Saturday, September 06, 2014


Indonesia Super League Final Day Action

Persita v Pelita Bandung Raya 1-3 (Kenji Adachihara; Bambang Pamungkas, TA Mushafri 2) 1,567

So it was PBR who secured the final play off place on offer and in the process consigning Persita to Divisi Utama for next season. Bambang had given them the lead with a penalty on 56 minutes but Kenji replied 12 minutes later. Former Persiba Balikpapan striker Mushafri hit twice in the last 14 minutes to set off ecstatic scenes among the PBR players and officials and the odd supporter they have.

Persija v Barito Putra 3-1 (Fabiano Beltrame 3, Ngurah Wahyu; Dedi Hartono) 22,774

In a bid to keep the TV stations happy, this game was played in the evening despite the fact Persija were, in theory, going head to head with PBR for a final play off spot. With PBR winning, this match up was a dead rubber, Persija knowing their season would end no matter what the result. How ironic that in a season when they have struggled for goals they should score three in their final game and that all three should come from defenders!

After the game elements of the Persija support went on the rampage which  no doubt will be looked down on with little affection by the authorities. This was the first season in a long time that most games were actually played in Jakarta...but crowd disturbances could see security officials reluctant to give permission for games to go ahead in the future.

Sriwijaya v Persib 2-3 (Syakir Sulaiman, Rizky Dwi Ramadhana; Tantan, Konate Makan, Atep) 2,148

Sriwijaya have been off colour all season. With perhaps the weakest squad they have possessed in the last few years, it was always going to be difficult for the team from South Sumatra to mount a sustained bid for the play offs and so it proved with their support having long since given up on them. They finished the season in 6th place but 11 points behind 5th placed Persija and it is going to take some tough love to revive their fortunes for next season.

For Persib, their legions of Bobotoh are now looking forward to their first play off spot since goodness knows when having finished second in the western division behind Arema. This was their fifth win on their travels, a record only bettered by Arema (7) and Persebaya (6) and they will look to the next stage full of confidence.

Persik v Gresik United 3-0 (Ngon Guy Bertrand, Syaiful Indra Cahaya, Rendi Irawan Saputra) 14,147

An East Java battle of the cellar dwellers saw Persik hold on to their ISL place after brushing aside Gresik at a passionate Brawijaya Stadium in Kediri. Their three points sees them finish in a heady 8th place, just ahead of Gresik in 9th.

Persijap v Arema 0-8 (Alberto Goncalves, Ahmad Bustomi, Cristian Gonzales, Sukadana Pratama, OG, Samsul Arif, Thierry Gatthusi, Ahmad Al Farizi) 4,742

I saw Persijap play PBR in the Inter Island Cup back at the start of the season but even though they drew 1-1 and had even taken the lead I mentioned back then they were an abject side. And so it has proved and this humiliation on the final day of the season puts the seal on an awful season.

Arema were roared on by some 3,000 fans who had made the 12 hour journey and they won't have enjoyed much easier away days.

1 - Arema 20 14 4 2 49-13 46
2 - Persib 20 12 5 3 42-20 41
3 - S Padang 20 11 5 4 30-17 38
4 - Pelita BR 20 10 5 5 30-21 35

5 - Persija 20 9 7 4 27-15 34
6 - Sriwijaya 20 6 5 9 22-29 23
7 - Barito Putra 20 6 4 10 23-31 22
8 - Persik 20 6 3 11 29-36 21
9 - Gresik United 20 4 9 7 20-32 21

10 - Persita 20 4 3 13 21-35 15
11 - Persijap 20 2 2 16 11-55 8

Persela v Perseru 1-3 (Roman Golian; JP Boumsong, Ali Kaddafi, Arthur Bonai) 9,703

Persela made it through to the play offs but they made their fans sweat for it as Perseru raced into an improbable three goal lead inside 21 minutes. It was Persela's first home defeat of the season and came just days after they had inflicted Persipura's first defeat of the season but the win confirmed Perseru in the top flight for next season and that was probably what it was all about.

Persiba Bantul v Persiba Balikpapan 3-2 (Ugik Sugianto 2, Sunni Hizbullah; Ansou Toure 2) 502

The hosts clawed back some modicum of self respect as they came from behind to defeat a Balikpapan side who had an outside chance of claiming a top four spot but they fought  back well to claim the points. A shame their fans had long since deserted them! Nine yellow cards kept the ref busy!

Putra Samarinda v Persebaya 0-0 4,144

A rare goalless for Persebaya but they finish top of the eastern division!

Mitra Kukar v PSM 2-1 (Reinaldo Lobo, Herman Dzumafo; Bah Mamadou) 1,530

Hosts Mitra Kukar came from behind to defeat a plucky PSM in front a sparse crowd. It was PSM's second successive loss in East Kalimantan and the second successive game when their keeper Markus Horison picked up a booking.

Persepam MU v Persipura 1-2 (Eduard Valuta; Yohannes Pahabol, Robertinho) 4,013

This loss and that unexpected three points for Perseru consigned Persepam to Divisi Utama for next season. Robertinho's last minute winner confirmed second place for the champions.

1 - Persebaya 20 14 4 2 47-13 32
2 - Persipura 20 10 9 1 29-15 39
3 - Mitra Kukar 20 11 4 5 34-18 37
4 - Persela 20 8 4 8 28-33 28

5 - Persiba BPN 20 7 4 9 21-28 25
6 - Pusam 20 6 7 7 29-22 25
7 - PSM 20 7 4 9 22-26 25
8 - Perseru 20 6 5 9 21-29 23
9 - Persiram 20 6 5 9 17-21

10 - Persepam 20 6 5 9 28-35 23
11 - Persiba BTL 20 2 3 15 17-53

Top Scorers

22 - Emmanuel Kenmogne (Persebaya)
14 - Greg Nwokolo (Persebaya)
10 - Samsul Arif, Cristian Gonzales (Arema), Guy Bertrand (Persik), Esteban (S Padang), Ilija Spasojevic (Pusam)

Play Offs

Arema, Persipura, Semen Padang, Persela
Persebaya, Persib, Mitra Kukar, Pelita Bandung Raya

Cynics are already predicting a Persebaya v Arema final! If that happens, will the Bonek return or will they continue to boycott their games? Anyway, a schedule will be released on Sunday,which is tomorrow, The semi finals will see the champions in one group meet the runners up of the other.

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