CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, November 22, 2010
Josh Gatt and Altach pulled off the win of the season thus far with a rout of the former holders of the top spot in the Austrian Erste Liga.
A consolation goal from the American provided the edge on goal difference to take control of first place just before the winter break.
Gatt capped off the win with this second goal in as many games in a full ninety of action. Martin Pusic and Matthias Koch provided the early scoring for the hosts.
In spite of the visitors starting out strong, the Altach offense slowly whittled away at the Admira resolve and found their first goal in the 18th minute.
After a fine series of passes in the midfield, Matthias Hopfer flicked over the backline for Pusic, who headed down to Koch for the shot at the penalty spot past Hans-Peter Berger and the 1-0 lead.
The 6-foot Pusic added a few of his own on both sides of halftime, the first coming with a minute left in the first half. Following several quick passes at the top of the box, Daniel Schütz chested down a Scherrer feed over to Pusic in the box with room on the left. Darting to the left of Berger, Pusic made no mistake and slotted through for the 2-0 halftime lead.
The hosts in Cashpoint Arena only needed four minutes to find the back of the net again, once again courtesy of Pusic. Matthias Koch rattled the Admira defense with a long-range attempt on goal that Berger fumbled.
Andreas Simma was there to tap over to the oncoming Pusic for the easy strike past the grounded Berger and the 3-0 lead.
Gatt capped off the scoring with his third of the season after a well-timed pass from Koch found him ahead of the backline and off to the races down the right side.
Facing only the Admira keeper Gatt faked to the left causing Berger to trip, drove right and slotted past with poise for the goal.
With the win and Gatt's fourth goal, Altach take possession of first place in the Erste Liga with 45 points and a one-goal edge on goal difference.
Adi Hütter's men travel up the road to SC Austria Lustenau on Friday for the final game before the three-month winter break.