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Salzburg Regional League Matchday 13: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden 1-2 SV Seekirchen

Saalfelden, October 10 2020

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden ran out 2-1 losers in an eventful, end-to-end encounter with SV Seekirchen on Matchday 13 of the Salzburg Regional League season. Although FCPS captain Tamas Tandari halved the deficit after Alexander Reiter and Aaron Boold Volkert had fired the visitors into a two-goal lead, the hosts could not find the equaliser they arguably deserved and ultimately succumbed to a second successive defeat at the Saalfelden Arena.

The Scenario

Having lost to SV Grödig last time out, fifth-placed FCPS were in desperate need of a win to stay within touching distance of second-placed Austria Salzburg and keep their chance of securing a berth in the interregional play-off alive. SV Seekirchen were three points ahead in fourth place but had lost their previous two matches – 4-1 to TSV St. Johann and 3-1 to SV Kuchl.

The Action

Lukas Schubert and Daniel Raischl, who had been doubtful with illness and injury respectively, recovered in time to play and started in defence for Christian Ziege’s side. The Mountainous Pine Blues lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Tandari leading the line. In total, there were three changes from the team that started last time out, with Christopher Fürstaller, Lukas Moosmann and Harry Cooksley making way for David Rathgeb, Niklas Seiler and Schubert. SV Seekirchen boss Alexander Schriebl made four changes to the side that lost to league leaders SV Kuchl: Severin Heuberger, Michael Noggler, Bernhard Biribauer and Alexander Reiter replaced Nico Tezzele, Maximilian Grössinger, Lauritz Koeltringer and Ankido Abraham.

The first clear-cut chances of the game fell to FCPS around the quarter-hour mark, although Schubert dragged a shot wide from outside the penalty area on the 13-minute mark and Tandari fired off target from a similar position two minutes later. That early profligacy was punished by SVS in the 26th minute when Alexander Reiter latched onto Alexander Wassung’s long ball downfield and coolly prodded past Stipo Colic to open the scoring.

Aaron Boold Volkert had a gilt-edged opportunity to double the advantage seven minutes before the break, but Colic scrambled across to make the block and then denied Jonas Vorderegger from inside the box three minutes later. Sixty seconds later, Wassung committed a foul on Schubert that was certainly worthy of a second yellow card but the referee let him off and the visitors escaped a potentially game-changing punishment.

The second half exploded into life in the 53rd minute when Boold Volkert unleashed a piledriver from long range that flew past Colic and into the top corner. Tandari halved the deficit five minutes later when his low effort following a corner found its way through a crowd of bodies and slipped under Seekirchen shot-stopper Severin Heuberger, who almost conceded another in the 63rd minute when Dominik Kirschner’s cheeky lob came back off the post.

Seiler tried his luck with a powerful free-kick from distance in the 68th minute, but it was too central and Heuberger was able to turn the ball over his crossbar. The Pinzgau pressured waned thereafter and the next chance actually fell to Wassung in the 79th minute, the midfielder striking the outside of the post from a tight angle. Tandari then had a curling effort saved by Heuberger in the 85th minute and Schubert was denied a penalty in stoppage time as FCPS slipped to their second 2-1 loss against Seekirchen of the season.

Christian Ziege’s charges are next in action next Saturday (17 October) when they travel to high-flying SK Bischofshofen. Kick-off at Sportplatz Bischofshofen will be at 15:00 CET.

Starting Line-Ups

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Colic, Ziege, Mühlbacher, Raischl, Schubert, Jatta, Kirschner, Schwaighofer, Seiler, Rathgeb, Tandari

SV Seekirchen: Heuberger, Wechselberger, Büchele, Wassung, Vorderegger, Boold Volkert, Eliasch, Noggler, Reiter, Biribauer, Aigner