Sometimes it pays to have the lergy. My head is full of snot and I did not want to get properly sick and miss some quite important stuff this week, so I gave the Oulu game a miss today. Extra time and penalties saw TamU go through after a 0-0 draw.
They now face GBK in the semi final on Saturday. The Kokkola club apparently turned down a merger with KPV recently, despite their drop into Kakkonen, but I think they will find it tough to get past TamU (bold prediction there). It’s funny how a small town can sustain two clubs at that level, and I’m sure it has to do with the local personalities and traditions as well as the linguistic issue (Gamlakarleby Boll Klubb are not as big or successful as Kokkolan Pallo Veikot these days), but maybe this will happen in a few years anyway. Maybe GBK will drop even further and KPV will become the only professional side in Kokkola on a more permanent basis, as i find it hard to believe that GBK will be able to pay their players in Kakkonen.
Whatever happens there will be a strong football presence in Kokkola. KPV were in the cup final last year and GBK made it to the semis this season, so it’s not like they have nothing at all. And football does seem to be much stronger in coastal areas.
EDIT-looks like I wasn’t the only one to have given it a miss, the crowd tonight was a whopping 680. Other TamU news is that they have signed a third Savolainen, this one called Vili, and Henri Scheweleff returns from Vaasa. He had the option this season but chose to go to his home town, and I bet he regrets that now.