Snagov once again left it late to earn a win as their unbeaten start to the season continues. It was the 94th minute when Dănălache fired home from the penalty spot to dash Arad's hopes of securing a point on the road. With the game scoreless at half-time, the match came alive in the 61st minute when Buia put Snagov ahead. The lead was short-lived as Rus scored for Arad just five minutes later. The Snagov players continued to battle to the last as they have done all season, and their efforts were rewarded with a penalty as midfielder Hlistei was fouled in the box. Dănălache stepped up and scored as he notched his second goal of the season.
The Arad players are left disconsolate as the Snagov players celebrate the injury-time winner.
The victory for Snagov would have been even sweeter for Hlistei, who has scored four times this season, as he was born in Arad. Anyone in football knows that playing for or against your home town is always a little more special. Credit for the victory should also go to Snagov 'keeper Florin Iacob who saved a penalty to deny Arad and keep Snagov in the game.
Iacob dives to his right to push the penalty out for a corner.
Following the late victory, Snagov Manager Gyuszi Balint was quick to praise his players for their work-ethic and determination. Although there are some difficulties in translating from Romanian to English, Balint's delight and admiration for his team shine through; "Today's success belongs to them entirely, they have shown an extraordinary spirit and fought to the last drop of energy!"
It appears that Snagov are something of second-half specialists with ten of their fourteen league goals so far coming after the break. Snagov's work-rate and determination to fight to the death is demonstrated in five of their goals being scored after the 80th minute.
The win on Thursday against Arad sent Snagov back to the top of the table, however much would depend on how Academica Clinceni performed against struggling Luceafărul Oradea. In something of a shock result, Clinceni fell to a one-nil loss and find themselves stuck in second place, two-points behind Snagov. This is shaping up to be a very interesting season and next week's Liga 2 fixtures are eagerly anticipated. The highlight of the day will no doubt be when Snagov travel to Clinceni to try and extend their lead at the top of the table.
The current Liga 2 table.
From a personal point of view I am really frustrated I will not be in Romania next weekend to watch Snagov in person. This match against Clinceni could be a vital boost to Snagov's season. These fixtures are what football is all about. There is a real sense of community about the club and one cannot help but notice the spirit that is pushing Snagov along from one win to another.
The Snagov bench celebrate the late winner.
Dănălache sends the Arad 'keeper the wrong way to earn the three points for the hosts.
In keeping with the community spirit, the Snagov players came out wearing shirts that stated "Sportul Snagov O Familie" which translates as "Sportul Snagov A Family". Once again, the Snagov team remembered their injured teammate Robert Elek who is out with a broken leg. The team entered the pitch with a banner carrying the message "For Elek". It is thought the injured striker will be out for several months.
A family club.
Later next week I will have an in-depth look at the top-of-the-table clash that could shape the Liga 2 season.
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