Junior | 29/04/2019

Four games, four wins, four clean sheets

FC results from the weekend

For the FC youth academy, it was a very successful weekend. The Frauen, as well as the under-21s, the under-19s and the under-17s won their games in what was a goal and clean sheet filled four games.

The Frauen continued their march towards the top as they secured an impressive win against BV Cloppenburg, while the under-21s secured a very important home win against SC Wiedenbrück. The seventh win in eight games is another step towards safety. With André Pawlak now the head coach of the first-team, Kevin McKenna will take charge of the under-21s and Florian Hörning will be has assistant. The under-19s and under-17s secured three points in their battle for the German championship finals as well.

FC Frauen: Fifth win in a row

The FC Frauen were able to celebrate their next important game in the battle for promotion. Against BV Cloppenburg, FC were comfortable 6:0 winners. Peggy Nietgen opened the scoring with a well-taken header after two minutes. Cloppenburg hit the crossbar, in what was otherwise a comfortable half for FC. They couldn’t find the quickfire second that their play deserved, and went into the break with just a one-goal lead.

After the restart, the dominance continued and Yuka Hirano was on hand to apply the finish on the hour to finally reward FC’s play. Carolin Schraa managed to take advantage of a mix-up at the back to make it 3:0, before Nietgen forced home her fourth goal from another corner. Meike Meßmer scored her fourth in five games to put the result further beyond doubt, and Schraa found her second to cap off a wonderful move from back to front and make it six. Head coach, Willi Breuer said: “A fantastic result for us. We will do everything to make our promotion dream a reality.”

Goals: 1:0, Peggy Nietgen 2’. 2:0, Yuka Hirano 59’. 3:0, Carolin Schraa 73‘. 4:0, Peggy Nietgen 77‘. 5:0, Meike Meßmer 80‘. 6:0, Carolin Schraa 84‘.

U21: Best Rückrunde team

The run of form that FC’s under-21s currently find themselves in can’t be rated highly enough. After eight games unbeaten, which includes wins against table-topping Viktoria Köln and second-placed Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, they continued that at the weekend. “After the incredible performances against the top teams in the league, it was important for us to win a battling game against an opponent from our end of the table,” said André Pawlak.

After a tough opening 40 minutes, it was Marius Laux who scored his second goal in as many games to give FC the lead – towering above the rest to nod home from a Vincent Geimer corner. Wiedenbrück were an uncomfortable opponent, but a second goal from a set-piece made things somewhat easier. Sven Sonnenberg nodded home to double FC’s lead. Adrian Szöke added the cherry on the cake late on to cap off another strong showing. Pawlak said, “It was a lot of work and I’m proud that the boys managed to get the important win.”

Goals: 1:0, Marius Laux 39’. 2:0, Sven Sonnenberg 60’. 3:0, Adrian Szöke 79’.

U19: First place defended

The under-19s remained top of the A-Junioren-Bundesliga West after their win against MSV Duisburg. The top three teams are separated by just two points, with the top two qualifying for the finals. “We still have two very difficult games ahead of us, and we’ll put in everything – but we all know at the same time, our opponents will as well,” said under-19 head coach, Stefan Ruthenbeck. MSV Duisburg put everything in on Sunday. “Our boys were at a high level and deservedly won in the end,” he added.

Henri Matter moved into midfield, managed to find Darko Churlinov and he teed up Anil Aydin to make it 1:0. Tim Lemperle came off the bench to great effect and was denied a goal by some desperate Duisburg defending, only for Henri Matter to rifle the ball home from close range. FC continued to push and the impressive Matter was fouled in the box, allowing Churlinov to continue his fine form and slot home from the spot.

Goals: 1:0, Anil Aydin 24’. 2:0, Henri Matter 70’. 3:0, Darko Churlinov (PEN) 85’.

U17: Second place and favourable finish

The under-17s were able to come away with a close but deserved win against MSV Duisburg. The hosts defended deeply, with the under-17s having to call on all their creativity to carve out a chance. Jacob Jansen cracked the post, meaning it was 0:0 going into the break. “Our boys kept the tempo high and managed to get the goal in the second half,” said assistant coach, Lukas Kraus.

After a fine piece of play on the left, Finn Lanser drilled the ball into the box and Leonardo Marino forced the ball into his own net. The win would have been secured sooner, had it not been for Roman Schabbing clawing the ball out of the top corner from Florian Wirtz’s free-kick. With the win, the under-17s have set themselves up well for the final two games of the season – they need just one point to be sure of a place in the finals.

Goals: 0:1, Leonardo Marino (OG) 66‘.

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
14 1. FC Union Berlin 7
15 1. FC Köln 7
16 FC Augsburg 6