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FCPS vs TSV Mc Donalds St. Johann Game Report


Salzburg Regional League Matchday 9: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden 2-0 TSV McDonald’s St. Johann

Saalfelden, September 15 2020

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden rounded off the first half of the Salzburg Regional League regular season with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over TSV McDonald’s St. Johann. Dominik Kirschner and Alfusainey Jatta scored the goals either side of the break to seal three important points for the Mountainous Pine Blues on Tamas Tandari’s 300th appearance for the club.

The Scenario

FCPS had been in inconsistent form, having followed up their promising 1-0 victory at home to USK Anif with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of table-toppers SV Kuchl. They occupied seventh position in the table with 10 points (W3 D1 L4). TSV St. Johann were one place and three points below them. Ernst Lottermoser’s charges, who had lost to bottom-of-the-table SV Grödig last time out, had seven points from their opening seven matches (W2 D1 L4).

The Action

FCPS boss Christian Ziege was without four key players, with Denis Kahrimanovic out with a long-term knee injury and Alexander Gadenstätter, Raphael Streitwieser and Harry Cooksley all nursing shorter-term problems. The German tactician, who opted for a 3-5-2 formation, made one change to the team that started last time out, with Kirschner replacing Niklas Mühlbacher. TSV St. Johann lined up in a 5-2-3 system. Ernst Lottermoser made two changes, with Stefan Sendlhofer and Johann Höllwart making way for Sebastian Oberkofler and Ralph Pertl.

FCPS immediately seized control of the match and had two half-chances to take the lead in the opening quarter of an hour, but Tandari fired over from a tight angle in the ninth minute and Kirschner had an effort from inside the box blocked four minutes later.

St. Johann shot-stopper Dominik Waltl denied Tandari a certain goal on the 17-minute mark when he clawed a powerful downward header away from the bottom corner, and Daniel Raischl struck the post from the resultant corner as FCPS laid siege to the visitors’ goal.

The breakthrough eventually came on the 25-minute mark when Kirschner curled a lovely free-kick over the wall and into the bottom corner to put the hosts deservedly ahead. That lead could well have been doubled six minutes before the interval but Christopher Fürstaller’s low ball across the face of goal was turned behind for a corner by Thomas Kendlbacher and the half-time whistle sounded with the home side narrowly in front.

There were more chances for Ziege’s charges after the break, though Lukas Schubert could not quite pick out Gvozdjar’s run towards the back post after 47 minutes and Raischl lost his footing and could only muster a tame effort straight at Waltl 10 minutes later.

Few moments of note followed until the 80th minute, when Tandari’s volley from a Schubert cross was turned behind by Waltl. Jatta met the ensuing set-piece from Kirschner with a thumping header to double the advantage and give FCPS some breathing space.

An outstanding chance to add a third goal unfortunately went begging in the 90th minute, with Fürstaller unable to find the net after substitute Lukas Moosmann had teed him up in the box.

It’s all systems go for the Mountainous Pine Blues, who are in action again on Saturday (17:00 CET). SV Wals-Grünau will be the visitors to the Saalfelden Arena as the second half of the regular season gets underway.

Starting Line-Ups

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Regitnig, Ziege, Jatta, Raischl, Fürstaller, Seiler, Kirschner, Schwaighofer, Schubert, Gvozdjar, Tandari

TSV McDonald’s St. Johann: Waltl, Kendlbacher, Özkan, Volk, Pertl, Oberkofler, Ajibade, Kappacher, Ellmer, Waltl, Beran