FCPS vs SVA Salzburg Match Report
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 2: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden 0-2 SV Austria Salzburg
Saalfelden, August 15 2020
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden’s first home game of the Salzburg Regional League season ended in defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by SV Austria Salzburg in a hotly-contested encounter on Saturday evening. Marco Hödl scored either side of the break to condemn Christian Ziege’s charges to an unexpected defeat in front of a sell-out crowd of 500 fans at the Saalfelden Arena.
The scenario: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden and SV Austria Salzburg occupied first and second positions in the table respectively following the opening round of fixtures last weekend. The Mountainous Pine Blues claimed a deserved 3-1 victory away to SV Wals-Grünau, while the Violet-Whites came from behind to beat SV Grödig by the same scoreline.
The action: FCPS head coach Christian Ziege, who was without the injured duo of Simon Ollert and Raphael Streitwieser, lined his team up in a 4-3-1-2 formation with Dominik Kirschner sitting in the hole behind the attacking duo of Tamas Tandari and Harry Cooksley. The German tactician made one change to the XI that had started in Wals: Oliver Valentine was omitted from the squad and replaced at left-back by Niklas Mühlbacher. Christian Saider opted for an attack-minded 4-1-2-3 system with Umberto Gruber in the holding midfield role.
Both teams made a cautious start and it was not until the ninth minute that FCPS captain Tandari had the first chance of the match, although the Hungarian’s volley from the edge of the box sailed high and wide. Denis Kahrimanovic had a promising opportunity three minutes later when Jatta touched the ball into his path following a Kirschner free-kick, but the defender’s effort was wayward and did not trouble Christian Schlosser in the Austria Salzburg goal.
The Violet-Whites gradually grew into the game and first threatened the Pinzgau goal on the 20-minute mark with a dangerous in-swinging free-kick from the left flank that whistled inches wide of Stipo Colic’s near post. They then opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Christoph Bann broke through down the right flank and drilled a low ball across the face of goal that was tapped in comfortably at the back post by Hödl.
The Austria Salzburg No. 9 doubled the advantage just after the hour-mark when he stabbed home a brilliant curling cross from Florian Wiedl on the right flank. Cooksley had a gilt-edged chance to hit back and halve the deficit 10 minutes later, but the Englishman fired straight at Schlosser from point-blank range after plucking a long ball out of the sky (70).
In the latter stages of an increasingly fractious second half that saw a total of eight players yellow-carded, Pinzgau had several further chances to pull a goal back and give themselves a fighting chance of rescuing a draw. But Gadenstätter’s shot from outside the box was cleared to safety (78) and Kahrimanovic was unable to steer Tandari’s volley over the line (83). Raischl looked certain to score two minutes from time but could not connect with Lukas Schubert’s cross and the visitors ultimately held on to secure a 2-0 victory.
Fortunately, FCPS will soon have an opportunity to make amends: the Mountainous Pine Blues travel to SV Grödig on Tuesday evening for their first midweek fixture of the new season.
The starting line-ups:
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Colic, Mühlbacher, Ziege, Kahrimanovic, Schubert, Gadenstätter, Raischl, Jatta, Kirschner, Cooksley, Tandari
SV Austria Salzburg: Schlosser, Theiner, Hödl, Sorda, Krainz, Sandmayr, Schwaighofer, Wiedl, Gruber, Bann, Oberst