Monday, April 13, 2015


Gresik United Suprise Early Leaders

Barito Putera v Gresik United 0-1 (Herman Dzumafo) 10,513

It's all kind of meaningless at the moment and the enforced interruption to the league will probably break their momentum but it is kind of nice from a neutral perspective to see Gresik United sitting atop the Indonesia Super League after Dzumafao's early goal made it  three wins out of three.

The home side gave a debut to new signing striker Alekos Alekou a former Cyprus international who must be wondering what the earth he has let himself in for with the league taking an enforced two week hibernation.

While Gresik United may crow about their start to the season, Barito Putera, returning to the 17 May Stadium, will find less joy in their loss and know they have two weeks to prepare for their next game; a potential banana skin away to Perseru.

PSM v Sriwijaya 3-3 (Syamsul, Nemanja Vucicevic, Adita Putra Dewa; Goran Ljubojevic 2, Morimakan Koita) 15,749

It is one of the most under reported stories of the year but PSM, one of the oldest clubs in Asia, have returned to their home town of Makassar after being forced to spend the 2014 season in Surabaya as the powers that be deemed their Andi Mattalatta Stadium not up to standard.

They began their campaign in style crushing Persiba 4-0 but Sriwijaya were always going to be a tougher proposition.

Roared on by the fanatical Maczman PSM took the lead through their own talismanic figure, Syamsul Chaeruddin. Now 32, Syamsul was born in South Sulawesi and made his debut for PSM back in 2001 and making his international debut three years later.

He spent nine years with PSM before going to Persija and Sriwijaya but returned home in's just a shame a lack of accurate records mean there is no true record of how many times he has played for the club.

Ex Balestier Khalsa striker Goran Ljubojevic equalised just before half time, his second of the season. PSM came out second half all guns blazing and Nemanja Vucicevic restored their lead on 54 minutes.

However Sriwijaya have become the draw specialists of the news season and Koita indeed made it 2-2 just minutes after coming on as a substitute. Adita made it 3-2 before Goran's second levelled and gave Sriwijaya an unwanted 100% record; three draws in their opening three games.

1 - Gresik United 3 3 0 0 6-3 9
2 - Persipura 2 2 0 0 7-2 6
3 - Persib 2 2 0 0 4-0 6

3 goals - Bambang Pamungkas (Persija), Fabiano Beltrame (Arema), Lerby Eliandri (Bali United Pusam), Goran Ljjubojevic

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