Persela Lamongan moved three points clear at the top of the Indonesia Super League Eastern zone on Thursday after claiming a 2-0 win over Persiba Balikpapan.
After failing to break down their opponents for most of the first half at the Persiba Stadium, Persela were handed the perfect opportunity to edge ahead when they were awarded a penalty two minutes before the break, which was duly converted by Addison.
However, the visitors were unable to kill off the game until six minutes from time, when Arif Arianto netted his second goal of the campaign to put the result beyond doubt.
The win allowed Persela to move three points clear at the top of the table, although second-placed Mitra Kukar do now have a game in hand.
Over in the West, Barito Putera’s resurgence continued as they made it three wins in a row after beating ten-man Persijap Jepara 4-1 at the Demang Lehman Stadium.
After failing to win their five games of the season, Bakantan Hamuk have seen a real change in their fortunes and they were helped on Thursday as their opponents were reduced to ten men in the second minute when Anam Syahrul Fitrianto was shown a straight red.
Two minutes later, the hosts duly took the lead through a strike from James Koko Lomell, before Cameroonian centre-back Abanda Herman popped up at the other end to double their tally in the 26th minute.
The contest was all but over ten minutes after halftime when Yongki Aribowo made it 3-0, although Persijap did manage to pull one back through an effort by Diva Tarkas in the 76th minute.
Nonetheless, with a man’s advantage for almost the entire game, Barito were never in any danger of losing their grip on proceedings and went on to wrap up the three points after Herman netted his second of the evening eight minutes from time.
The result saw them climb above Gresik United and Persita Tangerang into seventh place, while Persijap remain bottom of the Western zone with just four points to their name.
Thursday’s Indonesia Super League Results
Persiba Balikpapan 0-2 Persela Lamongan
Barito Putera 4-1 Persijap Jepara