April 25, 2013:
Round 07 of the premier division "Effodeildin":
KÍ Klaksvík - HB Tórshavn 3-4 (2-2)
1-0 Hjalgrím Elttør
2-0 Owngoal (Gunnar Haraldsen)
2-1 Kristin R. Mouritsen
2-2 Alex dos Santos
3-2 Ivan Joensen
3-3 Símun Samuelsen
3-4 Fróði Benjaminsen
HB went four points clear at the top of the table after beating KÍ in an epic thriller where KÍ were leading both 2-0 and 3-2, but still ended up on the losing side, as HB scored twice in the last ten minutes of the game to win 4-3.
After HB had started the game better, KÍ took the lead in the 18th minute on a fast break where Hjalgrím Elttør volleyed defender Gunnar Haraldsen’s looping clearance straight into the goal from the edge of the penalty area.
KÍ now dominated the match and doubled their lead just five minutes later when Haraldsen turned a low cross behind his own goalkeeper after a beautiful and well worked KÍ-attack.
But HB pulled a goal back with eight minutes remaining of the first half when KÍ goalkeeper Meinhardt Joensen gave a rebound from Andrew av Fløtums header which Christian R. Mouritsen was quick to get hold of and cleverly laid back to his younger brother Kristin in front of goal to slot in.
Right after, KÍ so nearly restored their two-goal cushion with a thunderous free kick from Heðin á Lakjuni on the post, but instead it was HB who moments later – five minutes after their first goal -levelled the score directly on free kick which Brazilian Alex dos Santos curled over the wall.
KÍ regained the lead midway through the second half when Hjalgrím Elttør set up Ivan Joensen who had the goal at his mercy at centre of goal inside the penalty area.
HB rallied towards the end and succeeded with playing with long balls to the big men that had been sent forward, and after first Heini Vatnsdal and then Fróði Benjaminsen had won the aerial duels, the ball fell to Símun Samuelsen who scored from close range in the 81st minute.
Three minutes later Benjaminsen covered the ball well as he shrugged off a couple of defenders inside the goal area before he turned and fired past Joensen who should maybe have done better.
With the victory, HB go four points clear at the top of the table, and with only two teams left to play them in the first third of the season, it’s difficult to see who can now stop HB. As other teams lack the stability HB seem to have, they are likely to take points from each other and play it into the hands of HB. At the moment HB certainly are the team to beat.
On Sunday HB visit NSÍ Runavík who are on a three-game winning streak. KÍ will take on 07 Vestur whom they should not get real problems with although they today got a draw away to Víkingur.
Víkingur - 07 Vestur 2-2 (2-2)
0-1 Evrard Ble
1-1 Finnur Justinussen
2-1 Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu
2-2 Holgar Durhuus
07 Vestur unexpectedly managed a 2-2 draw away to Víkingur who still managed to leapfrog KÍ Klaksvík to take the second spot in the table.
After 07 Vestur had taken an early lead from a corner through Ivorian Evrard Ble, who last season played for Víkingur, the home team went in front midway through the first half with two goals in quick succession from Finnur Justinussen and Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu.
But 07 Vestur restored parity just before half time through Holgar Durhuus.
Although Víkingur dominated the second half, they failed to penetrate 07 Vestur’s defence.
TB Tvøroyri - ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-2 (0-0)
1-0 Óli Johannesen
2-0 Babacar Ndiour
2-1 Áki Petersen
2-2 Bartal Eliasen
TB looked set to grab some massive three points as they went 2-0 up on the hour-mark, but two goals for ÍF inside the last 10 minutes of the match spoiled the party for TB.
After stalemate in the first 45 minutes, TB improved in the second half and took the lead after 10 minutes through 40-year old defender Óli Johannesen who headed home from a corner.
And on the hour-mark, Senegalese Babacar Ndiour doubled TB’s advantage.
But ÍF could come back from three goals down last Sunday against KÍ Klaksvík, then they could also come back from "only" two goals down against TB Tvøroyri, must surely have been in the ÍF players’ head.
And that’s exactly what happened as Áki Petersen first pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute before defender Bartal Eliasen headed in the equalizer from a corner three minutes later.
But how costly will the two dropped points be for TB come October?
NSÍ - EB/Streymur 2-0 (2-0)
1-0 Magnus Olsen
2-0 Magnus Olsen
Defending champions EB/Streymur are struggling big time and injury to striker Arnbjørn Hansen is taking its toll on an already weakened EB/Streymur team from last season.
Although EB/Streymur, currently second from bottom, will start to climb at some stage, they might find it difficult to get into the top 4, which after all was expected to be possible before the season, although it was clear that they were unlikely going to challenge for the league title this season.
NSÍ quickly took a 2-0 lead after a brace from Magnus Olsen in the 10th and 17th minute and managed to keep it tight at the back to record their 3rd victory in succession and climb to 4th position in the table after a slow start to the season.
B36 Tórshavn - AB Argir 1-1 (1-0)
1-0 Adeshina Lawal
1-1 Dion Splidt
AB finally made their mark on the table after securing a point on a penalty a quarter of an hour from time.
B36 took the lead when the AB’s off-side trap failed to catch B36’s front-runners, and Lukasz Cieslevicz played Nigerian Adeshina Lawal for an easy finish about 10 minutes before the break.
B36 had been the better team for most of the first half although Ahmed Keita had an effort on the post for AB.
AB improved in the second half and rescued a point from the penalty spot through Dion Splidt in the 74th minute.