Friday, April 25, 2014


Persela's First Away Win Sees Them Top Eastern Conference

Indonesia Super League

Persiba Balikpapan v Persela 0-2 (Addison Alves, Arif) 4,379

Persela's impressive start to the season continues with a fine win away at Persiba. The result sees them back on table of the table, three points clear of Mitra Kukar.

Persiba's loss keeps them in a relegation place and continues a poor run of form under coach Jaya Hartono. They have just one win this season and while they are just a point from safety their must be some concern at the club. Only Arema, Persija, Mitra Kukar, Persipura and Persiram have a better defence than the Honey Bears (!) but at the other end theu have just four goals from their seven games; by far the lowest return in the league.

Barito Putra v Persijap 4-1 (James Koko Lomell, Herman Abanda 2, Yongki Aribowo; Diva Tarkas) 4,232

It is difficult to see how Persijap are going to save their season. The losses are piling up, this was their seventh in ninth games.

For Barito Putra, this win sees them mid table and after a slow start themselves they are now slowly getting their act together. But then they have the quality to do so. A look at the names on the scoresheet shows that. Persijap lack that quality. They also lack money.


Young Lions v Warriors 2-3 (Muhaimin Suhaimi; Nicholas Velez 2, Marin Vidosevic)

Far be it for me to speak for coach Aide Iskander but you can't help but feel he was a tad proud last night as his players trooped off the pitch after another loss. Pride in defeat? Surely that ain't the Singapore way?

But I tell thee, with 66 minutes gone, Young Lions were losing 3-0 and the game was as good as over. But goals from Suhaimi, first on 76 minutes and then on 90 showed a mental strength in the development team that will please those on the bench and behind the scenes.

Warriors went top after the victory but maybe coach Alex Weaver will be concerned about those last 15 minutes. Before this game, the Warriors, it's still a daft name, had conceded six times in almost 800 minutes. Then, a bit like waiting for the number 51, loads come at once!

Harimau Muda v Houngang United 3-4 (Ramzi Sufian, Nurshamil Ghani 2; Nurhilmi Jasmi, Geison de Carvalho Moura, Diego Gama de Oliveria, Nakatake Shunsuke)

Another thrilling SLeague featuring one of the development sides! Hougang were made to fight all the way for this win, especially after ending the game with 10 men after Firman Hanif was red carded on 85 minutes.

The goals went some thing like this:


Harimau Muda stay bottom. They stay winless. They have conceded 29 goals in nine games and they have scored just eight in that time. But the way they kept fighting right to the end, as with their Singapore counterparts, will delight the coaching staff.

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