August 26, 2007: Round 20 of the Formula Division:

Skála - HB Tórshavn 1-3 (0-1)
0-1 Andrew av Fløtum
0-2 Rógvi Jacobsen
0-3 Milan Kuljic
1-3 Pauli G. Hansen (Pen.)

HB had the majority of possession in the opening 10 minutes, but after that it evened out for the rest of the half.

Skála should have taken the lead when careless defending from left back Tór-Ingar Akselsen – who had replaced Rasmus Nolsøe who had been injured in his foot after a reckless challenge from a Skála player – allowed the Skála winger to get to the byline, and although the ball was also clearly half a meter past it, the referee and his assistant allowed the cross which ended at the feet of a Skála player just outside the goal area, but with the goal at his mercy, the Skála player blasted the shot high over the goal.

But at the other end, HB had more end better chances. Páll Mohr Joensen set up Milan Kuljic for a shot, but with a clear sight of goal, he placed his shot on the left post. Also Jákup á Borg was close when hewas played through, but he shot right on goalkeeper Pedrag Marcovic.

But 4 minutes before the interval, HB took the lead. Tór-Ingar Akselsen had come forward and maybe he caught the goalkeeper by surprise when he tried from long range, as the goalkeeper only half-saved the low shot at his right post before Andrew av Fløtum tapped it in.

Not much happened in the second half. HB didn't create much in front of goal, and at the other end, Skála weren't much of a threat either.

But Skála did create one or two opportunities. Oncce, a low corner took HB's defence by surprise, when a Skála player jumped over the ball, and he following shot was saved on the line by a defender. Also Levi Hansen had a shot at goal from distance, but Tróndur Vatnhamar in the HB goal dived to his left to parry the ball out to a corner.

Instead, HB decided the match after 83 minutes when HB were 3 against 2 on the Skála half. Jákup á Borg had plenty of space on the right hand side, and he played the ball to Milan Kuljic around the penalty spot, who again passed it to Rógvi Jacobsen on his left who had the easiest of tasks making it 2-0 for HB.

In added time, HB made it 3-0 when Milan Kuljic drilled a low shot into the back of the net, after he had received the ball just inside the penalty area.

And there was still time for Skála to get a consolation when skipper Pauli G. Hansen scored on a penalty.

HB have now closed the gap to leaders B36 and NSÍ to 8 points (the same as it was late into last season, when HB snatched it from EB/Streymur at the finishing line), and as NSÍ and B36 play next Sunday, HB could cut the lead to 6 points if they beat B71 Sandoy, and NSÍ and B36 draw. But surely, B36 and Skála are not both going to throw an 8 point lead overboard so close to the end of the season…?

B36 Tórshavn - KÍ Klaksvík 2-2 (1-0)
1-0 Mikkjal Thomassen
1-1 Ovi Nysted
1-2 Paul Clapson
2-2 Fróði Benjaminsen (Pen.)

After 6 matches in succession with a clean sheet, B36's defense was finally penetrated again, but it took a red card for national team goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen, before it could happen. B36 had taken the lead midway through the first half with a thunderous shot from Mikkjal Thomassen. Just before half time, B36 goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen was given 2 yellow cards for arguing with the referee. And with the man in advantage, KÍ managed to do what no-one else has managed to do for 6 matches in a row, when they about a quarter of an hour into the 2nd half scored against B36. Goalscorer was Ovi Nysted, who played for B36 earlier in the season. The shot was from a thight angle, which Jákup Mikkelsen arguably would have covered better than his deputy. And just a couple of minutes later, KÍ went in fron with a goal from Paul Clapson. But around the half-hour mark, B36 equalized through a penalty. However, KÍ were given a glorious opportunity to take all 3 points when they were awarded a penalty in injury time, but B36's deputy goalkeeper made an outstanding save from KÍ's captain, Heðin á Lakjuni. How important will that save be, when points are added at the end of the season? B36 still top the table, but they only lead NSÍ by goal difference. And exactly these two teams clash next Sunday in a massive game concerning the title. B36 will be without goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen, who will be suspended for his red card. – How important will that be? B36 will also be without midfield-motor Mikkjal Thomassen who is suspended because of too many yellow cards.

B71 Sandoy - NSÍ Runavík 1-3 (0-1)
0-1 Jónhard Frederiksberg
1-1 Gudmund Nielsen
1-2 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
1-3 Hjalgrím Elttør

NSÍ had to fight hard for their 3 points and needed a stoppage-time goal to win the match. NSÍ had taken the lead late in the first half, but B71 leveled the score early in the second half. But with 2 goals in added-time, NSÍ won the 3 points that keep them level with B36 in the top of the table. NSÍ play host to B36 next Sunday. The match has 1-1 written all over it, doesn't it?

GÍ Gøta - EB/Streymur 1-4 (1-1)
1-0 Christian Lundberg
1-1 Sorin Anghel
1-2 Sorin Anghel (Pen)
1-3 Arnbjørn Hansen
1-4 Hans Pauli Samuelsen

EB/Streymur won an action-packed game against GÍ and stay equal on points with HB in 3rd place, who lead by a better goal difference. GÍ took the lead some 10 minutes from the end of the first half with a direct free kick from Christian Lundberg, but Sorin Anghel restored the balance for EB/Streymur a couple of minutes later. EB/Streymur then went on to score another 3 in the last 15 minutes of the match, after GÍ’s Atli Gregersen had been sent off.

VB/Sumba - AB Argir 1-2 (1-0)
1-0 Dan Djurhuus (Pen.)
1-1 Jóhan Ellingsgaard
1-2 Jóhan Ellingsgaard

The two bottom teams fought out a battle for the right to be the team that desperately shall try to catch B71 on the crucial 8th place in the table. AB won that right and are now 8 points adrift. Can AB really do it? They play GÍ at home next, and 3 points for AB are not totally unrealistic, and that could cut the difference down to 5 points, if B71 lose to HB. And AB also have a home match left against B71. But B71 have a superior goal difference which means that in effect they are 9 points ahead of AB, and that margin should be enough for B71. However, in the match today, it was VB/Sumba who took an early lead with a penalty. AB had the chance to level the score again, likewise with a penalty, but Allan Mørkøre missed it. But AB did get their equalizer early in the second half with a goal from Johan Ellingsgaard. And late in the match, Ellingsgaard won the match for AB with his second goal of the afternoon, but before that, VB/Sumba had missed a penalty. VB/Sumbas chances for survival are now only theoretic.

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