HB Tórshavn - B71 Sandoy 0-3 (0-2)
Nobody, except hardcore fanatical B71 Sandoy supporters maybe, expected anything else than a comfortable victory for defending champions HB Tórshavn when newly promoted B71 Sandoy visited. Although B71 had shown great resilience against one of the title favorites NSÍ Runavík, in the opening round last Sunday, and only lost because of a 4th minute stoppage time goal, this was by most "experts" interpreted as a doubtful NSÍ display rather than a good B71 performance. Well, maybe we have become a bit wiser today as B71 showed the same resilience against HB, and in the end, HB were humiliated by a 0-3 defeat.
B71 made it difficult for HB from the word go by having a lot of people behind the ball. It never is easy to play against such defensive teams, but HB looked to be in control however and had a great majority of the possession.
But ball possession didn't really materialize into scoring opportunities and one of HB's best efforts in the early stages was from a Rasmus Nolsøe free kick, but the B71 keeper Símun Rógvi Hansen dived and saved it comfortably.
But midway into the half, B71 gave HB a foretaste of what was to come, when Símun Hansen was played through in the HB penalty area, but his shot ended in the side-netting.
B71 hadn't been very interested to get forward at all in the match, but around the half hour mark, Clayton Soares swung a corner to the head of Magnus Olsen, who directed the ball into the HB goal for an unexpected B71 lead.
From then on, it was always going to be difficult for HB to get anything out of the match, as B71 played very defensively.
And if HB had a steep hill to climb, it became vertical when B71 doubled their lead 5 minutes before halftime. B71 took a free kick from 25-30 meters, but Marcin David in the HB goal fumbled the shot, and B71's Magnus Olsen was quick to slot the riposte into the net. Marcin David has soon used all his quota of errors, as he also was to blame for Skála's 2nd goal in the last game. But he'll surely bounce back…
Jákup á Borg nearly pulled one back for HB just before the half time, but his curled shot hit the corner of the woodwork.
Rógvi Jacobsen, who had been rested for HB's game on Monday against GÍ, came on in the second half, but however, this didn't change much.
B71's defence was very compact and it was mere impossible to get a shot through the very crowded penalty area. - There was always a B71-leg to block any shot that was goal-bound.
Instead it was B71 who around halfway through the 2nd half took advantage of HB's now thin defence, as it was searching for a goal. Símun Hansen on the left played Clayton Soares, who again played the ball to a clear Magnus Olsen in front of goal, and he made no mistake and put B71 3 goals up.
3-0 down, and only about 25 minutes left of play, there was nothing HB could do. B71 held firm for the rest of the match and won an unlikely 3-0 victory and got 3 valuable points in their bag.
It's difficult to judge B71 on today's display, but if they play this defensively every game, many teams will find it difficult to break them down. Next (Easter Monday) B71 play away to KÍ Klaksvík who didn't have the most imaginative attack in their last game against B36, so it'll be exciting if B71 can take points from KÍ also. – However, today KÍ beat VB/Sumba 5-0, so they do know how to score…
HB play against GÍ Gøta, who play a physical game and that could also produce some worries for HB, but they will get a bit more space to play on, and that will suit HB much better.
The other matches in round 02:
NSÍ Runavík – B36 Tórshavn
EB/Streymur – Skála 3-0 (1-0)
AB Argir – GÍ Sumba 4-4 (2-3)
KÍ Klaksvík – VB/Sumba 5-0 (1-0)
HB Tórshavn - B71 Sandoy 0-3 (0-2)
NSÍ Runavík - B36 Tórshavn 3-0 (2-0)
EB/Sreymur - Skála 3-0 (1-0)
AB Argir - GÍ Gøtu 4-4 (2-3)
KÍ Klaksvík - VB/Sumba 5-0 (1-0)
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