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Salzburg Regional League Matchday 4: SV Seekirchen 2-1 FC Pinzgau Saalfelden

Seekirchen am Wallersee, August 22 2020

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden’s failure to convert their chances cost them dearly on Matchday 4 of the Salzburg Regional League season as they were beaten 2-1 by SV Seekirchen in front of around 450 spectators at Sportzentrum Aug. Lukas Schubert fired the visitors in front in the third minute but they could not extend their lead and the hosts turned the game around in the second half with goals from Aaron Boold Volkert and Olugberniga Ogunlade.

The Scenario

Having followed up their opening-day 3-1 victory at SV Wals-Grünau with a 2-0 home defeat to SV Austria Salzburg, FCPS returned to winning ways on Matchday 3 courtesy of a 2-0 triumph in Grödig. SV Seekirchen, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat as they lost 3-0 away to SV Kuchl. They had previously drawn 0-0 away to USK Anif and beaten SV Grödig 4-3 at home.

The Action

FCPS boss Christian Ziege was still without the injured trio of Simon Ollert, Raphael Streitwieser and Michael Viehhauser, but Harry Cooksley and Niklas Mühlbacher overcame their respective niggles in time to feature among the substitutes. The German tactician stuck with the same starting XI that had beaten Grödig 2-0 four days earlier. His counterpart Alexander Schriebl made two changes to the team that faced Kuchl in midweek: Marc Bautista Angel and Jonas Vorderegger were replaced by Alexander Reiter and Ogunlade.

The match could hardly have got off to a better start for the Mountainous Pine Blues, who opened the scoring in the third minute. Dominik Kirschner picked out Lukas Schubert in acres of space down the right flank and the full-back found the back of the net with a shot that took a wicked looping deflection over Seekirchen shot-stopper Severin Heuberger.

Christian Ziege’s side created a raft of decent opportunities to extend their lead throughout the first period, although Alfusainey Jatta’s powerful strike from distance was turned behind for a corner by Heuberger in the 18th minute and Tamas Tandari struck the foot of the post with a low drive from outside the penalty area two minutes later.

Seekirchen started to establish a foothold in the game around the half-hour mark and had a good opportunity to restore parity when Maximilian Grössinger darted past several opponents down the left flank and played a dangerous ball into the middle. But FCPS custodian Stipo Colic got a hand to it and Alexander Wassung could not connect with the follow-up.

Perhaps the best chance for the visitors to double their advantage came in the 40th minute when Tandari was played clean through on goal. But despite having plenty of time to pick his spot, the Hungarian forward shot straight at Heuberger.

Chances came thick and fast in the second period, with Colic scrambling to make a brilliant stop at the near post to deny Wassung in the 55th minute and Lukas Moosmann squandering a gilt-edged opportunity to score with only Heuberger to beat 60 seconds later. That profligacy was punished six minutes later when a contentious penalty was awarded for handball by Daniel Raischl. Volkert slotted the resultant spot-kick past the outstretched fingertips of Colic.

Tandari might have re-established the FCPS lead with a curling free-kick on the 73-minute mark but Heuberger was equal to it and Seekirchen ultimately turned the game on its head with nine minutes to go when Ogunlade took advantage of a defensive mix-up between Denis Kahrimanovic and Colic to make it 2-1 and snatch the three points.

FCPS will have the opportunity to make amends and pick up their first home victory of the season when they take on Bischofshofen at the Saalfelden Arena next Saturday.

Starting Line-Ups

SV Seekirchen: Heuberger, Wechselberger, Büchele, Wassung, Volkert, Grössinger, Eliasch, Noggler, Reiter, Biribauer, Ogunlade

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden: Colic, Ziege, Raischl, Kahrimanovic, Schubert, Jatta, Gadenstätter, Kirschner, Gvozdjar, Moosmann, Tandari