April 20 & 21, 2011: Round 03 of the Vodafone Division:

April 20

NSÍ Runavík - B68 Toftir 1-0 (0-0)
1-0 Christian Høgni Jacobsen

As it often is this time of the year, the strong wind had its effect on the game; mostly in the first half as the wind eased in the first half.

B68 was the better team in the opening 20 minutes as they had the wind in their back, which they tried to take advantage of by finishing from the distance. But it produced no real danger, however. The match then eventually evened out and the best scoring opportunity of the first half went to NSÍ, but Helgi L. Petersen shot wide.

The start of the second half, in much improved weather conditions, was a quite even, but after a quarter of an hour NSÍ got a the upper hand which paid dividend in the 70th minute when striker Christian Høgni Jacobsen fired low from an acute angle and into the far side of the goal for what proved to be the winning goal.

B68 rallied in the last 10 minutes of the match, but it was close but no cigar.

B68, who have ambitions of qualifying for Europe, are still pointless after 3 matches and have a difficult home match against champions HB next Monday.

April 21

ÍF Fuglafjørður - KÍ Klaksvík 0-1 (0-1)
0-1 Kristoffur Jakobsen

Newly promoted KÍ Klaksvík are still topping the table with maximum points after beating ÍF Fuglafjørður.

KÍ got get winning goal after about 10 minutes when Hjalgrím Elttør played Kristoffur Jakobsen clear for an easy finish.

KÍ’s win was never under any real threat, and they were much nearer making the winning margin bigger, but 100% chances were squandered.

KÍ visit 07 Vestur on Monday and could take another 3 points…

Víkingur - B36 Tórshavn 1-1 (0-0)
0-1 Símun Joensen
1-1 Sam Jacobsen (pen)

In an uneventful match with few scoring opportunities, B36 looked to be going away with the 3 points after Símun Joensen’s goal on the hour-mark (the left back's 3rd in 3 games), but Víkingur grabbed an equalizer with a penalty from Sam Jacobsen deep into stoppage time.

EB/Streymur - 07 Vestur 1-0 (0-0)
1-0 Alex dos Santos (pen)

The title favourites EB/Streymur didn´t do more than absolutely necessary to get the expected 3 points again the newcomers 07 Vestur.

07 Vestur managed to hold EB/Streymur for 66 minutes when Alex dos Santos scored the winning goal on a penalty. – It was the Brazilian’s 3rd on penalty in 3 games.

HB Tórshavnn - B71 Sandoy 2-0 (1-0)

1-0 Jón Krosslá Poulsen
2-0 Fróði Benjaminsen

B71’s game plan was their usual they use against HB: playing with many men behind the ball and hoping to score on the counter.

This tactic seemed to work very well for B71, because HB found it difficult to create any openings. In fact, B71 looked the more dangerous team in the first 10-15 minutes and could easily have taken the lead when the Senegalese Joseph Y. Bassene had a free sight of goal, but his finish was straight on HB goalkeeper Heðin Stenberg.

On the left hand side Ebbe Kristin Thomsen proved several times that he’s among the very best dribblers in the country as he got past his markers and one occasion was close to giving B71 the lead, but an HB defender blocked his shot at the last moment.

Although HB had majority of the possession, they created few scoring opportunities. Jón Krosslá Poulsen had a go from long range – a warning shot - and on another occasion Vagnur Mohr Mortensen brilliantly played Símun Samuelsen clear with a long through ball, but B71 survived the scare.

With five minutes left of the first half HB finally made the breakthrough, but it needed some help from the B71 goalkeeper Símun Rógvi Hansen who didn’t cope properly with a cross which then bounced to Jón Krosslá Poulsen who fired the ball into the back of the net via the head of a B71 defender who surely must still have a headache…

Símun Samuelsen went close at making it t 2-0 shortly before the halftime whistle with, but this time the B71 goalkeeper was up to the task as he dived to his right to stop the shot. The second half followed a similar pattern where HB had majority of the possession, but found it difficult to create the chances. Most of HB’s threats therefore came from set pieces where Vagnur Mohr Mortensen and Fróði Benjaminsen (?) headed over.

As long as only the single goal separated the two teams, B71 were always in with a chance, and a couple of times sloppy defending could have been costly for HB. In one incident the B71 forward went down in the penalty area, but it was one of the clearest dives on the pitch for years, and the referee rightfully dismissed the penalty claims. The forward was lucky not to get a yellow card, though.

Two minutes from the end of normal time Fróði Benjaminsen cemented the win for HB when he headed in from a free kick from Hendrik Rubeksen.

On Easter Monday, HB visit B68 Toftir where they often have found it difficult. B71 take on Víkingur.

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