Opatkowianka 1-5 Dragoons: Two in Two for Dragoons

Krakow Dragoons FC celebrating a goal vs Opatkowianka
Opatkowianka Opatkowianka
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Sun, 5 Sep 2021 17:00 Klasa B — Week 3
OSS Opatkowianka Kraków


Two in Two for Dragoons

After the Dragoons victory at home over Bronowicki, the Krakow Expats took to their travels to face OSS Opatkowianka on Sunday evening. This was the second away encounter against this side, with the Dragoons securing a comfortable 7-1 win in last season’s match.

The Dragoons started the game brightly and created a couple of early chances. Firstly, Enrico Forabosco played a delightful pass to release Emre Bezirkan in on goal. The stand in striker attempted to lob the Opatkowianka keeper Karol Darłak, however sent his effort miles over.

Emre Bezirkan of Krakow Dragoons FC vs Opatkowianka
Over the Bar — Emre Bezirkan lifts the ball over the target in the opening stages of the match

Joaquin Serrano making his first league appearance for the Expats had the second chance. The wing wizard received the ball from Krzysztof Musiał, but Darłak saved the Spaniard’s effort. The following corner saw Zelenkin react quickest to the loose ball and volley back at goal only to see a defender head the ball off the line.

Joaquin Serrano of Krakow Dragoons FC
Wing Wizard — Recent signing Joaquin Serrano prowls the touchline

In the 13th minute, the Dragoons widemen Serrano and Flavio Nkola caused havoc to the Opatkowianka backline. The home side cleared the ball out to Forabosco, who hit a shot from 35 metres that cannoned back off the crossbar.

No VAR needed!

The deadlock was finally broken in the 19th minute. Opatkowianka failed to clear their lines from a corner kick. Scott Halcrow hit the ball goalwards and a defender misjudged his clearance, hitting the ball in the air towards his own goal. The grateful Michał Nowak in an offside position, punished the error, gleefully volleying the ball into the net from 6 metres. The assistant referee flagged for offside, however, following discussions with the referee the goal was rightfully given.

Krakow Dragoons FC celebrating a goal
Thank You Very Much — Michaɫ Nowak celebrates his strike with Enrico Forabosco

Despite being the dominant side, the Dragoons nearly allowed Opatkowianka a way back in two minutes after scoring. Fortunately, a number of miskicks from the home team inside the Expats box went unpunished.

Ball dispute in the air at Opatkowianka vs Krakow Dragoons FC
Eyes on the Prize — A Forabosco ball into the box is waiting to be pounced upon

In the 26th minute, Flavio Nkola found himself in the book for catching an opponent late. Opatkowianka booted the ball forward and early substitute Damian Filuciak blasted a shot over the bar.

Chance After Chance

The Dragoons continued to dominate proceedings and an expert pass from Forabosco saw Nkola hit a fierce shot that Darłak pushed wide. The following corner saw Bezirkan rise highest but could not direct his header on target.

Enrico Forabosco of Krakow Dragoons FC crossing a free kick into the area of Opatkowianka
BOSH — Forabosco puts the ball into the Opatkowianka danger zone

As the half wore on, the Dragoons continued to create chances. A nice flowing move involving Nowak, Bezirkan and Serrano, saw the latter bamboozle the defence and put the ball across goal, which just evaded the diving boot of Forabosco.

Joaquin Serrano of Krakow Dragoons FC
Spanish Superstar — Joaquin Serrano started his first league game for the Dragoons against Opatkowianka

Moments later, a swift counter attack by Opatkowianka saw Adrian Stochel hit a low drive that required Muñoz to save.

The Dragoons doubled their lead on the stroke of half time with a lovely piece of football. Bezirkan expertly held the ball up and gave it to Serrano. The Spaniard played a one-two with Musiał and put a delightful low cross into the box. The loitering Forabosco couldn’t miss from and side footed home from close range to make it 2-0.

Enrico Forabosco and Joaquin Serrano of Krakow Dragoons FC celebrating a goal
At the Double — Enrico Forabosco celebrates his 45th minute strike with Serrano

Second Half

Opatkowianka came straight out of the traps and Rafał Sowa hit a daisy cutter that Muñoz gathered easily.

Just a moment later in the 50th minute, the Dragoons grabbed their third goal in some style, following a foul on Nkola. Enrico Forabosco has a magic wand of a left foot. The classy midfield magician put on a show for the adoring fans with a free-kick from 35 metres. The Italian nonchalantly stepped up and curled a magnificent effort straight into the top corner. If Messi has scored such a goal, it would be talked about for months!

Krakow Dragoons FC celebrating a goal
TEEK A BOO SON — The Dragoons jubilantly gather round Forabosco after scoring a fabulous free-kick

Flavio Nkola should have made it 4-0 in the 55th minute. The speedster latched onto a long pass and raced into the corner of the box. With just the stranded Darłak to beat, the Angolan leathered his effort straight over the bar.

Opatowianka toiled to get back into the game. A shot from range by Maciej Luty called Muñoz into action, with the keeper palming wide.

Another chance fell to Nkola in the 60th minute. Bezirkan met a Forabosco corner and the ball flew towards the far post. It looked like it should be an easy finish for Nkola to tap in, however a divot took the ball away from the Dragoons forward and the chance went begging.

Emre Ozan Çolakoğlu and Enrico Forabosco of Krakow Dragoons FC
Debut — Forabosco makes way for Emre Çolakoğlu to enter the field for his first competitive appearance in a Dragoons shirt

Scintillating Serrano

It did not take long for the Dragoons fourth goal. A smart ball forward from Bezirkan set Serrano sprinting after it. Darłak comically left his box in a desperate attempt to deny the Dragoons wingman and found himself outsmarted by Serrano’s quick feet. The Spaniard rifled an effort from 18 metres past the man on the line and into the top corner for 4-0.

Joaquin Serrano of Krakow Dragoons FC shooting on goal
‘Av That — Serrano curls a supreme effort into the top corner after toying with the Opatkowianka keeper

Four became five in the 75th minute. Nkola beat the offside flag to accelerate onto Halcrow’s beautifully lofted pass. The attacker teased Darłak out of his goal and unselfishly squared the ball to substitute Yuri Samyonov. The Israeli tapped the ball into the empty net to further increase the Dragoons tally.

Ball entering the goal in Krakow Dragoons FC vs Opatkowianka
Back of the Net — Yuri Samyonov passes the ball into an empty goal for the Dragoons fifth strike of the game

Marching Orders

Ten minutes later, both sides were reduced to ten men following an altercation. Both Nkola and Kamil Doros for the home side received their second yellow cards from the referee – with Doros only receiving his first yellow card moments before his second.

Samyonov went close twice as the match drew towards a close. First with a shot off target before hitting the bar in the last minute of the match with a free-kick.

Yuri Samyonov of Krakow Dragoons FC vs Opatkowianka
Bursting Through — Samyonov cuts through the Opatkowianka half before being fouled on the edge of the box

Deep into injury time and Opatkowianka grabbed a consolation goal. A hopeful ball forward saw Krzysztof Szewczyk expertly chest it down before sending an unstoppable drive past Muñoz.

The referee’s whistle ended the game seconds later with the Dragoons comfortable victors in their fourth official duel against Opatkowianka, now totalling 3 wins and 1 loss in favour of the Blues.

Victoria are the next opponents for the Expats at Nadwiślan and they will have to perform much better against the early league leaders, trying to repeat last season’s soaked and brave performance, which resulted in an important 4-2 win for the Blues away from home.

Posted on Text: Dave Burch Photography: Pedro Viernes Visual Editing: Daniel Silva


1Gabriel Muñoz (chi)
2Alexey Zelenkin (blr)
3Francesco Leuci (ita)
7Michał Nowak (pol) 14 19'
8Simon Calabrese (ita)
10Flavio Nkola (ang) 26', 85'
17Krzysztof Musiał (pol)
18Joaquin Serrano (esp) 12 61'
19Emre Bezirkan (tur) 21
24Scott Halcrow (eng) 5
70Enrico Forabosco (fin/ita) 20 45', 50'
33Alex Băcica (rou)
5David Nicolas (fra) 24
12Yuri Samyonov (isr) 18 75'
14Edoardo Battaglion (ita) 7
16Jamie Beattie (eng)
20Emre Çolakoğlu (tur) 70
21Daniel Finnegan (irl) 19


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