Oct 31 2010

Matchday 14: DAC on the up

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DAC Dunajska Streda 3-0 MFK Ruzomberok (att: 4,332)

DAC are on the up.  Big time.  A run of 4 wins and 3 draws out of their last 7 leagues games, against opposition including MSK Zilina & Slovan Bratislava, has seen the team traditionally representing the Hungarian population in Slovakia transform themselves from relegation candidates to European pretenders.  They now find themselves in 7th place just 3 points off 4th.  The stadium, which was temporarily closed earlier in the season due to the lack of CCTV cameras, is now drawing in the biggest crowds of the Corgon League and the fans are loving every minute of it.

36 year old goalkeeper Pavel Kovac must be pleased with his decision to wind down towards retirement back home in Slovakia after several years spent in Greece.  Kovac admitted that it took some time to readjust to playing back in Slovakia after his time at Olympiakos but the veteran keeper must take some serious credit for the current run which includes 3 consecutive clean sheets.

Striker Zoltán Harsányi who has been involved with Slovakia U21 is moving up the goalscoring tables and netted the 3rd against Ruzomberok on Saturday.  Harsányi returned to Slovakia this season after 3 years at Bolton Wanderers (where he didn’t make an appearance) and no offer of a contract at NEC Nijmegen, however with performances like this it won’t be long before foreign teams, and possibly Vladimir Weiss start taking notice once again.  DAC face Senica, Trnava, Presov & Dubnica next and if they keep the current run of form going they will have a big influence on things at the top of the table and potentially leave themselves in a very strong position going into the winter break.

ViOn Zlaté Moravce 1-1   Slovan Bratislava (3,218)

Another good crowd in for this clash of two teams tied on equal points in 4th and 5th in the league.  Slovan needed a win here to take advantage of Zilina dropping points, but once again failed in their mission against opponents they would normally expect to beat.  A goal for Filip Sebo a plus point for a Slovan team struggling to keep touch at the top but Slovan go home ruing numerous missed chances by both Sebo and strike-partner Juraj Halenar.

Tatran Presov 0-0 Spartak Trnava (2,105)

Tatran will also be pleased with over 2,000 people in for this match and probably will be happy to gain a point against supposed title challengers in Spartak.  Trnava unimpressively record their 2nd consecutive 0-0 draw and in a similar fashion to Slovan fail to take advantage of Zilina’s draw on Friday.  6 points remains the gap between Trnava and Zilina.

MFK Dubnica 0-1 FK Senica (1,460)

Senica are the only team who close the gap on Zilina and are now 4 points behind the Champions in 2nd place.

MFK Kosice 3-0 FC Nitra (670)

Well, I didn’t see this one coming, but Kosice proved there is still life in Slovakia’s 2nd city team although you wouldn’t believe it based on the crowd.  Kosice move off the bottom of the table and nobody can argue with a convincing 3-0 victory over a Nitra side slipping down the table fast.  The rivalry between neighbours Presov and Kosice keeps things very interesting at the bottom of the table and if either of them puts a run of form together, Dubnica and Nitra need to be careful!

Zilina 3-3 Dukla Bansk Bystrica

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AS Trencin slipped up losing 3-2 away at Bodva Moldava and Lucenec are the new name in 2nd place after Liptovsky Mikulas also lost at Dolny Kubin.  Trencin remain 11 points clear.  Petrzalka are temporarily down to 4th and miss out on the opportunity to regain 2nd place after the worrying news that FK Puchov didn’t turn up for their match against Petrzalka this morning due to financial difficulties.

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3 Responses to “Matchday 14: DAC on the up”

  1.   James Baxteron 31 Oct 2010 at 2:41 pm

    DAC are definitely the form side. Very very strong defensively and with a reliable keeper. Now they’re scoring goals as well. Very sad about Puchov. Crowds have been 250 or so there this season and weren’t much better last year when they were doing well.

    Just seen the Vion-Slovan highlights. Slovan had plenty of chances, aren’t Halenar and Sebo supposed to be good finishers?

  2.   britskibelasion 31 Oct 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Pity because I was following Puchov’s website for a while, seemed like although the crowds were small, they did have some fans who cared a lot about the team. Is there another sport in Puchov grabbing all the attention perhaps? @stefhorvath also commented that they and Dubnica had some of the best youth academies in the country. It is true that quite a few big names were at Puchov earlier in their careers.

    With Halenar and Sebo both being pretenders to the National Team I would say they need to find their goalscoring boots and fast. If they can’t take their chances in the Corgon League then who would buy them and why would Weiss pick them for the Repre?

  3.   StaryJazvecon 05 Nov 2010 at 2:03 am

    Dubnica also in danger of having the plug pulled, I am informed.

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