MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, August 30, 2012
Matt Taylor deposited into his goal account once again for Preußen Münster, while Royal-Dominique Fennel and the Stuttgart Kickers dropped a close one to league leader Bielefeld.
Hallescher FC 0 - 2 Preußen Münster
Matt Taylor played 86 minutes for the Eagles, as Münster jumped into third place with the win Wednesday.
Instead of the usual comeback mentality, Münster took it to the promoted hosts, and it paid off in the 35th minute. Dima Nazarov was taken down in the box, and Taylor stepped in and converted the penalty.
Halle's chances to get back into the game took a huge hit right before halftime, with Steven Ruprecht earning a red card for a bad foul.
Playing a man up, Münster controlled the second half and added another goal in the second minute of stoppage time. On the counterattack, Benjamin Siegert put Amaury Bischoff through on net, and the Portuguese midfielder slotted home.
With the win, Münster finds itself sitting three points back of 3.Bundesliga leading Bielefeld. The team returns to action Saturday against VfB Stuttgart II.
SV Wehen Wiesbaden 1 - 1 SV Darmstadt 98
Preston Zimmerman played the full 90 minutes at right midfield for Darmstadt in this Hessian rivalry game. He also recorded a yellow card in the 81st minute.
Both teams traded good chances early in the game, but it was Darmstadt that broke through first. In the 37th minute, Benjamin Gorka met a Michael Stegmayer corner and headed home from close range.
Although Wiesbaden started out the second half with a couple of solid chances, it took them until the 84th minute to find the game-tying goal. Nicolas Görtler sent a cross to Zlatko Janjic, who headed the ball into the back of the net.
With the tie, Darmstadt moved into 17th place with six points. The team returns to action Sunday against Heidenheim.
Arminia Bielefeld 1 - 0 Stuttgarter Kickers
Royal Dominique-Fennell played the entire game at center back in the losing effort.
The first half didn't have many offensive fireworks, but it didn't take Bielefeld too long into the second half to get the game-winner. In the 52nd minute, Fabian Klos let one fire from just outside the six-yard box that went into the back of the net.
After the goal, the Kickers couldn't find the answer, and Bielefeld held on for the win.
With the loss, the Kickers sit in 12th place. The team returns to action Saturday against Aachen.
Jerome Kiesewetter did not dress for Stuttgart II's 2-1 win over Babelsberg.