MICHAEL ADUBATO - Thursday, October 24, 2019
Brendan Hines-Ike was the only American to get a start in Belgium while Isiah Young came off the bench for USG in weekend Belgian action.
Kortrijk 2-0 Zulte Waregem
Brendan Hines-Ike and his Kortrijk team hosted Zulte-Waregem over the weekend and were not gracious hosts as they beat up on the visitors, coming away with a 2-0 victory.
The American defender put in a pretty solid defensive display with his backline, helping Sebastien Bruzzese keep back-to-back clean sheets.
Early in the game the Kerels had a goal disallowed for off sides by Fraser Hornby but soon afterwards were awarded a penalty that Ilombe Mboyo placed on the spot and easily beat Sammy Bossut to score his sixth goal of the season.
It should have been 2-0 around the half hour mark when the ZW keeper spilled a shot and Hornby was on hand to tap it in but VAR disallowed the goal because of a handball before the Scotsman tucked it away.
The game was finally put to bed in the second half when Hannes van der Bruggen struck from the top of the D into a crowded box. A slight deflection left the Essvee keeper going the wrong way and ensured that the Belgian captain scored his second goal of the season in the 53rd minute.
The victory moves KVK up to the tenth spot, just two points from the all-important last play-off spot of sixth place. Up next however they'll head north to take on fourth place Royal Antwerp.
The unmovable Simon Mignolet has kept his place between the Club Brugge sticks, leaving Ethan Horvath once again collecting splinters on the bench. The Flemish team beat Royal Excel Mouscron on the road so managed to keep a three point lead at the top of the standings.
Club will stay at home on Sunday and welcome Standard Liege, who are the team just three points behind them in the standings. A win by the Walloons will still keep the home team in the top spot on goal difference however and they also have a game in hand.
Chris Durkin has yet to make his debut for the floundering Sint Truiden team who handed Anderlecht a rare victory over the weekend, falling 4-1 at Anderlecht. As a matter of fact, Durkin has only made the bench on a couple of occasions so the teen may have to wait a bit longer before breaking into the first team.
Up next for the team in 13th place will be a visit from KAA Gent.
Kenny Saief still hasn't featured for Anderlecht this season and most likely never will, but his team did manage to collect the three points against Sint Truiden and will try again when they travel to Eupen on Friday evening.
Isiah Young came off the bench in the 67th minute for Union St Gilloise but was unable to bag his first goal in Belgium as his side fell to Roeselare on the road with the final score of 3-0. Ethan Bryant also didn't feature for his team. The 18 year old is still waiting to get his first minutes on the field in Belgium.
This weekend Union will host Lommel on Saturday evening, while Roeselare hits the road to take on Excelsoir Virton