Friday, January 29, 2010


Pro Duta v Persis Solo 3-2

Good game this. End to end stuff and had Persis' strikers proved a bit cannier on the last defender they could have taken the points. Instead, nothing.

They took the lead through the experienced Nova Zaenal from about 30 yards but Tarik El Jalaby, the most influential player on the field, equalised right on half time.

Ferry put the visitors back in the lead but then Morris Power, um, powered home a header from six yards, to draw Pro Duta level.

Eka Sartiko secured the three points with a tap home from a few inches after the Persis defence decided clearing the ball was too much trouble.

Calling this a local derby is like saying MK Dons v Northampton is a local derby. In this case Pro Duta are the club on the move, playing in Sleman, just outside Yogyakarta, after moving from Bandung.

Persis Solo, from Central Java, are one of the oldest teams in the country but have been out of the top flight for a while now. But small details like that haven't stopped them pulling the crowds with one game in December getting something like 25,000 and this afternoon perhaps 1,500 followed their team.

Their fans are known as Pasoepati and their well designed website, all Indonesian, can be found here.

There is a quiet boom going on in Indonesian football these days and now the Premier League not only has its own sponsor; games are being shown live. What, you think I went all that way just for a game? In this weather?

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