March 31 - April 01, 2010: Round 01 of the Vodafone Division:

March 31

NSÍ Runavík - ÍF Fuglafjørður: Called off after 15 minutes.
The opening match of the 2010 Vodafone Division between NSÍ Runavík and ÍF Fuglafjørður this evening was called off after about a quarter of an hour due to snow. NSÍ was at that point leading 1-0 with a goal from Debes Danielsen. But that goal will however be annulled and the whole match replayed tomorrow, as Maundy Thursday is a holiday in the Faroe Islands.

There wasn't much snow this evening, but apparently enough to call the game off. The NSÍ supporters (and they are of course 100% objective) say that the conditions were actually worse when the game started, than when it was called off. But the referees had difficulties seeing the lines, the word is.

April 01

NSÍ Runavík – ÍF Fuglafjørður 1-2 (0-1)
0-1 Dánjal á Lakjunni
0-2 Andy Olsen
1-2 Christian Høgni Jacobsen

ÍF had had cold feet in yesterday’s snow and were losing, but in today’s new match they turned it around. Youngster Dánjal á Lakjuni sent the visitors on winning course just before the interval with a stunning strike from long range. Andy Olsen who’s fine form from last season seems to continue as he made it 2-0 against his former team-mates midway through the second half.

In added time striker Christian Høgni Jacobsen got a consolation for NSÍ.

ÍF’s website says that NSÍ had won 13 encounters with ÍF in succession before today’s match.

HB Tórshavn – FC Suðuroy 4-4 (1-1)
0-1 Obi Ikechukwu Charles
1-1 Kári Nielsen
1-2 Palli Augustinussen
2-2 Andrew av Fløtum
2-3 Teitur Tausen
3-3 Rógvi Poulsen
3-4 Jón Krosslá Poulsen (pen)
4-4 Tórður Hreiðarsson (“Doddi”)

HB were warned after only a couple of when FC Suðuroy had their first attempt, but HB goalkeeper Símun Rógvi Hansen, who had released Marcin Dawid, blocked Jón Krosslá Poulsen’s shot onto the crossbar.

Krosslá Poulsen gave a second warning after about 10 minutes when a cracking shot from Krosslá Poulsen from the distance bounced off the crossbar.

20 minutes through the match no warnings were given when Nigerian striker Obi Ikechukwu Charles got clear of the HB-defence and beat the goalkeeper to put the newcomers in front.

But the lead lasted only a couple of minutes as HB drew level whit a rare goal from Kári Nielsen who’s well placed header from close range gave FC Suðuroy’s Slovenian goalkeeper Stanislav Kuzma little chance.

Apart from that HB created near to nothing throughout the first half which Suðuroy’s could consider then unlucky not to lead.

HB were awarded a penalty early in the second half when Símun Samuelsen went down in the penalty area. Less has been given for more serious offences, but Andrew av Fløtum missed from the penalty spot.

25 minutes through the second half, Suðuroy were back in the lead after a counter attack where Obi set up Palli Augustinussen to fire the ball into the back of the net at the nearpost.

From then the goals came in quick succession.

4 minutes later HB drew level once more with a headed goal from Fróði Benjaminsen from Andrew av Fløtum’s corner (Apparently Andrew av Fløtum has been credited for the goal)

But Suðuroy were back in front 2 minutes later when HB failed to clear from a corner and Teitur Tausen hammered home after a rebound from the goalkeeper.

2 minutes later Símun Samuelsen played Rógvi Poulsen clear to make it 3-3.

10 minutes later, and a couple of minutes from the end of normal time, Suðuroy took the lead once more with a penalty from Jón Krosslá Poulen. Fróði Benjaminsen had attempted to head away but missed the ball which instead bounced on his hand and the referee showed no mercy.

But what do the laws of the game actually say.

Paragraph 12 in the laws of the game says that a direct free kick is given if a player handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)”.

And adds in the paragraph below:

Penalty Kick
"A penalty kick is awarded if any of the above (ten offences) is committed by a player inside his own penalty area, irrespective of the position of the ball, provided it is in play."

It will be very difficult to argue that Benjaminsen handled the ball deliberately.

It looked to be the winning goal for FC Suðuroy as time was ebbing away. The added time of 4 minutes had almost gone when Goalkeeper Kuzma tried all of his best tricks to get the clock to run out when he wanted treatment for an injury, but the referee got it right this time and added another two minutes which was just enough for HB to snatch a draw after Icelandic defender Tórður Hreiðarsson , or Doddi as he is called, headed home from a corner to salvage a point for HB.

Desperately unlucky for the newcomers, who proved however that they will be no walkover this season.

HB on the other hand were again lacklustre and played extremely poorly and don’t look anything near a title winning team.

HB are under pressure when they visit Víkingur on Monday and need a result in order to not get cut off from the title chase already.

FC Suðuroy take on NSÍ at home and will be in great spirits although they felt very disappointed after they conceded victory in at the death.

B68 Toftir – B71 Sandoy 5-0 (3-0)
1-0 Oddur Højgaard
2-0 Ndende Adama Gueye
3-0 Pól Jóhannus Justinussen
4-0 Ahmed Keita
5-0 Niklas Joensen

B68 have taken the lead in the table after a 5-0 win over newly promoted B71, who were missing 1st one of the better players Símun Hansen through suspension and normal 1st choice goalkeeper Pedrag Markovic through injury. He was replaced by 18-year-old Gustav Hentze.

B68 opened the scoring after 20 minutes when defender Oddur Højgaard headed home from a corner.

Just before half time B68 netted twice with goals from Senegalese midfielder Ndende Adama Gueye and defender Pól Jóhannus Justinussen.

Ndende’s compatriot Ahmed Keita made it 4-0 with a header 10 minutes from time before defender Niklas Joensen, who had come on in the second half, finished the rout.

B71 are going to struggle throughout the season!

EB/Streymur – B36 Tórshavn 1-2 (1-1)
1-0 Alex dos Santos (pen)
1-1 Róaldur Jacobsen
1-2 Christian R. Mouritsen

The players went to tea (or what ever they drink at halftime) with a goal for each team scored near the end of the half. Brazilian Alex dos Santos converted the penalty safely, but Róaldur Jacobsen restored parity just before the half time whistle.

Five minutes through the first half, Christian R. Mouritsen scored from a freekick that B36 were awarded on the 5-meter line.

3 valuable points for B36 who might be the team to beat this season.

Video highlights of EB/Streymur - B36 Tórshavn

Víkingur – AB Argir 5-3 (2-0)
1-0 Atli Gregersen
2-0 Atli Gregersen
2-1 Stig Roar Søbstad
2-2 Stig Roar Søbstad
3-2 Sølvi Vatnhamar
4-2 Finnur Justinussen
4-3 Morten Overgaard
5-3 Sølvi Vatnhamar

Víkingur looked to have the points sewn up as they were leading 2-0 at half time thanks to 2 headed goals from big defender Atli Gregersen from corners, but 10 minutes through the second half AB’s Norwegian striker Stig Roar Søbstad had levelled the match with a brace.

However, a quarter of an hour later, Víkingur had restored the two-goal cushion. First Sølvi Vatnhamar made it 3-2 from a free kick before last season’s league top scorer Finnur Justinussen scored from a corner.

Defender Morten Overgaard pulled one back for AB five minutes later, but just to see Sølvi Vatnhamar cement victory for Víkingur with his second goal of the match 10 minutes from the end.

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