April 15 - 17, 2011: Round 02 of the Vodafone Division:

April 15

Víkingur - NSÍ Runavík 3-2 (0-1)
0-1 Jann Martin Mortensen
1-1 Sølvi Vatnhamar
2-1 Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu
3-1 Finnur Justinussen
3-2 Jens Joensen

After Víkingur had made the better start to the match, it evened out after 10 minutes and maybe NSÍ got a slight upper hand as the first half progressed. Few scoring opportunities were created, but in the 40th minute the visitors went ahead after forward Christian Høgni Jacobsen had set up Jann Martin Mortensen to fire a low well placed shot into the back of the net.

Jacobsen did much of the heavy lifting and you must take a look at the photo gallery on Víkingur’s website to see how Jacobsen twists and turns inside the Víkingur penalty area before he passes the ball to the goal scorer. The sequence starts here. It’s Christian Høgni Jacobsen (NSÍ) in yellow/black. (The start of the today’s match gallery is here).

But 3 goals in 10 magic minutes from Víkungur after the break turned things on the head.

Less that 3 minutes after the restart Símun Hansen played Sølvi Vatnhamar clear from the byline for the equalizer. Six minutes later Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu brought Víkingur in front, and in the 58th minute Finnur Justinussen made it 3-1 with a header from a cross. The 2009 league top scorer is lethal in those situations.

NSÍ looked shell-shocked after this and it took a while to recover, but in whit a quarter of an hour remaining, they finally managed to put Víkingur under sustainable pressure. But the goal eluded NSÍ however, and it wasn't before stoppage time had begun that central defender Jens Joensen finally managed to pull a goal back. But it was too late to grab an equalizer.

April 16

HB Tórshavn - 07 Vestur 5-0 (2-0)
1-0 Hendrik Rubeksen
2-0 Jón Krosslá Poulsen
3-0 Fróði Benjaminsen (pen)
4-0 Símun Samuelsen
5-0 Hendrik Rubeksen

Although HB had an easy 5-0 win over the newly promoted 07 Vestur, HB still didn’t impress, however.

Before HB got their opening goal shortly after the half-hour mark, 07 Vestur had had just as many attempts – and maybe more.

HB’s best attempt had been from a long range effort from Jón Krosslá Poulsen from which 07 Vestur goalkeeper Hans Jørgensen had to make a diving save.

Later Hanus Thorleifsson appealed for a penalty as he went down in the 07 Vestur penalty area, but the referee instead gave Thorleifsson the yellow card for play-acting. The referee was probably spot on.

HB’s opening goal came just after 07 Vestur had been close on two occasions. First, Brazilian striker Clayton Soares chipped HB goalkeeper Heðin Stenberg, but a HB defender in front of goal cleared for a corner. From the corner, a threatening long-distance shot from Tór-Ingar Akselsen was diverted to another corner. A few moments later HB had taken the lead from a corner with a clean header from left back Hendrik Rubeksen, the former forward.

HB doubled their lead just before the stroke of half time, just after 07 Vestur had been close with an equalizer when Jovan Radinovic-Panic , a former HB player, tried with a long distance shot which goalkeeper Heðin Stenberg diverted to a corner. The corner produced nothing for 07 Vestur, except misery, as HB scored on the following attack where Jón Krosslá Poulsen was played clear, and although goalkeeper Jørgensen got a touch on the ball, it wasn’t enough to stop the powerful shot from going in.

10 minutes into second half it was game over for 07 Vestur as Fróði Benjaminsen scored on a penalty to make it 3-0. Símun Samuelsen had been played through and in a race against the goalkeeper, the referee deemed the goalkeeper had brought Samuelsen down.

A while later, the referee sent two players off – one from each team; Rógvi Holm from HB and Radinovic-Panic from 07 Vestur. It didn’t look to serious at first. Holm had probably brought down the 07 Vestur midfielder, who again apparently had retaliated. But it was surprising to see the referee, who probably sleeps in a Roy Kean pyjamas, send both men off, as he often allows quite much before he pulls the cards. But the referee was close to the action, so he must have seen something.

10 minutes later, 07 Vestur were reduced to 9 men when last-line defender Sigtór Asbjørn Petersen caught the leg of Símun Samuelsen who would have been clear on goal. It looked unintentional, but those can be disguised and the referee probably had no other option that to produce the yellow card, which was the player’s second of the match. Maybe it could have been a direct red, however.

Playing 10 against 9 in the last 20 minutes left a lot of room for Símun Samuelsen who had several efforts on goal, and with 10 minutes to go, he finally scored from a shot from the edge of the penalty area which sounded as it was deflected off a 07 Vestur defender.In stoppage time Hendrik Rubeksen made it 5-0 with a terrific free kick.

Although 5-0 may look impressive, few questions were answered regarding HB’s abilities this season as 07 Vestur don’t have much to offer and will likely find it difficult throughout the season. HB will fancy another 3 points when they take on B71 Sandoy on Maundy Thursday, 21 April.

April 17

B36 Tórshavn - B71 Sandoy 4-1 (3-0)
1-0 Lukasz Cieslewicz
2-0 Heini í Skorini
3-0 Símun Joensen
3-1 Tijani Mohammed
4-1 Lukasz Cieslewicz

B71 were easy meat for B36 who took a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the Match. The Polish forward Lukasz Cieslewicz scored his first goal for B36 after 7 minutes after Jákup á Borg had done the spade work by beating B71’s off side trap and setting up the easy finish. Three minutes late Heini í Skorini made it 2-0. Five minutes before the break, Símun Joensen effectively killed the game when he made it 3-0 with a header.

Although the Ghanaian Tijani Mohammed pulled goal back for B71 early in the second half, B36’s win was never under threat and with a quarter of an hour remaining, Cieslewicz scored his second goal of the match to make it 4-1.

B71 are suffering from their very small squad of only 15 men, and as 3 of those players were suspended for today’s match, B71 had to dig out players from the lower ranks.

ÍF Fuglafjørður - EB/Streymur 0-4
0-1 Arnbjørn Hansen
0-2 Arnbjørn Hansen
0-3 Alex dos Santos (pen)
0-4 Leif Niclasen

EB/Streymur underlined once more that they are odds on favourites to win the title this season as they romped to an easy 4-0 win over defenceless ÍF.

Arnbjørn Hansen scored a brace within 20 minutes to make it 2-0 to the visitors.

On the hour-mark, EB/Streumur were awarded a penalty while ÍF had Karl Løkin sent off in the same incident. Alex dos Santos concerted safely from the spot.

Inside the last 10 minutes Leif Niclasen rounded goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen to make it 4-0.

KÍ Klaksvík - B68 Toftir 3-1 (1-0)
1-0 Bárður Heinesen
2-0 Høgni Madsen
3-0 Hjalgrím Elttør
3-1 Ibrahima Camara

Newly promoted KÍ Klaksvík stay on top of the table after crushing B68 Toftir. Also EB/Streymur and B36 Tórshavn have maximum points after comprehensive wins over ÍF Fuglafjørður and B71 Sandoy, respectively.

Newly promoted KÍ are still on top of the table after a convincing 3-1 win over B68 who had very little to offer.

KÍ took the lead late in the first half when Bárður Heinesen took advantage of a mistake in the B68 defence. 20-year old Heinesen, playing in the top division for the first time this season, leads the top scorer list with 3 goals in two rounds.

Ten minutes after the break Høgni Madsen made it 2-0 directly on a free kick where B68 goalkeeper Tórður Thomsen didn’t look well.

Hjalgrím Elttør made the points safe with 15 minutes to go with a well placed low shot from long range.

Senegalese Ibrahima Camara got a consolation goal for B68 10 minutes later.

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