It did not get much better in the second half as Marcin Obyrtacz saved the side on a number of occasions. A late consolation strike courtesy of Michał Nowak gave the Dragoons hope, but they had been well and truly beaten by their experienced opponents.
Table-toppers Iskra Krzęcin followed in a tale of three penalties ending in a 3-3 draw. The Dragoons raced into a 2-0 lead through Rohit Chandran and Barry Chowaniec. Iskra converted a penalty conceded by Nowak, before adding an equaliser a few moments after.
A bad day at the office continued for Nowak, as he missed a penalty before conceding a second, which Iskra took the lead for the first time from. An entertaining cameo from Ceri Looker saw the Englishman provide a goal for Chowaniec before being harshly sent off – earning a two-match suspension.
Two Wins on the Trot
The Expats travelled to Nowa Huta for their next fixture against Wanda. A glorious first start for Alessandro Puerini saw the Italian grab a debut hat-trick. Club hero Błażej Święcicki nodded a late fourth as the Dragoons stormed to a 4-0 victory.
Strzelcy Kraków visited the Expats in October’s fourth game. A near perfect match saw Enrico Forabosco open the scoring from the penalty spot. Alessandro Puerini missed a second spot-kick for the Expats, but later made amends by tapping home a second goal from close range.
Martin Voženílek scored either side of half time to put the Expats firmly ahead. Puerini notched his second goal of the game to increase the score, before Strzelcy pulled a goal back late in the match. The only downside saw Joaquin Serrano tear his hamstring as the Dragoons ran out 5-1 victors.
A Sour Ending
The final game of October saw the month end on a slightly disappointing note. The Dragoons toiled against a workmanlike Gajowianka Gaj, who played the entire second half with ten men and the last 10 minutes with nine. A great start saw Enrico Forabosco open the scoring. Ex-Dragoon Alessandro Soso received his marching orders on the stroke of half time. Two costly errors saw Gajowianka score twice to lead the game before Alessandro Puerini equalled the match as the Expats limped to a 2-2 draw.
With two victories, two draws and one defeat in October, your nominees for the Player of the Month are:
Marcin Obyrtacz 🇵🇱
The Dragoons summer signing has firmly established himself as number 1 in between the posts. Obyrtacz has been a near ever present to the side in October, only missing the final game against Gajowianka. Marcin won man of the match against Tramwaj, pulling off a number of saves. The goalkeeper kept the score down to two, when it should have been a lot more! Despite the Dragoons leaky defence, Obyrtacz kept his first clean sheet away at Wanda and is a worthy candidate for player of the month.
Bartek Chowaniec 🇵🇱
Barry has been a revelation since the Dragoons captured his signature in the summer. The Pole has been a vital outlet for the Expats with his pace being a key asset. The attacker scored two goals in his four appearances for the Dragoons in October. Both goals came in the 3-3 draw against Iskra to bring his total for the season to six. Barry has fit in well with the team dynamic and will be a huge player over the course of the season.
Alessandro Puerini 🇮🇹
The Italian assassin joined the club in time to make his debut against Wanda and has been ever present since. The hitman had a debut to remember clinching a memorable hat-trick against the aforementioned opponent and winning man of the match. Bringing pace to burn, excellent hold up play as well as lethal finishing, the striker has fit in excellently to his new surroundings. With six goals in three appearances, Puerini joins Chowaniec at the top of the scoring charts. Should the ammunition continue to be provided, it will definitely be Alessandro firing the Dragoons up the table.
Emre Çolakoğlu 🇹🇷
The Turkish man-mountain has had to be patient for first team opportunities since joining the Expats. Çolakoğlu started for the first time this season in the victory against Wanda following an injury to Mark Szczesnowicz. The midfielder showed excellent positional play to stop the opponents in their tracks. Patient build up play started with the Turk, who is virtually impossible to dispossess, owing to his exceptional ball control and strength. He continued his fine form to start in the remaining two games of October, impressing in both. He won man of the match to boot in the 5-1 thumping of Strzelcy.
Rohit Chandran 🇮🇳
The Indian whirlwind has been a near ever present in the side all season so far. The attacker has only missed one game so far in the victory over Wanda. With an engine like a Duracell Bunny, the mercurial Chandran has been a key member of the side. Quick footed, Rohit has dazzled opponents with his skill and direct running. He scored one goal in his four appearances, notching early doors against Iskra. Chandran also won a penalty for Enrico Forabosco to open the scoring in the Strzelcy game. Rohit won man of the match for his performance in the Gajowianka fixture. Despite not being the teams’ best performance, the Indian’s nonstop running caused Gaj no end of problems.
These are your nominees for your Dragoons Player of the month for October. Who will win? YOU decide!
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