September 30th, 2009
Olomoucký Kraj - Okresní Přebor Jeseníky (8th level)
Baník Kobylá 2 FC Mikulovice B 4
Beer: Hanušovice 18kc
Game Rating: 7/10
Kobylá is a small village of around 500 people located just north of the Jeseníky mountains. Getting there is easiest by train. All in all, I spent about 10 hours on the train, to travel 300km. This is to be expected, as the train from Olomouc chugs slowly through the mountains. The Jeseníky area is one of my favourite areas to watch a game. It is about a 10 minute walk from the train station to the village.
The ground at Kobylá was basic. It had a few benches running down the sides, and a small area to sit down outside of the wooden 'pub'. The pitch wasn't in the best shape, as the grass was long, there were mounds of dirt, and parts of the pitch weren't level. I watched as the Mikulovice team walked up to the pitch, and they had a look of 'we are playing here?'. With that being said, full credit to Kobylá for putting out a team year after year, despite losing the majority of their games. I was kind of surprised they didn't charge at least 10kc for admission, as it would be a source of income.
Mikulovice first team plays in the Czech 4th division, and their "B" team were near the top of the Okresní Přebor. Given the history of Kobylá, I was expecting a blowout. However, the hosts have certainly improved from the last time I saw them in the Spring. They have picked up a few players, who could be playing at a higher level. If they had a little more luck on their side, they could have snatched a draw from the game today.