Club YLA eliminates Genk after a nerve-wracking penalty series and is allowed to advance to the semi-finals: “Our coolness made the difference”
12 de February, 2024
Women football Belgian Cup: Club YLA
The cup match between Club YLA and KRC Genk did not produce a winner after 120 minutes of football. Blauw-zwart showed itself most coolly in the decisive penalty shootout and is now one match away from the cup final.
Club YLA was knocked out of the cup tournament by KRC Genk in the semi-finals last season. On Saturday, however, blue-black remained clear in the penalty series and struck back a year later. Club YLA qualifies for the semi-finals.
“We actually should have finished the match in regular time,” says goalkeeper Jorijn Covent. “We claimed possession of the ball and had the best chances, but the liberating 1-0 did not materialize. Then you know that it will be nail-biting in the extensions. The chance of penalties increased increasingly. Fortunately, we have enough players who can keep a cool head from the penalty spot. That made the difference.”
“I personally tried to stand on my goal line with a lot of presence,” Covent continues. “I was always in the right corner and saw a penalty kick go wide of the goal. We didn’t miss and got the right ticket for the semi-finals. Of course, it is also revenge for last season’s elimination. With Standard and Genk we have now eliminated the two finalists from last season. We hope to progress to the final and then anything is possible.”
The cup victory will undoubtedly give Blue-Black an extra confidence boost for the final stretch of the competition. On Saturday, Woluwe seems to be a bite-sized piece. “It may be an excellent opportunity for our attackers to gain extra confidence, but we certainly do not assume that it will be a walk-over is going to be,” Jorijn Covent remains down-to-earth. “We absolutely have to stay close to the top three in the rankings, and then we will show what we are capable of in the Play-offs.”