DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Matt Taylor netted his 14th goal of the season for Ahlen, striking early in the second half to put the team up by two as they cruised to an important win at home over Jahn Regensburg.
With the season winding down, Ahlen needed a quick turnaround from the weekend's hard loss at Wiesbaden to keep their eye on 3. Liga survival.
A cagey opening led to a much more open first half, with multiple chances coming for both teams after the first quarter-hour.
Ahlen continued their push, and finally poked in a goal at the most opportune of times, when Sebastian Hille was played into the penalty area with a through ball and easily out-dueled keeper Michael Hofmann for the 1-0 lead just seconds before the halftime break.
They kept the momentum on their side and doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half, as Taylor finished a counter-attacking run by beating two defenders before launching his shot just inside the upper corner for his 14th of the season.
Taylor was subbed out of the game in the final minutes, shortly after Regensburg were reduced to ten men thanks to the late sending off of Alexander Maul for pulling Taylor down just outside of the area on a clear scoring opportunity.
While Ahlen still remain just inside the relegation zone after the win, they now trail 17th-place Burghausen only by total goals scored, and are behind 16th-positioned Aalen just on goal differential.
Even so much as a draw in their next game at VfB Stuttgart II on Sunday could lift them out of the bottom three, however they will be gunning for a win against a team which has only won a single game out of their last six.