RECAP: SKN ST. PÖLTEN 1 - 0 LASK LINZ
DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 11, 2014
Shawn Barry played the full 90 minutes for Linz, as the team's third game in six days proved to be a step to far, leaving them empty-handed at SKN St. Pölten on Monday.
Linz had looked strong thus far in their first four games of the new season after their promotion from the third tier last season, but an exhausted team was unable to extend their four-game unbeaten run thanks to an early let-down.
St. Pölten came out firing, and had immediate success in netting the lone goal of the game in the ninth minute. Midfield engine Konstantin Kerschbaumer threaded a precise pass to Marcel Holzmann, sent a dangerous cross into the area for Manuel Hartl to easily put away for the 1-0 lead.
Linz hardly rolled over after the early setback, and had chances throughout the half, with Brazilian forward Fabiano barely missing the target just before the half.
Just past the hour mark, LASK midfielder Markus Blutsch found himself released on goal with only St. Pölten keeper Christoph Riegler to beat, but the Austrian youth international showed his skill with a reflex save to maintain the advantage.
Linz pushed in the final minutes and gave the hosts some deserved nervous moments in the end, but St. Pölten held on for the vital home win.
The loss leaves Linz in third place on ten points, still trailing the top two teams in the standings only by way of goal differential.
They will again take the field on Friday evening when they visit SV Horn.