Already in the first half, things were not going well for André Loschinski’s team in attack. After the break, the handball players of the Oberliga Mettmanner only briefly awaken a glimmer of hope.
Mettmann Sport – TV Geistenbeck 20:26 (6:11). ME-Sport’s top league handball players had no chance against TV Geistenbeck and had to admit defeat in front of their own home crowd. The home team’s offense was particularly disappointing, as they did not emit enough goal danger throughout the season and failed to overcome the guest defence. It took a little less than eight minutes for Paul d’Avoine to score the first goal for his colors. In the first 25 minutes, the TV goalkeeper Geistenbeck only had to reach behind him four times. The Mettmanns only scored two more goals before half-time. However, since the hosts’ defensive play worked, spectators at the Herrenhaus still counted on realistic chances of being able to celebrate another home victory for the second round.
Just over ten minutes after the restart, Tim Wittenberg closed the gap to 12:16. A subsequent time penalty against Sören Falkenberg and the associated two-minute deficit stifled the budding euphoria early on. ME Sport coach Andre Loschinski tried everything, took a break and asked his team to talk again when they were 15:21 behind (50th). But at the latest when Falkenberg was disqualified just three minutes later due to his third time penalty, the game was decided in favor of TV Geistenbeck.
With the victory, the guests consolidate their seventh place and keep the Mettmanner, who have played one game less so far, at bay. Since the teams in the bottom half of the table have either played far fewer positives or played more games, Loschinski’s side still have a place in the safe midfield. In order to orient themselves again in the upper league region, the attacking play of the Mettmanners must again be more successful. With just 20 hits against any team, it’s going to be tough to keep the runs at county headquarters. “Of course we know that there has been stagnation in attack,” soberly analyzed former striker Loschinski and said: “We will now focus on that in training to regain our old strength. .” Next Sunday, the Mettmann team will take part in the catch-up match and the neighborhood duel at DJK Unitas Haan.