SAK 1914 3-0 (2-0) FC Pinzgau Saalfelden. Goals: Hulaj (4), Feiser (35), Nika (73)
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden slipped to a 3-0 defeat away to SAK 1914 on Friday evening.
The Nonntalers quickly caught their visitors from Pinzgau on the wrong foot in the opening stages. Having hit the crossbar with a header in the third minute, they found the back of the net only seconds later when Rinor Hulaj finished off a quick counter-attack with a commanding finish to give his side an early lead. Christian Ziege’s team needed a while to really get into the game but created chances as well. After a mistake by the SAK goalkeeper, Arnold Benedek went for goal from close range – only for one of the SAK defenders to throw himself into the path of the shot at the last moment and prevent what looked to be a certain equaliser. On the half-hour mark, Semir Gvozdjar was impeded and brought down as he readied to pull the trigger in the penalty area – but the referee opted against intervening and Julian Feiser gave his side a 2-0 lead shortly afterwards.
In the second period, the visitors showed a completely different side to themselves, were more aggressive in the tackles, dictated the proceedings and carved open some good opportunities. Shortly after the restart, substitute Christopher Fürstaller saw a great finish kept out by opposition goalkeeper Kilian Vallant, before firing a free-kick a matter of centimetres wide of the top corner moments later. The home side now no longer had the same foothold in the game but tried to alleviate the pressure with targeted attacks. However, after Tamas Tandari missed two great chances, FC Pinzgau Saalfelden were punished again. Petrit Nika was ice-cold in front of goal and finished off a counter-attack calmly to make it 3-0. In the end, the Ziege Crew suffered a clear defeat in Nonntal and travelled home empty-handed.
Schröcker; Nupaya, Adjei, Ziege; Mühlbacher, Benedek, Moosmann, Streitwieser (Handlechner, 71), Schwaighofer (Fürstaller, 46); Gvozdjar (Vadze, 40), Tandari