After all the buildup I set off to South-East Warsaw to catch the first game of the play-off for the IV Liga. Radość is quite a long way from the part of Praga in which I live, and the bus seemed to take an absolute age to get there as it crept through the rush-hour traffic. It’s been a cold and pretty miserable day in Warsaw today, something which I have actually quite appreciated after two weeks of scorching summer weather.
PKS’ ground is quite small and has a typical layout from the lower league grounds I’ve been to here, with seats lining one side of the pitch and nothing much on the other side. There was a relatively good crowd for the game, say 300-400 people, but I feel if the weather had been a bit better it would definitely have been larger. There wasn’t much singing from the PKS fans until the final 20 minutes of the game.
As for the match itself, the teams were really evenly matched. PKS had the better of the first half, playing with dynamism and energy but they couldn’t get the breakthrough and the match reached half-time with the score 0-0.
The second half started fantastically well for PKS as their top scorer Dominik Dukalski rose above the Przyszłość keeper to head into the net in the 52nd minute. Unfortunately PKS’ level of play dropped after the goal and Przyszłość came back into it. In the 66th minute a long throw-in was badly dealt with by the PKS defence and the ball made its way into the net. There weren’t many chances in the last part of the game and the match ended 1-1.
So it’s all to play for this Sunday when the second game of the play-off takes place at Przyszłość’s ground, Ul. Rybnicka 24. Przyszłość will be slight favourites but, if the game today is anything to go by, PKS also have a decent chance of promotion. This is RightbankWarsaw signing off.