October 01 & 02: Round 24 of the Vodafone Division:

October 02

B36 Tórshavn - B71 Sandoy 2-1 (0-1)
0-1 Tijani Mohammed
1-1 Lukasz Cieslewicz
2-1 Jákup á Borg (pen)

B36 scored a last gasp winner on penalty after B71 had been leading until the 84th minute after Tijani Mohammed’s opening goal for the visitors in the 20th minute.

B71 had other great opportunities just before and after the goal, but they were both squandered.

B36 seemed sluggish today and found it difficult to create much upfront, although B71 still had to clear of the line a couple of times in the first half.

But with 7 minutes left of normal time Polish striker Lukasz Cieslewicz equalized for B36 with a shot through a crowd of players before he at the death was brought down in the penalty area as he was getting clear of the defender, and the outcome could only be a penalty. Jákup á Borg safely converted from the penalty spot to secure the vital 3 points to stay in front of EB/Streymur who visit ÍF Fuglafjørður on Sunday.

B71's mathematical chance of avoiding relegation is now over and they will return to the 1st division at the end of the season.

KÍ Klaksvík - B68 Toftir 5-3 (3-1)
1-0 Hjalgrím Elttør
2-0 Philip Djordjevic
2-1 Ndende Adama Guéye
3-1 Philip Djordjevic
4-1 Kristoffur Jakobsen
4-2 Jónleif Højgaard
5-2 Álvur Christiansen
5-3 Oddur Højgaard

KÍ were 2-0 up after a quarter of an hour with goals from Hjalgrím Elttør and Philip Djordjevic, and although Ndende pulled a goal back for B68 just 3 minutes later, KÍ restored their two-goal cushion on the half-hour mark when Djordjevic, the coach’s son, netted again.

KÍ scored again shortly after the interval through Kristoffur Jakobsen, and although Jónleif Højgaard reduced the deficit within 5 minutes, Álvur Christiansen restored the three-goal lead 20 minutes through the half.

In the dying moments B68 scored a consolation goal through Oddur Højgaard to make the final score 5-3 to KÍ. With the 3 points, KÍ have virtually booked their place in the top flight for another season as they will be at least 5 points clear of the relegation line after tomorrow’s matches.

B68 on the other hand aren’t quite safe, but much most go wrong should they be relegated. B68 are missing several of their better players, for example both Senegalese forwards Ahmed Keita and Ibrahima Camara who both are out for the rest of the season.

HB Tórshavn - 07 Vestur 4-1 (2-0)
1-0 Hallur Hansson
2-0 Símun Samuelsen
3-0 Símun Samuelsen
4-0 Símun Samuelsen
4-1 Dánjal Rói Olsen

HB settled any early nerves with a beautiful goal after 5 minutes when 19-year old midfielder Hallur Hansson received the ball just outside the penalty area and aimed and fired it into the top left corner. Hansson is a name you will get familiar with in the future – maybe abroad. He has previously been at Aberdeen’s youth division.

HB continued to press forward and doubled their lead after 17 minutes after a well worked counterattack where Hanus Thórleifsson on midfield brilliantly found Símun Samuelsen on the left with a long diagonal cross, and 10 metres from the by-line and on the edge of the penalty area, Samuelsen incredibly curled the ball into the net in off the far post. Some will claim it was an intended cross… (but Samuelsen will surely deny it and will tell you about the goal he scored against Israel from an impossible angle).

HB had been dominating in the first half an hour when 07 Vestur finally started coming forward and having attempts on goal. First Brazilian Clayton Soares forced a diving save from HB goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson and a couple of moments later Soares got in a fine position to shoot again, albeit from an angle, but this the he fired over the crossbar. Moments later Senegalese Badara Diedhiou tried with an optimistic effort from way out as he intended to catch Gestsson off his line, but although the effort looked – let’s say "entertaining", - it would have taken a blunder from the goalkeeper for it to go in.

HB effectively killed off the game within five minutes of the second half when the goalkeeper made a long kick forward which with laser sharp precision found Símun Samuelsen at full speed deep on the 07 Vestur half and with a perfect first touch – probably the best in his life – he got clear with 07 Vestur goalkeeper Hans Jørgensen whom he easily beat to make it 3-0 for HB and most likely save the club from relegation.

But Samuelsen wasn’t done yet and with 20 minutes left he completed his hat trick as he flicked Kristin Mouritsen’s pass into the back of the net to make it 4-0.

07 Vestur had never looked capable of getting anything from the game although they had some half-opportunities in the latter part of the second half, but HB’s defence, who had Fróði Benjaminsen in centre today alongside Vagnur Mohr Mortensen, worked hard to block the shots that were coming in.

But 07 Vestur did get a late consolation, however, through Dánjal Rói Olsen who headed in off the post.

With 3 games left of the season, HB finally look safe as they climb 5 points clear of the relegation line and 07 Vestur who also have an inferior goal difference which means they will have to get six more points than HB in the remaining 3 fixtures to overtake HB. That shouldn’t happen although two of the matches are against B68 and ÍF, which are both winnable matches for 07 Vestur. Or what? Will 07 Vestur still make a dramatic comeback in the end…?

ÍF Fuglafjørður - EB/Streymur 0-2 (0-0)
0-1 Pætur Dam Jacobsen
0-2 Leif Niclasen

After a goalless first half, the deadlock was finally broken midway through the second half when Pætur Dam Jacobsen gave the visitors the lead with a header from a corner headed which went in of the crossbar and the head of an ÍF-defender.

With a couple of minutes remaining, Leif Niclasen made the points safe after a fine cross from Hans Pauli Samuelsen.

EB/Streymur take on Víkingur in a very difficult match in the next round (Wednesday 12 October because the U21 national team plays away to Denmark on Friday). The last time EB/Streymur didn't win a match was away to Víkingur in Round 14 where Víkingur won 3-1.

Víkingur - NSÍ Runavík 1-2 (1-0)
1-0 Sam Jacobsen (pen)
1-1 Christian Høgni Hansen (pen)
1-2 Einar Hansen

Víngur’s chances of catching B36 were very slim ahead of today’s match, and after losing 2-1 to NSÍ today, Víkingur must surrender in the battle for the title.

But it started well enough for Víkingur today as they dominated in the first half and took the lead on a penalty form Sam Jacobsen towards the end of the half.

But within 15 minutes from the start of the second half, NSÍ had turned it around.

First it was Christian Høgni Jacobsen who equalized on a penalty three minutes after the restart, and less than 10 minutes later, Einar Hansen headed NSÍ in front from a corner.

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