Persipura fight back for big win; Gresik edge five-goal thriller

Persipura Jayapura made it two wins in a row in the Indonesia Super League on Wednesday after coming from behind to beat Bali United Pusam at the Mandala Stadium.

The visitors got off to a dream start when Lerby Eliandry netted after just four minutes, racing through on goal after a costly slip by Ricardo Salampessy and slotting past Dede Sulaiman.

Right on the half-hour mark, Eliandry struck again when he broke free inside the box and rifled a left-footed shot into the top corner.

However, Mutiara Hitam managed to pull one back just before the break when Tinus Pae fired home from close range after Yoo Jae-hoon could only parry a shot into his path.

And in the 67th minute, they pulled level after being awarded a penalty which was converted by Zulham Zamrun, who coolly sent Yoo the wrong way.

Remarkably, Persipura then took the lead in the 81st minute when Boaz Solossa struck with a close-range finish at the back post and edged further ahead five minutes later through Robertino Pugliara’s glancing header, before Zulham grabbed his second of the evening with a lovely shot on the turn in the 90th minute to wrap up the victory.

Over at the Tridarma Stadium, Gresik United also showed tremendous resolve to come from behind twice and beat Mitra Kukar 3-2.

It was Mitra who drew first blood in the 35th minute when Septian David Maulana pounced on a loose ball and blasted a shot into the back of the net, only for Yusuf Effendi to equalise three minutes later with a looping volley over a stranded Rivky Mokodompit.

The visitors reclaimed the lead on the stroke of halftime when Diego Muhammad was left unmarked to firmly head home a corner but Gresik responded once more in the 59th minute; Muhammad Kamri sending an unstoppable left-footed drive into the far corner after being set up by Herman Dzumafo Epandi.

Five minutes later, Kebo Giras went on to claim the win when Supriyono Salimin found a yard of space inside the area and deftly lifted the ball over Rivky, and to make matters worse for Mitra, they finished the game with ten men as David Maulana was sent off in the closing stages after picking up two yellows in four minutes.

Meanwhile, Persebaya Surabaya were unable to maintain their winning start to the campaign after playing out a 1-1 draw with newly-promoted Pusamania Borneo at the Gelora Bung Tomo.

Things could have been worse for the hosts as Srdan Lopicic had fired Pusamania in front in the 68th minute, but Emile Mbamba scored in the third minute of injury-time to earn them a share of the spoils.

Finally, there was also no separating Perseru Serui and Persiram Raja Ampat as they played out a 1-1 draw at the Marora Stadium.

Ali Khaddafi struck to break the deadlock for Perseru after six minutes, although the visitors went on to claim a point courtesy of Georges Mbida Messi’s 48th-minute equaliser.

Wednesday’s Indonesia Super League Results

Persipura Jayapura 5-2 Bali United Pusam

Perseru Serui 1-1 Persiram Raja Ampat

Gresik United 3-2 Mitra Kukar

Persebaya Surabaya 1-1 Pusamania Borneo

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