This Friday evening, US Concarneau won its first victory in 2023 against Bastia-Borgo (2-1) after reversing a badly embarked situation. For its part, Stade Briochin was held in check against Puy Foot 43, in an important meeting for the maintenance (0-0). Despite this new point, the Griffons remain in the red zone.
Facing Bastia-Borgo, the worst away team in National with 2 draws and 7 defeats, US Concarneau had to start again. The Finisterians got into their meeting very well by confiscating the ball from the Corsicans. However, the numerous Concarnois offensives were sorely lacking in precision. The visitors only proceeded by counterattacks but nevertheless managed to be dangerous. On a very bad exit from Maxime Pattier outside his area, Modeste Duku Mbenga also unblocked the situation for Bastia-Borgo (0-1, 52nd). A terrible cold shower for the players and the Guy Piriou stadium.
Finally a great reaction for US Concarneau
With this opening of the score, the locals could have sunk. On the contrary, Stéphane Le Mignan’s players showed character with intense pressure on the opposing goal. On a corner badly cleared by the Corsican defense, Alec Georgen recovered the ball from 25 meters and armed a splendid strike that the opposing goalkeeper could only touch (1-1, 68th). Confidence was gradually returning to the ranks of US Concarneau, and the pressure intensified over the minutes. Rabillard, launched in depth, found El Khoumisti in withdrawal.
The former Le Mans player controlled and then attempted a shot with the outside of his foot which passed between the goalkeeper’s legs to give his team the advantage (2-1, 82nd). The first victory for Les Thoniers in 2023 has finally arrived after a special week marked by the interrupted meeting against Nancy. A logical success which revives the Finisterians in the race for the climb. Currently fourth with a late match, US Concarneau remains in the right car for Ligue 2. This performance will have to be confirmed against one of the big fish in the championship, Versailles the current leader.
Stade Briochin at the level for this decisive match
A match not to be lost or a six-point match, there was no shortage of expressions to describe this clash between Stade Briochin and Le Puy Foot 43. The two teams tied on the number of points knew the importance of this meeting. The Briochins, very serious, had the main situations in the first half. Léo Yobé dribbled past several local defenders in the area to serve Amir Nouri. Alone at the penalty spot, the Breton player unfortunately rushed and did not find the frame. An opportunity that underlined the great difficulties of the Griffons in this match where despite the opportunities, the precision was clearly not there.
In the absence of Alaa Bellaarouch, it was Sonny Brass who took the place of goalkeeper for the Costarmoricains. The goalkeeper on loan from AJ Auxerre quickly reassured his defenders on an opposing strike (11th). Regularly called upon during the second act, the last rampart of Saint-Brieuc particularly distinguished itself on a parade in the last minutes to prevent the defeat of its team. Despite this logical draw (0-0), the Griffons did not advance in the standings (15th, 19 points). The victories of Nancy (12th, 26 points) and Châteauroux (11th, 27 points) even remove Stade Briochin from the place of first non-relegation.