Monday, November 23, 2009


Persebaya v Persipura 0-1

Brave Persebaya, hard done by with injuries, made champions Persipura battle for three points in front of a typically passionate Surabaya crowd last night.

It took Bhio Paulie's header and the underside of the crossbar 16 minutes from the end to defeat the home team who went close on a number of times, forcing veteran keeper Jendri Pintoy into a number of desperate saves.

Missing the likes of Claude Parfait Ngon A Djam, Korinus Fingkrew, Ma'aruf and Wijay Persebaya, inspired by John Tarkpor at the heart of the midfield took the game to the champions with a somewhat feather lite strike force of Andi Odang and the diminuitive Andik Virmansyah.

Twice in the first half Tarkpor asked questions of Pitoy from distance and twice Pitoy responded well enough.

Without Boaz Solossa and Ricardo Salempessy Persipura were themselves short of the first choice options leaving Brazilian striker Alberto Goncalves pretty much on his own up top where he allowed his frustrations to boil over on a couple of occassions after challenges from Takashoti Uchiba and Josh Maguire.

Persipura's attacking threat, so potent last season, was limited to Goncalves through the middle though Ian Louis Kabes and Erol Iba provided some support down the flanks and Eduard Ivakdalam was his usual imperious self, strolling round the midfield like some medieval monarch surveying his kingdom.

Persipura's first win of the season maybe but I get the feeling both coaches would have gone away happy. Jacksen F Tiago with the three points and Danurwindo with the fight shown by some of his fringe players who so nearly took it to the champions.

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