June 24 - 25, 2011: Round 13 of the Vodafone Division:

June 24

EB/Streymur - B68 Toftir 3-2 (2-1)
1-0 Hans Pauli Samuelsen
2-0 Leif Niclasen
2-1 André Olsen (pen)
2-2 Kristian Anthon Andreassen
3-2 Bárður Olsen (pen)

EB/Streymur surged to a 2-0 lead after goals from Hans Pauli Samuelsen on 10 minutes where he made it look so easy with his superb dribbling skills and on 20 minutes from Life Niclasen, who was played clear by a clever back-heel from Arnbjørn Hansen.

B68 pulled a goal back on a penalty just after the half hour, where the referee wrongfully deemed EB/Streymur goalkeeper René Tórgarð to have brought down Norwegian forward Stig-Roar Søbstad. André Olsen safely converted from the spot. But his dive after picking up the ball when he had scored was disgraceful.

Remember to take a look at B68 goalkeeper Tórður Thomsen’s great save from Pætur Dam Jacobsen’s free header on 2:56 in the video below.

B68 were back on level terms 7 minutes after the break with a fine diving header from Kristian Anton Andreassen.

But it all proved to be in vain, as EB/Streymur were awarded a penalty just after the hour-mark. The referee was probably wrong again as the infringement – if there was one - on Arnbjørn Hansen looked to be outside the penalty area. Defender Niclas Joensen was sent off for the incident. Although EB/Streymur missed three penalties in their match against HB a week ago, the ball was this time hammered safely into the top corner by Bárður Olsen, who wasn’t in the team a week ago.

Take an extra look at Alex dos Santo’s long pass which leads to the penalty (4:11 in the video).

June 25

Víkingur - KÍ Klaksvík 2-1 (1-1)
1-0 Finnur Juastinussen
1-1 Kristoffur Jakobsen
2-1 Sølvi Vatnhamar

Víkingur scored a later winner against KÍ Klaksvík to take provisional top spot in the table and put pressure on leaders B36 Tórshavn before their match against HB Tórhavn in the Tórshavn derby on Sunday.

Finnur Justinussen’s goal in the 12th minute for the home team was cancelled out by Kristoffur Jacobsen for the visitors in the 20th minute.

As time was ebbing out, it looked like Víkingur were going to miss out on the opportunity to take provisional top spot in the table, but 2 minutes from the end, Sølvi Vatnhamar snatched the late winner after foreplay from left back Hanus Jacobsen.

NSÍ Runavík - B71 Sandoy 1-1 (0-0)
1-0 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
1-1 Joseph Bassene

Although NSÍ coach Pauli Poulsen’s first reaction after their UEFA Cup draw, where they were pitted against Fulham FC, was that his focus was on the league match against rock bottom B71 Sandoy, his players seem to have had their thoughts elsewhere as they could only manage a draw this evening – a draw that can prove to become very costly for their title aspirations.

After deadlock for 83 minutes, NSÍ finally looked to have gotten out of jail when captain Christian Høgni Jacobsen rifled the ball into the back of the net.

However, five minutes later, B71 equalized directly on free kick through Senegalese Joseph Bassene. Jústinus Hansen has been sent off for NSÍ for the free kick.

But it’s questionable how valuable the point will be for B71 in the end as their position in the table looks hopeless where they trail 07 Vestur and ÍF Fuglafjørður by 7 and 8 points respectively. And as 07 Vestur and ÍF meet tomorrow, at least one of them will get at leas one point.

June 26

07 Vestur - ÍF Fuglafjørður 1-0 (0-0)
1-0 Jón Nielsen

07 Vestur scored within three minutes from kick off when centre back Jón Nielsen was on the end of a Jens Erik Rasmussen free kick.

ÍF dominated the most of the remaining 87 minutes, but failed to score, even if the home team played with 10 men during the last 10 minutes of the match as Eli Nielsen was sent off for a second bookable offence.

After the match, ÍF´s Karl Løkin’s frustrations were evident as he was given the red card. He had by the way been substituted through injury after 20 minutes!

07 Vestur climbed from 9th to 7th place in the table while ÍF dropped to 9th. – It’s looking bad for ÍF. On Thursday ÍF take on KR Reykjavík in the Europa League and on 5 August ÍF meet EB/Streymur in the cup final.

HB Tórshavn - B36 Tórshavn 1-3 (0-1)
0-1 Jákup á Borg
1-1 Símun Samuelsen
1-2 Símun Joensen
1-3 Jákup á Borg

HB’s new coach Sigfríður Clementsen had completely reorganized the team that played in an “old fashioned” 5-3-2 system. A central midfielder had been moved back in central defence, a right back was playing left wing-back, a right winger was moved into centre of field where also 18-year old Tróndur Jensen made his début for HB. HB’s tactic was first and foremost not to concede.

But HB did concede already after 10 minutes where the new defence forgot to keep an eye on Jákup á Borg who was surging down the left and was played clear to finish between the legs of goalkeeper Marcin Dawid.

B36 were in control during the entire first half where most of the play was going on in midfield. The opportunities that were created all went to B36 who had two or three decent opportunities – one after a corner where Dawid lost the ball again which so nearly cost a goal. HB’s only reasonable chance was when Símun Samuelsen found Rógvi Poulsen whose shot was blocked to a corner.

HB was the livelier team from the start of the second half and was getting in a couple of finishes and managed to sustain some sort of pressure on B36, who on the other hand weren’t too interested in going forward. The positive trend for HB paid dividend in the 66th minute where first Rógvi Poulsen was played clear, but although Meinhardt Joensen in the B36 goal blocked the attempt, the ball bounced to Símun Samuelsen who waited and waited and waited… and so did the B36 defence… and finally Samuelsen coolly placed the ball into the top corner for the equalizer.

B36 then started going forward again, and although they didn’t create clear-cut scoring opportunities, they were getting corners and free kicks in dangerous positions. – And for free kicks, B36 have Súni Oslen who is not far from world class in that regard. He proved it again today as B36 regained the lead with 12 minutes remaining when left back Símun Joensen dived to get a head on Olsen’s powerful free kick to regain B36’s lead. (Olsen, who is usually a creative midfielder, played in central defence today).

HB had one opportunity in added time to force an equalizer, but neither Fróði Benjaminsen nor Símun Samuelsen managed to get a shot in in connection with a scramble and although they appealed for a penalty, there never was one.

Instead it was B36 who cemented their win with another Jákup av Borg goal when HB defender Kári Nielsen carelessly gave the ball away in the penalty area where Heini í Skorini set up á Borg for a cheeky finish with his heel behind his standing leg.

With the three points, B36 are two points clear of Víkingur going into the month long summer break.

It seems like if B36 need a goal, then they have the abilities to get it. That’s why it’s very difficult to beat them this season. In attack they have two quality players in Jákup á Borg, who’s a lot sharper in front of goal than he has been for a few years, and Polish forward Lukasz Cieslewicz with superb skills and strength and who’s involved in most goals. – Just annoying to see such a good player also using all the dirty little tricks like faking head injuries for time wasting.

After today’s defeat, HB are only two points clear of ÍF Fuglafjørður in 9th place which means relegation.

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