RECAP: SCR ALTACH 3 - 1 RZ WAC/ST. ANDRÄ
Orhan Ademi continued his scoring spurt for Altach notching the equalizer and winner in a spirited comeback victory that could tighten the gap on first place.
American midfielder Josh Gatt followed up his goal-scoring performance on Friday as a second-half sub, building up the play to the equalizer and winning goals.
WAC/St. Andrä shocked the hosts with an early goal from Stefan Korepp after only seven minutes.
In the build-up left-winger Marco Sahanek found the 23-year-old Austrian perched at the far post for an unguarded volley from three yards out past netminder Martin Kobras.
The home team worked their way back into the game and nearly saw an equalizer in the 36th minute after striker Martin Pusic headed in from short distance following an Andrea Lienhart delivery.
However, referee Rene Eisner whistled for a foul, as Pusic had made too much contact with defender Matthias Berchtold.
Eisner once again dictated the course of the match in the 56th minute, denying a penalty call after Altach's Daniel Schütz tripped with Dario Baldauf streaming into the box.
Looking to boost the attack, Altach coach Adi Hütter brought on striker Harald Unverdorben for midfielder Mattias Sereinig in the 62nd minute, and Josh Gatt for Schütz six minutes later.
The sustained pressure from the hosts finally broke through in the 70th minute when Ademi found the back of the net in his third consecutive game.
From the left side, Patrick Scherrer first found Gatt in the middle of the penalty area, who deflected forward to Pusic.
After a scramble in the box, the ball popped out to Ademi positioned at the edge of the goalbox for the easy chip past the grounded keeper Christian Dobnik for the equalizer.
Ten minutes later Gatt helped set up the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute after Ademi streamed down the right and found the Michigan native 12 yards in front of the net.
Drawing two defenders, Gatt shifted back and forth, and passed back to the Swiss man for an unguarded blast into the roof of the net.
For Ademi, who turns 19 on Thursday, it was his fifth in the last three games, bringing his season tally to nine, the third highest in the Erste Liga after 16 games.
Martin Pusic closed out the comeback much to the delight of the home crowd with a fine chip over the defense in the final minute of added time.
Eyeing a long midfield feed from Matthias Hopfer, Ademi nodded forward for Pusic who trotted to the top of the box, spotted Dobnik off his line and chipped nicely over his head for the cherry on top.
With FC Admira's win over First Vienna FC on Wednesday night, Altach still remain six points adrift of the top spot.
Round 17 of the Erste Liga will wrap up Friday night when Altach host FC Lustenau in the late game.