Sep 19 2010

Zilina fans back where they belong

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The few hundred of MSK Zilina‘s most passionate loyal fans, who were brutally priced out of watching their team’s biggest ever match in the Champions League against Chelsea, were yesterday back in business following their beloved team to nearby Dubnica in a Corgon Liga match.

Back where they belong .. Zilina's diehard fans

In a story which should warm the heart of any football fan, Zilina’s Ultras organised a trip by train to the small town of Dubnica some 70km SW of Zilina. Most of the fans who made the trip were probably those who boycotted the Chelsea match due to the extortionate ticket prices, instead marching from the main square in town to outside the stadium, singing their songs, lighting flares and illuminating a huge banner proclaiming “Against Modern Football”.

This time Zilina’s fans were rewarded for stumping up the €3 entry into the MFK Dubnica stadium with an entertaining game played in front of 3,450 spectators, which by Slovak league standards was full of goals!  Zilina ran out comfortable winners and in doing so moved back to the top of the Slovak league.

Loyal // Zilina

Final score Dubnica 2-5 Zilina with goals from Jez, Oravec & Vittor  and 2 from Majtan.

Dubnica away .. primative

In an emotional few minutes at the end of the game, the whole team made a point of not only celebrating with the fans, but also marching past the fence slapping hands in the way they did after each of Zilina’s Champions League qualifying matches.

Down to earth moments with the fans

In other news from yesterday’s round of Corgon Liga matches, FK Senica continued their fine start to the season with a 2-0 victory against FC Nitra.  Senica now share top spot with Zilina and seem to be serious about prolonging their stay in the upper echelons of Slovak football.  Spartak Trnava will have been disappointed with dropping points at home in a 1-1 draw against Dukla Banska Bystrica.  Ruzomberok and Zlate Moravce also drew 1-1 and in a couple of interesting results at the bottom of the table, DAC Dunajska Streda recorded a crucial home victory over struggling Kosice, and in perhaps the shock of the season so far, bottom of the table Tatran Presov beat Slovan Bratislava 2-1 in the NE of the country.  Having said that, James Baxter did predict that Tatran wouldn’t be at the bottom of the table for long after watching them narrowly lose 2-1 at the hands of Zilina last week.  Dubnica, Kosice & DAC look certain to be drawn into the fight at the bottom along with Presov.

The situation at Slovan does not seem good, the team from the capital now sit 5th in the table, 5 points off the pace, with the fans ominously silent.  Anything but victory next week against Dubnica will surely have serious repercussions at Pasienky.

This week sees domestic cup action in Slovakia, some big games coming up for the teams from the lower divisions.  Read the preview here!

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