MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, December 9, 2019
DC United loanee Chris Durkin made his first Pro League for St Truiden, putting in an 89-minute shift when they welcomed Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge to the Stayen, on Saturday.
Sint-Truiden 1-2 Club Brugge
Ethan Horvath kept his place on the bench as Simon Mignolet continues between the sticks for the defending champions. The hosts found the back of the net after just 20 minutes courtesy of Yohan Boli from close range. A minute before intermission however the visitors werer back on par with Eder Fabian's goal. After VAR disallowed a Club goal, they eventually got the winner in the 85th minute from a corner kick. Uruguayan defender Federico Ricca nodded the ball home from the six-yard line to break Canary hearts.
The loss leaves STVV on 22 points, just six out of the all-important sixth place. This was the team's second loss in four days, having been knocked out of the Belgian Cup by Zulte-Waregem in midweek where Durkin played for Sint-Truiden, coming off the bench in the 17th minute. The team will again head to Zulte-Waregem over the weekend for the league game and potentially revenge for the Cup loss.
The victory for Club keeps them at the top of the standings. They will play their next two games at home; first on Wednesday when Real Madrid comes to town for their Champions League clash and then over the weekend against KV Mechelen.
KV Kortrijk travelled to KV Mechelen for their Saturday evening fixture and although Brendan Hines-Ike did travel with the team, he had to settle for a place on the bench as he has just returned from injury. The Kerels did manage to pick up a point on the road however thanks to Imoh Ezekiel's second half strike. Friday evening will be derby day for the team as they welcome Royal Excel Mouscron, who will have a 15-minute drive up the E17 highway to get to Guldensporen Stadion.
Ethan Bryant did not take part in Roeselare's game when they travelled to take on Sporting Lokeren. The team however did come away with all the points, winning by 3 goals to 1. The win puts them in second place, a point behind Beerschot-Wilrijk who top the standings in this second half of the season. Their next contest is at home against OH Leuven.
As is normal this season, Anderlecht played without Kenny Saief anywhere in sight. Although at home, they were unable to find the back of the net, as were their opponents, Sporting Charleroi. Les Mauves have only picked up five points in their last four games and find themselves in 11th place. Next up is the Belgian Classic as Anderlecht heads east to take on Standard Liege on Sunday afternoon.
Isiah Young started and ended Union St. Gilloise's 3-0 win over Westerlo on the bench. He'll hope to get back on the field on Sunday for the home game against Lokeren.