September 20, 2009: Round 25 of the Vodafone Division:

ÍF Fuglafjørður – HB Tórshavn 3-0 (1-0)
1-0 Frank Poulsen (pen)
2-0 Rógvi Jacobsen
3-0 Dánjal á Lakjuni

ÍF took the lead only a couple of minutes through the match with a penalty from Frank Poulsen after the referee had pointed to the spot for hands. – Many penalties have been clearer than this one.

HB tried to respond instantly, and created a couple of decent opportunities, but failed to score.

Although HB had more of the possession for the rest of the half, they rarely became really dangerous though, and in fact ÍF’s goalkeeper Andras Gango was rarely called into action. – Also because his defence in front of him played superbly.

ÍF on the other hand looked just as likely to score when they countered at full speed.

In one incident, HB goalkeeper Marcin Dawid just managed to dive to avert a low shot from Nenad Saric around the post.

As the half was drawing to a close, ÍF had two opportunities to increase their lead. First it was Rógvi Jacobsen who got clear in the penalty area to shoot from close range, but Marcin Dawid made a fine block to keep Jacobsen at bay. From the following corner, Bartal Eliasen had a free header, but it was just centimetres wide.

Early in the second half ÍF again went close on two occasions, but Dawid again made two outstanding saves; especially the second one was breathtaking as he dived to tip a long range effort over the bar.

Although HB again had majority of possession in the second half, they rarely really threatened.

And as HB gambled towards the end, defence became thin, and this allowed Andy Olsen to play Rógvi Jacobsen completely clear. As Jacobsen had all the space, and not least, all the time he needed, he first made himself a cup of coffee and then took a nap, before he finally decided to coolly lob the ball over the goalkeeper and into the goal for a 2-0 lead.

HB only once really bothered ÍF goalkeeper Andras Gango who made a fine block to divert a shot (from Johan Ejvind Mouritsen?) over the crossbar.

In added time, ÍF made it 3-0 with a looping header from Dánjal á Lakjuni after a cross from the left.

HB have now only earned 5 points from their last 6 matches. But with 2 rounds remaining, HB are still in a favourable position to wrap up the title. They “only” need to beat KÍ Klaksvík at home on Sunday.

KÍ Klaksvík – 07 Vestur 2-1 (1-0)
1-0 Hjalgrím Elttør
2-0 Sørmund Kalsø
2-1 Gunnar Haraldsen

After today’s loss to fellow strugglers KÍ, 07 Vestur’s are now relegated. KÍ still have a chance to avoid relegation, but they will need at least 4 points in the two remaining fixtures against HB Tórshavn and EB/Streymur.

In the match today Hjalgrím Elttør gave KÍ the lead after around 20 minutes and around the hour-mark, Sørmund Kalsø headed home from a corner to give KÍ a two-goal cushion.

07 Vestur reduced the deficit inside the last 5 minutes of normal time, but KÍ managed to hang on to the crucial 3 points. But as B36 Tórshavn in 8th place beat NSÍ Runavík, KÍ are still 3 points adrift of B36 who also have a superior goal difference.

B36 Tórshavn – NSÍ Runavík 5-2 (4-0)
1-0 Brima Koroma
2-0 Dennis Holmberg
3-0 Brima Koroma
4-0 Brima Koroma
5-0 Bergur Midjord
5-1 Sjúrður Jacobsen
5-2 Karoly Potemkin (pen)

Another Jecyll and Hyde performance from both of these teams today. Early in the season NSÍ played some fantastic football, but they have wrecked their season with too many lacklustre and unstable performances. A great shame. Today they were pathetic.

B36 have during most of the season put on a horrendous show, but in a few select matches (3 times against HB Tórshavn for example), they have been excellent. They were again today, although you could argue that it was against a poor opposition.

B36 were up 2-0 after only 8 minutes. The Sierra Leonean Brima Koroma gave B36 the lead before the Dane Dennis Holmberg doubled the lead with a free kick.

And before half time, Koroma had added another two to complete his hat trick.

Less than 10 minutes had gone in the second half before Bergur Midjord made it 5-0.

Five minutes later Óli Hansen had the opportunity to pull one back for NSÍ with a penalty (oh oh), but yes, you guessed it: he missed (Hansen’s second miss of 5 penalties this season. But that’s nothing to be ashamed of as the “missing rate” for the Vodafone Division is 40.5 %).

Apparently it’s easier for NSÍ to score directly on corners, because that what’s Sjúrður Jacobsen did 20 minutes through the second half.

10 minutes from time Karoly Potemkin pulled another goal back for NSÍ on a penalty (Yes! That’s not a typo – and that lowered the missing rate to 39.5 %) to make the final result 5-2.

B36 are not 100% safe yet, but for B36 to go down, KÍ will have to get at least 4 points against HB and EB/Streymur in the two last rounds.

AB Argir - EB/Streymur 0-3 (0-2)
0-1 Arnbjørn Hansen
0-2 Levi Hanssen
0-3 Arnbjørn Hansen

EB/Streymur had a easy win over AB who missed several of their best players for today’s match. Arnbjørn Hansen put EB/Streymur in front with a header a quarter of an hour into the match before Levi Hanssen doubled the lead towards the end of the first half.

Around the hour mark, Arnbjørn Hansen scored his second goal of the match to make it 3-0 to EB/Streymur. Arnbjørn Hansen, last seasons top scorer, started the season slowly but has been moving upwards in the top scorer list in the last weeks and is now in second place, only one goal behind Finnur Justinussen with 16 goals.

EB/Streymur still have the chance to win the title, but for that to happen, HB must not get more than 1 point in their last two matches against KÍ Klaksvík and 07 Vestur.

Víkingur – B68 Toftir 2-0 (1-0)
1-0 Hanus Jacobsen
2-0 Finnur Justinussen

Full back Hanus Jacobsen gave Víkingur the lead just before the half time whistle. Some 20 minutes through the second half Finnur Justinussen cemented the win which also takes Justinussen to the top of the top scorer list; one goal ahead of last season’s top scorer Arnbjørn Hansen.

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