June 27 & July 07 & 08, 2007: Round 16 of the Formula Division:

Sylla sinks sorry HB!

June 27:

HB Tórshavn - B36 Tórshavn 0-2 (0-1)
0-1 Amed Davy Sylla
0-2 Fróði Benjaminsen

The first half an hour or so didn't produce too much goal action, and possession was evenly split between the two sides, but B36's attack just seemed a bit sharper though, as their players could do more on their own than HB's attackers, who were very anonymous. For B36 it was especially Sylla's dribbles that worried HB, and also Heini í Skorini on the left wing had an easy time dribbling past HB's defenders.

B36 had the first effort on goal after 10 minutes, but Bergur Midjord's shot from within the penalty area lacked power to beat goalkeeper Tróndur Vatnhamar, who dived to his left to divert the danger.

10 minutes later HB had their first try when Milan Kuljic had a go from long range, but the shot went well wide of B36's goal.

Halfway through the first half, Sylla was in a favourable position just inside the penalty area, but his half-volley went well over HB's goal.

Not long after, Alex dos Santos drilled a powerful outswinging low shot against goal from the left corner of the penalty area, but keeper Vatnhamar dived and pushed the shot on to the post and away for a corner.

B36 had the upper hand for the last 15 minutes of the first half, and 5 minutes before the half time whistle, they got their goal. HB first gave the ball away rather carelessly and B36 were quick to take advantage of the situation. From the right hand side, Mikkjal Thomassen crossed the ball into HB's penalty area where the goalkeeper came out of his goal to punch, but he misjudged the ball and failed to connect, and Ivorian Sylla easily headed the ball into the empty net.

HB had started the game without Jákup á Borg, who has been out injured for a couple of weeks, but he came on for the second half in an attempt to ginger up HB's attack which had been very dull and unimaginative in the first 45 minutes. Well, it helped slightly, but it wasn't enough to get a seemingly uninspired and unstructured HB team going.

But it was B36 who made a bright start to the 2nd half as Sylla in the very first minute accelerated from his marker and got to the byline and made a flat cross, but the cross was cleared away by a HB defender just in time to deny B36 the goal.

Although HB got a bit closer to B36's goal in the second half, they never really threatened. Jákup á Borg had a shot blocked by a defender and Milan Kuljic had a long range effort that probably looked more dangerous than it really was, as Jákup Mikkelsen comfortably caught the ball.

But the star of the second half was B36's Ivorian player Sylla, who again and again produced magic dribbles, and combined with his pace, he more or less humiliated HB's defenders who couldn't keep up with him.

On 3 occasions he was very close to increasing B36's lead. One shot went wide of the far post and on another occasion he struck the ball on the inside of the far post before the ball bounced back to safety in the goalkeeper's arms. And on a third occasion, the goalkeeper came well out of his goal to deny the clear striker. HB just couldn't contain this player.

But however, when B36 scored their second goal, it was after another mistake by HB's goalkeeper in connection with a corner 18 minutes into the 2nd half. The goalkeeper fumbled the cross and the ball fell to Fróði Benjaminsen who was quick to take advantage of the free gift and made it 2-0 to B36.

HB were never close to an equalizer. Right back Mortan úr Hørg had a header at goal, but it produced no real worries for Jákup Mikkelsen in the B36 goal.

A deserved victory for B36 over a dejected looking HB side that now has very slim chances of retaining the league title. B36 climb to first position in the table, which they lead only on goal difference over NSÍ Runavík, but who have played one game less. HB are trailing them by no less than 8 points.

Note: The match between HB and B36 was scheduled to be on 8 July, but had had been brought forward to 27 June. This is because the work on shifting the playing surface (will still be artificial grass) where HB and B36 play their matches, will start on 2 July.

July 07:
GÍ Gøta - VB/Sumba 2-2 (2-1)
1-0 Sam Jacobsen (Pen.)
2-0 Tomasz Sajdak
2-1 Birgir Jørgensen
2-2 Dánjal Jóhan Joensen

GÍ Gøta and VB/Sumba got a point each in an apparently secret match on Saturday. GÍ took a 2-0 lead halfway into the first half, but VB/Sumba fought back and reduced the score just before half time before they leveled the score about a quarter of an hour into the 2nd half. This is yet another proof that VB/Sumba have improved, but however, all these 1-pointers aren't going to be enough to salvage their existence in the top flight. They desperately need some 3-pointers under their belt.

This match was scheduled to be played on Sunday, but has apparently been brought forward. But SoccerAndEquipment.com knew nothing about this, and the rule of thumb is: if SoccerAndEquipment.com doesn't know about it, it hasn't been advertised well enough! And apparently the soccer association didn't know either, because below is a screenshot of their website, where it says that GÍ and VB/Sumba play on Sunday!

July 08:

NSÍ Runavík - KÍ Klaksvík 3-1 (1-1)
1-0 Jónhard Frederiksberg
1-1 Paul Clapson
2-1 Anderson Castilho
3-1 Andy Olsen

NSÍ did what they had to do if they really mean business. After 1-1 at half time, Brazilian Anderson put NSÍ in front again after only 2 minutes of the 2nd half before Andy Olsen made the points secure for NSÍ about 10 minutes from time. As the other title-chasers seam to be falling by the wayside, the championship title looks more and more like a showdown between NSÍ and B36 Tórshavn. And at the moment, it's an "office result" which decides whom of them top the table (see the details here). KÍ stay 5 points clear of the relegation line, but they cannot just keep relying on other teams doing the job for them (i.e. beating AB and VB/Sumba).

EB/Streymur - B71 Sandoy 2-4 (0-2)
0-1 Jónsvein Thomsen
0-2 Clayton Soares
0-3 Jónsvein Thomsen
1-3 Arnbjørn Hansen
2-3 Ronnie Samuelsen (Pen.)
2-4 Rene Clementsen

As EB/Streymur is faltering, the title race seems to become more and more of a two-horse race between NSÍ and B36 Tórshavn. EB/Streymur have only won 1 out of their last 6 matches. That's hardly championship material. Today EB/Streymur went behind after only 3 minutes and 5 minutes before the break, Clayton Soares had made it 2-0 for B71 with a header. And within a minute of the first half, B71 were incredably 3 up and the game seemed over. But EB/Streymur rallied, and within 20 minutes, EB/Streymnur they had reduced the deficit to only 1 goal. But it was all to be in vein as B71 got their 4th and decisive goal 15 minutes from the end. As B71 are now 11 points in front of the two bottom teams, all fear of relegation can now firmly be put to one side. Earlier in the week, EB/Streymur signed two Hungarian players, Károly Potemkin og Zsolt Szekeres, but however, they were not on the field today as they have still not been granted a work permit.

AB Argir - Skála 1-2 (1-1)
1-0 Allan Mørkøre
1-1 Slavisa Kaplanovic
1-2 Poul N. Poulsen

AB Argir had a great chance to close the gap on KÍ Klaksvík and when veteran Allan Mørkøre put AB in front after 20 minutes, things looked good. But a few minutes before the half time whistle, Slavisa Kaplanovic had leveled the score with an unstoppable bullet from long range. And at the death of the second half, Skála snatched all 3 points with a goal from Poul N. Poulsen. AB therfore stay isolated in the bottom alongside VB/Sumba, and with matches against HB, NSÍ and EB/Streymur next, AB are likely to stay there for a while... until they are relegated?

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