Sunday, October 09, 2016


Perseru Late Show Earn Papuan Bragging Rights

Indonesia Soccer Championship

Perseru v Persipura 2-0 (Osas Marvelous, Petrus Towolom) 8,743

It needed two goals in the last five minutes for Perseru to claim the bragging rights in the Papua Derby as they continued their fine home record in the Indonesia Soccer Championship. They have now won eight of their 10 homes games this season and the only reason they are not running away with the title is because they are pants on the road.

They have just one away win to show for their long distance journeys, away to Persiba, but the rest of the time they struggle and they have become the latest version of Persiwa or PSPS; unstoppable at home but poor travellers. This is Indonesia so read into that what you will.

The return of Osas up front has helped ease the pressure on Gakou Amadou for goals. The Nigerian has scored wherever he has been and while he many not have been a fan favourite with Penang during his short stint in Malaysia he has been prolific elsewhere though interestingly the 29 year old Nigerian's resume reads like a roll call of footballing outposts (PSAP, Persepam, Persiram, Perseru) rather than more established big name clubs.

For Persipura this was most definitely a trip to forget. Win and they would have gone up to second in the table, an incredible turnaround from the slow start to the campaign they went through. It also ended an eight game unbeaten run which included conceded a single goal, against shot shy Persija remarkably, in seven.

Persipura, it has to be said, were deprived of inspirational skipper and striker Boas Solossa as he was called up by the national team ahead of their friendly against Vietnam later today. Somewhat surprisingly Angel Alfredo Vera went with Edward Wilson Junior and defender Paulin Bio on the bench and started with a couple of younger players up top, Yohanes Pahabol and Riky Kayame. But to blame the loss on the absent players would be lazy...both goals came while the more experienced Wilson and Bio were on the field.

For bth sides this will probably be seen as one off. Perseru must make the long journey to West Sumatra to take on Semen Padang, who boast a 100% home record, while the three time champions make the somewhat shorter hop to South Kalimantan to play Barito Putera who they defeated 5-4 earlier in the season.

Madura United v Persib 2-1 (Pablo Rodrigues, Eric Weeks Lewis; Kim Jeffrey Kurniawan) 13,000

With Arema losing away to Gresik United, the season's unlikely heroes Madura United took full points in a firey encounter in front of  a packed stadium to go four points clear at the top of the table. For all Madura's success this season just one of their players was called up by Alfred Riedl for the Vietnam friendly, keeper Hery Prasetyo so coach Gomes de Oliveria gave a start to Joko Ribowo.

Still, they are a team with some strength in depth these days after some astute recruitment and Madura started with new signing Ahmad Bustomi on the bench alongside Fellaini lookalike Ahmad Maulana Putra.

The home side took the lead halfway through the first half with Pablo Rodrigues scoring his 14th of the season. Persib's Kim Kurniawan, who went through a torrid time earlier in the season as fans turned on then coach Dejan Antonic and some of the players, pulled one goal back shortly after half time, his second in four away games.

Lewis restored the home team's lead on 55 minutes before rookie keeper Ribowo and Persib striker Sergio van Dijk were red carded after an unseemly incident shortly after the hour mark.

Persib's inconsistency continues. Despite boasting a fine squad they are struggling for goals, three in their last five games. Van Dijk has netted four since his return to West Java, the same as defender Vladimir Vujovic, and they are the top scorers! Samsul Arif has just two, Coach Djadjang was always going to get a longer honeymoon than Antonic, winning the ISL gives that little extra security, and the club may point out the ISC is not a regular competition.

But with the players at the club there is little doubt they are continuing to underperform and the table after all doesn't lie. They are 9th with eight wins and seven defeats.

Persela v Semen Padang 0-0 979 (Game played at Gajayana Stadium, Malang)

Indonesia Soccer Championship B Final 16

PSCS v Perssu 1-0 8,238
Kalteng Putra v PSS 1-3 2,105
Persita v Persepam 3-1 550

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