In a fascinating and atmospheric cup final, the Buffalos took the lead through Dompé, but Mechelen equalised through Storm just before half time. In the second half, Mera headed Mechelen into the lead, before Gent put them under a serious spell of pressure. The Buffalos had lots of chances to score a second, but goalkeeper Verrips pulled off a number of saves, and luck was against them. So at the final whistle it was Mechelen who hoisted the Croky Cup aloft.
KAA Gent were unable to pick up any points against Play Off leaders KRC Genk. The first half was an equal affair, and it was Verstraete and Asare who had the best chances, but they could not beat Vukovic. After the break, the men from Limburg were the stronger team, and they took the lead through a fantastic flick from Trossard. The Buffalos were unable to find an equaliser, so Genk went home with all three points.
The first half of this game was very uneventful, with neither Anderlecht nor Gent making any chances. Things got more exciting after half time, with Verschaeren hitting the bar and David striking the post, and both Kaminski and Didillon being called into action. But the game ended scoreless, which meant the two sides picked up their first point in Play-Off 1.
Antwerp got off to the better start in this game. Baby hit the back of the net with just five minutes gone, though this was ruled out for offside. However, with 21 minutes gone, it was Baby who did open the scoring, when he profited on Gent's defensive errors. The Buffalos came out fighting after the break, and were rewarded with fifteen minutes remaining when Chakvetadze levelled things up. The home side then pushed for a winner, but it was the visitors who struck again, through Refaelov. Gent could not find another equaliser, so finished the game on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.
In a very exciting first half, the Buffalos played really well against the league leaders, and were unlucky not to take the lead when Asare hit the post. Gent were denied a penalty after a mistake from Dewaest, but then Genk did get a spot kick when a shot struck Bronn's arm. Malinovskyi tucked it away, and a few minutes later he doubled his tally when his deflected effort deceived Kaminski. The second half continued in the same vein, with lots of chances at both ends. Derijck got one back in the closing stages, but the Buffalos could not find an equaliser, so despite their great performance went home empty-handed.
The Buffalos got off to a flying start in and put Standard under a lot of pressure, but could not convert their dominance into a goal. Then the sucker punch just before half time: Emond scoring from a free kick which Gent were unlucky to concede. Just after the break, the Buffalos equalised with beautiful strike from Verstraete, and then they ramped up the pressure. Yet once again, the home side failed to convert and it was Standard who scored against the run of play, with Marin's penalty securing an underserved three points for the visitors.
The game against Club Brugge began at a high tempo, with chances at both ends, but it was Vormer who opened the scoring. The result was more or less decided after just half an hour, when Odjidja was sent off and Mata scored with a great long-distance strike. With the extra man, Brugge dominated the second half, and Vanaken made it 3-0. That was to be the final score, thanks to a number of good saves from Kaminski in the last half an hour.
On the last match day of regular competition, the Buffalos qualified for Play-Off 1. Away at Sint-Truiden, Gent started the match very strongly and were rewarded with a goal from Yaremchuk. The Buffalos were also the better team after half time, and Yaremchuk's second goal put the result beyond all doubt. Thanks to the 0-2 victory, Gent leapfrogged over Antwerp into fifth place in the league.
The Buffalos got off to a dream start against KV Oostende when Yaremchuk tapped in a rebound with just three minutes gone. Then Dutoit made a number of saves for the visitors, before Nastic scored a cracking equaliser just before half time. After the break, Gent put on the pressure, and this quickly reaped its rewards when Dompé put them back in front. The Buffalos created enough chances to score again, but never quite managed to hit the back of the net. Nevertheless, they finished the game victorious, and with the three points climbed above Sint-Truiden into sixth place in the table.
KAA Gent made no slip ups against Zulte Waregem in the battle for Play-Off 1. Odjidja got the Buffalos off to a lighting start with a goal after two minutes, though Bongonda quickly equalised for the home side. After half time, Gent increasing took hold of the game, and David put them back in front. However, the result remained uncertain until the 93rd minute, when Sorloth made it 3-1, thus securing the Buffalos' second win on the bounce.
Gent were dominant from kick-off against Standard, but for most of the first half lacked composure in the final third. But with 39 minutes on the clock, Sorloth broke the deadlock with a fantastic effort into the bottom right corner, and then Bronn headed home just before half time to make it 2-0. The Buffalos remained in charge of the game in the second half. Though Emond got one back for the visitors in the 91st minute, a comeback from the Rouches was not on the cards. So the game ended 2-1, with Gent taking a deserved three points.
KAA Gent dominated the first half at the Freethiel, but failed to convert any of their chances. Then, against the run of play, Caufriez scored for Waasland-Beveren. Soon afterwards, the same player escaped with a yellow card after a terrible challenge on Dejaegere that more than warranted red. The home side were much better after half time, and Forte doubled their lead from the spot. In the final minutes, Caufriez finally did get sent off, and Kvilitaia pulled one back with a header, but there was not enough time for Gent to rescue a point. It was a costly 2-1 defeat, with the Buffalos missing out on the chance to climb into the top six.
A confident Excel Mouscron surprised the Buffalos in the first half, forcing Kaminski to pull off a number of good saves. Then Gent hit back, but were unable to get the ball past Butez, and just before half time Awoniyi headed in for the visitors. Six minutes into the second half, Friede doubled Mouscron's lead from a deflected cross. Then, with an hour on the clock, Bronn scored a penalty to make it 2-1, and the Buffalos turned up the pressure. Benson was lucky not to get sent off for the visitors, but then they were reduced to ten men when Bakic was dismissed. However, Sorloth's header against the bar was the closest Gent got to an equaliser.
In the return match of the semi-finals of the Croky Cup, KV Oostende seemed to have already reserved their place in the final following a well-deserved 2-0 lead at half-time. In the second half however, Ghent dominated, but Dutoit did what was necessary to keep his goal intact. The game seemed over for the Buffalos, but Sorloth gave them hope when he scored in the 84th minute, and then Bezus got the equalizer in the 1st minute of added time. Ostend seemed to lose strength during the extra time period, but Dutoit was solid. During the penalty shoot out, it was Kaminski who turned out to be the hero of the evening by stopping no less than three of the six penalty shots taken by Ostend. But it was Bezus who scored the decisive goal and sent the Buffalo supporters into ecstasy! On May 1st, KAA Ghent will meet KV Mechelen in the final of the Croky Cup!
Away at KV Kortrijk, David got the Buffalos off to a dream start by getting on the end of a Dompé cross, but with just fifteen minutes gone Ouali equalised for the home side. Bruzzese and the post stopped Dompé and David from scoring before half time, but after the break it was Kortrijk who came out stronger. Yet Gent emerged from the game with a 2-1 win, thanks a delicious strike from De Smet into the top right hand corner.