Chris Durkin was in the starting eleven for Sint-Truiden as they suffered a narrow loss to AS Eupen in Belgian Jupiler League action over the weekend.

AS Eupen 2 – 1 Sint-Truiden

After starting the Pro League season with a victory just four weeks ago, Sint-Truiden suffered their second loss in a row at the hands of AS Eupen.  Chris Durkin got the nod and played the entire game in this frustrating game for the Canaries.

The Canaries looked the better team over the 90 minutes but the 2-1 loss claims otherwise.  Nelson Balongo did find the back of the net for STVV however but both Boris Lambert and Jonathan Heris scored for the hosts.

The visitors had an early chance from Ilombe Mboyo but the Eupen keeper made a half-decent save that time.  They did keep up the pace as they swarmed around the 18-yard box but just could not make the dominance count with a goal.

The Pandas were more clinical however and when they won a corner halfway through the first half, made it count.  Stef Peeters delivered the ball into the box and Lambert’s head met it and nodded it into the back of Daniel Schmidt’s goal.

Down 1-0 at the half, the Canaries took 20 minutes to tie it up when their Congolese frontman Balongo found the back of the net.  But less than 10 minutes later they found themselves behind again when Stef Peeters’ free-kick was cleared but fell to Heris who refused to miss. 

Next up for Durkin and his team will be at home over the weekend when they host KV Kortrijk. 

Notes

Mark McKenzie came on for the last 10 minutes of Genk’s 4-0 win over OH Leuven.  Their next game at Royal Antwerp has been postponed to a later date, so their next scheduled game is the following one against Anderlecht.

Sam Vines didn’t make his debut for his new team Royal Antwerp but was on the bench as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Sporting Charleroi.  He’ll hope to see his first action for the Royal ones when they fly down to Cyprus to take on Omonia Nicosia in their Europa League qualifier.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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