RECAP: LASK LINZ 2 - 1 SKN ST. PÖLTEN
Johannes Aigner saved the day for Linz with a pair of goals in the final ten minutes, after St. Pölten's Thomas Fröschl opened the scoring for the guests in the Gugl in Linz.
American defender Shawn Barry tended the Linz defensive line as a starter in his seventh complete game in 14 appearances.
St. Pölten threatened within seven minutes after Dominik Hofbauer fired from nearly 30 yards out and smacked the left post, sending the ball dribbling behind keeper Thomas Mandl precariously in front of the goal mouth and into open space on the right side.
Linz countered at the 25-minute mark, after Johannes Aigner delivered from the left flank through the area to Daniel Kogler camped out near the back post. After Kogler caught up with the pass, his strike from ten yards took a deflection off defender Stephan Zwierschitz and was clawed away by keeper Thomas Vollnhofer.
Video replay showed that the ball had crossed the goalline, which went unnoticed to referee Tanja Schett and her linesman.
The guests finally struck first in the 34th minute off a corner, after which Daniel Lucas Segovia headed forward, but Linz's Florian Hart headed out. Thomas Fröschl was there with the follow-up from ten yards out give St. Pölten the 1-0 lead.
Linz coach Walter Schachner brought on some fresh legs in Harald Unverdorben in the 67th, Leonard Kaufmann in the 73rd, and Attila Benjamin Varga in the 78th.
With nine minutes to spare, the Black and Whites surged back after Benjamin Freudentaler found Hannes Aigner sprinting into the box. Vollnhofer lunged out to deflect the ball, but also brought down Aigner in the process, prompting Schett to point to the spot.
The Linz veterean stepped up and sent the keeper in the opposite direction for the 1-1 equalizer, and his fifth penalty conversion of the season.
After displaying his composure at the spot, Aigner completed a perfectly-timed header seven minutes later to bring Linz into the 2-1 lead. Freudentaler led the charge down the left side with a distant delivery into the box, which Aigner caught up with at the back door of the net for a diving header and the game-winner.
Linz still remain six points adrift of the top spot after SCR Altach topped TSV Hartberg. LASK remain at the Gugl for Monday night's wrap-up of the Fall season against FC Blau-Weiss Linz.