Saturday, December 19, 2009


Persebaya v Persik 0-1

I expected a firey affair between these two sides and boy was I not disappointed.

Somewhat against the run of play Persik took the lead near the end of the first half when Yongki Aribowo reacted first to Patricio Morales looping header coming off the cross bar. It was the young strikers third goal in two games since returning from Indonesia's disasterous SEA Games campaign.

Talking Yongki there seeemed to be a sub theme to this game as he was on the end of some rough old challenges from his SEA Games team mate Djayusman.

Persebaya came flying out the traps second half and for 20 minutes were literally camped inside the Persik half. Andi Odang, such a calm accomplished finisher, had the Persik keeper Herman Batak rolling in the Surabayan mud a few times as did substitute Andik Virmiansyah but it looked increasingly like Persik would hang on for a famous victory.

With Persik back pedalling so much striker Saktiawan Sinaga, a passenger for much of the game, was replaced by the combatitve Wawan and it took him just a few moments to have his white shirt covered in mud.

Some light relief when Batak went down for the thousandth time and was dragged off by Andik who doubles as a smurf in children's pantomimes.

Delight then for the hardy travelling support who know face a rough journey home. For Persebaya they look back on a game where they had the chances and dominated possession. That's four points from three home games and coach Danurwindo will be feeling pretty bloody nervous.

But it was great fun to watch!

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