May 27 - 28, 2006: Round 10 of the Formula Division:

EB/Streymur still on top, after fighting back from 2 goals down

May 27, 2006

KÍ Klaksvík - B36 Tórshavn 0-1 (0-1)
KÍ lost for the first time this season, when B36 beat them with an odd goal this evening. Both teams were under-strength; B36 were without midfield profiles Ingi Højsted, Fróði Benjaminsen (both injured) and Mikkjal Thomassen (suspended) in addition to suspended goalkeeper, Jákup Mikkelsen, and KÍ were without newly signed Sinisa Jovanic (who was suspended after a red card in Thursday's cup tie) and Paul Clapson (who recently had a knee operation). With the 3 points, B36 move up to second place, but it will probably just be temporarily as several of the teams playing tomorrow are breathing down B36's neck. But KÍ will rise again as they have 3 easy matches over the next coming weeks: VB/Sumba (a), B68 (h) and ÍF (a). KÍ's new signing, Danish Christian Lundberg, former Super Liga player, is expected to be ready for the next round.

May 28, 2006:

NSÍ Runavík – ÍF Fuglafjørður 3-0 (1-0)
After a shaky start to the season, NSÍ is right back in the title race after another 3 points against ÍF and are only 3 points adrift of leaders EB/Streymur. Two of NSÍ’s goals came within the last 5 minutes of the game. ÍF stay put at the bottom of the table, where they’ll fight it out with B68 and VB/Sumba.

Skála – B68 Toftir 1-0 (1-0)
Skála finally won again and lifted themselves above the relegation-line again with a 1-0 win over B68 and even had the luxury to miss a penalty. This time they hope to stay there and climb even further, but again, they were hit by injuries today, as 3 men went off injured, Pauli G. Hansen (who has just come back from injury), Arnold Berg and goalkeeper Vlada Filipovic. This might stop Skála's progress, if these injuries are long-term. B68 lost for the 6th time in succession and with games against GÍ, KÍ and B36 coming up, that toll could even become 7, 8 and 9 losses in succession. Teams in crises often have all things against them and today B68 hit the crossbar twice. But B68 will hope that the return of Julian Johnson, who has been out injured for nearly a year, and new signing from Gambia, Mustapha Kamal Ndaw, will turn things around.

HB Tórswhavn – EB/Streymur 2-2 (2-1)
HB threw away a 2 goal lead and a possible 1st spot in the table in a frantic game against table-toppers, EB/Streymur.

HB got a perfect start to the game when they took the lead within the first minute. Jákup á Borg on the right made a pinpoint accurate cross to Páll Mohr Joensen in front of goal who headed the ball into the net, just inside the right post.

HB sparkled in attack over next minutes, where Rókur á Fløtum Jespersen time and time again combined brilliantly with offensive players, Jákup á Borg, Panic, and Páll Mohr Joensen and it was only fitting that Rókur crowned his good first half display with a glorious goal for 2-0 a quarter of an hour into the match. Jákup á Borg passed the ball to Rókur outside the penalty area in centre of goal and he bombarded it directly into the top left corner. A spectacular goal!

But EB/Streymur didn't surrender, despite their miserable start to the game. And now they could concentrate on the thing they do best, attack!

And just a couple of minutes later, they came very close to equalizing, but Bárður Johannesen in the HB goal made a one handed super-save at full length to deny EB/Streymur.

But half an hour into the game, HB's weaknesses in defence were again evident, when they let EB/Streymur reduce the score. EB/Streymur had a free kick on the left, 2 metres inside the touchline. They crossed the ball into the penalty area where an EB/Streymur player extended the ball with his head to an unmarked Arnbjørn Hansen, who headed the ball into the net.

In the second half, the attacks waved from goal to goal. Sorin Anghel, Rafal Kwiecinski, Hans Pauli Samuelsen and Bárður Olsen instigated attack after attack for EB/Streymur and at the other end HB were spearheaded by Jákup á Borg, Tór-Ingar Akselsen and Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen, although they didn't play as well as in the first 30 minutes – maybe because Páll Mohr Joensen went off injured midway into the first half.

But a goal was always coming… the question was at which end.

Gert Hansen came close fore EB/Streymur, but his shot went just centimetres wide of the far post. Also Sorin Anghel could have equalized when he beat the HB defence and raced into the penalty area, but Bárður Johannesen superbly blocked the shot with his legs.

At the other end, HB were just centimetres from scoring, when Jákup á Borg shot (passed?) the ball across the face of goal, where Tór-Ingar Akselsen was just 2 hundreds of a second too late to reach the ball at the far post.

But 15 minutes from time, EB/Streymur's pressure paid dividend, albeit with some help from HB's goalkeeper. EB/Streymur crossed a high ball into HB's penalty area. HB's goalkeeper then came out to the edge of his penalty area to punch the ball, but his clearance was very poor and the ball fell to EB/Streymur's Ronnie Samuelsen, who had come on midway into the second half, and he fired the ball into the back of the net for an equalizer for EB/Streymur.

For the last 10 minutes, it was mostly HB who pressured to get another goal, but the nearest they came was to create some anxious moments for EB/Streymur's players and fans.

But EB/Streymur deservedly held on and likewise they held on to the lead in the table, where they are 2 points ahead of GÍ Gøta. HB, who could (and should) have taken the 1st spot are no. 4, still 3 points adrift of EB/Streymur.

Both HB and EB/Streymur have another tough game next week, as most games are now, in a very tight table, with only 3 points separating no. 1 and 5. HB play at home against NSÍ, who are level with HB with 18 points, and EB/Streymur will have to defend their lead again when they take on B36, who are 3rd, 2 points adrift of EB/Streymur.

GÍ Gøta – VB Sumba 2-0 (1-0)
GÍ did what was expected of them when they beat VB/Sumba. GÍ are a complete different team from what they were last season, when they avoided relegation by scoring deep into injury time in the last match of the season. Now they are second in the table. But if the rules were the same last season as they have been changed to this season, where the 2 bottom teams now will be directly relegated, them GÍ would not be in the best division at all this season. What a shame that would be. Instead they would have been substituted with a much weaker team. Clearly an unhealthy change of rules this season! Although it only takes 1 win for VB/Sumba to climb from 9th to 7th place, it's really difficult to see how VB/Sumba shall avoid relegation. VB/Sumba now play KÍ, B36 and EB/Streymur, before the play against B68 in what will turn out to be a very decisive match for the faith of them both. The loser in that match will have an almost impossible task in front of them.

All the results from round 10:

May 27, 2006:

KÍ Klaksvík - B36 Tórshavn 0-1 (0-1)
0-1 Amed Davy Sylla

May 28, 2006:

NSÍ Runavík - ÍF Fuglafjørður 3-0 (1-0)
1-0 Óli Hansen
2-0 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
3-0 Óli Hansen

Skála - B68 Toftir 1-0 (1-0)
1-0 Jónhard Frederiksberg

HB Tórshavn - EB/Streymur 2-2 (2-1)
1-0 Páll Mohr Joensen
2-0 Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen
2-1 Arnbjørn Hansen
2-2 Ronnie Samuelsen

GÍ Gøta - VB/Sumba 2-0 (1-0)
1-0 Niclas Niclasen
2-0 Sverri Jacobsen

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