July - Slow Start
And so the season begins for SC Paderborn, first hosting Greuther Fürth and then a making a trip to the capital city, to play Union Berlin.
For all the effort, the offensive improvisations, the sheer willpower and the desire to win, the pure talent and ability of Greuther Fürth was what won this game for the Clover leaves on this opening day clash. It was probably André Breitenreiter who lost the game for his side with his decision to start with a 3-4-3, leaving the defence open to threats from the attacking Fürth. Mario Vrancic and Alban Meha both had to sit out through injuries, and it didn't take long for Fürth to take advantage of sloppy play from Christian Strohdiek as he was easily dispossessed by Nikola Djurdjic who beat the goalkeeper Lukas Kruse from just inside the box. Fürth continued to dominate for the rest of the half but couldn't get many chances in.
Fürth midfielder Michael Weilandt unfortunately went down in stoppage time under the challenge of Krösche and was forced off, but Fürth's standing continued, and Niclas Füllkrug blazed a powerful volley at goal that flew past Lukas Kruse yet hit the post and bounced away, then Uwe Hunemeier and Markus Palionis were both found out of position and Djurdjic had a chance for his second that was brilliantly stopped by Kruse, before parrying another close range effort from the Serbian just ten minutes later. Then came the only blemish on the referee's performance that would come to overshadow the rest of the game: Elias Kachunga recieved a pass, and cut it back for Johannes Wurtz who sent the ball flying into the net, but the linesman raised his flag against Kachunga and although Paderborn had the better of the last 10 minutes they did not have enough to pull out a point.
The tough start for SC Paderborn continued as they travelled all the way to Berlin to face 1.FC Union Berlin. With players such as Irish international Patrick Kohlmann, Torsten Mattuschka and Christopher Quiring in the midfield, and Adam Nemec and Simon Terrode in the final third, and Paderborn switched to a more conservative 4-5-1 for their second game. Both sides missed some great chances and were made to rue their profligacy in front of goal, Rick ten Voorde especially, who hit numerous efforts off target or at the keeper including a volley onto the crossbar from the edge of the area.
In the second half, things didn't improve as he received the ball with almost the whole of the goal to aim at but somehow allowed goalkeeper Haas to save his effort. Both keepers also made some great saves, but on 77 minutes, Michael Parensen found space to cross for Adam Nemec, and he outjumped Uwe Hunemeier covering for the poorly positioned Strohdiek and he headed the ball into the far corner. It didn't take long for Mahir Saglik to wrestle back the point for Paderborn, turning in a Jens Wemmer cross when Haas was in no man's land. 1-1 was the fairest result in the end. Paderborn had dominated but not really given the impression that they had deserved to win.
July Goal of The Month
Very difficult to decide this month with a grand total of 1 goal being scored. So it was Mahir Saglik's volley against Berlin.