MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, September 9, 2019
With the international break, only one American saw action this weekend when Isiah Young made it into the starting XI for St Gilloise in weekend Belgian action.
Lommel 2 - 2 Union St. Gilloise
Berlin, New Jersey born American Isiah Young got the nod for Union when they travelled from the capital to Limburg on Friday where they shared the points with their hosts on Friday evening.
The visitors had to shuffle their pack with a few of their usual starting XI unavailable for the game but they still started out strongly. However it was Lommel who scored first after a bit of confusion in the Union rear guard. Arne Naudts took advantage of the muddle and struck first, giving the hosts the lead after 23minutes. Federico Vega got his team back in it when he scored five minutes before intermission.
Early into the restart however, with the Lommel boys passing it around on the edge of the box and the Union defense giving them space, a ball was played over the top and struck into the back of the net. The linesman's flag disallowed the goal however. But soon afterwards, a dozen minutes into the second half Lommel won a corner and Ben Santermans headed it from just outside the far post to inside the near post to regain the lead.
In the 70th minute Vega was given a lot of space in the box, so when he received the cross he had time to adjust and pick his spot. The game ended all square. Young was substituted after 61 minutes.
The Unionists sit in third place after five games. On Saturday they will welcome first place OH Leuven.
Ethan Bryant did not suit up for Roeselare as they were spanked on the road by OH Leuven by a 4-0 score line. This coming weekend they'll stay at home as they welcome Excelsior Virton to the Schiervelde Stadion.