THE BLACK CATS CONTINUE WINNING WAYS
06 / 06 / 2016
Riga United came away from Olaine with a very good 3-0 victory.
Date published: 06/06/2016 - 15:35
Olaine 0-3 Riga United FC
Gouglou 51' 66'
Riga United came to Olaine expecting to build on good form from the week. They chose to go together by bus and keep the massive team spirit which has been running through the squad this season. It paid off, with two goals from Karim Goulgou and another from (his first in the league for Riga United) Ervīns Perkons.
Perkons was first to score in the 33rd minute. After good work from Fabio Possagno made a pass to Jānis Pakalns and he in turn played across the box to the far post, where Perkons was there to pounce and put the ball into the net. Karim Gouglou, continued his magic touch with two goals in the 51st and 66th minute respectively. They both, wonderfully set up by Julian lock in similar fashion. The first an excellent channel ball, found it’s way to Gouglou, who dribbled past a defender and slotted it home. The second one a similar ball from Lock and this time Gouglou simply chipped the ball over the keeper for his second.
The first part of the game was a little bit sluggish for Riga, something which the coaches will have to look at. However, the longer the game got going, the more involved Riga were. On form “target man” Jānis Pakalns was hoping to add to his tally this season and had some early chances, they did not fall his way though. The chances were coming.
In the first half, United chose to press high up the pitch, however in the second they realise Olaine were defending well so they dropped deeper to open up the opposition’s formation. Peter Pfeifer and Perkons were particular highlights in the game causing trouble down the left.
The second half, like in most of the games this season, United started much the stronger team and they continued to stretch Olaine with their passing and switching play. The black Cats could have easily had more than 3 goals on the night as hcances were coming thick and fast for them. However, they couldn’t finish the chances, including a one-on-one, which was put wide.
United’s keeper Murat Kelkit was mostly quiet having only 4 moments where he was called into action, as United’s defence stood firm against the Olaine attack as they couldn’t get through.
Again in the second half Niels Krause showed what a valuable asset he is to the team with his workhorse like nature.
United still had further chances as they controlled the game but they were unable to add as the final whistle blew.
This was a great performance from the team. As steady and confident as they have shown all season. The players quite rightly should be feeling proud about this game.
After the game, RUSG caught up with captain for the day Sofian Berrahal to get his view: “The spirits were high after last victory and everyone was hungry for more points. I told the guys this team is not to be underestimated because they had good results this season (like draw with Monarhs[-Flaminko] 1-1). We are happy to get another valuable three points that made us jump to 4th place in the league. The teamspirit was amazing with everyone celebrating another small successful step in the campaign. For Karim’s [Gouglou] for two great goals and Julian [Lock], who even though unfortunately missed a chance, had a great input in setting up two of our goals, they would be the joint Man of the Match today.”