SVWW narrow defeat to Champions in season finale
SV Wehen Wiesbaden took a point from their away fixture against 1. FC Saarbrücken. SVWW showed the right reaction after going behind twice against the top team in the 3rd Liga, and even went into the lead at one stage. The final score on the 11th match day was 3:3. Maurice Malone scored his first professional hat-trick and with that all the goals for the Red and Blacks (16’, 26’, 54’).
SVWW manager Rüdiger Rehm only made one change to the starting XI that defeated Zwickau. Michael Guthörl celebrated his debut in the starting team this season against his home team, and Benedict Hollerbach dropped to the bench for him.
Guthörl slotted into the team really well. After a long ball to the front, the agile flanker won the duel with the Saarbrücken defence, shot the ball between the legs of keeper Daniel Batz, but Steven Zellner scraped the ball off the line in the last minute - the guests almost went into the lead (4’).
In the initial phase, the SVWW defence was very strong and did well in the challenges. Saarbrücken had a hard time getting themselves into positions on the field where they would be a threat. But, the red and black strikers didn’t manage to get past the Saalanders’ line of defence either, so the teams just cancelled each other out.
Then, from more or less nowhere, the hosts went into the lead after twelve minutes. Sebastian Jacob lifted the ball over the two SVWW defenders and Tim Boss to score the 1:0 for FCS. But, SVWW wasn’t shocked by conceding the goal. Only four minutes later, Tietz fed the ball to Maurice Malone who scored into the far corner - 1:1 (16’).
This lively play continued: After a quick combination along the right wing, Timm Golley kept track of things from the baseline and passed to the ex-SVWW player Nicklas Shipnoski at the far corner, who pushed the ball over the line to put FCS in the lead once again (24’).
As with the first goal they conceded, the guests once again took no time in getting back into the run of things. Florian Carstens high opening pass was headed on by Gianluca Korte and Tietz into the run of Malone, who once again scored the equaliser by return (26’).
While neither team gave an inch, there were no more scoring opportunities. SVWW keeper Boss hat to intervene once more with a Shipnoski cross before the teams went into the break at 2:2 (45’).
The Red and Blacks came out of the changing room unchanged but with an amount of energy. After only 180 seconds, Paterson Chato flicked the ball from the edge of the box towards the far post. Tietz showed presence of mind and headed, but the ball just brushed the crossbar (48’). SVWW now had a bit more possession and the greater pull towards the goal, but they didn’t manage to convert it to more goal opportunities. The Rehm defence stood strong once again during the initial phase of the second half. All the important challenges were won by the defenders around SVWW captain Sascha Mockenhaupt, and FCS was kept away from the goal area.
At the other end of the pitch, the agile Tietz set things up for the Red and Blacks to go into the lead again. His deflected pass reached Malone in the Saarbrücken box, who executed to score his third goal - game turned on its head (54’).
After a good hour, the guests finally appeared again in the SVWW penalty area. A cross from Golley was headed on by Fanol Perdedaj but it sailed past the goal (59’). The FCS players were now spurred on by this opportunity. Again and again, the Saarlanders attempted to break down SVWW with quick passes in behind the defence. Shipnoski’s attempt from 16 metres was cleared for a corner by the substituted Benedict Hollerbach (66’).
SVWW held out against the pressing Saarbrücken until the 73rd minute, but then the league leaders came back: Tobias Jänicke crossed from the right, Jacob jumped the highest in the centre, and scored the equaliser.
After conceding the third goal, the Red and Blacks again began pressing. Hollerback swirled again and again up along the right wing, seeking Chaot with his cross. Golley tried to clear the ball but headed it onto the crossbar of his own goal - bad luck for the guests (79’). Both teams tried to find a way forward, to try and get all three points for themselves. During an entertaining final phase, the game switched over and back, but each defence had luck on its side in this phase. Shortly before the final whistle, keeper Boss managed to push a final shot from Markus Mendler around the post.
SVWW: Boss – Kuhn, Carstens, Mockenhaupt, Kempe (67’ Gürleyen) – Chato, Medic – Guthörl (62’ Hollerbach), Malone, Korte (86’ Schwede) – Tietz.