The Westel of yesteryear!
A deserved 2-1 victory tonight in ’t Kuipje against the Limburgers of Lommel SK. A much needed victory also to stay in the running for the first 2 places in the standings that entitle to a possible return to the highest level. Our coach Bob Peeters, who will be at the helm of our kemphanen for 3 years tomorrow, had analyzed his opponent well and played man to man on Robin Henkens to flatten the Lommel midfield.
Let’s talk about the game… After 5 minutes Basilio Ndong gets a first big chance. His ball is well parried by the Lommel goalie (Ndong started again because of an ankle injury at Mabea). The ball got stuck in the sixteen-metre area but Lukas Van Eenoo’s rebound lacked power to be really dangerous. Westerlo then took the pace and was the most dangerous team on the field.
10 minutes before half time Westel seemed to give up the game. Just before half time the Westel attacking line put good pressure on Svedkauskas and after Abraham’s good chase through the ball, the goalkeeper Svedkauskas got the ball away badly. Van Eenoo picks up the ball and mother’s soul is on her own. You should not give this space to the West-Fleming, with a crossed shot he makes it 1-0. Our ruffs go into the coffee break a little more comfortably.
At the beginning of the second half, Westel immediately gets a setback. On a corner kick, the ball is hidden by Antunes, the rebound is for Moreno and is well blocked by Abrahams. On the shot by Stijn Wuytens after that, goalkeeper Berke has no story. Everything can be done again. Shortly after the equalizer, Westel is still close via Brüls and Abrahams. Also Lommel sticks his nose at the window with a goal opportunity for Moreno.
In minute 77 ref Wilms draws a second yellow card (and thus red card) for Da Souza after pushing and pulling against Keita. In this way Lommel has to try to complete the match with 10. The sign to push full for Westel. Barely 5 minutes later Brüls kicks a good cross towards the second zone, Atabey Cicek kicks the ball well over the corner! The red card was a game changer this evening.
When ref Wilms ended the game we saw an exuberant and emotional Westel bank. It was an exciting game with 2 teams that really wanted to play soccer. Bob Peeters wants to get the maximum out of the 2 remaining matches to keep in touch with the top of the rankings and go into the winter break with a combative feeling.