MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, October 28, 2019
Two Yanks saw game time over the weekend with Isiah Young's team coming away with all the points and Brendan Hines-Ike's coming home with nothing in Belgian league action.
Royal Antwerp 3 - 1 Kortrijk
Brendan Hines-Ike put in his typical 90 minute shift as Kortrijk headed to Antwerp to take on the oldest team in Belgium. Things didn't go according to plan however as their hosts went up three goals to none before Jovan Stojanović scored a late consolation goal.
Seven minutes in the visitors could have taken the lead after Ilombe Mboyo worked his way around a couple of defenders and let off a hard shot from 20 yards out that, unfortunately hit the near post and bounced away to safety.
Antwerp won a penalty when they were awarded a free kick and Dieumerci Mbokani was unceremoniously brought to the ground in the box. Belgian international Kevin Mirallas did the honors and beat Sébastien Bruzzee easily, sending him the wrong way.
Ze Didier doubled the score when he had a shot similar to Mboyo's from rough the same distance. Only this time the ball managed to sneak inside the near post and give the Flemish boys a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute. The Cameroon striker was then booked in the 53rd minute for taking off his shirt.
Ivo Rodriguez came off the bench in the 64th minute and through the hard work of his team mates, the Portuguese was in the right place at the right time to tap the ball into the Kortrijk net from close range.
Kortrijk's goal came as a shock to the Antwerp defense when a shot from the top of the box ended up with Stojanović right in front of goal and he looped it past the keeper. Everyone in a red shirt put up their hands to help the referee blow for off sides but it wasn't to be.
Kortrijk will play a Tuesday night league game at home tomorrow when they welcome Eupen to town.
Union SG 2-1 Lommel
American frontman Isiah Young came off the bench and played some minutes for his St Gilloise team as they came away 2-1 winners thanks to second half goals by Roman Ferber and Serge Tabekou.
Union had to come from behind after they gave up a penalty that Jonathan Hendrickx placed on the spot and converted in the 38th minute.
it took only the intermission and 11 minutes off the clock however for the home team to get back into the game when second half substitution Ferber struck after just a few minutes on the field.
Young came on in the 77th minute for Abdelrafik Gerard but the damage had already been done with Tabekou putting the team ahead for good by the time the young American got onto the field.
Next up for Union will be a trip to Leuven to take on OHL, who are at the top of the league standings on Friday evening.
Ethan Horvath kept his seat on the pine deputizing for his Belgian international team mate Simon Mignolet as Club Brugge had to share the points with visiting Standard Liege after going behind after five minutes.
The point against second place les Rouges leaves Club at the top still with a three point advantage over Standard. The Brugge boys will travel to take on Zulte-Waregem in a midweek fixture.
Kenny Saief continues to be frozen out of his Anderlecht side as the team travelled to the German speaking part of Belgium to take on lowly Eupen. Although confident is taking all the points from their hosts, they had to settle for just one as neither team could find the back of the net.
That point puts les Mauvres in the 11th spot, a long way from a play-off place although the season is still very young. They'll try again Thursday night when the Buffaloes of Gent come to town.
Ethan Bryant has yet to make his Belgian debut as his Roeselare team lost on the road 3-2 against Excelsior Virton. Roeselare are just one point ahead of last place Lommel at the moment. They'll hit the road again this coming weekend when they head north to take on Beerschot-Wilrijk.