THE SLAYER OF DUVENSTEDT
February 21st, 2019
A typical autumn Sunday in Hamburg, cold and misty, awaited in the Puckaffer Weg 15. Duvenstedter SV, which have beaten relentlessly almost every team in the league, was hosting the Hamburg Hurricanes on the top clash of the week. The predestined candidate to get promoted into Bezirklsliga, had played the Hurricanes before only in two occasions; destroying them in both: 6:2 in the first round of the Cup back in July 2018 and a month later, 2:5 in the third match week. Despite those facts, Guillaume Hounsoume and his boys were confident that this time was going to be different. The men in pink built a good momentum, being unbeaten in the previous six matches (5W-1D).
The best offense versus best defense of the league were about to face each other. The ref called both squads to get aligned before blowing his whistle. The match started and the Hurricanes showed no respect from the very beginning, pressing high with their three forwards, recovering the ball in midfield with Mark Boyce and Sholto West distributing accurately. Juan Arteche and Oscar Peña were switching constantly sides to confuse their defense, and fullbacks Jack Callaghan and Paidi Scully were joining alternately the attack.
After 25 minutes, Duvenstedt’s game plan, consisting of sending effectively long balls to their forwards and find quickly the net, wasn't working. Apart from a ball which hit the post on James Schramm’s goal, the Hurricanes were dominant and created good chances. Those long balls sent over their wingers were intercepted either by Jack or Paidi, or cleared by Nico Guimont and Sam McHattie, our center backs. It took though one extra attempt from the local team to send that long ball and find their top scorer, Niklas Rochow, to open up the scoreboard in the 28th minute. Duvenstedt’s bench and fans explode while screaming the goal. The locals thought they've cracked the pink’s defence and more goals are about to come, but the Hurricanes kept playing as if nothing happened. In the 33th minute a low ball gets sent towards the local’s half side of the pitch with no real danger, Duvenstedt’s defender goes quite casual for it but what he doesn’t realize is that Lukas Henkel was behind him, takes him out on a shoulder to shoulder to send him to the ground, picks up the ball and with a killer instinct strikes that ball low, there where it hurts a keeper to concede, GOAAAL! Lukas puts the party 1:1. GAME ON!
Eight minutes later, the Hurricanes gain a throw-in close to Duvenstedt’s box. Paidi grabs the ball and sends it high to Oscar Peña, who jumps and gets a touch with the head to find Juan, who also heads it further into the small box and who did the ball find? LUKAS HENKEL!!! Lukas gets a touch with the tip of his right toe to get his second of the day, putting it on the right side of the keeper and turning the score around for the Hurricanes 1:2 just before half-time.
During the 15-minute break, Guillaume Hounsoume gave further instructions to his players, he above everyone knew the game wasn't over and that Duvenstedt will go all-in for the win. Sitting back and parking the bus has never been the Hurricanes style of play, not even with today’s opponent who has scored at least 2x more goals this season than his team. The high intensity pressing shall no longer continue, but the ball had to kept running and through pink feet.
Both squads gott out of their changing rooms and returned to the pitch, second half starts and it didn't take more than 8 minutes for a long ball to go over Duvenstedt’s defense, the flag didn't go up and Lukas Henkel, ruthless and without even thinking, just from outside the box with a powerful shot sent the ball into the back of the net! HAT-TRICK for Lukas “The Slayer of Duvenstedt” Henkel! He sprints to the corner to celebrate his golazo and his teammates follow him full of joy. Bernd, our loyal supporter who was just standing behind the bench, lightens up a cigarette and smiled. He, even with his more than 70 years of age was enjoying watching this Kreisliga football match, outside in the cold.
It was 1:3 for the ‘Canes and Duvenstedt completely speechless, confused and even lost. They keep trying to send those long balls but are harmless, Nico and his defense were very solid at the back.
Minutes later, Jackie after a very strong performance as a right back, needs to be substituted due to injury. Benedikt Coekoll comes in to replace him. In the 67th minute, Felipe makes his way in for Oscar Peña. He and Juan, with their fine technical skills, where now literally dancing on both wings. Duvenstedt had no chance whatsoever to keep up. 15 minutes prior the end, Hurricane legend Jesper Jensen prepared to make his way in, there was an entirely exhausted and out of breath Lukas Henkel to get subbed. In the 79th minute he left the pitch with strong claps from his team mates and the bench. The Slayer of Duvenstedt, nicknamed after this feat, basically had won the game for us. A minute later, from the left wing Felipe dribbles and with a deadly cross the ball found Juan, who just pushed it on open goal to seal the deal 1:4. Moments before the final whistle, Niklas Rochow got a second one as consolation for the local team.
Both squads greeted each other after the match ended, Tillman Rochow, Duvenstedt’s coach congratulated every Hurricane player he jumped into, “you definitely were the better team today”, he kept saying. The men in pink went straight to the changing room, there was a song to be sang and a beer to be drank while showering, jumping and shouting half naked to celebrate such an impeccable victory.
No other player in at least the previous two seasons had scored a Hat-Trick against Duvenstedter SV, not to mention that in this season they only lost a match before facing us. This game was a very special one and is up there as one of the most exciting games in the Hurricanes history.