DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Conor O'Brien and Wiener Neustadt had a major lapse in their blowout derby loss to Rapid while Shawn Barry and Linz made up some ground on first-place with a draw at Kapfenberg.
SC Wiener Neustadt 1 - 5 Rapid Vienna
Conor O'Brien got the start once again in Neustadt's midfield on Wednesday evening against Rapid Vienna, however an awful second half saw them blown out by their local rivals.
Rapid came out firing and already took the lead in the third minute. Stefan Stangl hit Louis Schaub with a pass in stride, and the Austrian youth international fired a cross to the far post that Robert Beric had only to redirect over the line for the 1-0 lead.
Neustadt did equalize 20 minutes later when a misplaced pass by the Rapid defense eventually set up Herbert Rauter for a one-on-one with Rapid keeper Jan Novota that he buried for 1-1.
While the score held through the remainder of the half, a dominant four-goal display by Rapid in the second half put the hurt on their hosts.
First, Schaub was in position to put away a shot from Beric that had been deflected by keeper Thomas Vollnhofer directly into his path in the 48th minute, then Beric added his second of the game after a fine set-up by Florian Kainz for the 3-1 lead.
Rapid continued to fire on all cylinders, with Schaub linking up with team captain Steffen Hofmann to pull into position for a short-range goal in the 72nd minute, then Maximilian Hofmann added the fifth and final for the guests seven minutes later following a corner.
Schaub was sent off the field shortly after his scoring his second goal when he received his second yellow in the 76th minute, but it did little to help the helpless hosts.
With the loss, Neustadt are now second-last in the Bundesliga standings, although one point clear of the relegation places. They will return to the field on Saturday afternoon, where they will hope to regain some momentum on their visit to ACR Altach.
Kapfenberger SV 1 - 1 LASK Linz
Shawn Barry helped set up the initial go-ahead goal for Linz in their contest at Kapfenberg SV on Tuesday evening, however the team was unable to hold on and was forced to settle for a draw.
While dominating possession in the opening half, Linz did not push their way onto the scoreboard until 11 minutes after the halftime break. Barry headed a corner from the near side of the penalty area low and to the edge of the six-yard box, and Thomas Hinum was in perfect position to hammer his shot in for the 1-0 lead.
Then in the 79th minute, Linz saw what they thought was their second goal called back due to offside, and while still distracted by the referee's decision, Ronivaldo and Mario Grgic hooked up for a quick counter which ended with the Brazilian placing his shot just inside the corner for the equalizer.
With first-place Liefering taking a surprise beating in their game against last-place TSV Hartberg on Tuesday, the draw moves Linz to within two points of top spot in the division. They will be back in action on Friday evening with a trip to Hartberg, where they will hope to have better luck than their league rivals.
Keith Cardona was not in uniform on Tuesday evening for Liefering's surprise 3-0 blowout loss at home against last-place TSV Hartberg. With starting keeper Fabian Bredlow earning a straight red and subsequent suspension, Cardona could make the bench as backup in the team's next game on Friday at FAC Team für Wien.