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Salzburg Regional League Matchday 5: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden 2–2 SK Bischofshofen

Saalfelden, August 29 2020

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden missed out on another opportunity to claim their first home win of the season as they were held to a 2-2 draw by SK Bischofshofen on Matchday 5 of the Salzburg Regional League season. The Mountainous Pine Blues took a two-goal lead courtesy of Alexander Gadenstätter and Lukas Moosmann, but Ferdinand Takyi and Nicholas Mayer netted against the run of play to rescue a point for the visitors.

The Scenario

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden and SK Bischofshofen went into this clash with six points apiece, having both beaten SV Wals-Grünau and SV Grödig in the opening few weeks of the season. They had also both lost to league leaders Austria Salzburg, while their other games ended in defeat to SV Seekirchen (FCPS) and TSV St. Johann (SKB) respectively.

The Action

FCPS boss Christian Ziege, who was without the injured quartet of Simon Ollert, Raphael Streitwieser, Michael Viehhauser and David Rathgeb, lined his team up in a 4-3-3 formation. There were three changes to the side that lost to SV Seekirchen, with Harry Cooksley, Niklas Mühlbacher and Niklas Seiler replacing Alfusainey Jatta, Dominik Kirschner and Lukas Moosmann. SKB head coach Damir Spica opted for a 4-3-2-1 system and made one change to the team that beat SV Grödig, introducing Goran Antunovic in place of Armin Mahovic.

The home side started brightly and carved out their first half-chance of the game after five minutes, although Cooksley fired over the crossbar on the half-volley following a neat one-two with Gadenstätter. The Englishman almost set up Tamas Tandari with a dangerous low ball into the penalty area from the left flank six minutes later, but Bischofshofen shot-stopper Pawel Kapsa pounced on the loose ball and thwarted the danger.

However, FCPS got their breakthrough midway through the opening half when they were awarded a free-kick in a promising position for a foul on Tandari. Seiler’s curling effort crashed against the crossbar but the ball rebounded to Gadenstätter, whose low volley from the edge of the penalty area caught Kapsa wrong-footed and nestled in the bottom corner.

FCPS were well worth the lead at the interval and doubled their advantage shortly after the hour mark when Moosmann, who had replaced Gvozdjar just moments earlier, latched onto a long ball downfield from Stipo Colic. The No. 11 raced into the penalty area and cleverly dragged the ball back past an opponent before producing a cool finish to make it 2-0.

But Bischofshofen struck back almost immediately, with Ferdinand Takyi beating Colic from the spot after a penalty had been given in the 65th minute. With the momentum behind them, the visitors then levelled in the 74th minute when Nicholas Mayer tricked his way past several opponents before unleashing a thunderbolt that found the back of the net via the crossbar.

FCPS rallied and had SKB well and truly on the ropes in the closing stages as they pushed forward in search of a winner. Unfortunately, though, they could not take advantage of a string of late corners and the game finished all square.

The Mountainous Pine Blues do not have long to wait until they are back in action, with an away clash against Salzburger AK 1914 coming up on Tuesday (19:00 CET). They will then be back on home turf next Saturday when they play host to USK Anif (17:00 CET).

Starting Line-Ups

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Colic, Schubert, Ziege, Kahrimanovic, Mühlbacher, Raischl, Seiler, Gadenstätter, Gvozdjar, Cooksley, Tandari

SK Bischofshofen: Kapsa, Kircher, Christodoulou, Kozecki, Llambay, Antl, Witkowski, Poric, Mayer, Antunovic, Takyi