SVWW narrow defeat to Champions in season finale
SV Wehen Wiesbaden gave the perfect reply to their first campaign defeat in the 3rd Liga by winning their away fixture at KFC Uerdingen 4:0 (3:0). In addition to Johannes Wurtz who scored a brace (13’, 30’), Maurice Malone (36’) and Gianluca Korte (63’) also found the net, behind closed doors at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf.
After their first defeat of the campaign, SVWW manager Rüdiger Rehm made two changes up front for the match on Saturday: Benedict Hollerbach and Maurice Malone celebrated their debut in the starting XI while Phillip Tietz and Moritz Kuhn dropped to the bench.
SVWW got off to a good start, always looking to go forward after winning possession. The game worked well for the Red and Blacks particularly along the left wing. In the box, Wurtz couldn’t quite control the first cross from Korte that came after five minutes but made more of the second one. From about 11 metres out, the SVWW striker hammered the ball into the Uerdingen net, putting the guests ahead (13’).
But, Uerdingen had their chances too. On the counter offensive, Osayamen Osawe, making a comeback for KFC after a long injury, popped up in the SVWW box, but Jakov Medic got there just in time (14’).
The fact that the Rehm XI gave everything they had was evident when falling back. Not only did Paterson Chato and Johannes Wurtz intercept Tim Albutat’s solid cross but prevented any attempt by Gustav Marcusson to slot it into the net (24’).
SVWW had held off the strongest phase by the hosts but now set out to put down a marker up front. Behind the strikers, Korte pulled the strings, drawing his front men into the spotlight again and again. In addition, Hollerbach and Malone each bravely sought out a one-on-one on the wings and were rewarded. Malone, coming off best from a direct duel with Leon Schneider, passed to Wurtz in the centre, who slid in to notch up his second goal of the day (30’).
The Red and Blacks now saw their opportunity. Only six minutes after the 2:0, Korte swopped sides and found Malone again, in the right-hand corner of the box, who took the ball with his strong left foot. A quick look towards the goal and the 20-year old was already curving the ball towards the far post and a 3:0 – a dream goal (36’).
But Uerdingen didn’t give up. The conspicuous Marcussen who had come on for the injured Osawe, hit the post of SVWW goalie Tim Boss (40’). At the other end, Korte did the same, his long-range shot brushing the post not long before the half-time whistle (42’).
The guests came out after the break unchanged, and, as in the first half, they sought to alternate from side to side, to get the fast wing players on the move. It took nearly ten minutes for the first good opportunity to arrive. Wurtz danced around his opponent, Assani Lukimya, but then missed the net by a good bit after going it alone (57’). On the opposite side, Muhammed Kiprit was becoming a real danger, as again and again, this skilful striker got into the SVWW penalty area. But keeper Boss was the end of the road each time for the Uerdingen strikers.
63 minutes were played when Gianluca Korte suddenly took a power shot. Dennis Kempe who kept a clear view after a fantastic double pass with Wurth, crossed to Korte who put the ball in the back of the net, as cold as ice and with a wonderful bicycle kick – the crowning glory for a strong performance by this lively number 7 in the SVWW strip.
That was the end of play for the double scorer, Wurtz. Phillip Tietz came on for him and slotted in immediately, causing problems for the Uerdingen goal. At the back, SVWW kept a tight rein on things allowing Rehm to give captain Sascha Mockenhaupt and Marc Lais a break during this midweek match. This gave Ahmet Gürleyen and Tim Walbrecht their debut from the bench in the red and black strip.
KFC hardly crossed the halfway line even in the final stages of the match, so the score stayed a well-deserved and safe 4:0 away win by the Red and Blacks in Düsseldorf. The only downside: At a point when the match was long decided, Walbrecht and Pusch went head to head in an aerial duel resulting in a laceration for both players. We wish them both a speedy recovery!
SVWW VWW: Boss – Mockenhaupt (78’ Gürleyen), Carstens, Medic, Kempe – Chato, Lais (71’ Walbrecht) – Hollerbach, Korte, Malone – Wurtz (64’ Tietz)