BYE BYE PERIODTITEL
Hope was high… The main topic of discussion today was the chaos that took place in the OHL-Union game the night before. If Union would win that game with fixed numbers, we would be back in the picture for that coveted first period. The task was simple: to win against Lommel. Despite the dominance of the field and some excellent chances, we had to wait until a quarter of an hour for that liberating goal. Kurt Abrahams made the 1-0 after a good preparation by Lukas Van Eenoo, but in the end the equalizer fell in minute 89’49″”… and the hope was gone.
The players wanted to thank the supporters today. Why? Because last week they came to Leuven with a large number of supporters. The mobile beer tap was again present and also popcorn was handed out for the enthusiast.
Bob Peeters started Igor Vetokele for the first time. He replaced Ambroise Gboho deep in the attack. Our French Ivorian had twisted his ankle again in the course of the week and was not 100% approved by the medical staff.
Igor also got the first chance of the match. However, his ball went over. A little later our captain Maxime Biset brought a rescue on the goal line after a chance for Arne Naudts.
Our Kemphanen didn’t let it get to their hearts and continued to play dominantly. The goalkeeper Svedkauskas from Lommel, however, kept all the balls out of his goal. Lommel had made his first goal after the opening goal, but against the grain of the game. On a deep ball Berke came far from his goal, ran into Gilles Dewaele, so Cerigioni could shoot the ball to an empty goal mouth. However, his ball went wide. We rested with an 0-0. During the press conference after the game, trainer Peter Maes stressed that his team had gotten away well in that first half.
In the second half, we got the same game image. Westerlo got his chances, but the ball is so difficult to get into the net these days. Fear of failure? Too much pressure? Too little quality? The fact is that at the moment we don’t have a single striker who can play at 100%. Gboho and Petrov are hurt and Vetokele and Emenike come back from far away and are looking for the right rhythm. The will is there anyway but the lack of efficiency, we cannot avoid that at the moment in this important phase of period 1. And yet we got the liberation a quarter of an hour before the end. Kurtje finished the preparation of Lukas 1-0. All of Westerlo breathed a sigh of relief … until those 10 seconds before the regular time. Sanyang was given free space and placed the ball next to Berke in the goal. Cold shower and away was that period title.
Now we have to be honest about coming back a long way. Anyone who said for the season that we were going to compete for that periodical title until the last day of play, I think everyone was happy with that. But just because of those great performances, the hope arose and it was perhaps possible to …
KVC Westerlo: Özer, Dewaele, Biset, Soumah, Van Den Bogaert, Antunes, Van Eenoo, Brüls (82′ Keïta), Abrahams, Remmer (66′ Buyl), Vetokele (62′ Emenike)
Lommel SK: Svedkauskas, Hendrickx, Neven, Siekman, Khammas, Ippel, Brebels (86′ Abbou), Henkens (90′ Thordarsson), Sanyang, Naudts, Cerigioni (81′ Krizan)
Goals: 75′ Abrahams (1-0), 90′ Sanyang (1-1)
Yellow cards: Cerigioni, Henkens, Van Den Bogaert en Buyl