Oct 17 2011

Myjava and Petrzalka heading in opposite directions?

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I had planned to head to Trencin on my first weekend back in Slovakia for over a month.  Trencin v Slovan was a very appealing away trip.  Ralph Davies and Miticos Del Balompie were already booked on having planned a double header with Slovacko v Plzen the night before.  The stuff ‘beer-loving central-European groundhoppers’ dreams are made of.  Especially because Trencin’s ‘Stadion na Sihoti’ sits right under one of Slovakia’s most dramatic castles in a football-setting which would rival many in Europe.  Anyway, for personal reasons I had to abandon the 8-hour-Trencin-beerathon this time, and decided to head to Petrzalka on Sunday morning instead.

Most of us know the story of Petrzalka, fallen from the highest point in Slovak football over just a few years and now left to sweat it out in Division 2 in a borrowed ground with a hotel which at least offers the players free board, as they haven’t been paid in over 6 months.  One tradition they have kept is the 10:30 Sunday kick-offs and on a beautiful Autumn morning like this, what better way to start the day.  Especially in the ‘black-and-white derby’ against the league’s top-dogs, Spartak Myjava.  Slovakia’s Spartak #2 are a team from a modest town in the North West of the country, promoted several times over the last few seasons and with the financial backing to go all the way to the top.

Spartak have their own shiny bus which was parked up next to another supporter’s coach in the Rapid Hotel car-park.  50 or so Myjava fans were making themselves feel at home in the Petrzalka bar pre-match.  Clad in black-and-white self-designed memorabilia (hoodies), they appear almost identical to Petrzalka’s ‘Engerau’ crowd, and the two groups did seem to strike a good rapport this morning.  Myjava’s crowd, armed with drums, flags and [very annoying] air-raid sirens, set up camp at the end of the main stand, the Engerau lot, fairly subdued today, in the opposite corner on the steps under the modern apartment buildings in this quiet part of Bratislava.

Myjava's early penalty. 0-1, no way back.

An attendance of 810 beat Kosice and Presov from the previous day’s Corgon Liga matches and Myjava certainly provided value for money, although Petrzalka’s increasingly hard-suffering loyals may disagree.  0-1 from a penalty early on, Petrzalka did create a couple of chances to get back in the match, but 0-2 at half-time and there was never a realistic way back for the home team.  In the 2nd half, Myjava turned on the style and the fourth goal had myself and Stary Jazvec purring our appreciation, a superbly taken goal from Peter Sladek, after 3 or 4 exquisite single-touches from various Myjava attackers.  You don’t see those kind of goals often around here.  All I could think was ‘if only Slovan could produce something half as good as that’ when the eyes of Europe are on them on Thursday.  Final score Petrzalka 0-5 Myjava; I do hope that the scoreline  doesn’t turn out to be the main comparison with next Thursday night ..

This was a fully accomplished away performance from Myjava.  Petrzalka have been dropping down the table recently, but their home form has been decent and I had them down as mid-table at worst this season.  This morning they were simply outclassed by Myjava.  With Zemplin Mihalovce losing to Ruzomberok B, suddenly a 4-point gap has opened at the top for Myjava, who face Zemplin in an early ‘title-decider’ next weekend.  For Petrzalka, the table suddenly looks very different, only Bodva Moldava below them in a situation which makes sorry reading for those fans who remember their all-too-recent European glory-days in Bratislava.  Perhaps pragmatism will step in though, and with so many distant away trips in this Division, maybe a season or two in Div 3 West would give the club the perk it needs to get back on track.  It will certainly make it easier for those die-hards who follow the ‘Zalka away .. not mentioning any names ;-)

Very enjoyable morning, great to see away fans out for such an early kick-off, and perhaps the spirit of Division 2 has been summed up nicely by this gesture, from Myjava showing their appreciation for Petrzalka’s hospitality:

Myjava Slivovice


Good luck to both clubs, Myjava are a team very much on the up, and Petrzalka sadly rather the opposite.  Still, I for one will continue to enjoy the occasional Sunday morning watching football in more than friendly surroundings.

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4 Responses to “Myjava and Petrzalka heading in opposite directions?”

  1.   James Baxteron 17 Oct 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Enjoyed the write-up but not nice to read about these sorts of problems for Petrzalka. I fear it’s not going to have a happy end. The coach says in the paper that ‘you can’t play pro football only from love’. Frankly, if the players aren’t being paid, I’m surprised there are enough of them to field a team at all.

    I notice that Puchov (yet again) failed to fulfil their II Liga fixture at the w/e and the result is a 3-0 kontumacia against them.

  2.   George Mon 18 Oct 2011 at 10:55 am

    ZZZZZZZZZZZ …surprised you have not taken up, watching paint dry as your new exciting hobby Deano ?

  3.   StaryJazvecon 19 Oct 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Sereď, Vráble, Vrbové, Šaľa, Nemšová, Moravany…

  4.   StaryJazvecon 19 Oct 2011 at 11:04 pm

    “Frankly, if the players aren’t being paid, I’m surprised there are enough of them to field a team at all.”

    Yeah, must be 50/50 they do an Inter now. But I thought that the season that Kmotrik bailed out.

    Fold, reform in D5, ground share w/ Inter at Drienova, sell the Ovsište ground to a luxury hotel developer. There’s always options.

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