June 19 & 20, 2010: Round 13 of the Vodafone Division:

June 19

NSÍ Runavík - HB Tórshavn 2-0 (0-0)
1-0 Christian Høgni Jacobsen (pen)
2-0 Christian Høgni Jacobsen

With their 9th victory in succession, NSÍ have opened up a 3-point lead in the table as they beat HB 2-0 in the top-of-the-table clash this evening.

In an intense and high-tempo match, NSÍ was the better team for much of the time and created the better chances while HB had few qualified finishes and overall played some poor football.

NSÍ created a couple of good scoring opportunities in the first quarter of an hour where Heðin á Lakjuni (who seems to be back to his best after a couple of dull seasons for KÍ Klaksvík) headed close by and Christian Høgni Jacobsen fired over from close range after Marcin Dawid in the HB goal initially had made a diving save from Klæmint Olsen’s drive from long range.

NSÍ so nearly took the lead a couple of minutes before the half time whistle, but the header from centre back Jens Joensen, who had come forward, was saved off the line.

Christian Høgni Jacobsen had an appeal for a penalty turned down a few minutes earlier, but the referee probably got it exactly right as Thordur Hreidarsson’s sliding tackle looked clean.

HB’s opportunities were more sporadic and the best opportunity fell to centre back Hreidarsson who had come forward for a free kick, but his header lacked quality.

NSÍ was the better team again from the start of the second half and so nearly took the lead after only a couple of minutes when keeper Dawid miscalculated a cross from Heðin á Lakjuni from the left and was relieved when he saw the ball bounce back off the far post right into his bosom .

HB improved for a while and managed too string together a few passes, but they never really posed any threat up front where Símun Samuelsen was very isolated. A couple of long range efforts was all HB had to offer.

In the last 20 minutes NSÍ had the upper hand again, and once more goalkeeper Dawid had the luck on his side when the ball from a corner slipped from his hands and onto the post and bounced back into his hands.

With 11 minutes remaining NSÍ were awarded a penalty when central defender Hans á Lag was penalised for a clumsy and rather unnecessary challenge where he clearly used his arm to push down the NSÍ player. Christian Høgni Jacobsen converted safely from the spot.

HB didn’t manage to put much pressure on NSÍ for an equalizer and their best chance was a free kick from Milan Kuljic that went narrowly over the bar. Símun Samuelsen’s tries from free kick again went straight into the wall. Surely, the coaches must know how to count…

In the closing stages NSÍ cemented their victory when Hungarian striker Karoly Potemkin, who had come off the bench, flicked the ball with his heel to Christian Høgni Jacobsen who turned around himself and shrugged off of his marker before he fired the ball into the back of the net to put NSÍ in command in the table. Jacobsen is also in command in the top scorer chart with 12 goals in 13 matches – twice as many as 5 players with 6 goals.

As NSÍ visit lowly AB next, NSÍ will fancy their chances for a 10th straight victory while HB take on in-form EB/Streymur.

B71 Sandoy - ÍF Fuglafjørður 0-2 (0-0)
0-1 Øssur Dalbúð
0-2 Andy Olsen

ÍF's strong run is continuing and as they beat B71 2-0 to climb to a provisional 3rd spot in the table and just within a point of HB Tórshavn in second place.

After a goalless first half, Øssur Dalbúð finally broke the deadlock with a fine shot from the distance with a quarter of an hour remaining.

Five minutes later Dalbúð's assist set up Andy Olsen for an easy finish to make it 2-0 for ÍF.

June 20

B36 Tórshavn – AB Argir 1-0 (1-0)
1-0 Jákup á Borg

Having won 3 out of their first 3 Vodafonedivision matches this season, B36’s winning-streak was broken in round 4 when they visited today’s opponent AB .

Today AB ironically managed to break B36’s “not-winning-streak” as B36 finally managed to win their first game since round 3. That’s 9 matches without a win.

The sole goal from Jákup á Borg who took full advantage of a mistake in the AB-defence 20 minutes through the match was enough to earn the 3 points for B36.

EB/Streymur - Víkingur 2-2 (2-0)
1-0 Leif Niclasen
2-0 Daniel Udsen
2-1 Finnur Justinussen
2-2 Finnur Justinussen

After a dreadful start to the season EB/Streymur had the chance to close the gap on the league leaders NSÍ Runavík to only 4 points and to move to within a point of HB in second place, and that looked to be on the cards as EB/Streymur were leading 2-0 at half time. Leif Niclasen gave EB/Streymur the lead after only a couple of minutes and around the half-hour mark Daniel Udsen doubled their advantage from long range.

However, there was still all to play for as half-injured Finnur Justinussen, who had come off the bench for the second half, pulled a goal back 20 minutes through the second half with a header.

And less than 10 minutes later last season’s top scorer Justinussen, who haven’t found the goals as easy to come this season, grabbed the equalizer with his 4th goal of the season.

B68 Toftir - FC Suðuroy 1-1 (0-0)
1-0 Ndende Adama Guéye
1-1 Obi Ikechukwu Charles

The goals looked to be eluding both teams although opportunities fell both ways. Øssur Hansen twice hit the post for B68 in the second half, while Dan Djurhuus should have brought the visitors in front when he was one-on-one with B68 goalkeeper Vlada Filipovic who saved well.

However, as it looked like the game would end with a stalemate, both teams managed to score in quick succession as the match was drawing to a close. With 8 minutes left of the clock Senegalese midfielder Ndende thought he had secured B68 the 3 points as he scored after a scramble, but Suðuroy’s Nigerian striker Obi Charles wanted it otherwise as he restored parity a minute later after another scramble.

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