Borussia’s U17s have suffered a bitter 3-2 defeat away to FC Hennef 05 and failed to keep the pressure on second-placed Arminia Bielefeld in the run-up to their trip to Mönchengladbach. “There’s huge disappointment,” admitted coach Karsten Gorges.

BVB made a perfect start to the match, with Gökdeniz Gürpüz rounding off a lovely move to open the scoring on the five-minute mark. “The lads completely implemented the plan at the beginning but then made too many incorrect decisions,” bemoaned Gorges. Tyler Meiser did manage to make it 2-1 after the scores had been levelled at 1-1, but Borussia lost the control that they had boasted in the opening minutes.

The game became even wilder in the second period. Hennef benefited from an individual error in the BVB defence to restore parity at 2-2, after which the game grew ever more erratic. “The fear of failure increased by the minute,” analysed Karsten Gorges. Following a red card for a Hennef player, the Black & Yellows ultimately lost their way and conceded the goal that condemned them to a 3-2 defeat in the 88th minute. “The dismissal ultimately proved to be more of a burden than an incentive. We first need to process this defeat,” said Gorges.

BVB: Lisewski – Plöger (Numbisie, 78), Meiser, Rahmann (Adamczyk, 60), Kabar – Uka, Gürpüz, Wätjen – Burstedde (Fleck, 60), Herrmann, Zickler (Mahjoubi, 77).