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FCPS vs SV Wals Grünau Match Report


Salzburg Regional League Matchday 10: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden 3-2 SV Wals-Grünau

Saalfelden, September 29 2020

Lukas Schubert was the hero as FC Pinzgau Saalfelden claimed a last-second victory over SV Wals-Grünau on Matchday 10 of the Salzburg Regional League season. Having already opened the scoring for the hosts in the second minute, Schubert latched onto a long ball downfield deep into stoppage time and calmly slotted home to seal three hugely important points and prompt scenes of jubilation at the Saalfelden Arena.

The Scenario

Both teams went into this rearranged fixture on the back of a defeat. While sixth-placed FCPS had suffered an unlucky 2-1 away loss at the hands of SV Austria Salzburg, bottom-of-the-table SV Wals-Grünau had lost 1-0 at home to SK Bischofshofen.

The Action

FCPS boss Christian Ziege opted for a 3-4-3 formation and made several changes to the team that lost to Austria Salzburg. Stipo Colic replaced Henrik Regitnig between the sticks, while Harry Cooksley and David Rathgeb came in for Dominik Kirschner and Christopher Fürstaller. SVWG coach Franz Aigner made two changes to the side that faced Bischofshofen, with Florian Schindl and Christian Schnöll making way for Alexander Lapkalo and Andreas Füreder.

The game got off to the best-possible start for the Mountainous Pine Blues, who opened the scoring in the second minute when Schubert tapped home Cooksley’s low driven cross from close range. The visitors had several good chances themselves though and would have levelled in the fifth minute had Stipo Colic not produced some outstanding reflexes to keep out Matthias Pichler’s low shot. The Croatian custodian was in fine form on his return to the team following a prolonged absence and made one of the saves of the season when he clawed Philip Kanzler’s powerful downward header off the line and away to safety in the 24th minute.

The visitors found a way back into the game four minutes later, however, with Pichler’s strike from inside the box taking a deflection off Jonas Schwaighofer and flying past Colic. But Cooksley put the home side back in front with eight minutes of the first period remaining when he latched onto a defence-splitting pass from Niklas Seiler and cheekily dinked the ball over SVWG shot-stopper Alexander Strobl to give his team the lead at the break.

Opportunities were rather at a premium in the opening stages of the second half as the heavy rainfall made for difficult conditions. Semir Gvozdjar was probably guilty of squandering the best chance of the first quarter of an hour when he ignored the arguably better-positioned Tandari and fired straight at Strobl. Within 10 minutes, the Green & Blacks were level. Pichler’s shot was saved by Colic but the rebound span up into the air towards Moussa David Dembele, and his header bounced agonizingly over the outstretched leg of Jatta and into the net.

FCPS had two half-chances in the 79th and 81st minutes, but Seiler’s free-kick was easily dealt with by Strobl and Tandari could not quite get on the end of a promising Schubert cross. All hopes of a victory seemed certain to have disappeared when Alfusainey Jatta shot straight at Strobl from a promising position in the 92nd minute, but seconds later Schubert stole in behind the defence and slotted home to seal the win and take his goal tally to four for the season.

Next up for the Mountainous Pine Blues is another home game against one of the relegation candidates: SV Grödig will be the visitors to the Saalfelden Arena on Saturday (17:00 CET).

Starting Line-Ups

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Colic, Ziege, Jatta, Raischl, Schwaighofer, Seiler, Rathgeb, Schubert, Cooksley, Gvozdjar, Tandari

SV-Wals-Grünau: Strobl, Lapkalo, Kanzler, Ebner, Pichler, Scheibenhofer, Füreder, Pertl, Sturm, Pössl, Dembele