Oct 19 2010

Slovak Cup update

Published by at 10:23 pm under Domestic,Pohar

Today the majority of the 3rd round matches of the Slovak Cup have been played, and more Corgon Liga teams have fallen by the way-side.

Winners of these matches are through to the 1/4 finals of a competition which has had a variety of winners in recent years.  In my opinion, the stakes are high – a Europa League qualifying place accompanies the glory of winning Silverware – and I never understand why average Corgon Liga sides would put out weakened teams against amateur opponents.

Anyway, it keeps things interesting and here are the results:

ŠK Odeva Lipany (II. liga) – MFK Ružomberok (CL) 0:1  (att: 620)

Ružomberok survive a tricky tie away at a part-time Lipany team which includes a caretaker colleague of James Baxter.  Great effort from the 2nd league team, who held off their Corgon Liga opponents for 81 minutes before finally conceding.  Ružomberok won the competition in 05/06 and will be relieved to progress to the 1/4s where they will hope for a home draw against a lower division side to potentially sneak into the semis without playing spectacularly well.

MFK Tatran Liptovský Mikuláš (I. liga) – FK Dukla Banská Bystrica (CL) 0:0, penalties: 4:2 (610)

Dukla, who qualified for this season’s Europa League courtesy of a 3rd place finish in the league, should be very disappointed at being dumped out by 1st division Liptovský Mikuláš on penalties as the cup was certainly their only route back into Europe for next season.  Their league form is poor and now the season is effectively over for Dukla.  Congratulations to Liptovský, who unexpectedly progress on to the next round.

FK Spišská Nová Ves (II. liga) – FC Spartak Trnava (CL) 0:5 (4,000)

Massive crowd in for the 2nd Division team based in a town on the edge of Slovak paradise.  Perhaps this result illustrates just how bad MFK Kosice  are this season (Spišská knocked them out of the previous round).  Approximately 70 Spartak fans made the trip and were praised for their good behaviour.  Spartak march on and should be considered serious contenders for the cup this season.

ŽP Šport Podbrezová (II. liga) – FC Nitra (CL) 0:1 (500)

Relatively straight forward assignment for Nitra who were Slovakia’s other early European representatives this season.  Podbrezova put the pressure on at the end but couldn’t convert this into a goal.  Not sure I can see Nitra going all the way in this competition, you never know though, you always have a dark horse.

TJ Spartak Myjava (II. liga) – MFK Dubnica (CL) 1:0 (1,150)

Leaders of the 2. Division West claimed their 2nd Corgon Liga scalp of the competition after defeating Senica in the previous round.  Enjoying big crowds for these exciting cup matches, this team might just be one to watch out for in the next round.

AS Trenčín (I. liga) – ŠK Slovan Bratislava (CL) 1:1, penalties 2:3 (1,913)

I fully expected Slovan to go at this match 100% as any hope left of winning the league threatens to evapourate already this weekend should they fail to beat Zilina at home.  If Slovan did give their all here, it can either be seen as a worrying sign at their lack of cutting edge, or it can be interpreted as a credit to Trencin who currently lead the 1. Division by 7 points.

This match was played out in front of a crowd in Trencin which puts Slovan’s home attendances to shame.  Obviously the home fans sensed an upset, I guess they and most of the rest of Slovak football will be disappointed they didn’t pull it off.

If Slovan were cruising with a weakened team, serious questions need to be asked as to their objectives at the moment.  Details will follow .. the holders are through by the lottery of penalties and should seriously start realising that the cup is possibly their best route into Europe and that playing finals and winning Silverware is always important to the fans.

FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce (CL) – FC Petržalka 1898 (I. liga) 2:1 (724)

Unlucky Petrzalka conceded 2 late goals to lose out at the hands of ViOn, the team they traded Corgon Liga places with this season.

Playing next week:

ŠK SFM Senec (I. liga) – MŠK Žilina (CL)

Just one thought – and a serious one at that – could this be the season for a Žilina double ?

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One Response to “Slovak Cup update”

  1.   tparcheron 20 Oct 2010 at 12:06 am

    Tremendous report as usual!! Especially like the attendance figures, don’t lose faith in Slovan think they will come good. Zlate Moravce outside bet?

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