Rybitwy 4-2 Dragoons: Dragoons Derailed by Rybitwy

Krakow Dragoons FC celebrating a goal
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Sat, 29 May 2021 16:00 Klasa B — Week 19
TS Rybitwy Kraków


Dragoons Derailed by Rybitwy

The Dragoons slumped to a second consecutive defeat against T.S. Rybitwy on Saturday.

Adrian Paliś of Krakow Dragoons FC
Adrian Paliś breaks forward for the Dragoons

Following a tentative opening, the game burst into life in the 10th minute as the Dragoons took the lead. Adrian Paliś raced onto the long ball just inside the Rybitwy half and powered forward down the left wing. The hitman raced into the box and pulled the ball back to Flavio Nkola, who smashed it beyond the goalkeeper and into the net.

Krakow Dragoons FC celebrating a goal
Simon Calabrese (middle) celebrating with the makers of the Dragoons’ first goal: Flavio Nkola (left) – the scorer – assisted by the top assist man of this season (7 assists) – Adrian Paliś (right)

The lead was to last only three minutes however, as Rybitwy hit straight back. A free-kick from Mateusz Włodarcyzk evaded everyone in the box and arrowed into the top corner of the net.

The Dragoons looked to regain the lead and had a glorious chance in the 15th minute. A corner from Forabosco found its way to Musiał at the back post. The midfielder was unable to convert however, stabbing the ball wide from six yards.

Krakow Dragoons FC vs Rybitwy
Enrico Forabosco guiding the ball to the striker Adrian Paliś inside a populated Rybitwy area

Set pieces looked to be the best source of chances for either side. A series of corners lead to a chance for Rybitwy and Muñoz García needed to be on hand to punch a goal-bound effort clear.

Nowak was next to go close for the visitors. A trademark long-throw into the box, was cleared back out to the defender. The resulting shot was unable to trouble the goalkeeper however and flew over the bar.

Another chance came for the Dragoons in the 23rd minute from a corner. Nkola rose highest but Dariusz Kurnik was equal to save the forwards header low at his post.

Krakow Dragoons FC vs Rybitwy
Set pieces proved to be a danger for both sides

On the half hour mark the home side took the lead for the first time in the match. A set-piece was worked into the Dragoons box and Chumakov was adjudged to have handled the ball. The referee pointed to the spot, much to the dismay of the defender who had just entered the field following an injury to Zelenkin.

Mateusz Włodarcyzk stepped up to take the resulting penalty and sent Muñoz García the wrong way to score.

Krakow Dragoons FC vs Rybitwy
Rybitwy’s successful penalty for 2-1 complicated things for the Dragoons

The Dragoons continued to battle and Paliś had a good chance in the 36th minute. The striker showed good skill to beat his man, but shot into the side netting from a difficult angle.

An equaliser came for the Dragoons in the most unexpected fashion in the 39th minute from a Forabosco corner. The midfield dynamo whipped the ball into the box and Kurnik appeared to misjudge its flight and punched into his own net.

The goal was to be the last of any real action as the half petered out to a close.

Alex Băcica, president of Krakow Dragoons FC
Life Thru a Lens: Alex Băcica — Dragoons president, often camera man and highlights director – just to name a few – following the match through the camera

Second Half

The Dragoons looked to regain the lead early into the second half. Another Forabosco corner found Chumakov, however the defender saw his header cannon off against the crossbar.

Moments later Yuri Samyonov found space down the right side. The attacker broke into the box, but saw his shot comfortably gathered by Kurnik.

Krakow Dragoons FC vs Rybitwy
Yuri Samyonov finding space through the opponent’s half

A quick counterattack saw Rybitwy take the lead for a second time in the encounter in the 51st minute. A floated pass exposed a gap down the right side of the Dragoons and Marcin Ćwierz broke forward. The home winger broke into the box and calmly slotted beyond Muñoz García to bring the score to 3-2.

The Dragoons toiled as they attempted to get back into the game. Another Forabosco corner was cleared and Mark Szczesnowicz smacked the rebound straight at Kurnik to save.

As the visitors took more risks going forward, holes started to appear at the back. Rybitwy again broke and Muñoz García stood tall to block a goal bound shot.

Dragoons Derailed!

Into the 68th minute, a foul on the edge of the Dragoons box saw a free-kick given to Rybitwy. Piotr Skzrypek stepped up and curled a delightful effort into the top corner to double the home side’s lead.

Krakow Dragoons FC vs Rybitwy
Free kick which ended Dragoons’ aspirations for this match, setting the final score of 4-2 for the hosts

Despite a change to the formation, the visitors found it difficult to breakdown a stubborn Rybitwy rear-guard.

Chances became a premium and into the 77th minute a whipped cross found Bumba in the box. The substitute dived to get his head to the ball, but was unable to hit the target.

Moments later Nkola burst into the area, but he too failed to trouble the goalkeeper and shot wide.

Simon Calabrese of Krakow Dragoons FC
Simon Calabrese launches the ball forward as the Dragoons try to find a way back into the game

The last chance of the game fell to David Nicolas of the away team. The experienced midfielder connected beautifully with a volley, but Kurnik got down well to make the save.

The final whistle sounded shortly after to put the Dragoons out of the misery.

It was a disappointing display by the visitors against a solid and determined Rybitwy side. The defeat saw Rybitwy leapfrog the Expats into 6th in the table and the Dragoons will look to bounce back against Universum in mid-week.

Flavio Nkola of Krakow Dragoons FC vs Rybitwy
Flavio Nkola showing his disappointment after a negative result against one of the Dragoons’ direct rivals, which brings the blues back to 6th place in the table with 5 matches to go until the end of season
Posted on Text: Dave Burch Photography: Pedro Viernes Visual Editing: Daniel Silva


1Gabriel Muñoz (chi)
2Alexey Zelenkin (blr) 3
7Michał Nowak (pol)
8Simon Calabrese (ita) 21
9Adrian Paliś (pol)
12Yuri Samyonov (isr) 11
14Edoardo Battaglion (ita) 19
17Flavio Nkola (ang) 10'
18Krzysztof Musiał (pol) 5 3'
23Mark Szczesnowicz (pol/aus) 68'
70Enrico Forabosco (fin/ita) 39'
33Dmytro Kontsevyi (ukr)
3Vałdzis Fuhaš (blr) 2
5David Nicolas (fra) 18
11Ernesto Bumba Jr (ang) 12
19Emre Bezirkan (tur) 14
21Cedrick Mwamba (cod) 8
24Scott Halcrow (eng)


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