Saturday, July 22, 2006


Jakarta v Minahasa

As I type this the Jakarta players are slumped on the pitch in Gresik unable to digest what has happened. They have just drawn 0-0 with Minahasa and so failed to reach the semi finals of this years play offs.

In the play offs they scored just one goal in 270 minutes of football. Time and again on this site I have referred to their inability to convert chances and this weakness has caught them now. Big time.

Pasuruan Town beat Makassar 5-1 in the days other game. In contrast to Jakarta they rattled in 10 goals in their 3 games.

The terraces were deserted, I didn't see or hear much from the Jakmania while a few Surabaya fans who had made the short journey had to make do with watching the game instead of battling their hated rivals. Maybe the ones who didn't make the journey knew what was going to happen, better off staying home and watching it on TV.

They never looked like creating much in the final third, hopeful punts forward were swallowed up by a grateful keeper and defence while the slightest challenge saw the primadonnas rolling round in agony seeking to get their opponent punished.


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