Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Malang Kosin

A 45 minutes for Thai international Sinthaweechai Hathairatnakul to forget as he gifted home side Persema two goals in the opening 25 minutes.

With the Persema taking a hold of the midfield from the opening seconds it wasn't long before they were peppering the Persib goal with efforts from distance; a tactic that certainly paid dividends against champions Persipura.

It took nine minutes to take the lead. A hopeful cross eluded jumping Persib defenders, Jairon got the faintest of touches after the ball slipped under the keeper's body.

And things got worse halfway through the first half when Pepito got in front of Sinthaweechai and powered home a header from a corner.

Jairon made it 3-0 right on half time with a blistering effort from outside the box that left the keeper with no chance.

Second half was a non event. Persema sat back and said to Persib come on then, give it your best shot. They couldn't and eventually the home side could afford to substitute both goal scorers and goalkeeper as they comfortably saw out the rest of the game.

What of Persib? I feel sorry for the lads who made the long journey to Malang to follow their team because what they got in return was a nothing performance. Maung Bandung, as they are known, is a team packed with quality and indeed were one of my tips for the title.

Not on this showing. Quite how can a midfield boasting the likes of Ramdhani, Hariono and Atep not conjure up anything for Christian Gonzales is a mystery. And talking Enid Blyton what was Budi Sudarsono doing starting the game n the bench for, Airlangga being chosen to replace the suspended Hilton.

Second half they huffed and puffed but with little imagination or quality, Budi apart. It was defence against attack, like a training session, and Persema, lacking in stars they maybe, are a team packed with hard workers. When they put up the shutters it's gonna take someting special to open them again and Persib plainly lacked that.

Persema are now third five points behind city rivals and leaders Arema.

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