smooth playing surface, quality flood lights. All the ingredients were there...except for quality football. I haven't seen much of Persiwa but what little I have I haven't enjoyed. Let's say they like to impose themselves and leave it at that shall we?

I will say this though for the Papuan side known as the Highlanders. They have some fabulously named players. Anybody named OK John has to be ok in my book. One of their goalkeepers is named Charles Woof while Ikfret Fransikus So is just sooo. And don't forget last season they had goalkeeper turned striker Sunday Seah!


Geylang United v Sengkang Punggol 1-2 (Winston Yap og; Zdravko Simic 7', Luis Eduardo Hicks 88') 1,103

Goals this season for Sengkang Punggol have been as rare as me buying a round in the Highlander down Clarke Quay but last night they finished the season with a flourish by scoring three and seeing them rise off the bottom of the SLeague ahead of Balestier Khalsa who have a game in hand.

The two that went in the right net means they finish the season with 13 from their 33 games, nearly one every three! The shot shy side from the north east had only once scored more than two in a game this season and that was in a 3-2 victory over Young Lions. Do the maths. Five goals in two games. Eight in 31! And five came from top scorer Simic.

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