With only 3 games starting on Saturday, it was a busy opening Sunday across the city and there were plenty of good games to look forward to in the BerlinLiga.
Our game of the day took place at the Blissestrasse Sportanlage as we attended 1.FC Wilmersdorf v Stern 1900. A decent sized crowd of 95 paying customers and about the same again in Club Members and Berlin Liga season ticket holders watched on as Wilmersdorf pushed and made plenty of chances, only to be denied time and time again not only by Fritz Waldhecker in the Stern goal but also by the defence, by the woodwork and, at times, by being their own worst enemy. It was Stern though who left with the points, despite the pressure from the home side and the lack of creativity from last seasons 3rd placed team, a penalty was awarded shortly before half time and was blasted in to the bottom right hand corner by the Stern 1900 defender, Benjamin Nebus.
The pick of other matches took place in Hermsdorf as VFB welcomed SC Staaken to their Seebadstrasse Stadium. It was 1-1 at half time with goals from Felix Klunter for Staaken (21 minutes) and Florian Venz for the home side (37 minutes) separating the two sides at the break. As the end of normal time approached, the scores stood at 2-2 thanks to 2nd half goals from Martin Haustein (58 minutes) for Hermsdorf and club captain, Florian Schwarzer for the visitors (80 minutes) but this game still had more to give right up to the final whistle as is exemplified with the fact that both teams managed to snatch another goal each deep in to stoppage time. Fabrico Hennings must have thought he had grabbed all 3 points for the home side in the 91st minute but an equaliser with what was almost the last kick of the game from Ehnan Bahceci meant that Staaken travelled home to the Berlin-Brandenburg border with a point in hand.
In the other games taking place we saw Eintracht Mahlsdorf deliver a 4-1 drubbing to one of the leagues new teams, Sparta Lichtenberg. Another of the leagues new boys fell foul to the experience of one of leagues older hands as SF Johannistahl were beaten 0-2 at home to SC Gatow (http://www.nodicemagazine.com/2013/08/12/a-meeting-of-old-sportfreunde-and-new-challenges/ – English language match report here!). In other results we saw a shock 3-1 win for TSV Rudow over TUS Makkabi as one of last seasons struggling sides comprehensively beat last seasons runners up and finally, Tasmania Berlin were defeated 2-0 at home to Hertha 03 Zehlendorf who have been the notably more active of the sides in the transfer market over this summer.
Preview of Empor Berlin v Reinickendorfer Fuechse is to follow tomorrow + a preview of all of Wednesday and Thursdays Berlin action will follow later in the week.