Moment of redemption: Philip Hosner (left) scored in the 108th minute to give the Kickers a 2-1 lead.
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Moment of redemption: Philip Hosner (left) scored in the 108th minute to give the Kickers a 2-1 lead. © Hübner

Fernwald – The Offenbacher Kickers qualified for the semi-finals of the Hessen Cup for the first time since 2016. They won the regional league 3-1 (1-0) after extra time with FSV Fernwald on Wednesday night and can dream of their 12th victory in this competition and accompanying qualification to the first round of the German Federation Cup. FSV Frankfurt is now waiting in the semi-finals.

However, Oceania, who had to outnumbered for more than an hour after the red card to Tonai Deniz, made life difficult for themselves. “We have come to the next stage. It was unnecessary half an hour longer,” said Sreto Ristic. The OFC coach disagreed with some of the decisions made by referee Alexander Wahl (Lauddorf). He found the dismissal harsh, and was also upset that Philipp Hausener failed to score ( 95). “Big compliments to my kids for how they accepted it and stayed focused.”

After a 2-0 win in the regional league over TSV Schott Mainz, Ristic made six changes. Osarenren Okungbowa, Lucas Hermes, Serkan Firat, Davud Tuma, Elsamed Ramaj and Mathias Fetsch started with Mathieu Andacic, Paul Melld, Ronnie Marcus, Florent Bogaj, Filip Hosener (all on the bench) and Dejan Bosic (torn ankle ligaments).

Under the eyes of the DFB Cup winner from 1970, Niko Simlic of Fernwald, the Kickers acted with concentration and possession of the ball a lot. In the 14th minute, Ramage put the ball into the goal, but the goal was canceled due to offside. Kickers took the second chance. Davod Toma put the ball in the middle in favor of Matthias Vech, who scored from close range (26 minutes). Firat (31) and Deniz, whose free kick hit the post (44), missed other chances.

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In the second half, Oceania moved confidently towards the semi-finals on artificial turf – until Deniz, after a foul by Brian Mukasa, hit Wernwalder and saw red. The hosts sensed their chance – and it came: Johannes Hoffmann scored to make it 1-1 (78th) after Ronnie Marcus, who had come on as a substitute for the injured Firat, missed a header. Goalkeeper David Richter saved Oceania after Julian Bender’s header (90 + 3) from the end. He also had to risk his life and limbs against Dervishi in the 95th minute. At the other end, Hussner’s goal was disallowed due to an alleged handball (97). In the 108th minute, the Austrian scored regularly after preliminary work from Paul Melld. Kagwa’s goal from Jason Breitenbach’s cross eased the tension. Jim

FSV Fernwald: Sahin – Burger (86. Dervishi), Bender, Freese (73. Markiewicz), Goncalves, Tim Richter, Mukasa (107. Okada), Hendrich, Hofmann, Vural (91. Kaguah), Dinler

Kickers Offenbach: David Richter – Brettenbach, Zielnicki, Okungbowa – Hermes, Deniz, Huseinbasic, Virat (76. Markus), Toma (97. Milda) – Ramage (66. Pujaj), Fitch (82. Huisener)

Referee: Alexander Wahl (Lauddorf) – Goals: 0: 1 Fitch (26), 1:1 Hoffmann (78), 1:2 Hosener (108), 1:3 Kaguah goalkeeper (111) – Yellow: Denler, Vural, Mukasa / Brettenbach – red card: Deniz (58. / Nachretten).

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