Tradition club Union celebrates its 126th anniversary today and started a night of celebration with a hard-fought cup victory against Meux. Blessin’s team broke the spell before half time, but ultimately had to fight for a long time to hold off the amateur class.
Union took on Meux in the Croky Cup this afternoon. The visitors played in the second amateur class and finished in tenth place there. Coach Blessin rotated extensively and brought goalkeeper Imbrechts, Teklab and Kabangu into the team.
Unionist opens his account
The home team opened cautiously earlier today, only after fifteen minutes did Rodriguez create the first danger with a header, and goalkeeper Libertiaux made the save. The visiting goalkeeper subsequently proved to be the saving angel for Meux a few more times. Just before half time, Union finally struck: the ball came to Leysen at the far post and with his first for the tradition club he gave Blessin’s team a 1-0 lead halfway through.
Meux claws back firmly
After halftime, Union easily retained control, although the home team played football in economy mode. It wasn’t until halfway through the second half that we had some more chances, and the amateur club stayed alive for a long time. Twenty minutes from the end, Meux even came close to the equalizer once: Sleewaert scored an excellent free kick, and Imbrechts had to make the save.
The Walloon team remained competitive afterwards and actually managed to level the score again in the final phase via Smal: 1-1. The signal for the home team to wake up again, just a minute later Puertas served the free-standing Rasmussen and he took the lead again: 2-1. Ultimately, it was a hard-fought victory for Union, which remains active on three fronts.
1-0 (37′) Leysen, 1-1 (82′) Narrow, 2-1 (83′) Rasmussen