Mixed week for HSV academy

Under-21s remain unbeaten, under-19s partake in crazy match in Cottbus whilst the under-17s bounce back from loss in Jena with win over Hannover.

HSV u21 1 – 1 HSC Hannover (HT 0-1); Matchday 5, Regionalliga Nord

Hannes Drews’ under-21 side continued their unbeaten start to the Regionalliga Nord campaign, albeit in less dramatic circumstances than the 3-3 draw away to VfL Wolfsburg last time out. Promoted HSC Hannover were the guests at the Wolfgang-Meyer-Stadion and caused the Rothosen a number of problems, imposing themselves physically on the encounter and going in front in the 38th minute through Hauke Bartels. Josha Vagnoman rounded off a very successful week with his second goal in as many games, a mere day after receiving the Fritz Walter silver medal for his performances in the past year for the Rothosen as well as the German under-19 team. 

Carrying over the positivity from last Saturday‘s last-minute draw in Wolfsburg, the home side started strongly, with centre backs Storb and Giese having chances from set-piece situations to put the Rothosen in charge. However, Hannover’s organisation grew as the half wore on, and it became increasingly difficult for the hosts to find a way through. The visitors weren’t in town just to stifle Hamburg’s attack and had some forays forward of their own, getting their just rewards when Bartels turned home a rebound to give his team the half-time lead. The first twenty minutes of the second period followed a similar pattern, with Hannes Drews’ side failing to break down the compact Hanoverian ranks. As is often the case, it was a moment of quality that helped HSV make the breakthrough; a beautiful through-ball found Fagerström in front of Algermissen in the Hannover goal and he laid it off to the waiting Vagnoman, who merely had to pass the ball into the empty net. Hannes Drews saw positives as well as room for improvement for his young charges: “We cannot be happy with the first half, we all expect more. But after half-time we drew them out of their positions and scored a deserved equaliser. We need to be more combative if we want to get three points next time out.”

U21: Wehking – Vagnoman, Giese, Storb, Haut, Pinckert (28‘ Kwame) – Geißen, David – Fagerström, Bukusu (74‘ Ulbricht), Mohssen (85‘ Limani)

HSC Hannover: Algermissen – Öney, Vilches-Bermudez, Tayar, Batbay – Darwish (90‘+1 Ritzka), Bikma, Keine – Lambach, Masur (66‘ Kasumovic), Bartels (80 Weigel)

Goals: 0-1 Bartels (38‘), 1-1 Vagnoman (67‘)

Yellow cards: David (75’) / Lambach (90’)

Attendance: 170

Under-19s good start dampened by draw and loss

After an 8-2 opening weekend success over Chemnitz, the goals continued to flow for the under-19s, as their season gathered pace with two games in the space of four days. On Saturday, neutral spectators were treated to a goal-fest, as Daniel Petrowsky’s side drew 5-5 in a crazy encounter with Energie Cottbus. Despite trailing by two goals to nil after a quarter of an hour, the under-19s managed to turn the game around before half-time, thanks in part to two goals from Peter Beke. Beke completed his hat-trick, only to see Cottbus storm back into a 5-4 lead with ten minutes to go. Ware Pakia scored with four minutes left to secure a point for the Rothosen in a game that neither defences will want to repeat in a hurry. 

Hamburg’s defensive frailties came back to haunt them on Wednesday night, with the visit of Hannover 96 to the Wolfgang-Meyer-Stadion. Bjarne Seturski and Eunsa Jeong saw the guests enter half-time with their noses in front, only to be reduced to ten men after Simon Stehle’s second caution of the game in the 55th minute. Daniel Petrowsky’s side pushed for the equaliser, only to see Tim Walbrecht extend Hannover’s lead in the third minute of injury time, before Saibo Ibraimo himself received his marching orders, so that both sides ended the game with ten men. After a win, a draw and a loss to start the under-19 Bundesliga Nord/Nordost campaign, the under-19s will be hoping to bounce back against Niendorf this weekend. 

Under-17s rebound from loss in Jena with Hannover win

Two wins and a loss make-up the start of the season for HSV’s under-17 side. Joe Sherbourne put his team in front away to Jena, giving the impression that the Rothosen would follow up their opening day derby win over St. Pauli with a second successive victory. The East German club had other ideas though, with Herath scoring the decisive goal in the 72nd minute, to kill off the visitors and secure a 3-1 victory. “The defeat was deserved, Jena punished the mistakes that we made and we weren’t good enough going forward,” was coach Pit Riemers’ assessment of the trip to Saxony. 

Sherbourne was on the scoresheet for the second time in a matter of days, as the young Rothosen aimed to atone for their errors on Tuesday night. The wee striker took his tally to three for the season with strikes either half of half-time, with Etienne Sohn and Arlind Rexhepi also on target, meaning that the home side ran out 4-0 winners. Victories in two out of the first three games of the under-17 Bundesliga Nord/Nordost campaign see Pit Riemers’ side head into this weekend’s clash with Eintracht Braunschweig in fifth position in the table.