St. Johann is now firmly represented in the national elite league and from April can compete against the two best teams from Tyrol and Vorarlberg. “You really couldn’t have expected that. We are missing a great burden from our shoulders, it’s just beautiful,” said St. Johann trainer Ernst Lottermooser to SALZBURG24.
St. Johann sets a club record
St. Johann closed the sack with the 2-0 win against Grödig and secured promotion to the western league. The goalscorer were captain Benjamin Ajibade, who played with a broken nose, and Yasin Yurttas.
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Goal far exceeded
Since the promotion to the Regionalliga West in 2008, the Pongauers have never finished the fall season or first half of the season in the top two. Thus the TSV wrote history at the same time and got the best placement.
“The team has set itself the goal of a place in the top four internally and has more than surpassed it,” explained Lottermooser. After the final whistle, the St. Johanner celebrated with champagne showers etc. on the square. “Now they deserve a real celebration,” added the coach.
Erdogan awards top opportunity
The expected tough opponent for coach Ernst Lottermoser’s troops was grödig. The ex-Bundesliga team resisted the Pongauers vehemently, especially in the first 45 minutes, and had a promising chance to take the lead right at the beginning (5th) through Erdogan.
Ajibade meets the lead
In the further course of the game, however, the guests took command and were able to develop a significant increase in chances by the end of the first season. After it went goalless into the cabins, the speech should have paid off with the later climbers.
Immediately after the restart, captain Benjamin Ajibade provided the well-deserved opening goal.
Lottermooser saw release from the stands
A rough second half followed, in which guest coach Lottermoser was banished to the stands by referee Steinbeck for complaining. Shortly before the end, the substitute Yurttas finally made the decision (90th).