Saturday, May 20, 2017
Nwokolo Breaks Duck As Madura Put PS TNI To Sword
Yesterday in my match preview I wrote about how Madura United needed their strikers to step up to their plate in their clash with PS TNI and boy did they reply in kind. They thumped the unbeaten visitors 4-1 at Bangkalan Stadium with the kind of performance we have been waiting all season to witness.
Marquee player Peter Odemwingie was again at the heart of Madura's performance with his fifth goal of the season but this time not only were Madura able to take the lead, they were able to hold on to it, something they hadn't managed in their last two games.
The experienced Greg Nwokolo opened the scoring, and his account for Madura United on 17 minutes and Odemwingie made it 2-0 just before half time. The visitors replied early in the second half when Leonel Jorge Nunez made it 2-1 but any hopes of a fightback were quelled when Slamet Nurcahyo made it 3-1 on the hour mark. Dane Milanovic put the icing on the cake four minutes later, his second in two games, to end PS TNI's unbeaten start to the season and catapault Madura United up to second place.
But it is Odemwingie who will get the headlines and if we are yo have marquee players then surely the Nigerian is a hit. While Carlton Cole has struggled at Persib, Odemwingie has fitted straight into a Madura side already well blessed with striking options and the adoring fans have taken to calling him The Great Odemwingie after his electrifying start which also includes three assists.
PS TNI may point out they were missing important players like Abduh Lestalahu, Manahati Lestusen and Elio Martins but a performance like this has been in Madura United's locker all season. The only surprise is it has taken so long.