DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Conor O'Brien and Wiener Neustadt slipped into last place thanks to a home loss against Ried, while Shawn Barry and Linz scored another win to keep on the edge of the division lead.
SV Wiener Neustadt 0 - 1 SV Ried
Conor O'Brien and Wiener Neustadt showed an improved defensive fortitude in holding their visitors Ried to a single goal, but a sputtering front end assured their place in the losing and the league's cellar.
Scant chances by either of the two bottom teams in the league during the first half saw the game go into the intermission scoreless, however it was the guests who would finally take control midway through the second.
Moments after taking the field as a substitute, Patrick Möschl combined with German attacker Denis Thomalla on the edge of the penalty area, and the latter nailed his shot to the far corner for the winner.
The result pushes Ried past Neustadt with a two-point gap, leaving O'Brien and his teammates the tough task of needing a win at RB Salzburg on Sunday if they hope to avoid spending another week in last place.
LASK Linz 2 - 1 SKN St. Pölten
Shawn Barry and Linz reigned supreme on Friday evening, holding on for a home win against Ersta Liga foes SKN St. Pölten.
Barry played the full 90 minutes as usual in the center of the team's defense, while picking up his third yellow card of the season.
Fabiano was the hero of the night for LASK, netting two goals in the first half. The first came after a bad defensive error in the St. Pölten backfield, with Nikola Dovedan's cross finding the Brazilian in the middle of the area for an easy finish in the 18th minute.
Then he followed up four minutes past the half-hour, controlling a headed pass from Radovan Vujanović and knocking it in for the 2-0 lead.
The guests did pull one back two minutes before the break with Manuel Hartl putting away a fine cross from Konstantin Kerschbaumer, but a scoreless second half saw LASK surge to the win.
The result pushes Linz into a two-way tie with SV Mattersburg atop the division standings. They are back in action on Friday, hosting eighth-place Austria Lustenau.
Liefering's third-string keeper Keith Cardona was not in uniform on Friday for their wild 5-2 road loss to Austria Lustenau.