Mar 20 2011

Round 23: Top 3 all win

Published by at 11:06 am under Domestic

The situation at the top of the league is as tense as ever in Slovakia.  FK Senica, who haven’t conceded a goal since the winter break demolished supposed challengers Spartak Trnava 4-0 on Friday night putting all the pressure back on MSK Zilina to reclaim top spot at home against Zlate Moravce the following day. 

Zlate Moravce are the only team to register a point against Senica this spring season and it must have been a nervy afternoon at Stadion Pod Dubnom with the home team holding on to a 1-0 win thanks to Babatounde Bello’s 50th minute goal.

Slovan Bratislava were home and dry against Kosice by half-time, going into the break at 3-0 thanks to goals from Sebo, Milinkovic & Kordic.  With Sebo adding his 2nd and Slovan’s 4th goal in the last minute, Slovan record another comfortable victory at home in front of a disappointing crowd of 1520.  Sebo has now scored 6 goals in his last 5 league matches and must be a serious contender for a starting position in Vladimir Weiss’ selection for Slovakia’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Andorra next Saturday. 

Personally I do hope Sebo starts [and scores] out in Andorra, but equally I hope he is left out of the friendly match with Denmark on the 29th.  Slovan’s next match is an absolutely vital one away in Zilina on Friday 1st April.  Win at Pod Dubnom and Slovan close the gap to 4 points, defeat would leave them an unassailable 10 behind the Champions.  Quite simply, Slovan need Sebo in that match, injury in a meaningless international friendly would leave the fans feeling distinctly bitter about the wisdom behind the timing of the fixture.

In terms of Slovan’s challenge for silverware this season, they have plenty more games to negotiate knowing that each point dropped [ala Dubnica last week] makes the task harder.  With the Zilina match, home and away league and cup games against Trnava, Senica away on the 4th May and a date with DAC on the last day of the season, the remainder of the campaign promises to be extremely exciting, as long as they keep winning!

Banska Bystrica seem to have refound their form with a convincing 2-0 home win over DAC bringing them level on points with Trnava in 4th place.  DAC slip towards mid-table obscurity and are on a disappointing run of form since the winter break.

At the bottom, Presov suddenly leapfrog up to 8th with a win at Ruzomberok who are not out of the woods yet.  Dubnica picked up another point at Nitra although they will be disappointed to have conceded an 87th minute equaliser.  A win there would have brought them level with Kosice who remain my favourites for the drop.

A quiet week ahead then, the National Team will presumably be meeting and preparing for the Andorra match next Saturday 26th March at 20:00.  The domestic fun resumes in 12 days!

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6 Responses to “Round 23: Top 3 all win”

  1.   James Baxteron 20 Mar 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Terrible crowds everywhere yesterday but, in fairness, winter was back. I thought there were more than 1,600 at Zilina but, even if there weren’t, it was still the day’s highest crowd.

    Certainly see your point about Sebo – incredible pace and great finish for his first goal yesterday. And, judging by TV highlights, Dubnica should have been out of sight at Nitra long before that equaliser.

  2.   Stary Jazvecon 28 Mar 2011 at 3:32 am

    First game of the season will probably be Zalka – Trencin for me, I’ve gone all fairweather since the superb Sports Bar opened in downtown BA.

    First awayday will be Puchov – Zalka the week after w/ my main boy Wavey Davey K. If by some miracle any readers expect to find themselves in Puchov on Sat 16th April at 1600 looking for a game, let me know.

  3.   Stary Jazvecon 28 Mar 2011 at 3:36 am

    First game after the break, rather.

  4.   britskibelasion 28 Mar 2011 at 3:09 pm

    we’ll be at ‘Zalka v Trencin as agreed already!
    Would love to do Puchov sometime, but on the 16th I’ll be back out in the North Sea.
    Tell us more about this new sports bar?

  5.   Stary Jazvecon 28 Mar 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Directly opposite the Irish pub. Hundreds of TVs, they will put on whatever you want, v. friendly service, reasonably priced, so far no problems that I have seen with the stag-do brigade. My home from home.

    Tell little Lenka blondinka, I sent you.

  6.   britskibelasion 28 Mar 2011 at 7:35 pm

    ah yeah I know the one .. seen it but not been in yet,
    based on the above i certainly will rectify that soon!

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