April 22, 2007: Round 05 of the Formula Division:

HB Tórshavn cut the lead to EB/Streymur to 5 points with a well deserved victory over KÍ Klaksvík

HB Tórshavn – KÍ Klaksvík 3-1 (3-1)
1-0 Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen
1-1 Kaj Ennigarð
2-1 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
3-1 Jákup á Borg (pen.)

A HB-side in full attacking flow won a well deserved victory over KÍ, and if anything, the 3-1 margin should have been much bigger.

Although KÍ threatened early on with a corner, HB quickly stamped their authority on the game, firing on all of their attacking cylinders. Again and again, Christian Høgni Jacobsen's pace caused troubles for KÍ's defenders and especially the HB wingers were given a lot of space which often caused danger for KÍ.

And it took only about 7 minutes before such an incident produced a goal for HB. HB's left back, Tór-Ingar Axelsen (an unusual position for him, as he usually plays in an attacking-midfield position) played a long diagonal ball to Mortan úr Hørg, his colleague on the right, who went to the byline, were he cut the ball back to Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen on the edge of the penalty area, who hammered a well placed unstoppable shot into the goal just inside of the right post.

However, KÍ responded just a few minutes later after a free kick combination, where Kaj Ennigarð fired the ball through HB's defensive wall.

But midway through the first half, HB restored their lead. Rasmus Noløsøe's through-ball found Christian Høgni Jacoben inside the penalty area, slightly to the left, and he then lobbed the out-rushing KÍ keeper, Meinhardt Joensen. A very cheeky detail by Christian Høgni.

Christian Høgni also had a couple of other opportunities, but they both went close by. Jákup á Borg also had two long range efforts; the first from the left, which he curled towards the far corner, but the KÍ goalkeeper dived and saved well, and a couple of moments later Jákup tried again with an unexpected shot from center of goal, but again the goalkeeper was alert and made a flying save.

Rógvi Jacobsen should have made it 3-1 for HB when he was played completely clear, but he blasted the shot right on the goalkeeper's legs.

But KÍ were still not out of it and they were very close to an equalizer with a Paul Clapson shot, but Marcin Dawid made a superb save and showed where he has his strengths: on the line with quick reaction saves, in contrast to catching the ball in the area, where he has shown some weaknesses in previous matches.

However, KÍ were given the killer blow just before the interval when HB made it 3-1 with a penalty from Jákup á Borg, after Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen was brought down by the goalkeeper, after Rókur had dribbled through the defense and rounded the keeper.

In the second half, the match became more dull, as if KÍ didn't believe in a comeback, whereas HB seemed comfortable with the score-line as it was, although they also created several scoring opportunities in the second half, but maybe carelessness was the reason for some of their misses, as the 3 points seemed to be secure anyway. – And they were, because KÍ created no scoring opportunity during the entire second half.

Midway through the second half, KÍ goalkeeper, Meinhardt Joensen, was stretchered off, after a collision with HB's Rógvi Jacobsen, who was chasing a long high ball. Rógvi was also taken out for treatment, but he returned shortly after with a bandage around his head. KÍ's substitute goalkeeper, Mathias Samuelsen was brought on and he made a very positive impression with several fine saves.

As EB/Streymur lost to B36 today, HB took full advantage and closed the gap from 8 to 5 points, and are back in the title race. Things can turn around very quickly in soccer, indeed.

Although HB were superb in attacking mode today, they must still tighten up in defense, as they cannot allow the opposition to always get an equalizer. And KÍ were also very close to equalize for a second time, and if Clapson's shot would have gone in, when the score was still 2-1, the result of the match could have been completely different, although HB had several opportunities to score plenty others. But goals change soccer matches…

The other matches in round 05:

EB/Streymur – B36 Tórshavn 0-1 (0-1)
EB/Streymur lost for the first time this season when they lost a tactical affair with B36 with the odd goal from Fróði Benjaminsen, which he headed in after a free kick-cross from Alex dos Santos on the right. Scoring opportunities were few and far between. With the 3 points, B36 cut the lead to EB/Streymur to just 2 points. EB/Streymur still head the table with a better goal difference than NSÍ Runavík. B36 is 3rd. EB/Streymur next visit KÍ Klaksvík where, where they have won many times in the past few years. B36 will be looking for 3 more points against AB Argir, and will want to get a revenge for the Cup-loss, when AB won 3-1. That will not happen this time!

NSÍ Runavík – VB/Sumba 5-2 (1-1)
Although NSÍ in the end won an emphatic victory, VB/Sumba twice were in the lead; early in each half. But NSÍ's Brazilian forward Anderson Castilho saved NSÍ's blushes with his second hat trick of the season, with 4 goals today. NSÍ are now joint leaders with EB/Streymur, who have just a slightly better goal difference. But if NSÍ are to really challenge for the title, they cannot afford to go behind twice at home against the bottom teams, even if they win by a handsome margin in the end. NSÌ next visit HB Tórshavn, who seems to be back on track. Although VB/Sumba got a hammering in the end, they might still draw strength from this result, as they were twice leading one of the favorites for the title. VB/Sumba will have to get a result against Skála next Sunday, because the program looks pretty scaring for VB/Sumba after that, with matches against HB and EB/Streymur.

GÍ Gøta – Skála 0-3 (0-2)
Skála sacked their coach last Monday after the first 4 matches hadn't produced a single point. But the new coach, John Petersen, wasn't present today however, as he doesn't start before tomorrow, Monday. But maybe Skála should just play without a coach altogether, as that seems to work splendidly, because today they won a comprehensive victory over GÍ Gøta. And suddenly things look much brighter for Skála, and next Sunday they have another chance to add to their points-tally when they visit VBS/Sumba. – A win for Skála, and they are suddenly above the relegation line again.

AB Argir – B71 Sandoy 1-2 (0-2)
B71 won the important match against AB and are now in a very good position to avoid relegation. They seem to be able to win their key matches against the bottom teams, as well as they take occasional points from the higher ranked teams. For AB it is going to be a struggle for the entire season; especially if Skála has really turned it around. There just won't be enough teams for AB to stay above, so to speak.

All the results from round 05:

HB Tórshavn - KÍ klaksvík 3-1 (3-1)
1-0 Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen
1-1 Kaj Ennigarð
2-1 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
3-1 Jákup á Borg (pen.)

EB/Streymur - B36 Tórshavn 0-1 (0-1)
0-1 Fróði Benjaminsen

NSÍ Runavík - VB/Sumba 5-2 (1-1)
0-1 Ago Pandurevic
1-1 Anderson Castilho
1-2 Martin Tausen
2-2 Anderson Castilho
3-2 Anderson Castilho
4-2 Anderson Castilho
5-2 Øssur Dalbúð

GÍ Gøta - Skála 0-3 (0-2)
0-1 Pætur Dam Jacobsen
0-2 Levi Hanssen
0-3 Alexandur Johansen

AB Argir - B71 Sandoy 1-2 (0-2)
0-1 Clayton Soares
0-2 Símin Hansen
1-2 Peter Christiansen

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