My time between jobs is coming to an all too abrupt end. Five weeks off is probably about right before I get dragged into more cheap European flights watching more football: I will be divorced before it even began! Still with one free weekend left, I head in the direction of Prague for one final dose of foreign football (to be honest, I think the word foreign has lost some context for me over the past couple of years) along with my good host, Martin.
Match specific program, ticket and poster. Good effort.
First up for the Satudary triple(!) header, Loko Vltavin against TJ Jiskra Domazlice in the Czech third tier. I have been to Lokado a couple of times before and always thoroughly loved it (Czech me out! – Part 1 and Sh’t Football Weekend – Review). The 10.15 kick-off never fails to surprise me with the level of enjoyment that it can bring especially in the weakening sun of mid-September.
We turned up two minutes late. But fortunately, it seems kick-off times are fairly indicative at this level so we missed nothing and by the time we settled into our traditional position for the first half, the players had made their way onto the pitch.
Just put a bid in for one of those flats/corporate boxes.
Lokado always look pretty competent going forward with decent technique. They do like to commit men forward which probably explains why they don’t keep many clean sheets (one in the last ten league games), but generally are a handful at the other end (26 in the last 9 home league games). In fact, this game followed the usual Lokado pattern albeit with an absolutely atrocious dive after ten minutes when a Lokado player waltzed around the keeper and with the ball under control took two steps and then a tumble. Justified yellow. Lokado opened the league following a bit of class from the impressive on-loan centre half, who crossed on the volley to find a neat finish from ….
Half-time meant beer. It felt restrained to last until 11am, but when in Rome…(lazy writing). We moved up to the other end of the pitch to see Lokado dominate the second half eventually adding a second and a third to keep up their impressive home form. The guests sneaked one at the end to keep up Lokado’s defensive record. If I was a betting man and there was a Czech third division betting market, then 3-1 would be the obvious pick for this one (in hindsight).
But no national anthem…
Another great day to start a weekend. Lokado are looking upwards and should be at the upper echelons of this division. If they will be strong enough to claim the one promotion position and in a position to accept any such promotion, then next season’s trip might see us watching the Czech second tier. Maybe, just maybe…
Special mention to Martin “Achilles” Abena. An ex-Sparta Prague player, who seems to come on after 75 minutes each game to slowly move around the pitch showing glimpses of class without the graft.
In the meantime, it was time to grab lunch and as an vegetarian in Prague, this means deep-fried cheese. And a beer.
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