April 28:
Round 08 of the premier division "Effodeildin":

HB Tórshavn - NSÍ Runavík 4-0 (2-0)
1-0 Símun Samuelsen
2-0 Gunnar Haraldsen
3-0 Símun Samuelsen
4-0 Christian R. Mouritsen

HB have stomped their authority over the league and have opened up a five-point gap at the top of the table after a comfortable 4-0 win over NSÍ. Maybe the score flatters HB as it was not like they were creating scoring opportunities on an assembly line, but they do however have very few weaknesses, and with a very strong midfield and a stronger defence than they have had for years, HB are very difficult to beat, and as long as they stay efficient in front of goal as they have so far, they will win most of their matches.

After NSÍ had made the better opening, forcing Teitur Gestsson to make a diving save from Árni Frederiksberg’s free kick, HB took over and looked more likely to score, maybe more because NSÍ’s central defence looked insecure and made some bad slip-ups, than it was HB playing well.

And it was also poor defending from the centre-backs that allowed HB to take the lead in the 13th minute when Símun Samuelsen was allowed to take down a long high ball between the two defenders and sneak it behind goalkeeper Kristian Joensen.

Much of the game thereafter went on in midfield, with NSÍ forcing another diving save from Gestsson with a long range effort midway through the half.

In the latter stages of the half, Kristin R. Mourtsen was played clear on goal, but curled his shot over and wide of the NSÍ-goal as he was being caught again on the edge of the penalty area. Moments later a similar situation arose, but this time Mouritsen collided with the NSÍ goalkeeper who had to be stretchered off and replaced by 18-year old Pætur Høj. This was in the last minute of the half where NSÍ striker Klæmint Olsen also had been carried off earlier.

Deep into the five-minute injury time, HB doubled their lead from a corner, where defender Gunnar Haraldsen headed home in off the crossbar.

HB were for the most in full control in the second half, rarely allowing NSÍ to get close their goal. A couple of opportunities were given away though; once Gestsson – who always positions himself well – had to block an attempt from close range, and in another attempt, Magnus Olsen clipped the crossbar with a header, although Getsson likely would have saved it had it been a those few centimetres lower.

But when HB made it 3-0 twenty minutes through the second half, the game was in effect decided. Samuelsen scored his second with an easy finish after left back Alex dos Santos had played him clear with a low pass from the left.

Ten minutes later Christian Mouritsen made it 4-0 as he also was played clear in the penalty area.

On 12 May (cup quarter-finals next weekend) HB take on TB Tvøroyri, where HB should be favourites to win even if TB haven’t lost in their last six matches. And should Víkingur at the same time manage a draw (or more) at home against KÍ Klaksvík, then HB will go seven points clear at the top of the table.

TB Tvøroyri - Víkingur 1-0
1-0 Poul Ingason

All pre-season talk about TB being a clear favourite for one of the two relegation places sounds like nonsense today as TB stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-0 win over Víkingur who were in runners-up position before today’s match. But
Víkingur are terrible on the road - or on the sea, as you have to sail for two hours in a ferry to reach Tvøroyri - and have played three away games, have lost them all and not score a single goal!

After stalemate in the first 45 minutes, TB made their superiority in the second half count with 12 minutes remaining with another goal from the very talented 17-year old striker Poul Ingason from a corner – his fourth goal of the season.

As Hungarian goalkeeper Geza Turi has been serving a suspension for his red card against HB Tórshavn, he has been replaced by 16-year old Eliesar Rasmussen. He cannot be blaimed for Víkingur's loss, however, as it's not the goalkeeper who's supposed to score the goals...

KÍ Klaksvík - 07 Vestur 5-2 (1-0)
1-0 Páll Klettskarð
2-0 Álvur Christiansen
2-1 Ibrahima Camara
2-2 Ibrahima Camara
3-2 Heðin Klakstein
4-2 Hjalgrím Elttør
5-2 Henry Heinesem

KÍ Klaksvík who have thrown away two- and three goal-leads in their last couple of matches looked to have thrown away another victory when Ibrahima Camara with less than 20 minutes remaining equalized with his second goal of the game, but with three goals in the last ten minutes of the game, KÍ this time managed to bag the three points.

KÍ had taken an early lead when Páll Klettskarð put them ahead after 10 minutes, and although Senegalese striker Ibrahima Camara gave them a scare when he hit the post, KÍ looked to have settled the match when Álvur Christiansen made it 2-0 on the hour-mark.

But it took Camara just a couple of minutes to pull a goal back with a header before he ten minutes later stunned the home-team with an equalizer following a corner.

However, just a minute after coming off the bench, Heðin Klakstein brought KÍ on winning course in the 80th minute before Hjalgrím Elttør and Henry Heinesen made it 5-2.

B36 Tórshavn - ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-2 (1-0)
1-0 Rasmus Dan Sørensen
1-1 Øssur Dalbúð
1-2 Øssur Dalbúð
2-2 Róaldur Jacobsen (pen)

Rasmus Dan Sørensen, who had replaced injured forward lukasz Cieslevicz in the 35th minute, put B36 in front on the stroke of half time.

With two goals in two minutes midway through the second half, Øssur Dalbúð turned the match on its head, but B36 salvaged a point from on a penalty from Róaldur Jacobsen.

Amazingly, all 9 penalties so far this season have been converted successfully. Last season, 37.5 % were missed.

EB/Streymur - AB Argir 6-0
1-0 Leif Niclasen
2-0 Levi Hanssen
3-0 Gert Hansen
4-0 Leif Niclasen
5-0 Jónas Stenberg (owngoal)
6-0 Leif Niclasen

Leif Niclasen, who this season has been playing on the left back position, had been moved to the forward position again, and that seemed to be a vice decision as he scored a hat trick and made an assist.

AB were missing their most influential player Sorin Anghel (who previously has played for EB/Streymur from 2001) but that’s not enough excuse for today’s routing.

AB are in serious problems, and as EB/Streymur will certainly move out of the relegation zone, AB will have to overtake TB who are 9 points ahead of AB and have a superior goal difference, which effectively makes it 10 points for AB to cut back before they overtake TB. A lot will have to happen for AB for that to happen. Should AB’s lose their next game away to 07 Vestur, it really looks like game over for AB already.

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