Late Goals Secure Safe Passage
Two late goals from Bright Edomwonyi and Dominik Prokop were enough for Austria Wien to safely navigate their way through the second round of the OFB-Cup and seal their place in the next stage of the competition, as Christopher Steegmann’s team beat second tier ASK Amstetten 2-0 at the Generali Arena. The home side dominated the tie throughout despite playing a rotated side and the manager will no doubt be pleased with his sides performance, except for maybe the poor finishing up until Die Vielchen’s Nigerian forward Edomwonyi slotted home with 14 minutes left to play.
Austria had dominated the game throughout creating numerous chances with Christoph Martschinko putting in a Man of the Match worthy performance down the left wing, from wing back. The 24 year old could have had three or four assists over the course of the tie had it not been for poor finishing and Martschinko may well have played his way into Steegmann’s thinking ahead of the visit of Admira Wacker in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Amstetten goalkeeper Felix Gschossmann gave a very good account of himself in the visitors goal as he kept out chance after chance headed his way.
The opening goal of the game finally came in the 76th minute as Alexander Grunwald was played free on the edge of the penalty area before Die Vielchen’s captain squared the ball to Edomwonyi who was free inside the area, with the Nigerian gracefully slotting the ball home, giving Gschossmann no chance. It was a goal that meant Amstetten had to abandon their heavily defensive shape and come out and attack Austria if they wanted to get back into the tie, and Die Vielchen finally put the game to bed in the 84th minute as Dominik Prokop cut inside and curled a delightful shot past Gschossman to make it 2-0 and seal a place in the Third Round for Die Vielchen.
After the game Steegmann was very praising of his players, particularly as he had named a rotated side for the Second Round game, with Thomas Ebner, the aforementioned Matschinko and David Cancola all starting, having not featured regularly so far this season. In the absence of Venuto, who missed the game through the hamstring injury sustained in the victory over Sturm Graz, Steegmann also named 19 year old Dominik Fitz in the starting XI with the youngster impressing with his runs and movement down the right wing and Die Vielchen fans will no doubt be hoping Fitz features regularly for Austria throughout the remainder of the season.
For now though, Austria turn their attentions back to the Bundesliga, where they host Admira Wacker this Sunday at the Generali Arena knowing they could sit a top of the Bundesliga table after 9 rounds should they beat the leagues bottom placed side. Their next game in the OFB-Cup will see Austria visit LASK Linz at the end of October with a place in the Quarter Finals at stake.
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