By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
2 days after being considered in the Cranes 23-man squad for the upcoming national engagements, striker Edrisa Lubega ‘Torres’ inspired his side Floridsdorfer AC to a hard fought 3-3 draw away at Kapfenberger SV.
Trailing 3-1 with a minute to normal time, Lubega initiated a memorable comeback when reduced the deficit before goalkeeper Martin Fraisl equalized in the injury time.
Floridsdorfer AC had taken an early lead courtesy of Adolphe Belem in the 11th minute but their lead short-lived as Kapfenberger SV levelled matters 7 minutes later through Philipp Plank.
The opening stages of the second half saw Kapfenberger SV score two goals through Manuel Haas and Daniel Racic in the 48th and 65th minutes respectively, condemning Lubega’s side to a 2 goal deficit.
While at 2-1, Lubega came off the bench to replace Croatian defender Ivan Leovac in a bid to surge the attacking intent and the tactical change paid off in the 89th minute of the game.
The former Proline marksman smashed home Floridsdorfer’s second finishing off a long ball to claim his 7th goal of the campaign.
His strike also put an end to his goal drought having last scored on November 24th in a 2-1 win over Austria Lustenau.
3 minutes later, goalie Martin Fraisl levelled up with a spectacular header off a Mario Kröpfl well delivered corner kick inside the four added minutes to salvage a vital point.
Floridsdorfer AC remain bottom placed on the 10-team log with 24 points garnered from 34 matches played and with 2 games to the league climax, they stand a chance to beat the drop when they face their immediate rivals Blau-Weiz Linz in the their subsequent fixture on Monday 21st May.
At the end of the season, the lowest placed side in this Austrian 2nd tier (Erste Liga) will face off with the 3 highest ranked sides from the regional leagues in a relegation play off.