Just before half an hour our Kemphans got a deserved lead with a nice diagonal shot from Kurt Abrahams. A few minutes later the signs were back in balance due to an unfortunate owngoal of our skipper Maxime Biset. In the end this 1-1 score became the final score after an exciting final end in which emotions, especially on the Lokerse side, were running high.
It was already mentioned in the preview. A move to Daknam has never been a joke for us. It had even been from 2003 since we went home with the full loot.
Again, the weather wouldn’t work out. Coach Glen De Boeck had seen his team lose a lot the week before and he worked out a new plan. He posted his two biggest towers in midfield. De Witte and Van Damme had to fight out the games against our lightweights Antunes and Van Eenoo. At first, our Kemphans had a bit more trouble with that, but gradually we got a better grip on the game. Just before half an hour Kurt Abrahams put the ball back to Lukas Van Eenoo. Davino Verhulst was able to get the ball out of the corner. He got into Abrahams’ feet and with a nice diagonal shot into the cross he was able to outsmart the goalkeeper from Lokeren (0-1).
We couldn’t enjoy this lead for long. Maxime Biset was very unhappy with his head extending a cross from the right into goal. Berke stood and looked at it, but had no story against this header (1-1).
In the second half, little space was given away. But Lukas Van Eenoo was able to moor again from afar. The moment of the game could be noted in minute 83. In a free kick from the left, Berke Özer first hit the ball, then clenched it. However, Diakhate kicked the ball out of his hands, releasing it again and cult character Jelle Van Damme made it disappear into the Westels goal with a clever flick of the wrist (2-1). Ref Vermeiren pointed to the middle, but fortunately his goalkeeper had a better look at the stage. The goal was rightly rejected. Lokeren’s bench was in all states and the four referees got all the curses around them. Emotion at 200% per hour.
The best chance was before the collapsed Ambroise Gboho. However, Davino Verhulst did what he stood for between the poles.
KVC Westerlo: Özer, Dewaele, Biset, Soumah, Van Den Bogaert, Antunes, Van Eenoo, De Schryver, Abrahams (80′ Remmer), Petrov (69′ Gboho), Brüls (87′ Kone).
KSC Lokeren: Verhulst, Tirpan, Filipovic, Ben Harush, De Jonghe, Koike, De Witte, Van Damme, Amano (61′ Said), Beridze (64′ Diakhate), Hajric (78′ Nzinga)
Goals: 27′ Abrahams (0-1), 33′ Biset (own goal) (1-1)
Yellow cards: Van Damme, Tirpan