BerlinLiga – Round Up – Matchday #1 (Saturday 10th August 2013)
Saturday saw the return of the BerlinLiga with 3 games played out across the city. It was a story of both new and old as 2 of the leagues new boys played their first matches of life at the 6th level and Tennis Borussia Berlin saw the closest thing they have to a legend return to the Mommsenstadion in the shape of Micha Fuss.
In arguably the game of the day, Koepenicker SC welcomed Empor Berlin to Wendenschlossstrasse to get their season under way. Empor were my surprise package in pre-season and success and goals are things that I have predicted for the season ahead so it came as a great surprise for me to see that 2 goals from Jeffery Gleisinger and a goal from substitute, Simon Gusman gave Koepenicker SC a winning start to life in the BerlinLiga. An encouraging start and a statement of intent from the new boys to the division.
In the days other games, Tennis Borussia Berlin saw a man famed for scoring over 60 goals in an Oberliga season whilst maintaining a strict dietary plan of booze and fags return to the club. In excess of 400 people descended upon the Mommse to welcome their hero home and he did not disappoint. In a typically “lazy” performance, he spent most of the time covering the same 5 meter patch of grass which left me wondering what all the “Fuss” was about (excuse the pun..) but with 74 minutes on the clock, the hype was justified as Fuss ran on to a fabulous through-ball from my Man of the Match, Fabien Thokomeni and found himself one on one with Mirco Langen in the Berliner SC goal and calmly dispatched the ball over his head and in to the back of the net. Sadly for the Eichkamp boys it was not to be there day, despite the relentless pressure throughout the game, scores were levelled with 9 minutes to go as Alexander Kynass in the TeBe goal found himself running out to far and leaving Tolgay Asma to slot the ball in to the goal and pull things level. Another special mention goes to another Tennis Borussia new boy, Hamdi Chamkhi who put in a very good performance. We look forward to seeing him again soon and hope that he can build on all the positives from the opening day of the season.
Saturday also saw another of the leagues new boys play their first game at the 6th level as Nordberliner SC travelled to “Freedom Way” to play the formidable Reineckendorfer Fuechse. It was the hosts who took the lead in this Nordberlin Derby as Julian Baersch opened the scoring after 15 minutes, however, it was only 4 minutes later when Sven Ralf equalised for the visitors and that is how it remained for the rest of the game.
A round-up on Sundays games will follow tomorrow. Results from other Berlin teams in action on Saturday will follow later on today and we will also be previewing this weeks action in the BerlinLiga.
(photo courtesy of D.A.W.B)