Borussia Dortmund have won the DFB Junior Club Cup for the first time in their history after the U19s beat Energie Cottbus in today’s Final, their fifteenth consecutive win. Both sides had reached the final once before – Cottbus in 1996 and BVB in 2009 – but both ended the day as the losing side.
BVB had the better of the first-half, and went ahead in the eighteenth minute Marwin Kerstiens flicked a long-ball forward into the path of younger brother Manfred who took a touch before firing high past the Cottbus ‘keeper.
Less than two minutes later and Dortmund had doubled the lead. Marwin Kerstiens provided the assist again, swinging in a corner from the right that Dirk Bauer met at the near post and thumped into the back of the net.
Cottbus sent on Jens Kunart at the break and he had three golden chances to get them back into the game, with Kristof Müller making two great saves before the hour mark to keep him at bay. Kunart finally beat the Dortmund ‘keeper with twenty minutes to play but smashed his 15-yarder against the post.
Dirk Bauer had a strong penalty claim turned down after he was bundled over in the box by Falk Knoof with quarter of an hour to play, but BVB defended resolutely before climbing the steps at the Berlin Amateur Stadium to collect the trophy.
BVB’s youngsters have two matches left to play this season, both home Group 3 league fixtures. Oberhausen visit Stadion Rote Erde Sunday, before the season ends when Gladbach make the trip to Dortmund where the match will be held at Signal Iduna Park. Four points in the two matches will see BVB win the division.