October 03, 2009: Round 27 of the Vodafone Division:
The weather conditions were horrible with strong winds and heavy rain almost at all venues when the last round of the Vodafone Division was played on Saturday. The only exception was in Argir where AB and Víkingur played in decent weather.
07 Vestur - HB Tórshavn 2-3 (1-1)
0-1 Milan Kuljic
1-1 Aco Pandurovic
1-2 Fróði Benjaminsen (pen)
2-3 Johan Ejvind Mouritsen
HB dominated from the start and took the lead after 20 minutes when Johan Ejvind Restorff Mouritsen set up Milan Kuljic to score.
But already relegated 07 Vestur were not out of it and threatened on several occasions; once hitting the crossbar.
Around the half-hour mark, 07 Vestur were reduced to 10 men when Sierra Leonean Tamba Yarjah was sent off for retaliation against Vagnur Mohr Mortensen. These two had a an episode in the reverse in Tórshavn in early August where Mohr Mortensen was injured by Yarah’s nasty tackle and as a result had to pull out of the national team, as well as he was sidelined for HB for weeks. In that episode Mohr Mortensen just managed to give Tamba a hard knock on his face before he fell to the floor and was stretchered off. Had the referee seen any of the action then, both players would have been sent off. Neither received any card then. But today Tamba’s luck was apparently up.
As the first half was drawing to a close, Johan Ejvind Mouritsen was close to double HB’s lead, but his effort was saved by the upright. Instead it was 07 Vestur who equalized when Aco Pandurevic scored on a rebound from HB goalkeeper Marcin Dawid.
Some 10 minutes through the second half, HB restored their lead when Fróðí Benjaminsen scored on a penalty after 07 Vestur’s Brazilian Ricardo da Silva Braga had brought down HB winger Rógvi Poulsen.
But once again 07 Vestur drew level, albeit with the help of an HB owngoal, when defender Hans á Lag headed past his own goalkeeper from a corner on the hour mark.
Less than 10 minutes later, 07 Vestur were down to 9 men when the other Tamba’s compatriot Morris Lewis was also sent off.
With 10 minutes remaining, Johan Ejvind Mouritsen was released, and one on one with 07 Vestur’s goalkeeper, he made no mistake and scored in off the post to secure HB victory.
After the match, HB were handed the trophy; their 5th since 2002.
ÍF Fuglafjørður - NSÍ Runavík 1-3 (0-0)
1-0 Poul Ennigarð
1-1 Johan Troest Davidsen
1-2 Einar Hansen
1-3 Bogi Løkin
NSÍ needed help from B36 if they should reach the 4th place in the table which gives access to the Europa League, as Víkingur in 3rd place use their Cup win as a European ticket.
NSÍ did get that helping hand from B36, who equalized late against B68 who otherwise would have taken the 4th place.
But NSÍ still had to win their game against ÍF.
After a goalless first half, ÍF took the lead 10 minutes into the second half with a goal from defender Poul Ennigarð from a corner.
But a quarter of an hour later, NSÍ turned it around with two quick goals from defenders Johan Troest Davidsen and Einar Hansen, both in connection with corners.
Bogi Løkin cemented the win with 10 minutes to go with his last goal for NSÍ for now, as he’s mowing to Denmark to study.
Thereby NSÍ qualify for the Europa League next season. ÍF will be reasonable happy for their final 7th place as they started the season badly but have improved towards the end.
B36 Tórshavn - B68 Toftir 1-1 (0-1)
0-1 Ahmed Keita
1-1 Jákup á Borg
As 3rd placed Víkingur qualify for the Europa League as Cup winners, B68 still had the opportunity to also qualify for Europe with their 4th place in the league. But they were challenged hard by NSÍ Runavík, only a point behind and ready to take advantage if B68 didn’t win.
B68 started well and took the lead after only 4 minutes with Keita’s header from a Jóan Símun Edmundsson corner; the Senegalese’s 15th goal of the season which makes him 3rd on the top scorer list; 4 goals adrift of top scorer Finnur Justinussen.
The second half saw chances for both teams – but especially Vlada Filipovic in the B68 goal made some very fine saves to deny B36.
B68 looked to have done enough to qualify for next season’s Europa League, but 4 minutes from the end of normal time, Jákup á Borg curled a corner directly into the goal for a B36 equalizer.
For B68 the season ended rather disappointingly as they for quite some time were placed in second position in the table, but towards the end they have been slipping.
B36 ended their season in 8th place – at least a couple of places below what they have material for.
AB Argir - Víkingur 0-1 (0-0)
0-1 Áslakkur Petersen
As the other results turned out the way they did, Víkingur’s 3rd place was virtually assured regardless of their result against AB. As AB have been in a position where they were neither going to move up nor down the table, their performances have been reflecting that on the pitch in their last matches.
For long it looked like it was going to end in a stalemate, bit towards the end of the match Áslakur Petersen curled a free kick into the back of the net to snatch a winner for Víkingur.
All in all, Víkingur will be satisfied with their 3rd place – especially as they managed to win the Cup final.
AB have lost their last 3 matches, but they will still be extremely well satisfied with their final 6th position as the main goal before the season was not being relegated straight away as they were promoted at the end of last season.
KÍ Klaksvík - EB/Streymur 0-2 (0-0)
0-1 Arnbjørn Hansen
0-2 Sorin Anghel
KÍ’s mathematical chance for avoiding relegation was never really an issue. After a goalless first half, last season’s top scorer, EB/Streymur’s Arnbjørn Hansen broke the deadlock 7 minutes through the second half with his 17th goal of the season – 2 goals short of league top scorer, 20-year-old Finnur Justinussen.
Midway through the second half Rumanian Sorin Anghel made it 2-0 for EB/Streymur.
After a disastrous start to the season, EB/Streymur have earned 22 points from their last 9 games to finish strongly in the runners up position.
KÍ are bitterly disappointed as they for the first time will not be part of the top flight next season.
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