Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Week 11 - Madura Hit Six But Reinaldo Penalty Keeps PSM Top

Madura United v Semen Padang 6-0 (Peter Odemwingie 3, Greg Nwokolo 2, Bayu Gatra) 4,180

Madura United are finding their shooting boots. This thrashing of Semen Padang put them top of Liga 1 for a week before PSM played and sent out a warning shot for the rest of the league. Admittedly their recent run of fixtures hasn't been too much of a stretch, four out of five at home, but they have won them all and scored 15 goals in the process. To Odemwingie the headlines, he now has nine goals for the season, but to Slamet Nurcahyo the praise as he had a hand in four of the goals.

Persela v Persipura 0-1 (Addison Alves) 12,536

Respect to Persela fans who turn up consistently game after game no matter how the team fares. Addison returning to his old team scored the only goal and responded by not celebrating. The perfect response to back to back defeats by the Black Pearls who continue to search for a coach after losing Liestadi.

Mitra Kukar v Gresik United 3-1 (Bayu Pradana, Mohammad Sissoko, Marclei; Patrick da Silva) 1,929

Persija v Sriwijaya 1-0 (Willian Pacheco) Behind closed doors

Four wins on the bounce for Persija, five clean sheets. Shame no fans were there to see their latest triumph and it remains to be seen where the club will play future home games. Kudos to coach Teco for turning things around, perhaps in future fans need to show some patience instead of demanding change after a couple of results don't go their way?

Arema v Bali United 2-0 (Cristian Gonzales 2) 11,430

Weren't Bali United second a couple of weeks back? Two losses and they are back in the bottom half of the table!

Perseru v PS TNI 0-1 (Sansan Husaeni) 239

After much humming and haring this game was finally played in Cibinong with Husaeni hitting his third goal of the season to secure a narrow victory for the away side. Playing at home.  Four losses in their last five games for the Papuan side. Perhaps had they invested in their stadium and its lights they would not have been forced to play home games in Java?

Barito Putera v Persib 1-0 (Matias Cordoba) 9,124

Another away game, another loss for Persib who have  now gone 360 minutes without scoring on their travels. The sooner a decision can be made about coach Djanur's future the better. Carlton Cole came on as a 14th minute substitute for Sergio van Dijk.

Persiba v Bhayangkara 1-2 (Dikir Kohn Glay; Guy Junior, Ilham Uddin Armaiyn) 4,520

Sometimes you just know who is going to win a game. I had this down as a nailed on home win as Persiba, for whatever reason, rarely lose competitive home games in Balikpapan. This year though Persiba are hapless. Short on cash they have a squad that is high on promise but low on quality and 11 games in have just one win to show for their efforts and remain rooted at the bottom of Liga 1. They have a spanking new stadium waiting but it could be hosting Liga 2 action if things don't improve.

But credit to Bhayangkara. They climbed to third after this, their third win on the road this season. Ilham Uddin scored his fourth goal of the season, an impressive start for the youngster.

PSM v Borneo 1-0 (Reinaldo) 13,975

A controversial penalty in the second half helped PSM return to the top of the table.

1 - PSM Makassar 11 7 2 2 18-9 23
2 - Madura United 11 6 4 1 22-9 22
3 - Bhayangkara    11 7 0 4 17-15 21
4 - Persipura          11 6 1 4 15-15 19

9 - Peter Odemwingie (Madura United)
7 - Ivan Carlos (Persela), Reinaldo (PSM), Lerby Eliandry (Borneo)

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