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SAK 1914 vs FCPS Match Report


Salzburg Regional League Matchday 6: Salzburger AK 1914 3-2 FC Pinzgau Saalfelden

Salzburg, September 1 2020

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden’s early-season difficulties continued as they were beaten 3-2 away to Salzburger AK 1914 on Matchday 6 of the Salzburg Regional League season. FCPS twice took the lead through Lukas Moosmann and Tamas Tandari, but SAK levelled on both occasions through Sebastian Hölzl and Lukas Kessler before Jonas Rainer grabbed a fortuitous late winner.

The Scenario

Fourth-placed FC Pinzgau Saalfelden and seventh-placed Salzburger AK 1914 went into this clash only a point apart, although the visitors had played a game more than their hosts. FCPS were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw by SK Bischofshofen in their last outing, while SAK suffered a 2-1 defeat to league leaders SV Austria Salzburg.

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 new-look 4-1-3-2 formation. Henrik Regitnig replaced Stipo Colic between the sticks, while Moosmann and Christopher Fürstaller came in for Semir Gvozdjar and Alexander Gadenstätter. SAK counterpart Roman Wallner went for a 4-3-3 system and made one change to the team that lost to Austria Salzburg, with David Stojicevic deputizing for the suspended Julian Feiser.

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden began on the front foot and thought they had taken the lead through former Salzburger AK man Daniel Raischl in the fourth minute, only for the goal to be chalked off for offside. SAK had a couple of half-chances to open the scoring themselves in the 11th and 14th minutes respectively, but Regitnig was quick to read the danger and sprint off his line to close down Harald Empl and Nikola Trkulja.

Niklas Seiler almost caught SAK shot-stopper Manuel Kalman off guard with a swerving and dipping free-kick that whistled wide of the upright in the 37th minute, but the Mountainous Pine Blues finally got the breakthrough they deserved five minutes before the interval when Raischl played a lofted cross into the box and Moosmann headed home. The visitors would have doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time had Fürstaller not dragged his shot wide following a promising counter-attack.

There were further chances for Christian Ziege’s charges in the opening stages of the second period, with Tandari firing a free-kick straight into Kalman’s arms on 51 minutes and then incorrectly having a goal ruled out for offside four minutes later. That officiating decision was to prove costly just before the hour mark when Sebastian Hölzl latched onto a ball over the top and fired past Regitnig to level the score at 1-1.

FCPS responded well and re-established their one-goal advantage in the 63rd minute when Tandari pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area, but that lead was cancelled out when Lukas Kessler slotted home on 78 minutes. SAK then grabbed a 90th-minute winner when the ball fortuitously fell to substitute Jonas Rainer in the penalty area and he was left with an easy finish past Regitnig from close range.

The Mountainous Pine Blues will be back on home turf on Saturday (5 September, 17:00 CET) when they welcome USK Anif to the Saalfelden Arena.

Starting Line-Ups

Salzburger AK 1914: Kalman, Trkulja, Stickler, Aygün, Rexhepi, Stojicevic, Hölzl, Empl, Öttl, Kessler, Federer

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Regitnig, Schubert, Ziege, Kahrimanovic, Mühlbacher, Raischl, Cooksley, Fürstaller, Seiler, Moosmann, Tandari