Darryl Gordon (second from the left) celebrates a goal in the 4-1 penalty shootout win of his club Wr. Viktoria vs. Bundesliga club SV Kapfenberg in the Austrian Cup competition
Wr. Viktoria, the club of former Schulz Academy players Darryl Gordon and Nigel Blair, was the only 4th division club left in the Austrian Cup. Last year still in the 5th division, they earned the right as the only team of the fifth division to participate in the Open Austrian Cup competition by winning the Vienna Cup (where only 4th division teams and below are allowed to participate). Leading in half time 2-0 (Darryl Gordon scored the second goal), the Bundesliga club SV Kapfenberg came back and equalized the lead in the second half. Nigel Blair, who plays right inside defense, got injured when the team was leading 2-0 and had to leave the field. After that the defense looked a little shaky and got the 2 goals which led to overtime. After leading again 3-2, SV Kapfenberg scored the tying goal and penalty kicks had to decide. Wr. Viktoria had the better nerves and won 4-1.
Nigel Blair in action in the Cup triumph vs. SV Kapfenberg
In the round of 16 Wr. Viktoria is playing now another Bundesliga Club, SV Ried, at home, hoping to extend their sensational run in the Austrian Cup.
“We were the big underdog, but we felt quite comfortable before the match. They made a lot of pressure but we always scored at the right time. After my goal for the 2-0 lead we had the game under control, but after Nigel had to leave the field with an injury the game became very tight again. It was a thriller till the end. I am very happy here at the club and although only in the 4th division the level of play is very high and the club is very professional”, says Darryl Gordon.
“I felt bad to leave the field with the injury leading 2-0 but the team pulled it off and we are all very happy to make it as the only 4th division team to the round of 16 in the Austrian Cup”, continues Nigel Blair, one of the top defenders in the league.
Wr. Viktoria won the 5th division in Austria last year and established themselves in the top 3 this year in the 4th gear with chances to move to the 3rd division after this season. Coach of the team is Toni Poster, the record scorer of the Austrian National team with 44 goals in 95 National Team games. He also scored 79 goals for 1. FC Koeln in 150 games in the German Bundesliga and 55 goals in 102 games with FC Sevilla in La Liga from 1988 – 1991.
Toni Polster for 1. FC Koeln (left) and Austrian National Team (right)