KV OOSTENDE - KV MECHELEN 2-2
Fashion Jr. Sakala and Kevin Vandendriessche played for the last time today in the sea air and on the familiar Oostende turf. Former teammate and good friend Franck Berrier surprised Vandendriessche with a nice farewell gift after six seasons with KVO. Sakala makes the move to Rangers where he will start in Europe. He hoped to leave our club with a European ticket as well.
The match started promising for the Coastboys. After a couple of warning shots on goal, Sakala made it 1-0 in the 5th minute. KV Oostende did not leave it at that and kept putting pressure, which led to several chances. Soon the ball rolled at the feet of Ndicka who played it in perfectly for Sakala. The Zambian took the opportunity to score his second of the evening. Just before the half hour Hjulsager was close to making it 3-0, but he hit Thoelen from close range. There was some doubt about a penalty kick but after Nathan Verboomen took a look, he concluded that it was not a foul, but just a corner kick. Sakala came close to scoring a hat-trick after some good work by Vandendriessche, but it was too good to be true. On the other side Mechelen hit the post just before half time. Half-time score: 2-0.
Malinwa came out of the dressing room very strong. Bataille misjudged a cross and Druijf scored the tying goal less than two minutes later. On the hour Malinwa even managed to get the equaliser after Bateau had buffeted a hard cross from Schoofs into the ropes. KVO were upset but through Theate they came close to taking the lead, his header hitting the post however. At the other end Mechelen also came close to scoring a third goal in a very open second half. Ten minutes before the end of the game Vranckx was substituted with a second yellow. The signal for KVO to give everything again, but the third goal did not materialise. Just before the final whistle, Fashion Sakala was given a change of applause.
A creditable match for both teams, Oostende was lord and master in the first half but got stuck after half time. All in all a fair result.