August 05 and 08, 2006: Round 18 of the Formula Division:

EB/Streymur odds on favourites to clinch the title

August 05, 2006:

KÍ Klaksvík - EB/Streymur 1-4 (1-1)
With a 4-1 victory over KÍ Klaksvík, EB/Streymur are now odds on favourites to go all the way and clinch the title. 4-1 was maybe a flattering score-line as it wasn't one-way traffic on the pitch in any way. But EB/Streymur were much more effective in front of goal. After KÍ had cancelled out EB/Streymur's lead goal, only the post denied KÍ from going in front before half time. But in the second half, EB/Streymur set the record straight with 3 goals and at the same time more or less ended all title hopes for KÍ, as they are now 8 points adrift, and in addition EB/Streymur have a game in hand. But EB/Streymur have possible stumbling blocks ahead as they have 3 tough matches ahead. First HB at home, then B36 away and then they take on NSÍ at home (NSÍ is the only team to have beaten EB/Streymur; on two occasions actually). If EB/Streymur can take 6 points from those 3 matches, they will be very close to winning the title.

August 08, 2006:

B36 Tórshavn – GÍ Gøta 1-1 (1-0)
B36 created most of the scoring opportunities in an ill-tempered match against GÍ, but B36 only managed to score on one of their chances, and hence the 1-1 draw, as GÍ scored on their only scoring opportunity. B36 took the lead 10 minutes before the interval, but were reduced to 10 men just before the break when Herbert í Lon Jacobsen was sent off after a second bookable offense. GÍ were quick to take advantage of the situation when Argentine Gunnar Nielsen equalized for GÍ shortly after the break. But just a minute later, GÍ were also down to 10 men when Hans Jørgen Djurhuus was given the red card and 10 minutes later that tally became 9, when Sverri Jacobsen was also sent off after a second bookable offense. B36's lone point means that it will be very difficult for them to catch EB/Streymur now, who are 7 points ahead of B36. And if GÍ had hopes of catching EB/Streymur, their dream is now effectively over as they are 8 points adrift and EB/Streymur also have a game in hand.

VB/Sumba – Skála 0-4 (0-1)
With an emphatic 4-0 victory over VB/Sumba, Skála made it very clear to everyone that their days in the relegation zone are finally over as they are now 9 points ahead of B68 Toftir in 9th position.

B68 Toftir – NSÍ Runavík 1-5 (1-2)
B68 made a fine start with new coach Bill McLeod Jacobsen when they took the lead after only 8 minutes thanks to a goal from Julian Johnsson, who has moved to live in Denmark, but is commuting between Denmark and the Faroe Islands to play the remaining matches of the tournament. However, NSÍ came back strongly to put 5 past B68. With the victory, NSÍ climb to 2nd in the league, 5 points adrift of leaders EB/Streymur with the same number of games. NSÍ is now the main challenger to EB/Streymur's title-quest. NSÍ have a relatively easy match on Saturday against ÍF Fuglafjørður and will be hoping that HB Tórshavn in 3rd place can take points from EB/Streymur.

ÍF Fuglafjørður – HB Tórshavn 1-3 (0-0)

Only a spectacular save from HB goalkeeper, Bárður Johannesen, denied bottom-team ÍF an equalizer late in the game and shortly after, HB instead made it 3-1 and secured the 3 points. But it was never convincing from HB and it wasn't championship form.

The game had started very evenly and both teams found it difficult to create scoring opportunities.

Late in the first half, HB were finally able to string some passes together and dominated the last 10 minutes. HB nearly scored when Johan Ejvind Mouritsen got to the byline and made a perfect cross to a clear Rógvi Jacobsen in the goal area, but his powerful header was saved by the ÍF goalkeeper.

In the second half, the teams were again evenly balanced, but a quarter of an hour into the second half, HB made ÍF pay for losing the ball in the center-circle. Jóhan Ejvind Mouritsen played Rógvi Jacobsen through on the right and he again played Jákup á Borg completely free in front of goal and Jákup had the easiest of tasks of putting the ball in the goal.

A few minutes later, HB doubled their lead. Jákup á Borg made some good dribbles in the penalty area and the ball ended at the feet of Rókur á Fløtum Jespersen who scored from close range.

But not long after, ÍF reduced the score with a penalty from Bartal Eliasen, after an ÍF player had been brought down in the penalty area – at least according to the referee.

And a while later later, ÍF nearly made it 2-2 with a long range effort which was destined into the top left corner, but HB goalkeeper, Bárður Johannesen, somehow got his fist on the ball and diverted the equalizer. Nothing less but a world class save!

But then, just a couple of minutes from the end, HB secured their victory with a goal from Tór-Ingar Akselsen, after he had been played free in front of goal after some good combinations (including a cheeky back-heal) between several HB players.

All the results from round 18:

August 05, 2006:

KÍ Klaksvík - EB/Streymur 1-4 (1-1)
0-1 Marni Djurhuus
1-1 Atli Danielsen (pen)
1-2 Ronnie Samuelsen
1-3 Bárður Olsen
1-4 Ronnie Samuelsen

August 08, 2006:

B36 Tórshavn - GÍ Gøta 1-1 (1-0)
1-0 Bergur Midjord
1-1 Gunnar Nielsen

VB/Sumba – Skála 0-4 (0-1)
0-1 Bogi Gregersen
0-2 Bogi Gregersen
0-3 Jónhard Frederiksberg
0-4 Johan Troest Davidsen

B68 Toftir – NSÍ Runavík 1-5 (1-2)
1-0 Julian Johnsson
1-1 Óli Hansen
1-2 Óli Hansen
1-3 Sonni L. Petersen
1-4 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
1-5 Viggo Johannesen

ÍF Fuglafjørður – HB Tórshavn 1-3 (0-0)
0-1 Jákup á Borg
0-2 Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen
1-2 Bartal Eliasen
1-3 Tór-Ingar Akselsen

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