Match report R. Antwerp – KVC Westerlo
Today we went to Deurne to take on the current league leader. The Antwerp players had won all their games so far, so it was clear that it was not going to be an easy game. Coach Jonas De Roeck had to make some forced changes in the starting eleven after the loss of Jan Bernat and captain Lukas Van Eenoo. Roman Neustaedter was given the captaincy. Edisson Jordanov was also not in the squad today, so newcomer Bryan Reynolds got his first starting spot of the season.
Line-up KVC Westerlo: S. Bolat, B. Reynolds (76′ R. Tagir), R. Seigers, P. Perdichizzi, M. De Cuyper, N. Madsen, R. Neustaedter (70′ I. Vetokele), T. Van den Keybus, T. Dierckx (70′ H. Akbunar), D. Nene (76′ K. Vaesen), L. Foster (76′ M. Fixelles)
Line-up R. Antwerp FC: J. Butez, J. Bataille, T. Alderweireld, W. Pacho, S. Vines, A. Yusuf, P. Gerkens, J. Ekkelenkamp, C. Stengs, K. Miyoshi, V. Janssen
From the very first minutes it was clear that it was going to be a spirited game. We opened the game with a chance for Dorgeles Nene. Immediately afterwards, Antwerp played smoothly past our defense, after which Vincent Janssen was able to strike at goal. However, the Dutch striker’s shot ended up in the side netting.
Antwerp played their way forward, but our Kemphans were always in the thick of things. We played a bit more cautious and wait-and-see to get a counter out of it via the fast Dorgeles Nene and Lyle Foster.
The opponents made some small mistakes in defense in the first half hour. Foster and Dierckx were able to score twice on goal but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Dorgeles Nene also showed some flashy actions and was able to hit the target a number of times but did not see his efforts rewarded.
In minute 32 Maxim De Cuyper was fouled in the penalty area by Jurgen Ekkelenkamp. Referee Wesli De Cremer pointed to the spot and Vincent Janssen scored the opening goal, 1-0. A heavy setback for our Kemphans after a first half with a lot of effort and the will to score goals.
Just after halftime, Nene immediately created danger. Dierckx passed the ball to the far post, where Nene scored in one go. Butez was just able to convert the ball into a corner. Antwerp could immediately counter via Calvin Stengs who played the ball to Ekkelenkamp. Ekkelenkamp tapped the ball in at the far post where Miyoshi tapped it in in an open goal, 2-0.
The players showed good combinations in midfield but often it was the last pass that was missing to create danger. Antwerp showed good actions a few times through the duo Ekkelenkamp – Stengs.
In minute 76 our Kemphans made a triple change to try and turn the tide. Coach Jonas De Roeck decided to pull Foster, Nene and Reynolds to the side. They were replaced by Vaesen, Fixelles and Tagir.
However, Antwerp dashed all hopes and managed to score a third time. This time it was substitute Anthony Valencia who shook the nets from close range through his head.