- Dec 7, 2019
Wednesday @ 17-00.
Indonesia Championship Play/Offs . Semi Final Stage.
Persita Tangerang 2 v 0 PS Makassar.
@ Gelora Bung Karno Stadium , Jakarta.
40,000. (Plenty of other alternative attendances).
Arrived with Spanner from Singapore at around midday , I had pre booked at the 'Century Park' hotel in Jakarta with Airport Transfer included. I had booked this hotel as it overlooked the Stadium where our games were being played at and it got us a free lift the 15 miles from airport . Settled into room by about 13-30 and chilled for an hour plus.
Kick off was 17-00 so we were soon out and about , arrived ticketless at ground about 15-00 not knowing what to expect , we wandered round to the main entrance where a man in a suit ( FA Style) approached us and asked in perfect English what we were looking for . Thinking on feet I said the Press Area , he said it was just inside the main entrance and asked had we sorted tickets out , not yet we replied.
He then pulled a wad of tickets out of his pocket and gave us one each and then said are you here tomorrow for the second semi final ? Yes we replied and the same thing happened , he then said he didn't have the Final (Sunday) tickets yet but to see him before the game and he would sort it out .It turned out he was the Press/Public Relations man for the league , dropped lucky there , it saved us both about a £1 , But at least we had decent seats and pre match food and drink .
We didn't mention we'd be on our way home when the Final would be taking place.
We thanked him and headed in an hour before kick off , it was quite busy even then with the PT fans making al lot of noise.
We went to take up our position about 30 mins before kick off and it was rocking , not full but it was loud , the 'Cissdane Warriors' (PT) making most of the noise. Not surprising really they've only had to come 16 miles whereas the 'Red Fish' (PSM) have travelled nearly a 1,000 miles from on Sulawese Island.
It had been a long journey to get here for both clubs gamewise , there were 2 Premier Divisions ( East / West) in 2002 and the top 4 in each qualify for the second stage ( 2 groups of 4) with top 2 qualifying for Semi Final Stage.
Both teams we were watching in the first semi final had finished in 4th position of the regular season , Persita in the West and PSM in the East.
Persita then won Group A at the second stage and PSM were Second in Group B.
So 1 v 2 in each semi final. Simples.
The atmosphere was good the football not so , PT were first to show and Captain / Cameroon International Olinga Atangana put them ahead on 20 minutes. it stayed like that till on the hour when Ilham Jayakesuma scored the second and that was enough to make the final on Sunday against Petrokimia , Petrokimia Putra winning that 2-1 AET before 50,000.
Me and Span ( or Span and I for my southern readers ) went to the other Semi the next day Thursday for Seman 1 v 1 Petrokimia AET. (Petro' 3-2 on pens). That was a cracker.
Then back to Singapore for Armed Forces 6 v 1 Sengang on the Friday night then flight home on the Saturday , not a cross word in 11 days Leo .
11 x games (6+ 5 Summer) , 0 x 0-0's. (9 x foreign ).
Some other games visited on this date ( Top tier + Internationals + oddities.
1977 Sacramento Spirit 2 v 1 N Y Apollo.
1979 Columbus Magic 0 v 2 New Jersey.
1993 Lokeren 3 v IA Akranes.
2018 Houston Dynamo 2 v 2 Los Angeles FC.
--1988---USS Vincennes shoots down IA 655-----------------1962------ Independence---------
James & James was a shoe shop in Boscombe. Often used to go in there to buy cheap pairs of trainers.2005 - Colehill Sports v James & James - referee. PSF played at Hamworthy Marine Camp, bit of security getting in/out. Colehill Sports were a long established Dorset Sunday League side, now folded (both league and club), James & James are a long established Bournemouth Sunday League side.
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