RECAP: WEEKEND AUSTRIAN ACTION
Shawn Barry and Linz put on a dominant display against FAC to stay within reach of their division's promotion spot while Conor O'Brien saw his first crack at local rivals Rapid rained out.
LASK Linz 5 - 1 FAC Team für Wien
Shawn Barry and Linz continued their strong start to the new season, traumatizing visitors FAC Team für Wien in a lopsided blowout on Friday.
Linz were coming off a narrow loss in their last game before the international break, but put their stamp on Friday's contest shortly past the quarter-hour mark.
In the 18th minute, Barry connected with a header towards the middle of goal which was deflected by keeper Rene Swete. The ball, however, fell directly at the foot of Radovan Vujanovic, who opportunistically nailed his shot from close range for the 1-0 lead.
FAC did prevent any further damage before the halftime break, however the flood gates opened shortly thereafter with a four-goal outburst by the hosts in a frenetic 13-minute span.
First, Vujanovic headed in his second goal in the 54th minute thanks to a fine cross by Fabiano, then the Serbian striker completed his hattrick five minutes later when he pulled down a long pass from defender Mario Hieblinger and immediately struck for the 3-0 lead.
He then had the opportunity to play the role of set-up man, providing the final pass to give Harus Erbek the space for a 15-yard blast in the 64th minute.
Fabiano then added a fifth goal for the hosts three minutes later, heading in a cross from Christopher Drazan to extend the lead.
FAC substitute Mehmet Sutcu did pull one back in the 71st minute, one minute after entering the game, following of a corner, however that would be the only bright spot for the visitors.
With Liefering downing Mattersburg in a first-versus-second contest on Friday, Linz move up to second place in the Erste Liga standings, thee points behind leaders Liefering. They have a quick return to action, visiting Kapfenberger SV on Tuesday.
Conor O'Brien and SC Wiener Neustadt had a few days extra unexpectedly added to their international break, as their home game against Rapid Vienna scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to rain. The teams have scheduled a make-up date for Wednesday night.
Keith Cardona did not suit up for FC Liefering on Friday afternoon, as the team demolished their hosts SV Mattersburg by a 6-3 score.