CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
In a game with little on the line, Innsbruck won at home and added insult to injury for Shawm Barry and Linz eleven already they were already destined for relegation after next weekend.
Barry, a former US U18 defender, saw his first start for the Linz first team, recording 61 minutes as a midfielder.
Within three minutes Thomas Bergmann nearly got the Innsbruckers on the board first with a strike from the right side that grazed the left post on its way out.
Bergmann was again involved in the next big chance in the 25th minute with a great delivery from the centerline for the onsides Andreas Bammer. Facing a 1-on-1 with Pavao Perman, the 26-year-old Austrian struck straight into the hands of his compatriate keeper.
The only chance for Linz came in the 30th minute after Justice Majabvi headed forward for Lukas Kragl, who also botched a duel with the keeper, this time firing right at Fabian Schumacher.
Three minutes after the break, Öbster brought applause from all in attendance with a steller volley from 25 yards out into the corner pocket of the net for the only goal of the afternoon. Linz's Rene Aufhauser had done his best to head away the Tomas Abraham corner from the left side, but Öbster aimed his one-timer beautifully for the game-winner.
Barry's first appearance for Linz in the Bundesliga ended the 61st minute as Klodian Duro came on in replacement.
With the Erste Liga a foregone conclusion for next season, Linz return home on Wednesday to face Rapid Vienna in the season finale.