LIBERATION AFTER THE BREAK!

KVC Westerlo played host to the neighbours from Lommel SK in his first match of the new year. Even before the match it was known that it would be an exciting derby with high stakes. For Westerlo to be able to play a significant role again at the top of the rankings, for Lommel on the other hand, the leader’s position was waiting to be won. Goalkeeper Berke and turntable Van Eenoo were back in the base after an injury.

It was a first half where there was not much to write down. After a study round during the opening quarter Westerlo took the lead in the game. Westerlo went to war but was stranded around the opponent’s sixteen-metre area. It was “the final touch” as our coach pointed out during the press conference afterwards, which did not fall for the right feet at that moment. Lommel came out several times but could not threaten Berke. With a pair of glasses our ruffs went into the dressing room to reflect.

After the break we seemed to be heading for the same scenario as in the first half. Westerlo looking for the opening and Lommel making a strong block from a good organisation. It was waiting until minute 70 for redemption. Antunes recovers the ball in midfield and gives it to Abrahams. Abrahams took the ball out to Brüls, who immediately devoured it to the outside for a retracting Remmer. Remmer sends Abrahams into the deep. After some good combinations in the sixteen-metre area of Lommel, it is finally Brüls who kicks the ball towards the second post where Van Eenoo is well followed to push in 1-0. There is doubt about possibly being offside but Ref Vermeiren approves the goal.

With the goal Lommel was forced to pull more to the front which played into the hands of our ruffs. There was more space in midfield and Westerlo took advantage of that. Ten minutes before time Brüls got a sea of space around Lommel’s sixteen-metre area. Space you shouldn’t give Brüls because he made grandiose use of it. With a delightful bang he put Westerlo on roses and a home victory seemed to be a fact.

After a stupid mistake by Biset, Lommel got a free kick at the outside of the field. Bitsindou headed the ball hard towards goal at the first post. Berke had a good parade at first, but Krizan was able to push the ball back in. With time on the way the ball was held back in ’t Kuipje. It won’t be that again, will it? No, Westerlo played the match in a sly and mature way and won a home victory again for the first time since October 18!

The troops of Bob Peeters are fighting again for what will already be an exciting battle for period 2. Coach Peeters was therefore proud of his boys and spoke in praise during the press conference. Westerlo will make the move to OH Leuven next Sunday. Our ruffs still have something to put right there after the painful outrigger in period 1.

KVC WESTERLO: Berke, Biset, Dewaele, Antunes, Van Eenoo, Remmer (81′ Kone), Van Den Bogaert, Keïta (65′ Buyl), Brüls (90′ +2 Janssens), Vetokele, Abrahams.

LOMMEL SK: Svedkauskas, Hendrickx, Neven, Henkens, Khammas, Brebels, Krizan, Thordarsson (83′ Naudts), Bitsindou, Sanyang, Aabbou (77′ Vachiberadze)

Goals: 71′ Van Eenoo (1-0), 81′ Brüls (2-0), 85′ Krizan (2-1)

Report written by: Ruben Van Elst

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