Friday, September 4, 2009

September 2nd, 2009 - Czech Cup 2nd Round - SK Slavia Hanácká Kroměříž 0 Baník Ostrava

September 2nd, 2009 - Czech Cup 2nd round
SK Slavia Hanácká Kroměříž 0 Baník Ostrava 3
Attendance: 1826 (club record) (350 away supporters)
Admission: 40kc
Game rating: 4.5/10

Kroměříž is known as the 'Athens' of the Haná region. It is town of around 29,000 people located close to Zlín.

Going back a few years, Slavia were in the 2nd division, but they only lasted one or two years. Now they have been back in the 3rd division for a couple of years. They even spent the 2006/07 season in the 4th division, which I understand was a 'voluntary' relegation.

The stadium is about a 20 minute walk from the bus station and train station. It has a capacity of 1,115, but that is only including the seats. The stadium is also one of the few stadiums outside of the Gambrinus Liga to have lights.

Baník Ostrava brought a few hundred supporters, which is impressive considering the game was a 17:00 kickoff on a weekday. Of course, since Baník were in town, it meant that there was a large police presence which follows Baník fans wherever they go. The shops in the train station, always close for 'technical' reasons when it is expected Baník supporters will come through.

The game was quite poor, just like the one in Rousínov the day before. Kroměříž had their best chance to score in the first 10 minutes when Baník were still finding their legs. After that, the hosts had little to no chances on goal, and this made for a rather drab affair.

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