At the end of a highly scored state championship game, the footballers from Wülfrath had to settle for a 4:4 victory over VfB Solingen.
1. FC Wuelfrath – VfB Solingen 4:4 (1:1). Spectators and 1. FC Wülfrath officials shook their heads after the draw. The hosts deservedly lead 4-2 after almost 70 minutes and leave relegation-threatened Solingen to take the butter out of their bread. “Today we gave away two points unnecessarily. It’s inexplicable to me that we gave such a poor defensive performance in the last 20 minutes and invited Solingen to score,” said the FCW boss, Michael Massenberg, furious. Goran Tomic strongly disagreed with his team’s performance. “If we lead 4:2, I expect my defense to act smarter and end the game safely. There was no assignment in the defensive department and the clearest chances were not exploited on offense. You can’t play like that in the state league.”
Despite criticism of his weak attack, the FCW coach should have noted that his two strikers Jannik Weber and Aleksandar Bojkovski each scored two goals and both now have eleven goals. Bojkovski might be a bit higher in the top scorer list as the very talented young striker could have scored two or three more goals against VfB Solingen in a promising position.
Speaking of Bojkovski: When asked by our editors, he confirmed he was leaving FCW at the end of the season and heading to state league leader and likely promoted team MSV Düsseldorf. “We cannot follow the contract negotiations against a future Premier League club. Besides, we don’t want to put obstacles in the way of this young footballer,” explained Massenberg.
From the start, the hosts tried to dominate the encounter. Jannik Weber, who was playing briskly again, brought the score to 1-0 (21st). The Solingen team, which impressed with clever counters, took advantage of one of these quick counters to bring the score to 1-1 at halftime (37th). After the change of sides, the match often took place in the penalty areas, with FCW having the chances much clearer and making great combinations. Before that, Bojkovski put the hosts back in front with a directly converted free kick.
The courageous VfB were unimpressed and came 2-2. After that, FCW fans thought their side were on the way to victory when Bojkovski increased the lead to 3:2 (60th) and a little later Weber scored from 18 yards out to make it 4 :2 (64th). The inhabitants of Solingen did not give up. Former FCW top scorer Davide Mangia reduced the lead to 3:4 (73′) with a handball penalty. When FCW missed other good chances, VfB came to an undeserved 4:4 not long before the final whistle.
1. FC Wuelfrath: Perkuhn – Schnidt-Kessen, Fedler, Zuimmermann, Rosenecker, Wolf (5r5. Haba), Frantzuzas, Klein, Krol (59, Schnieta), Bojkovski, Weber (63. Pavlidis).