May 13 & 14, 2007: Round 09 of the Formula Division:

May 13, 2007:

KÍ Klaksvík – GÍ Gøta 2-3 (1-1)
Perfect starts don't always produce perfect endings; especially in soccer. KÍ acknowledged that today after losing 3-2 to GÍ, after KÍ took the lead after only 3 minutes. But scoring that early means you have that much longer to defend your lead. KÍ managed to do that until 3 minutes were remaining of the first half. And 12 minutes into the second half, GÍ took the lead. But 5 minutes later, KÍ were level again, when Paul Clapson score his second. But to no avail, because 12 minutes from the end, GÍ found a winner through Erling Jacobsen. - 3 very important points for GÍ, as they had dropped closer to the bottom of the table than they would have liked to. Now there's enough air between them and the bottom. KÍ on the other hand is having a disastrous season, and after today's loss, they dropped to 8th place. Luckily for them, AB Argir in 9th place win very few points, or KÍ would be in real danger. With a buffer of 5 points, KÍ should be okay, and as some of the injured and suspended players return for KÍ, they should be able to stay in front of AB, but at the moment, a 6th place is the best KÍ can hope for at the end of the season.

B36 – Skála 1-1 (0-1)
Skála looked set for their 5th victory and likewise a 5th clean sheet in succession as they were leading B36 by 1-0, but when the clock had reached 87 minutes, B36 found the equalizer and finally Skála's 16 year old goalkeeper was beaten after 4 clean sheets in succession. – But agonizingly close for a 5th. What a shame, because that might very well have been a record. From memory lane, I can't remember any team or goalkeeper that has had 5 clean sheets in a row. But maybe my memory has holes in it, so nothing official there :-) With the draw, B36 failed to take provisional top spot from EB/Streymur, who visit HB Tórshavn on Monday evening. If Skála hadn't proved it before, then they did today, that they can take points from any team now.

VB/Sumba – B71 Sandoy 1-4 (1-1)
When you are in the bottom of the table nothing goes right for you. – Or is it the other way around, that that is the reason for why you are in the bottom. Well, in the second half, VB/Sumba had a chance to take the lead for the second time, when they were awarded a penalty, but Aco Pandurevic missed! – Instead Brazilian Clayton Soares scored a hat-trick for B71 who won 4-1. This was VB/Sumba's 8th defeat in a row. That'll become 9 when they visit B36 next Sunday. B71's 3 points pull them 6 points clear of the relegation line, which looks like a healthy margin.

NSÍ Runavík – AB Argir 2-1 (2-1)
Although AB took the lead with a penalty from Súni Fríði Barbá 15 minutes into the first half, NSÍ won a deserved victory, as AB showed nothing up front. Although there are "only" 5 points between AB in 9th and KÍ in 8th place, it is going to be very difficult for AB to climb above the relegation line, because to do that, they must win a few games. After 9 games, they have only won 1, and that kind of statistics is not going to keep AB in the top flight.

HB Tórshavn are back in the
title-race after a 3-0 win over leaders EB/Streymur

May 14:
HB Tórshavn - EB/Streymur 3-0 (2-0)
1-0 Rógvi Jacobsen
2-0 Jákup á Borg
3-0 Owngoal

HB needed only 3 minutes to take the lead, when Páll Mohr Joensen played Jákup á Borg clear in the penalty area, but his shot was straight on the goalkeeper. However, Jákup got the rebound, waited for Rógvi Jacobsen who came surging into the penalty area, and served him with the ball, and Rógvi placed his low shot into the goal close to the left post.

EB/Streymur was very close to an equalizer just a couple of minutes later, when Egil á Bø hit the upright with a header in connection with a freekick that was lifted into the penalty area.

Egil á Bø also had another header in the first half, but this time it was straight on HB's goalkeeper, Marcin David.

But a quarter of an hour into the first half, HB doubled their lead. Right back Mortan úr Hørg found Jákup á Borg on the right, and he played the ball around the right hand side of defender Egil á Bø, who sold himself, while he himself went around the defender on the left hand side, and clear with the keeper, Jákup cooly placed he ball past René Tórgarð in the EB/Streymur goal.

Although EB/Streymur tried their best to pull a goal back, they didn't seem to have the means to penetrate HB's defense, which for once looked secure. EB/Streymur had the ball as much as HB, but they were severely hampered by the absence of striker Sorin Anghel, who is out injured, and also Arnbjørn Hansen, who has been out all season with a broken foot. Therefore most of EB/Streymur's chances came from set-pieces. Rarely did they threaten in open play. At best, they had a couple of half-chances with a long range effort from Hanus Eliasen, which HB's keeper punched away, and a curled shot from Hans Pauli Samuelsen, that went wide of the goal. Hanus Eliasen also hit the site-netting once, which led to big roars from the EB/Streymur crowd, because from their angle it looked like he had scored:-)

At the other end, Hans á Lag was close with a header after a corner, but the ball went just centimetres wide of the post.

Also Jákup á Borg and Mortan úr Hørg had shots at goal, but both went wide of goal.

The second half was a much duller one and HB seemed to be in full control. - A combination of HB playing securely and taking no chances, and EB/Streymur who didn't really seem to have the belief that they could force a comeback.

When about 15 minutes were remaining, HB made the 3 points absolutely sure when Tór-Ingar Akselsen went to the byline just inside the penalty area and crossed the ball which EB/Streymur's Ronnie Samuelsen was unlucky to steer into his own goal for a 3-0 lead to HB.

In the dying moments, EB/Streymur's Hans Pauli Samuelsen gave us another example of his superior shooting-skills when he curled a freekick on the post - but the ball stayed out.

Jákup á Borg should have made it 4-0 just after, but when he was played clear by Christian Høgni Jacobsen, and only had to roll the ball over the line, he blasted the ball high over the goal. – One for the Youtube archives!

With the 3 points, HB is now back in the title race, 4 points adrift of EB/Streymur, who are still first, a point in front of B36 in second, who again are 2 points in front of NSÍ in 3rd spot. EB/Streymur and B36 have easy games next Sunday against the 2 bottom teams AB and VB/Sumba. HB also ought to win away to GÍ Gøta, while NSÍ have a difficult away match against in-form Skála.

All the results from round 09:

KÍ Klaksvík - GÍ Gøta 2-3 (1-1)
1-0 Paul Clapson
1-1 Pól Jóhannus Justinussen
1-2 Poul Ennigarð
2-2 Paul Clapson
2-3 Erling Jacobsen

B36 Tórshavn - Skála 1-1 (0-0)
0-1 Bogi Gregersen
1-1 Mikkjal Thomassen

VB/Sumba - B71 Sandoy 1-4 (1-1)
1-0 Hallur Joensen
1-1 Johannes Jensen
1-2 Clayton Soares
1-3 Claytin Soares
1-4 Clayton Soares

NSÍ Runavík - AB Argir 2-1 (2-1)
0-1 Súni Fríði Barbá (Pen.)
1-1 Bogi Løkin
2-1 Óli Hansen

May 14:
HB Tórshavn - EB/Streymur 3-0 (2-0)
1-0 Rógvi Jacobsen
2-0 Jákup á Borg
3-0 Owngoal

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