Sunday, October 05, 2014


Indonesian Play Off Results

When I first started watching Indonesian football back in 2006 the first team that made an impression on me were Persik who of course went on to win the Liga Indonesia that season. And at the heart fof that thrilling team were the three amigos; Cristian Gonzales, Ronald Fagundez and Danilo Fernando.

And bugger me if they aren't still going strong, even in their 30s they are playing a pivotal role for their latest teams, Arema, Persis and Pusamania respectively.

Indonesia Super League Play Offs

Arema v Semen Padang 2-1 (Samsul Arif 2; Nur Iskander) 16,677

Ok so it may not have been Arema's biggest crowd of the season but let us not forget the last time these two sides met during the season proper at the Kanjuruhan Stadium, the visitors had triumphed 2-1 in front of 4,549. Good to see all the goals come from local lads...something that happens all too rarely these days anywhere.

Persipura v Persela 2-0 (Titus Bonai, Riky Kayame) 3,315

Can someone tell me why the Persipura fans are staying away this season? The Black Pearls put their AFC Cup debacle at home to Al Qaidsa, when they lost 6-0 at home, well and truly to bed as their started their ISL defence with a win over the only side to have beaten them during the season proper.

Divisi Utama Play Offs

Persis v Pusamania Borneo 1-1 (Andrid Wibowo; Arie Supriyatna) 11,487

Odd. After hiking the prices and telling fans to come early, the anticipated sell out never happened at the Manahan Stadium if you go by the official attendance. Those that did watch the game saw the home team fall behind in the opening minutes to Arie before Andrid equalised right on half time. After the game the visitor's bus was attacked by home fans for some reason best known to them.

PSIS v PSS 2-2 (Ronald Fagundez, Julio Cesar Alcorse; Kristian Adelmund, Anang Hadi Saputra) 12,325

Another big game in Central Java where the crowd surely fell short of what was anticipated(!). PSS were denied the opportunity of having a sizeable following after the home team decided they would not admit any visiting fans, fearing crowd trouble. In a word, or six, PSIS took the lead twice only for PSS to fight their way back twice. UPDATE - apparently a good number of PSS fans did go!

PSGC v Persiwa 2-0 (Morris Power, Arip Budiman) 11,213

While teams with stronger traditions like Arema, Persis and PSIS were perhaps let down at the gate yesterday, no such qualms for unheralded PSGC. Persiwa lost an away game. Are we surprised? Obviously not, their day will come when teams visit their compact Pendidikan Stadium.

PSCS v Martapura 2-2 (Julia Mardianus, Saeful Bahri; Ismail Marzuki, Isnan Ali)

With 11 minutes on the clock it seemed Martapura were cruising to a win in their opening game of the play offs but the home side rallied and pulled back two late goals to save a point for the home tea. Who had been losing. 2-0. At home.

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