Monday, May 02, 2016


PS TNI Lose First Game But Support Offers Hope For The Future

Bali United v Pusamania Borneo 1-1 (Nemanja Vidakovic; OG) 7,230

Two clubs borne from one club, Persisam Putra, put on a decent show that was not without controversy in Bali yesterday. It was the home team that took the lead, Vidakovic's spectacular effort from outside the box leaving Dian Agus grasping for thin air. Defender Kiko Insa later put through his own goal attempting to clear a corner.

It's fair to say Pusamania deserved the draw but it could have been three points had Tarik Boschetti not missed an open goal from a few yards out, his header going wide.

The experienced Gerald Pangkali was red carded for a reckless challenge on the edge of the penalty area. A guy who has been round the block a bit, he should have known better than to go for such a tackle in such a dangerous area; some refs would have given a penalty as well. Moments later and it was Zulkifli doing something similar but this time he just received a yellow.

Things got a bit hot towards the end of the second half with Bali United pressing for the winner. Another silly challenge, this time by Sandi in the middle of the field saw the ref brandish yellow again prompting angry scenes in the Pusamania dugout with coach Dragan Djukanovic giving thematch officials a piece of his mind. 

Bali fans in the main stand responded by throwing plastic water bottles at the dug out and one Pusamania 'official' was seen throwing one back in the crowd. It was all handbags really but at the end of the day while Pusamania will be glad to have left with a point after playing much of the game with 10 men it will be a concern to see some poor decision making at the back that could have cost them the game.

Bali United 1 Rully Desrian; 13 Bobby Satria, 14 Fadil Sausu, 87 Kiko Insa, 44 I Gede Sukadana, 8 Ricky Fajrin; 59 Hasim Kipuw, 69 Lucas Patinho; 17 I Nyoman Sukarja, 99 Nemanja Vidakovic, 11 Yabes Roni Malaifani
Subs: 20 Ngurah Komang Arya Perdana, 27 Agus Nova Wiantara, 6 Felsianus Junius R. Bate, 19 Hendra Sandi Gunawan, 10 Loudry Meilana Setiawan, 92 Syakir Sulaiman, 18 I Made Wirahadi
Pusamania Borneo 33 Dian Agus Prasetyo; 4 Jad Noureddin, 32 Leonard Tupamahu, 28 Terens Owang Puhiri, 3 Zulkifli Syukur; 27 Gerald Pangkali, 77 Jefri Kurniawan, 11 Ponaryo Astaman, 21 Sandi Darma Sute, 6 Tarik Boschetti; 9 Pedro Javier Velazquez Insfran
Subs: 97 Nadeo Arga Winata, 16 Aang Suparman, 24 Diego Robbie Michiels, 10 Edilson Tavares, 92 Fandhy Achmad, 12 Lerby Eliandry Pong Baru, 22 Sultan Samma
Arema v Persiba 2-0 (Hamka Hamzah, Cristian Gonzales) 17,464
Arema fans with long memories can recall back in their Indonesia Super League title winning season Persiba coming to their Kanjuruhan Stadium and picking up a 2-1 win. It was their only home loss of the season but proof that Persiba do have this uncanny knack of upsetting the big boys when the mood takes them.
For Arema, they had seen the likes of Persib, Sriwijaya and Persipura only draw in their opening games and this was a chance for them to throw down an early season marker and this they duly managed when Hamka bundled home the ball from close range after just 12 minutes. The ageless Gonzales made it 2-0 11 minutes before half time and while Persiba did put the Arema goal under some pressure the home team held out for a crucial, confidence building win.
Some bad news though for Arema was coach Milomir Seslija having to  make all his substitutions so early. Aussie import Gustavo Giron came on for Gonzales in the second half leaving the coach and his team on the bench to sweat the second 45 minutes, hoping no more injuries came their way.
1 Kurnia Meiga; 23 Hamka Hamzah, 87 Johan Ahmat Farizi, 4 Syaiful Indra Cahya, 16 Goran Ganchev; 11 Esteban Vizcarra, 12 Hendro Siswanto, 8 Raphael Maitimo, 22 Srdan Lopicic; 10 Cristian Gonzales, 41 Dendi Santoso
Subs: 21 I Made Wardhana, 7 Beny Wahyudi, 6 Ryuji Utomo, 94 Ferry Aman Saragih, 77 Juan Revi Auriqto, 9 Gustavo Giron Marulanda, 15 Sunarto
23 Yoewanto Stya Beny; 88 Abdul Aziz Lutfi Akbar, 17 Abdul Rahman, 26 Dirkir Kohn Glay, 19 Iqbal Samad, 24 Ledi Utomo; 5 Antonio Teles, 13 Kurniawan Karman, 89 Oktovianus Maniani, 77 Rahel Radiansyah, 18 Shohei Matsunaga
Subs: 96 Kurniawan Kartika Ajie, 32 Absor Fauzi, 15 Asep Budi Santoso, 11 Frengky Turnando, 22 Siswanto, 94 Heri Susanto, 8 Syamsir Alam
PS TNI v Madura United 1-2 (Tambun Dibty Naibaho; Pablo Rodrigues, Slamet Nurcahyono) 10,152
PS TNI, making their debut in the top flight after their merger with Persiram, managed to answer one question. More than 10,000 fans turned out for this game at Siliwangi Stadium including a smattering of away supporters. Another question though still lingers. With the club policy to build a team around military personnel and spurn foreign players how will they cope at this level?
In Legimin Raharjo they have experience by the bucket load and in Manahati Lestusen they have youthful promise and endeavour. But is there enough in the rest of the squad to mount a successful campaign? The evidence from one game suggests no but at the same time they won't be walkovers for anyone.
Madura United are another new team, taking over from Pelita Bandung Raya, and they are working hard to build a professional football club in an area that is often overlooked by the rest of the country. They have recruited wisely and in Fabiano Beltrame they have one of the best foreign players around; surely a message of intent from the football club.

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