Apr 02 2012

Corgon Liga Round Up; April 1st

Published by at 6:12 am under Domestic

Two rounds of fixtures to summarise today, with another coming up on Tuesday ; it’s a busy little period in the Corgoň Liga.

At the top of the table, Trnava are the side whose position has improved most significantly over the last few days. Two successive away wins, 3-0 at Banská Bystrica and 1-0 at Košice, leave them in third place, just two points behind leaders Žilina and one behind second-placed Slovan Bratislava. The Košice game was, as coach Pavel Hoftych acknowledged, a scrappy, wind-affected affair, but Trnava will be encouraged by the comfortable manner in which they saw it out following Mário Bicák’s 5th minute goal.

With just three minutes of last Tuedsay’s fixtures remaining, Žilina, 1-0 up at Vion Zlaté Moravce, looked as if they were about to increase their lead over Slovan Bratislava, who were being held 0-0 at Nitra, to five points. Then Martin Luhový hooked in an equaliser for Vion, and Erik Grendel deflected Juraj Halenár’s free-kick past Nitra keeper Lukáš Hroššo to give Slovan victory and reduce Žilina’s advantage to just one point.

Since then, weekend draws for both Žilina and Slovan have served only to improve Trnava’s position. In an eventful game at Pasienky on Friday, Nicolas Gorosito gave visiting Senica the lead with a penalty, only to put Slovan back in the game almost immediately with an own goal. Lamine Diarrassouba restored Senica’s lead before half-time, but their former striker Ondřej Smetana made it 2-2 midway through the second period. Jiří Kladrubský then missed a penalty for Slovan. In his post-match interviews Vladimír Weiss appeared to accuse a couple of his players of being ‘scared’ to take the spot-kick, though Halenár claimed that Kladrubský had insisted on taking on the responsibility. Meanwhile, Žilina, minus the suspended Jozef Piaček and Viktor Pečovský, needed a brilliant late goal from substitute Jean Deza to earn them a 1-1 draw at Prešov.

Senica’s draw at Pasienky, which keeps the gap between themselves and Trnava to three points, was their second decent result away from home in four days. On  Tuesday they won 1-0 at Ružomberok, despite playing more than an hour with ten men after Peter Štepanovský was sent off. Dutch midfielder Stef Wiljaars scored the decisive goal in the 77th minute.

Below Senica, both Vion and Ruža continue to fall away. Vion, who would have hoped to build on their draw with Žilina, lost 1-0 at Nitra on Saturday. Ľuboš Kolár’s 60th minute goal will be cause for particular celebration for Ladislav Jurkemík’s team, since it brings to an end a six-month wait for a home league victory. Ruža, for their part, are the latest victims of improving Trenčín. Having picked up their first away win of the season in midweek, 2-1 at Košice, Adrian Guľa’s side fell behind to Jaroslav Kostelný’s goal, but turned things round through David Depetris and Lester Peltier. Suddenly a top-half finish looks a distinct possibility for Trenčín.

Bystrica recovered from their home thrashing to Trnava, winning 2-1 at DAC Dunajská Streda on Saturday. All the goals came within seven first-half minutes, with Jakub Považanec and Lukáš Lasík scoring for Bystrica, either side of Krešimir Kordič’s penalty. This is another disappointing result for DAC, following their 0-0 home draw with Prešov on Tuesday. Even the return of Werner Lorant, reappointed as head coach ahead of the Prešov game, looks unlikely to save them from relegation. A crowd of just 942 at the Bystrica match suggests the locals feel the same way.

With DAC in such poor shape, the eastern duo of Košice and Prešov should be safe from relegation, even though neither look particularly convincing. Košice have now lost three successive games and Prešov’s goalscoring record – 11 in 24 games – is simply appalling.

You suspect that Trnava will be the side most looking forward to this Tuesday (3rd April). A home game with Prešov shouldn’t tax them too much, especially with their vociferous support behind them, and they know that at least one of Žilina and Slovan, who come face-to-face at Štadión pod Dubňom, must drop points. After all that, the Easter fixtures include Senica v Žilina and Slovan v Trnava. It should be an interesting few days…

 James Baxter

Results – 27/3    

Košice 1:2 (1:1) Trenčín
Dunajská Streda 0:0 Prešov
Nitra 0:1 (0:0) Slovan
Ružomberok 0:1 (0:0) Senica
Zlaté Moravce 1:1 (0:1) Žilina
Banská Bystrica 0:3 (0:2) Trnava


Results – 31/3

Trenčín 2:1 (1:1) Ružomberok
Nitra 1:0 (0:0) Zlaté Moravce
Dunajská Streda 1:2 (1:2) Banská Bystrica
Košice 0:1 (0:1) Trnava
Prešov 1:1 (1:0) Žilina
Slovan 2:2 (1:2) Senica

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  1.   StaryJazvecon 02 Apr 2012 at 10:49 am

    No, pustili do gate.

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