June 15 & 16, 2013:
Round 13 of the premier division "Effodeildin":
EB/Streymur - Víkingur 0-0
Víkingur still have just scored one goal on away soil, but now they have recorded their first away-point of the season after a goalless draw with champions EB/Streymur.
Víkingur appeared to be the most eager of the teams and had the majority of the scoring opportunities, although they were not too many as a whole.
However, chances don’t become bigger than the penalty Víkingur were awarded midway through the first half for hands, but EB/Streymur goalkeeper René Tórgarð saved the attempt from Kal Leo í Bartalsstovu.
This was by the way the first missed penalty of the season – was it because it’s round "13"? The stats this season says 10 scored and 1 missed, a 90% success rate which is considerable higher than in recent years where the susses-rate has been only between 60-70%.
With the last kick of the match, Hans Pauli Samuelsen almost stole the winner with a free kick, but Geza Turi in the Víkingur goal made an excellent save to deny EB/Streymur a dramatic winner.
NSÍ Runavík - 07 Vestur 2-1 (0-1)
0-1 Evrard Blé (pen)
1-1 Árni Frederiksberg
2-1 Pól Jóhannus Justinussen
NSÍ stretched their unbeaten run to five in a row with a 2-1 win over promoted 07 Vestur to climb to a provisional 3rd position in the table, level on points with ÍF Fuglafjørður, who visit HB Tórshavn on Sunday.
Although NSÍ had been close with a couple of efforts on the woodwork, it was 07 Vestur who were leading at half time from a penalty from Evrard Blé after Tór-Ingar Akselsen had been brought down.
However, NSÍ restored parity just a couple of minutes after the break with an easy tap-in from Árni Frederiksberg.
And with a quarter of an hour remaining, central defender Pól Jóhannus Justinmussen scored the winner for NSÍ with a header from a corner.
HB Tórshavn - ÍF Fuglafjørður
HB will be reasonable content with keeping their nearest pursuer - today’s opponents, ÍF - 7 points adrift, but they cannot be content with their play on the final third of the pitch where their attack appears completely toothless. And although HB played the last half an hour with a man in advantage, HB can count themselves lucky to get the draw as is was ÍF who were desperately close to scoring on several occasions.
The first half was an even affair, but ÍF should have taken the lead within ten minutes when they were awarded a - what looked like a very thin – penalty, but Teitur Gestsson dived to his left to save from Øssur Dalbúð. Gestsson, who started the season as no. 1 goalkeeper, has been on the bench in the last three matches, but had been preferred again today). And really, the missed penalties this round were coming, as the success rate has been abnormally high, and after today’s missed penalty, the success-rate has fallen from 100% to 85% which is still much better than in recent years.
Not long after, Alex dos Santos was close at the other end from a free kick which Jákup Mikkelsen parried, but gave a rebound which Christian R. Mouritsen should have scored on instead of heading wide (although some suggest he was off side when the free kick was taken).
HB had most of the possession in the second half, but found it difficult to create clear-cut scoring opportunities.
And If they thought it was going to be easier when ÍF’s centre-back Bartal Eliasen was sent off for a second bookable offence shortly before the hour-mark, they quickly learned otherwise, because only moments later, ÍF were extremely close to taking the lead with a strike from Ari Ellingsgaard that hit the post.
And ÍF continued to create chances in the next ten minutes, where Dalbúð had two; once curling one over the cross bar with a free sight of goal and another effort where Gestsson incredibly saved from close range before the ball after a scramble was cleared to safety. Also Jan Ellingsgaard went close, but again Gestsson made an outstanding diving save to keep ÍF at bay.
After that, HB had close too all of the possession again, but just no having the abilities to become dangerous in the penalty are, as they were using too many touches that everything in the end ebbed out into nothing.
The closest effort was a header from Heini Vatnsdal from a corner in the 88th minute that went narrowly wide and high.
But whether HB have attacking problems or not, most would still happily be in HB’s shoes as they have a commanding 7-point lead in the table.
KÍ Klaksvík - AB Argir 1-1 (1-0)
1-0 Atli Danielsen (pen)
1-1 Karstin Højgaard
KÍ’s new coach must have though that he was going to get a win in his first attempt as they were leading 1-0 when normal time had gone after the penalty they got after 33 minutes, where also Jónas Stenberg was given a red card, but in the third minute of added time, Karstin Højgaard salvaged a point for AB who are still last, but only one point adrift of 07 Vestur in 9th place which normally means relegation.
But that “normally” can become an interesting word this season. The reason for that is, that in the 1st division, of those teams that can be promoted (many clubs have their second-team in the first division which therefore can then not be promoted), only B68 Tofir is in the top 3. The other teams that can be promoted are outside the top 3, and as the rule dictate that only top-3 teams can be promoted, there is a possibility that only one promotion will take place for next year, and that would again mean that only one team can be relegated from the Premier Division. Therefore it’s important for AB and 07 Vestur to get that 9th place in the table, should the table in the 1st division not change.
TB Tvøroyri - B36 Tórshavn 0-0
TB hadn't lost at home and B36 had drawn 7 of their 12 matches, so a scoreless draw wan´t an unlikely outcome of the match. TB still haven´t lost and B36 have now drawn 8 matches. Let's just leave it there...