Junior | 14/05/2019

Promotion and pain

FC results from the weekend

On what was a busy weekend for 1. FC Köln, there were three important games at the weekend for the youth academy and Frauen. Unfortunately, not all went to plan. The Frauen managed a 2:1 win over 1. FC Saarbrücken to make their return to the Frauen-Bundesliga at the first time of asking. The under-21s fell to a rare defeat to SV Rödinghausen, but secured their place in Regionalliga West as results went their way on Saturday. The under-19s were unable to secure their place as A-Junioren-Bundesliga West champions after an unfortunate loss against Bayer Leverkusen.

U21: Defeat to Rödinghausen

As Johannes Kölmel, Paul Maurer, Roman Prokoph, Florian Hörnig, Hikmet Ciftci, Daniel Nessler, Chris Führich, Marcel Damaschek, Sven Bacher and Mateusz Trochanowski said their goodbyes to the under-21s, Kevin McKenna sent out a changed side to face SV Rödinghausen in the final home game of the season. The visitors were impressive in their pressing and play, and looked particularly dangerous from set-pieces.

When it looked like FC had finally weathered the storm, Rödinghausen struck three times in quick succession. After Björn Schlottke struck in the 41st minute, Simon Engelmann took advantage of a defensive lapse to add a second. Things got even worse when Julian Wolff headed home to kill the game off in a three-minute spell. McKenna’s men were better in the second-half but failed to truly trouble Niclas Heimann in goal. However, despite defeat, other results mean that their status as a Regionalliga West team is confirmed for next season.

Goals: 0:1, Björn Schlottke 41‘. 0:2, Simon Engelmann 42‘. 0:3, Julian Wolff 44’.

U19: Fallen at the final hurdle

After last week’s dramatic draw in Düsseldorf, the under-19s had their destiny in their own hands ahead of the showdown with Bayer Leverkusen. They had a few problems at the beginning of the game as Leverkusen pilled on the pressure, but eventually FC’s possession began to tell. Some brave blocks from the visitors kept out Stefan Ruthenbeck’s charges, only to have Luca Schlax and Oliver Schmitt forced off with head injuries at the end of the first half. Sebastian Müller replaced Schlax and thought he had opened the scoring with his first touch, only to have it brought back for offside.

The second half brought with it plenty of feisty tackles, but also an opening goal for Bayer Leverkusen as Kevin Bukusu rose highest to meet a corner. FC dominated the game from there on as Leverkusen relied on the counter to release pressure. Tim Lemperle hit the post and Marcel Lotka pulled off a stunning save to keep out Can Bozdogan’s dipping drive. Despite their pressure, there was no reward. FC ended the season in third, agonisingly close to the Championship places after a great year.

Goals: 0:1, Kevin Bukusu 52’.

Frauen: Promotion party

After six wins in a row, Willi Breuer’s side knew that three more points would secure an immediate return to Frauen-Bundesliga after last year’s relegation. As Meppen went 0:2 up against Wolfsburg in the opening 20 minutes, the pressure was on from the start. However, Peggy Nietgen continued her run of scoring form and she was able to finish off a corner from close range. That joy was sort lived, and Chaira Loos threatened to ruin the party by scoring three minutes later.

FC upped the tempo and the pressure, and created more chances. That paid dividends, as Peggy Nietgen was able to pounce when Carolin Schraa managed to lay the ball back to her from a set-piece. Saarbrücken then pushed forward to try and issue a response, but Claudia Hoffmann dealt well with a late free-kick to secure promotion and start the celebrations. The Frauen then made their way to the  

Goals: 1:0, Peggy Nietgen 27’. 1:1, Chaira Loos 30‘. 2:1, Peggy Nietgen 63‘.

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Total table
PL. Team Pt.
12 1. FC Union Berlin 20
13 1. FC Köln 20
14 Hertha BSC 19