Sunday, April 13, 2014


Results 11-12/04

Indonesia Super League

Persijap v Semen Padang 1-2 (Claudio Sobrinho; Esteban, Hendra Adi Bayaw) 3,500

Patience it seems is in short supply in Jepara, Central Java. As the ISL returned after a break for the election, Persijap showed no signs of returning to winning ways, going 2-0 against the visitors in half an hour.

The defeat is Persijap's fifth of the campaign and leaves them just one place off the relegation places.

Interestingly, coach Raja Isa wasn't at the game. He was back in Malaysia. After the game some Persijap fans called for Isa to be replaced.

The three points for Semen Padang sees them move up to third in the ISL, level on points with Persib who meet Arema today in a top of the table clash at Jalak Harupat Stadium, Soreang.


Geylang International v Hougang United 3-2 (Felice Ezequiel 2, OG; Geison Carvalho, Fairoz Hasan)

Geylang's revival under new coach Jorg Steinbrunner gathered apace with this remarkable result against fancied Hougang.

With 10 minutes on the clock and trailing 2-0, the Eagles fought back to win the game 3-2 in a pulsating climax that also saw Felice and skipper M Ridwan yellow carded.

It's funny you, there are still people out there willing to stay up all hours to watch pretty poor Arsenal and Manchester United fans play mediocre still who won't accept there is good football in their own backyard.

Don't forget, it was only a few days ago Hougang inflicted champions Tampines first defeat of the season.

DPMM v Harimau Muda 5-0 (Azwan Rahman, Sairol Sahari, Roy O'Donovan 2, Rodrigo Tosi)

Brunei's DPMM moved to the top of Singapore's SLeague after effortlessly brushing aside Malaysia's Harimau Muda.

That's 11 goals in the last two games for Steve Kean's team as they steamrollered first Young Lions and now Malaysia's own development side leaving both of them rooted firmly at the bottom of the table.

Getting thrashed big time is of course par for the course for young players and is one reason why these teams exist. What the coaches will focus on is less the result and more how the young players react to the result. That is what will ultimately sort the wheat from the chaff.

Of course it is also possible for a team filled with internationals boasting more than 500 caps coached by a manager with 30 years experience to get thrashed eh Arsenal?!

11 - Young Lions 7 0 01 6 8-21 1
12 - Harimau Muda 7 0 0 7 3-22 0

Malaysia Super League

Johor Darul Takzim v PKNS 1-0
Terengganu v Sarawak 1-2
LionsXII v Sime Darby 0-1
Pahang v T Team 2-0
Selangor v Perak 1-0
ATM v Kelantan 0-2

1 - Pahang 12 8 1 3 22-11 25
2 - Selangor 12 7 3 2 16-11 24
3 - Terengganu 11 6 2 3 17-9 20
4 - Kelantan 12 6 2 4 17-12 20

With all the upheaval going on at JDT you can imagine the sigh of relief that greeted their narrow win over PKNS. Still, for all the investment in the Southern Tigers, five wins from their opening 12 games is being seen as a poor return...perhaps one day someone will realise aging big name players on big salaries may not always what they are cracked up to be!

A shock for champions LionsXII, going down at home to Sime Darby. They sit one place and one point behind JDT and retaining their title is going to be a big ask for coach Fandi Ahmad and his team.

Before the game, Fandhi had said the next four games were vitally important...

Another defeat for Perak crowned a pretty poor week after they were also docked a point by the FAM for playing an illegible player.

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