April 2 & 3, 2011: The Cup Competition, Round 1:

April 2

B68 Toftir – FC Hoyvík 5-0 (3-0)
B68 had more or less decided matters as they had taken a 3-0 lead within the first 30 minutes against the 1st division-hopefuls. After 5 minutes Dánjal Pauli Højgaard played Senegalese forward Ibrahima Camara clear to make it 1-0 before Camara 6 minutes later turned provider for Højgaard to double the lead. André Olsen made the halftime-lead 3-0. Midway thorough the second half B68 upped the tempo again and made it 4-0 through a penalty from Højgaard. 12 minutes from time, Camara found his compatriot Ndende Adama Gueye who made it 5-0 with a header.

HB Tórshavn - VÍkingur 0-2 (0-0)
There was a time when HB almost had a monopoly on the cup competition, as they won it 25 times from the first competition in 1955 to 1998. But those days are gone as HB have only won it once since 1998; winning it in 2004. Today HB Tórshavn were knocked out of the cup in the first round for the second year in succession as they were beaten at home by the 2009 cup winners, Víkingur.

The first half was mostly an even one, with few scoring opportunities, and it was quite evident that it's still early days.

As the game progressed, maybe Víkingur looked as the more likely team to break the deadlock. First, Símun Hansen went close with a header, but a HB defender saved off the line with his head.

In one attempt later in the half Hans Jørgin Djurhuus turned on the edge of the penalty area to get a shot in, but the ball went well over the crossbar. Few minutes later the same player got a shot at goal from close range, but HB goalkeeper Heðin Stenberg reacted quickly to block the shot.

HB's best opportunity in the first half was when Vagnur Mohr Mortensen had a free header from close range, but the opportunity was squandered as the effort went over the goal. Before that Víkingur goalkeeper Geza Turi fumbled a long range shot from Símun Samuelsen, but HB couldn't take advantage of the rebound, however.

Seven minutes into the second half striker Jón Krosslá Poulsen should have given HB the lead as he was played through, but with only the goalkeeper to beat, Krosslá Poulsen seemed to freeze and squandered the opportunity as he tried to make a pass instead of going for the goal. Last season he would have smashed the ball into the back of the net when he played for FC Suðuroy, but maybe he hasn't quite settled at HB yet and doesn't feel free.

A few minutes later, Krosslá Poulsen was in a similar situation, but as he went past the goalkeeper, he went down as they collided. Referee waved play on. A replay would be handy...At the other end the HB goalkeeper hadn´t been really tested, but Víkingur were again improving as the half progressed and with 6 minutes left of normal time, they broke the deadlock. HB goalkeeper Stenberg had initially made an acrobatic save to palm an effort around the goalpost. But from the following corner Finnur Justinussen headed home send Víkingur on winning course.

Although HB tried to send more people forward, they had little to respond with. However, Krosslá Poulsen did get a fine opportunity to snatch an equalizer, but his diagonal shot went just wide of the far post.

Instead it was Víkingur who in added time took advantage of HB's thin and slow reacting defence when Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu was clear to score an easy goal to seal the win for Víkingur and passage to the quarter finals.

Champions HB seem to be light-years away from last season's form, and maybe player material doesn't allow more than what they produce at the moment - which is very little, to say the least.

With the loss of winger Rógvi Poulsen to Crewe Alexandra, the (right hand) side has been completely amputated. In midfield, the stable performances of Milan Kuljic, who has joined AB, are missed. Also Fróði Benjaminsen in midfield seemed a shadow of himself, but maybe he just lacked support. And then it was a major blow that forward Andrew av Fløtum sustained a long-term injury in the Supercup a week ago and will be out for months. With no apparent creativity in the team and with an insecure defence, it's hard to see HB competing for the league title this season. Especially away-games can become tricky. Congratulations with the league title, EB/Streymur…! Well, maybe that was a bit evil and pessimistic regarding HB, but EB/Streymur do seem to be miles ahead.

Although Víkingur beat HB, they didn't really look like championship material either.

Undrið FF – KÍ Klaksvík 0-2 (0-1)
Undrið FF, who officially was the home team, had been allowed to switch the match from Tórshavn to Klaksvík. Undrið have probably hoped to at least get some money from the match. The word from Klaksvík is that KÍ had no problems in beating Undrið, but they didn’t convince either that they belong to the top flight. The 13th minute became the unlucky minute for Undrið as Høgni Madsen gave KÍ the lead. That was the score until Undrið made an owngoal midway through the second half. But with only a two-goal loss away (and one as an owngoal), could Undrið have made it better at home?

NSÍ Runavík – B71 Sandoy 2-0 (2-0)
B71, by many predicted to be relegated at the end of the season, looked to be holding NSÍ from scoring in the first half when striker Klæmint Olsen headed NSÍ in front after cross from Einar Hansen 5 minutes before the break. Just a couple of minutes later, Einar Hansen, who turned 23 today, gave himself a nice birthday gift when he doubled the lead directly from a free kick into the top corner. NSÍ dominated the second half, but failed to score, however.

07 Vestur – FC Suðuroy 3-0 (1-0)
After some even 30 minutes between the Vodafone Division newcomers 07 Vestur and last season’s relegated team FC Suðuroy, Vestur edged ahead in the 37th minute when Holgar Durhuus took advantage of a rebound from Suðuroy goalkeeper Stanislav Kuzma who had failed to hold on to Tór-Ingar Akselsen’s initial shot. Vestur started brightly in the second half and made it 2-0 after 8 minutes with a fine free kick from Senegalese Badara Diedhiou. Vestur cemented their win when Tamba Yarjah from Sierra Leone made it 3-0 with a header with 20 minutes remaining.

ÍF Fuglafjørður – Skála 6-0 (1-0)
In 2005 Skála were runners up in the top division, but have this season just returned to the 2nd level after a year at 3rd level! Only an owngoal after 20 minutes separated the two teams at half time. But a hat trick from Bartal Eliasen with 30 minutes from the restart killed the contest. In the last 5 minutes of the match Høgni Zachariassen scored a brace to finish the rout.

AB Argir – TB Tvøroyri 1-0 (0-0)
The first division favourites AB generally had a slight upper hand against the first division outsiders TB. AB scored their winning goal after half an hour when Alex Mellemgaard scored on a rebound off the post from Tróndur Sigurðsson's initial shot. TB rallied towards the end, but couldn’t force an equalizer, however.

April 3rd

B36 Tórshavn – EB/Streymur 0-2 (0-1)
Defending cup winners EB/Streymur are through to the quarter finals after beating B36 Tórshavn 2-0. After B36 had been the stronger side in the first 10 minutes of the match, EB/Streymur put B36 under sustained pressure during the next 5 minutes which produced the opening goal. Right back Gert Hansen tested B36 goalkeeper Meinhardt Joensen from long range - and Joensen stood the test – but a couple of minutes later the goalkeeper couldn’t do much when Pætur Dam Jacobsen headed home from a corner.

Although B36 had a majority of possession for most of the half, EB/Streymur seemed to be in control of the situation as B36 found I difficult to create clear-cut chances. But shortly before halftime, Heini í Skorini was close with an equalizer from 20-25 metres, but René Tórgarð in the EB/Streymur goal made a fantastic save to keep B36 at bay.

EB/Streymur came storming out of the blocks in the second half, and they thought they had scored with another Pætur Dam Jacobsen header which EB/Streymur claimed had crossed the line, but the referee said no.

Also Alex dos Santos went close after six minutes, but the B36 goalkeeper saved again. And around the 30-minute mark, Levi Hansen should have scored when he had a free sight of goal, but his shot went wide of goal.

A couple of minutes later B36 had a great opportunity to grab an equalizer, but Tórgarð produced yet another super-save to deny B36. As the match was drawing to a closes, Polish striker Lukasz Cieslewicz's volley was close to force extra time, but again B36 were denied by the EB/Streymur goalkeeper who national coach Brian Kerr still hasn’t "discovered"…

Instead EB/Streymur made it 2-0 in stoppage time when Daniel Udsen set up Bárður Olsen who scored with a terrific shot from just inside the penalty area.

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