Just 25 hours after besting SG Leutershausen 35-20 on Saturday, MT Melsungen was victorious 37-30 over Second Bundesliga side TV Neuhausen. With that, the North Hesse team advances to the quarterfinals of the DHB Cup. The top scorers in front of just 164 spectators at the Hofbühlhalle in Neuhausen/Erms was, once again for the MT, Johannes Sellin (11/4) and Bornemann and Predragovic (6 each) for the TVN.
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The first quarter-hour of the match were fairly evenly matched, with little to show that these teams play in different leagues. Neuhausen even took the lead at one point before the MT equalised. Johannes Sellin's seven metre throw on 17 minutes, his third goal, put Roth's team ahead for the first time (9-8). This served as a wake-up call for the rest of the team, which then dominated the proceedings. The MT soon built and maintained a three or four goal cushion against the Second Bundesliga opponent. At the half the sides parted at 19-15.
That dynamic remained in the initial minutes after intermission. Another 15 minutes passed before Felix Danner, who played a strong offensive game, notched his 5th goal, pushing his team's lead to six (29-23). But the TVN was game, with Reusch slotting home twice and Michalik striking from the backcourt to trim the deficit to three (29-26, 52nd min.).
Neuhausen refused to cede an inch. By the Predragovic converted a penalty throw on 55 minutes (32-29), MT coach Michael Roth was ready to use a time-out to break the host's momentum. His plan worked. The boys in red-and-white kicked off a run on which Boomhouwer (x2), Sellin and Fahlgren each scored goals to put the challenger away. Felix Danner capped off a strong match with his 7th goal, and that's how things finished in a well-earned 37-30 victory.
With the weekend's brace of victories (including the MT's 35-20 whipping of newly promoted Second Bundesliga club SG Leutershausen), the MT passes on to the quarter-finals of the DHB Cup. That round will be played on 26 October.
Michael Roth on the match:
With these two Cup wins, we did more than just make the expected jump to the quarter-finals. We were also able to successfully finish up the last portion of our pre-season training under competitive conditions. The match against Neuhausen was, as expected, a good deal tougher than yesterday's bout with Leutershausen. Beyond that, our defence didn't have the necessary aggressive attitude and left the keeper out to dry a couple of times, not to mention a few simple errors. That's how 30 goals get scored against you. Things flowed better up front and we were generally pretty effective. At half-time it was fairly clear where things were headed, even if our opponent tried to stage a comeback in the second half. In the closing minutes of the match we showed solid concentration, which is what delivered the clear results.
Statistics: MT Melsungen - SG Leutershausen 37-20 (17-11)
MT: Verkic, Villadsen - Sellin (11/4), Golla, Fahlgren (2), Danner (7), P. Müller (3), Boomhouwer (3), Rnic (2), Schneider (2), Allendorf (2), Vuckovic, M. Müller (5), Haenen.
TVN: Rebmann, Becker – Stüber, Sokicic, Wahl (1), D. Reusch (4), Schoch (5), Klingler (2), Michalik (3/1), Witte (2), J. Reusch (1), Predragovic (6/2), Bornemann (6).
Seven Metres: 5/4 – 7/3 (Sellin blocked by Becker, 50th min.; Klingler blocked by Villadsen, 15th min., Michaelik blocked by Verkic, 48th; Predragovic blocked by Verkic, 37th and 58th)
Suspensions: 4 – 6 (Fahlgren, Danner, Schneider, Allendorf – Sokicic, Klingler, D. Reusch, J. Reusch, Predragovic, Bornemann).
Referees: Ramesh Thiyagarajah / Suresh Thiyagarajah (Gummersbach)
Attendance 164, Hofbühlhalle in Neuhausen/Erms.
All results of the 1st round of the Cup can be found at handball-world.com.
2016/17 DKB Handball Bundesliga season starts this weekend
MT Melsungen will start its season by hosting newly promoted HSC 2000 Coburg. Throw-off at Kassel's Rothenbach Hall will be on Sunday, 4 September at 5:15 pm.
Coburg is already facing its own problems, having been ejected from the DHB Cup by a 22-31 defeat at the hands of HSG Wetzlar.