RECAP: MIDWEEK GERMAN ACTION
Matthew Taylor, Royal Dominique Fennell and Preston Zimmerman all went the distance in midweek German 3.Liga action on Wednesday.
Preußen Münster 5 - 2 Hansa Rostock
Matthew Taylor notched his third goal of the season and Preußen Münster came from two goals down to knock off Hansa Rostock on Wednesday.
Taylor started alongside Dima Nazaoriv in the Munster attack, but it was the attack of the opposition that bore fruit to start.
Rostock's Johan Plat beat his marker on the right flank before crossing for Michael Blum, who had no difficulties giving the guests from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the lead after just five minutes of play.
Rostock then doubled their advantage in the 18th minute, after Edisson Jordanov dribbled through the Preußen defense to create space for his shot from the edge of the box. He struck it hard beating keeper Daniel Masuch to his left.
Münster wasted little time in mounting a comeback, however.
Taylor fed Nazarov on the right, who centered across the mouth of the goal for Philip Heise. The 21 year old striker slotted home unmolested to pull one back in the 18th minute.
The home team pulled even in the 29th minute as defender Stefan Kühne converted a spot kick after Sebastian Pelzer handled a cross in the box.
In the 53rd minute, Taylor slipped through the Rostock ranks with only keeper Kevin Müller to beat. Undaunted, Taylor was around the netminder, before the latter pulled the former to the ground. Kühne converted the ensuing penalty and Münster was off and running.
Munster then effectively put the game to bed four minutes later as Dominik Schmidt rose higher than his defender to nod home a corner.
The result now only a formality, Taylor gave the home crowd one last reason to celebrate in the 83rd minute as the yank deftly chipped the Rostock keeper from 10 yards out for his third tally of the year.
Taylor and Munster have a short turnaround this week as they are back in action on Saturday in Wiesbaden.
Stuttgart Kickers 0 - 0 FC Halle
Royal Dominique Fennell and the Stuttgart Kickers are still waiting for their first victory of the season as they picked up their second point on the young German 3.Liga campaign.
Fennell went the distance for the fourth time in four games this season, as he helped his team keep a clean sheet for the second time.
The game's best chance of the 1st half came in the 39th minute, as Halle keeper Horvat misjudged a corner, which resulted in a scrum in front of goal. None of the Kickers' attacking players, however, could get off a clean shot and the game remained scoreless.
In the 68th minute, Stuttgart thought they had scored as Mahir Savranlioglu put the ball past keeper Horvat, only to have it disallowed for offsides.
It's derby time for Fennel and Stuttgart on Saturday as the Kickers travel to take on the reserves of VfB.
Chemnitz FC 3 - 1 SV Darmstadt
Preston Zimmerman got the start and went the distance, but couldn't help his team avoid defeat on Wednesday.
Zimmerman returned to the starting lineup after a one-week hiatus behind Danny Latza and Ugur Albayrak.
The home team notched hit Darmstadt with two goals in the 35th and 38th minutes respectively courtesy of Josip Landeka and Anton Fink to give the Saxons a two-goal advantage before the break.
Landeka added a second to his personal tally and a third for Chemnitz in the 68th as the Croat cleaned up a rebound for an easy tap-in.
Hanno Behrens grabbed a consolation goal in the 89th minute taking a feed from Zimmerman to beat keeper Phillip Pentke.
Zimmerman and Darmstadt travel to Burghausen on Saturday in their next 3.liga match.