May 15 & 16, 2011: Round 08 of the Vodafone Division:

May 15

B36 Tórshavn - HB Tórshavn 4-1 (1-1)
0-1 Jón Krosslá Poulsen
1-1 Róaldur Jacobsen
2-1 Róaldur Jacobsen
3-1 Jákup á Borg (pen)
4-1 Kenneth Jacobsen

Often boring B36 fired on all cylinders from the start of the match and with quick passing they put HB under immense pressure. – Surely some of the best football B36 have played for years.

B36 went extremely close twice in the first 10 minutes of the match. First Jákup á Borg fired the ball on top of the post and a few moments later left back Símun Joensen’s shot from the distance clipped the crossbar.

In between, HB had a decent opportunity when HB countered and Símun Samuelsen was in a fine position a bit to the right in the penalty area to shoot, but his shot went across the face of goal.

But it was B36 who continued to press forward and had all of the possession, while HB found it very difficult to string more than a couple of passes together in succession.

However, shortly before the 20-minute mark, HB took the lead against the run of play when they countered after a B36 corner. The ball ended at the feet of HB right back Pætur Jørgensen who surged forward and sent a long pass forward to Jón Krosslá Poulsen, back from a 3-match suspension, and as he entered the penalty area he fired the ball the ball into the back of the net, just inside the left post and out of reach for B36 goalkeeper Meinhardt Joensen.

But B36 continued to dominate the match and found the equalizer in the 38th minute. Polish forward Lukasz Cieslewicz played the ball across to Jákup á Borg on the other side, and á Borg then put a perfect cross into the goal area where Róaldur Jacobsen coolly headed home. But question marks must be set to HB’s defenders who are head and shoulders higher than the goal scorer.

B36 was also the better team during the entire second half, and with a free sight of goal, Róaldur Jacobsen sent a warning shot which Heðin Stenberg in the HB-goal stopped with a reflex save. But 20 minutes through the half, Stenberg could only watch as Jacobsen’s terrific shot from 20 metres went in just inside the post.

HB had no response what so ever and never looked likely to score and the B36 goalkeeper didn’t have to make a save during the second half.

Instead it was B36 who went further in front six minutes later on a penalty from Jákup á Borg. Again the HB defence didn’t look too well as the left back was caught out high up on field and Súni Olsen got towards the by-line to make a pass across to Cieslewicz whose legs were caught. Although he fell acrobatically, there was little doubt about the penalty. And in stoppage time, B36 rubbed salt into HB’s wounds with yet another goal when Ingi Højsted played Kenneth Jacobsen clear to make it 4-0 in off the crossbar from close range.

Current champions HB now trail leaders B36 by 8 points and NSÍ Runavík and Víkingur by 7. With the current state of HB, that margin looks impossible to make up.

If B36 keep playing like they did today, they are a good bet for the title. So far, they are much the best side to have played against HB.

B36 visit NSÍ next Sunday.

B71 Sandoy - NSÍ Runavík 1-6 (0-1)
1-0 Heðin á Lakjuni
1-1 Ebbe Kristin Thomsen
1-2 Magnus Olsen
1-3 Heðin á Lakjuni
1-4 Klæmint Olsen
1-5 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
1-6 Klæmint Olsen

NSÍ are in hot pursuit of B36 as they inflicted B71 with their 3rd tennis-score of the season today.

Both teams had hit the woodwork before NSÍ took the lead with a goal from Heðin á Lakjuni after 26 minutes.

But NSÍ found the equalizer seven minutes after the break when Ebbe Kristin Thomsen dribbled and fired low into the far corner.

But the joy was short-lived as former team-mate Magnus Olsen restored NSÍ’s lead just a couple of minutes later.

And from there it was one way traffic as NSÍ score four times in 20 minutes to win 6-1. Two of the goal were from Klæmint Olsen who now leads the top scorer list with 7 goals, 1 ahead of team-mate Christian Høgni Jacobsen.

KÍ Klaksvík - Víkingur 0-1 (0-1)
0-1 Hanus Jacobsen

After 3 wins and a draw in their first 4 matches, KÍ have now lost 4 of their last 4. But they still keep a relatively healthy margin of 5 points to the relegation line (could change as 07 Vestur play on Monday).

Víkingur scored the only goal of the match after 15 minutes through left back Hanus Jacobsen. Except for a period before and after half time, Víkingur was the better team.

B68 Toftir - EB/Streymur 1-0 (1-0)
1-0 André Olsen

B68 took the lead after 25 minutes after the referee had awarded a penalty for hands. EB/Streymur goalkeeper René Tórgarð saved André Olsen's initial shot from the spot, but Olsen scored from the rebound.

In the second half B68 were closer at increasing the lead than EB/Streymur were to equalize. B68 twice hit the woodwork in the second half.

May 16

ÍF Fuglafjørður - 07 Vestur 1-2 (0-1)
0-1 Clayton Soares
1-1 Nenad Saric
1-2 Eli Nielsen

With a 2-1 win over ÍF, 07 Vestur have started their pursuit of KÍ Klaksvík, who are now only 2 points away. Although three other teams are below KÍ – including ÍF -, in the end, the battle for avoiding relegation is likely to be between KÍ and 07 Vestur. – B71 looks to be written off already.

In today’s match Clayton Soares’s 5th goal of the season just before half time looked to have secured 07 Vestur the win, but it all looked to have been in vain when Nenad Saric equalized for ÍF 4 minutes from time.

But the joy was short-lived for ÍF, as Eli Nielsen secured 07 Vestur´s the victory the minute after.

ÍF have now lost 4 of 5 matches at home. That’s the same number as the whole last season. But it was especially away from home that ÍF excelled last season and were the best away-team altogether.

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