Sunday, November 22, 2009


Persik v Persiwa 3-0

Following their 5-4 defeat last week against Persebaya the Papuan side nicknamed the Highlanders made keeper Timothius Mote the scapegoat, dropping him and bringing in Gery Mandigir. But the spikey haired keeper was all at sea for the first 25 minutes and it was down to prro finishing that Persik only led by a goal to nil at half time. But by then Gery had already gone and Mote was back.

The Latin trio of Gonzales, Fernando and Fagundez mayhave gone but in their place have come the Batak triumitive of Saktiawan, Panggabean and Legimin. The Persik tradition of flowing attacking football has continued and at the heart, especially first half, was Khusnal Yuli who was given so much time and space down the Persiwa left he dictated much of the play and was at the heart of everything the White Tigers did.

Former Persijap player Amarildo Souza replaced Harianto and he effortlessy filled the yawning gap left by his Brazilian compatriot Fernando both in appetite for donuts and ease on the ball.

Saktiawan Sinaga was an unused substitute for Indonesia against Kuwait but after this performance perhaps coach Benny Dollo may take another look at the former PSMS striker. He tromented the Persiwa back line almost as much as Yuli, well deserving his hat trick.

What about Persiwa. To be fair they probably don't expect much when they go on the road just like teams going to Wamena expect little and get less. Persiwa finished second in last season's ISL because of their home record where they won all but one of their 17 games.

But their coach will be giving serious to the goalkeeping position. Mote's 30 minute horror show against Persebaya followed by Gery's nerves in the first half here will need to be addressed sharpish as will suicidal defending in and around his penalty area that gave away far too many free kicks

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