As I hit my 501st football match in August 2017, there was no need to stop the football adventures or the groundhopping. On 23rd September 2017, I headed to the football stadium in the Warszawa district of Targówek for a match in one of the lower divisions in Warsaw local football. This was a cut below the norm, but an incredible little stadium to visit. It was my partner in crime Rafał Kowalcyzk and we were watching a match between two teams, I had honestly never heard of. So who were they?
It was in the “A- Klasa 3rd Group” and a match between UKS Siekierki Warszawa 2-1 MKS Piaseczno II. We had no preference which team we wanted to win – it was just for fun and an extra bit of groundhopping. We got into the stadium which was green and white seats. However the teams played in red and blue.
The Stadium at Targówek
Green seats, a shop on the corner selling cheap beer and snacks, no entrance fee and near a bus stop. What more could you want for a Saturday football match? Some goals and atmosphere, which was to come. Here are a few photos of the stadium at Targówek, which is the home of local team GKP Targówek.
The Match – UKS Siekierki Warszawa 2-1 MKS Piaseczno II in Targówek
Although the match was played in a nice little stadium in Targówek, neither team actually plays here as their home ground! As mentioned the green and white seats are because GKS Targówek play here. Today’s match would be between UKS Siekierki Warszawa (obviously from Warszawa) and MKS Piaseczno II (who come from the nearby town of Piaseczno.
UKS Siekierki Warszawa played in red. MKS Piaseczno II played in blue.
The match got underway and the teams were very evenly matched. The blues of Piaseczno took the lead in the first half and the score remained like that at half time. At half-time Rafal and I were joined by our friend Kamil and we grabbed another beer for the second half.
During the Second Half, UKS Siekierki Warszawa were the better side, pulling a goal back and starting to dominate. The game went into the 90th minute destined to finish a 1-1 draw. But then, late drama…as Piaseczno continued to defend, they couldn’t quite hold on and they conceded a last minute penalty. I managed to get the penalty on tape, the version I later YouTubed below. The match finished as a 2-1 win to Siekierki.
After the match we headed to the Beer Festival at the Legia Warszawa stadium where I also watched AFC Bournemouth lose 2-1 to Everton (on my laptop).
Later I blogged about the match on my Facebook page which was later shared by the club. The following week, whilst teaching English in Praga, Warszawa, one of my students said she saw the post as her brother plays for Siekierki! Small world and great day out.
Here are the details of the two teams I watched:
Here are some videos of the dramatic match between UKS Siekierki Warszawa 2-1 MKS Piaseczno II which ended 2-1 to the ‘home’ team:
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