Sporting Calcio Genk – FC Maasland NO 28-04-2018
Game: Sporting Calcio Genk - FC Maasland NO 0-3 (0-0 HT)
Competition: 3rd provincial Limburg Promotion Play-Off, Belgium
Stadium: Complex Steenbeukstraat, Genk
Calcio Genk is a rather new club as they were only founded back in 2011, supported by a big Italian community in Genk. The club started very furiously in the lowest division with 2 straight promotions, followed by a relegation, back to the 3rd provincial league. The following season (2014/15), the club gained promotion again to the 2nd provincial league, from which they relegated again last season. Since 2017 the club added "Sporting" to their name. Before Calcio Genk existed, the ground at the Steenbeukstraat belonged to CSI Genk. The club was founded in 1956 but stopped their activities in 2011.
Today Sporting Calcio Genk met FC Maasland NO for the 3rd time this season. The previous 2 games ended at 0-0 and a 0-1 victory for Calcio Genk. The home team dominated the entire first half but lost their winger with a very bad injury while the visitors only showed up a few times with shots from distance. The 2nd half was completely different as FC Maasland NO, with an outstanding Geert Bosmans, started much better and made it 0-1 after 60 minutes. Ten minutes later the visitors doubled their lead after a backpass bounced over the goalkeeper's foot; 0-2. Calcio Genk started to take more risks while FC Maasland NO could wait and counter, resulting in a 3rd goal 5 minutes from time; 0-3.
Next Wednesday both teams will meet again in the Hoverstadion in Kinrooi. The winner of both legs will meet Kaulille or SLW Maaseik in the next round.