Professionals | 11/03/2019

Top of the table and derby win

FC results from the weekend

1. FC Köln‘s under-21s, the under-19s and under-17s all earned wins this weekend. For the under-21s, it was important points in the battle for survival, the under-19s are now top of the table and the under-17s won the derby. The FC-Frauen were beaten by Bayern II.

Not only the FC first-team, after their 5:1 win against Arminia Bielefeld, had reason to be happy this weekend as the youth academy also put in some superb displays. The under-21s put in a tactically and physically strong performance to beat SV Straelen 4:0 as Nikolas Nartey scored a brace. The under-19s jumped to the top of the A-Junioren-Bundesliga West with a 5:0 triumph against Rot-Weiß Essen, while the under-17s made it seven wins in a row with a 4:2 victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The FC-Frauen were unfortunately beaten 5:0 by FC Bayern II.

U21: Two goals from Nartey

The under-21s headed to SV Straelen on Saturday awaiting a tough test. Not only because Straelen have lost just six times this season, but also due to the wind and rain. However, FC started the game well and were ahead after four minutes when Roman Prokoph converted from the spot after Nikolas Nartey was fouled in the area. The under-21s went into every tackle with 100% commitment and then had Nartey to thank for two special strikes. The young Dane showed his class to score twice within five minutes from long range and give FC a comfortable lead.

“We didn’t want to turn back after a strong first half, instead try and score the fourth goal,” said head coach, Andre Pawlak. That was the case. Marius Laux found Marvin Rittmüller, and he picked out Adrian Szöke to make it four. With that win, the under-21s moved into 15th place in the Regionalliga West table and are three points from safety.

Goals: 0:1, Roman Prokoph (4’ PEN). 0:2, Nikolas Nartey (32’). 0:3, Nikolas Nartey (36’). 0:4, Adrian Szöke (49‘).

U19: Top of the table again

After Borussia Dortmund’s draw against VfL Bochum, FC had the chance to move back to the top of the A-Junioren-Bundesliga West – and that’s a chance that Stefan Ruthenbeck’s side managed to take. In the first half, it was a difficult game against a Rot-Weiß Essen side that sat back deep and tried to counter. FC’s pressure amounted to nothing in a half with few chances.

However, the second half was a different story. Philipp Höffler fed Oliver Schmitt to finally open the scoring five minutes after half-time. Anil Aydin made it two with a composed finish immediately afterwards, and a well-timed strike from Tomas Ostrak added a third in six minutes. Sebastian Müller came off the bench and scored a fine fourth, before Darko Churlinov got on the scoresheet with the final kick of the game. Ruthenbeck said, “The boys managed to earn the three points and improve our goal difference. That’s what they did, even when we still need to work on our precision and effectiveness.”

Goals: 1:0, Oliver Schmitt (50‘). 2:0, Anil Aydin (52‘). 3:0, Tomas Ostrak (56‘). 4:0, Sebastian Müller (69‘). 5:0, Darko Churlinov (90+1‘).

U17: Deserved derby win

The under-17s made the trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, as they aimed to maintain their pace at the top of the table. However, they went behind early on to an Amir Ahmadi penalty. That advantage didn’t last long, however, and Marvin Obuz converted from Florian Wirtz’s pass to level the scores. Right on half-time, Gladbach were awarded another penalty and Mika Schroers managed to find the back of the net. Yet the third penalty of the half, and just one minute later, meant Joshua Schwirten restored parity at the break.

Martin Heck’s men were pushing for a third and deservedly went ahead after Jan Thielmann’s strike caught Jacob Jansen and found the back of the net. FC didn’t rest on their laurels and Jansen was only too happy to take advantage of more excellent play by Wirtz to make it 2:4. Heck commented: “Our boys werebehind twice today, stuck at it and deservedly won the derby.”

Goals: 1:0, Amir Ahmadi (11‘ PEN). 1:1, Marvin Obuz (14‘). 2:1, Mika Schroers (40‘ PEN). 2:2, Joshua Schwirten (40+1‘ PEN). 2:3, Jacob Jansen (54‘). 2:4, Jacob Jansen (68‘).

FC-Frauen: Few chances

“We didn’t play well in the first half,” said head coach, Willi Breuer. “Bayern Munich have a superb team and took advantage of all our mistakes.” At the break, FC were 0:4 behind thanks to a hat-trick from Vanessa Fudalla and a goal from Leonie Köster. “That shouldn’t happen to us,” commented Breuer. “We weren’t close enough to our opponents and we lost too many challenges.” Breuer gave some under-17 players their first minutes and while FC were better, Leonie Weber’s 90th minute

Goals: 1:0, 2:0, 3:0, Vanessa Fudalla (5’, 27’, 29’). 4:0, Leonie Köster (36’). 5:0, Leonie Weber (90‘).

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