“From the mentality and the will to give everything for one another, I’ve never experienced a better team,” praised Kevin McKenna after his team secured a 2:4 win away at Wuppertaler SV. Safety had already been confirmed prior to the game but, despite that, the under-21s showed their moral and fight to overturn a deficit in the final game of the season. It was the end of a furious second half of the season, in which the under-21s ended up as the second best team in the Rückrunde. McKenna said: “It is unbelievable, what the boys have done. They can be very proud of themselves, I am too.”
The under-21s began in attacking style against Wuppertaler SV. Erdinc Karakas put FC ahead after just six minutes, but it could have been even better as Gabriel Boakye and Adrian Szöke passed up good opportunities. “We should have been 3:0 up early on,” said McKenna. Instead, Semir Saric levelled for Wuppertal before Kevin Hagemann struck just before the break to send FC into the break behind.
WSV had the first chance of the second half, but then the under-21s turned on the style. FC pressed for the equaliser, which Chris Führich duly provided. They weren’t settling for a point, and continued to hammer home their advantage – Kaan Caliskaner made it 3:2 before Adrian Szöke rounded off the game and season with a deserved goal of his own. “We have a great team. When I look back at the best moments of my career, this team and this incredible Rückrunde will definitely be there.”
Goals: 0:1, Erdinc Karakas 6‘. 1:1, Semir Saric 20‘. 2:1, Kevin Hagemann 42‘. 2:2, Chris Führich 65‘. 2:3, Kaan Caliskaner 70‘. 2:4, Adrian Szöke 80‘.
The 1. FC Köln under-19s capped off a strong season by winning the FVM-Pokal on Saturday. In an exciting final, Stefan Ruthenbeck’s men secured a 1:0 win in the last minute. It looked like the opening goal would come much sooner, however. FC were the better team in the first-half and went close on several occasions, yet Sebastian Müller was unable to find a way through.
The second-half continued in the same vein as the first with Leverkusen looking to hit FC on the break. They did hit the post after a mazy run from Churlinov almost opened the scoring, while Anil Aydin went close twice in a row from distance. However, Churlinov would not be denied. He managed to squeeze the ball home from the spot after a handball to start the celebrations and avenge the defeat against Leverkusen from the week previous.
Goal: 1:0, Darko Churlinov (PEN) 90’.
FC Frauen headed to FSV Gütersloh having already been promoted to the Bundesliga. FC created plenty of goalscoring opportunities, but weren’t able to make the most of them. Anna Kirschbaum, Carolin Schraa and Meike Meßmer all failed to find a way through. FSV duly punished FC, as Melissa Schulz opened the scoring. Sarah Rolle then put through her own net to give FC a foothold in the game. Isabelle Wolf answered that with the goal to put Gütersloh ahead again before Theresa Gosch teed up Carolin Schraa to level in a frantic first half.
“We weren’t consequent today and had too many mistakes in the build-up,” said head coach, Willi Breuer. Gosch had the opportunity to put FC ahead, but FSV came became and won the game late on through Brigitta Schmücker. Breuer said, “It was an unnecessary defeat. The most important thing is that we have secured promotion.”
Goals: 1:0, Melissa Schulz 9‘. 1:1, Sarah Rolle (OG) 35‘. 2:1, Isabelle Wolf 42‘. 2:2, Carolin Schraa 44‘. 3:2, Brigitta Schmücker 80‘.
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