April 30, 2008: Round 05 of the Formula Division:

HB Tórshavn - B36 Tórshavn 0-0

HB had majority of possession and also created most of the scoring opportunities, although B36 also created a couple that could have earned them the win.

In the first half, HB went close when Milan Kuljic's curled long range effort bounced off the crossbar and behind.

B36 had a great chance to take the lead when Bergur Midjord played Hanus Thorleifsson clear in the penalty area, albeit with a tight angle. But Tróndur Vatnhamar covered the angle well and blocked the shot with his legs.

But the best chance of the first half fell to Christian Høgni Jacobsen, but his free header from 6 meters went over the goal when he should have put HB in front. However, it's not the first time we've seen that heading is not one of his main strengths.

The 2nd half was quite similar to the first.

B36 had a great opportunity to take the lead, but a clear Hanus Thorleifsson right in front of goal didn't get any power or precision in his shot that therefore was saved by Tróndur Vatnhamar.

Apart from that, B36 didn't have many scoring opportunities. A couple of half-chances maybe, once in connection with a corner.

But HB created enough of chances and should have won the game, but all the opportunities were squandered.

The best fell to Andrew av Fløtum when the ball was headed down to him just in front of goal, but somehow he managed to fire the ball well wide of the goal.

Midway through the half, HB appealed heavily for a penalty when Kári Nielsen seemed to have been brought down, but the referee rejected HB's claims.

If HB mean business this year, they'll have to be more effective in front of goal. And then they need to put a man on the left hand side of the midfield. Today, HB for some strange reason played the majority of the match without a left midfielder.

2 clean sheets in a row for HB (and 3 out of 5 games in total); that signals a good defence, which otherwise has often been a problem for HB in the last couple of seasons. But the question is also if HB have been really tested so far. What threat will EB/Streymur and NSÍ pose for HB's defence?

However, HB's problems at the moment are now maybe more at the other end, where HB hasn't scored in two successive matches. That's rare for HB. But with such quality forwards as Christian Høgni Jacobsen and Andrew av Fløtum (who combined have been the league top scorers 3 times), those statistics are just not good enough.

Their midfield play doesn't look too impressive either and they could need a play maker. Rókur av Fløtum Jespersen, who moved to Denmark after last season, could do wonders.

But hey, why all these complaints? After all, HB is still top of the table!

NSÍ Runavík - ÍF Fuglafjørður 3-2 (0-1)
0-1 Nenad Saric
1-1 Óli Hansen (pen)
2-1 Óli Hansen (pen)
2-2 Bartal Eliasen
3-2 Óli Hansen

ÍF took the lead just before half time with a fine shot from Nenad Saric. Some 20 minutes into the 2nd half, NSÍ equalized with a penalty which the referee had awarded for hands.

10 minutes from the end, the real drama started. First was ÍF's Alexander Jovevic dismissed for a 2nd bookable offence (his 2nd red this season), and when his team-mate Balazs Sinko angrily protested the red card, he too was given march-orders!

Playing 9 against 11, ÍF couldn't withstand the NSÍ-pressure for long, and within 5 minutes, NSÍ had taken the lead. But they needed another helping hand from the referee, as NSÍ were awarded a 2nd penalty.

But incredibly, ÍF still managed to get an equalizer a couple of minutes later with a well struck goal from central defender Bartal Eliasen, who had come forward.

But the game wasn't over yet. – Far from it!

Because NSÍ also have their own goal-scoring central defender in Óli Hansen, their captain, and in a desperate quest for victory, he was ordered forward, and lo and behold, a minute into stoppage time, he was at the end of a Hjalgrím Elttør cross to fire NSÍ in front once again with his 3rd goal of the evening.

But the 9 men of ÍF still weren't finish, because a short while after they were given a glorious chance to grab an equalizer when the referee awarded them a penalty, but the opportunity was squandered when Áki Petersen's spot kick bounced off the crossbar!

EB/Streymur - Víkingur 3-1 (2-1)
1-0 Høgni Zachariassen
2-0 Arnbjørn Hansen
2-1 Owngoal
3-1 Hans Pauli Samuelsen

EB/Streymur made it 3 out of 3 at home when they beat Víkingur 3-1.

EB/Streymur went 2-0 up with goals from Høgni Zachariassen and Arnbjørn Hansen before Víkingur got one just before halftime thanks to an EB/Streymur owngoal.

But Hans Pauli Samuelsen made the points safe for EB/Streymur in the 2nd half.

With the 3 points, EB/Streymur go joint 1st with HB in the table, who however have a better goal-difference.

Match highlights: EB/Streymur vs. Víkingur

KÍ Klaksvík - B71 Sandoy 2-1 (2-1)
0-1 Tummas Pauli Olsen
1-1 Rodrigo
2-1 Ovi Nysted

B71 made a shock-start and took the lead after a couple of minutes of play but still went home empty-handed. First Brazilian Rodrigo made it 1-1 after a quarter of an hour, and then Ovi Nysted scored directly on a freekick 5 minutes before the break to earn KÍ 3 much needed points.

Late in the game, Símun Joensen even could afford the luxury to miss a penalty for KÍ.

KÍ are slowly climbing up the table, and talks of relegation should soon be over for their part.

Although many positive words have been said about B71, they still have only 4 points and need to get some wins under their belt to get out of trouble. It's a close fight at the bottom at the moment, and it seems than anyone can take points from everyone. But B71 is maybe lucky to play ÍF on Sunday, as ÍF will have both Alexander Jovevic and Balazs Sinko suspended for their red cards today.

Skála - B68 Toftir 0-1 (0-1)
0-1 Owngoal

In the match report for the B68-HB match last Sunday, we made this forecast for B68's match against Skála today:

"B68 visit Skála on Wednesday, where Skála might find it difficult to break down B68's (at least today) well organised defensive play, but Skála can play organized themselves, so don't expect too many goals. – The match has 0-0 or 1-0 to either side written all over it…"

And that prediction really sums up this match. Neither team could score – at least at the right end, so after about 20 minutes, Skála decided to hand B68 victory by scoring an owngoal. This was Skála's 2nd owngoal in successive matches.

At this very moment, Skála look like the weakest team in the Formula Division, and the most likely to be relegated. And when for example KÍ, whom Skála have beaten, are overtaking Skála in the table, it's difficult so see where Skála is going to gather their points. Next Sunday Skála visit B36, and that ought to be 3 points for the home team.

B68 take on KÍ, and if B68 can keep on defending like they have in their last two matches, KÍ don't seem to have the weapons to penetrate B68's defence setup.

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