After a frantic and even first leg last Wednesday, yesterday PKS and Przyszłość played the second leg to decide which club would advance to the 5th tier of Polish football. On a relatively dreary Sunday in Warsaw I set off to Włochy to see which team would prevail. I once more made the mistake of travelling by bus, which crawled towards my eventual destination, Ul. Rybnicka 25.
I got to Przyszłość’s stadium 20 minutes before kick off. There was a guy selling Polish sausages and a good crowd sat watching the teams warm up. I found myself a place to sit and waited for the match to start. I was the only non-local in the area where I sat so I felt a little bit out of place. Indeed there wasn’t really enough space for people to sit, forcing a lot of fans to stand.
As for the match itself PKS started the game the stronger and their striker Dominik Dukalski hit the bar in the first 15 minutes from a free-kick. Przyszłość responded well and they also hit the woodwork in the 20th minute and soon afterwards forced the PKS keeper into a good save. However it was PKS which made the crucial breakthrough in the 28th minute. A good cross from the left-wing was expertly headed in by Dukalski.
PKS celebrate after going 1-0 up
After the goal the game was relatively even with both sides having decent chances. PKS had a lead to protect at half-time but there was all to play for in the second half. I decided to have a little wander at half-time and found some rather fetching graffiti.
The first twenty minutes of the second half were once more relatively even with Przyszłość knowing a goal would take the match into extra-time.
In the 65th minute all that changed. A hopeful PKS cross from the right-wing was spilled terribly by the hapless Przyszłość keeper and Dukalski finished easily to make it 2-0 to the team from Radość. The goal was jubilantly celebrated by PKS’ players and their staff, while Przyszłość’s players collapsed on the floor in desperation.
It got worse for the Włochy’s keeper as he was substituted immediately after the goal went in. For the rest of the match he sat forlornly on the bench as his team fell apart. There was one more moment of danger for PKS. In the 75th minute Przyszłość had what seemed a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside. With six minutes left PKS put the game out of the team from Włochy’s reach when Mariusz Boniec managed to stay onside and finish with aplomb.
As the match moved into injury time PKS were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. Dukalski stepped up and whacked the ball into the top-corner to make it 4-0 for what was his hat-trick. Moments later the referee blew the final whistle and PKS were promoted to the IV liga. PKS fans poured onto the pitch to celebrate with the players as champagne bottled were uncorked.
Przyszłość’s keeper leaves the pitch considering what might have been
As the players left the pitch it was time for me too to take my leave. Congrats to the club from Radość and RightbankWarsaw wishes them luck in the IV liga next season!