October 05 & 06, 2013:
Round 25 of the premier division "Effodeildin":
AB Argir - KÍ Klaksvík 0-1 (0-1)
After 158 days of misery, KÍ Klaksvík have finally won a football match again, and the victory might well be the ticket for next season’s top flight.
After a goalless first half, KÍ took the lead just two minutes into the second half when Heðin Klakstein set up Álvur Christiansen for an easy finish.
AB should have equalized after 80 minutes when Sorin Anghel was clear on goal, but hit shot wide with of goal.
KÍ had to go through some an anxious three minutes of added time, where Karstin Højgaard was a whisker away from an equalizer with a flick on the crossbar, but for the first time in 158 days, it seems, luck was finally on KÍ’s side.
The win takes KÍ three points above TB Tvøroyri under the relegation-line, but as KÍ have a superior goal difference, TB will need four points to overtake them. – And that is in matches against B36 Tórshavn (a), HB Tórshavn (a) and Víkingur (h), while KÍ’s last match of the season is against 07 Vestur, who with today's result officially are relegated.
ÍF Fuglafjørður - HB Tórshavn 3-1 (2-1)
1-0 Høgni Zachariassen
2-0 Dánjal á Lakjuni
2-1 Heini Vatnsdal
3-1 Clayton Soares
HB Tórshavn will have to wait at least a fortnight for the title as they were downed by ÍF Fuglafjørður who close the gap to five points with two matches remaining.
ÍF’s lead came after only two minutes as the HB-defence was caught ballwatching when centre-back Høgni Zachariasen scooped the ball over the line from a Høgni Madsen free kick five metres from the sideline and ten from the by-line.
Just five minutes later, the home-team doubled their lead with an absolute beauty from Dánjal á Lakjuni on the right where he had intercepted a HB-pass before he turned let fly from 20 metres into the far top corner, and rarely has HB-goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson been that well beaten from long range.
Eventually HB got going and the last half an hour was for the most one long HB attack, although ÍF could already have killed the game with another great chance which Alex dos Santos cleared for a corner in the very last moment.
At the other end, Kristin R. Mouritsen was close, but sandwiched between two defenders, his shot was deflected to a corner when about to get clear. And Andrew av Fløtum also forced the goalkeeper to make a diving save to deny the shot from distance.
Later Heini Vatnsdal was played through by av Fløtum, but ÍF goalkeeper Hallgrím Hansen, who is deputizing for injured Jákup Mikkelsen, kept HB at bay with a foot-parade.
But the ÍF goalkeeper had shown some weaknesses in holding on to the ball, and it was from such a situation that HB pulled a goal back six minutes from the halt-time whistle when Hansen fumbled a Christian R. Mouritsen shot, which Vatnsdal then steered over the line.
HB continued to press forward in the early minutes of the second half and went close with headers. A an equalizer looked imminent, which also ÍF sensed, and instead of waiting for it to happen, they started attacking themselves and the rest of the second half was a much more even affair.
ÍF had an appeal for a penalty dismissed as they hit the elbow of Santos, and at the other end HB had their appeal for a penalty turned down when Andrew av Fløtum was clearly hit in the leg and went down, although it was maybe unintentionally, but it looked as the referee was compensating. And maybe he was also when Santos tripped Øssur Dalbúð just outside the penalty area, and although the referee gave the free kick, he didn’t give Santos his second yellow card.
Bárður Olsen had a qualified effort from a free kick which the ÍF goalkeeper diverted around the woodwork.
Substitute Bárður Heinesen went close for HB two minutes from the end of normal time, but Hansen saved on the line from what was THE chance HB had been searching for.
Instead it was ÍF who in the 90th minute made it 3-1, when Serbian midfielder Nenad Saric played a perfect pass to Brazilian Soares who got clear to fire the ball into the back of the net in-off the post to delay the title-decision for at least another round.
In the next round, which isn’t until 20 October because of world cup qualifiers, HB take on TB Tvøroyri who are close to relegation, and a point for HB is again enough to claim the title, while ÍF take on high-flying NSÍ Runavík, who are only four points adrift.
B36 Tórshavn - TB Tvøroyri 2-1 (1-0)
1-0 Adeshina Lawal
2-0 Lukasz Cieslewicz
2-1 Ragnar Tausen
After today’s loss, TB’s existence in the top flight hangs in a thin thread as they will have to produce at least four points in their two remaining matches, away against HB Tórshavn next and then at home against Víkingur.
B36 took the lead in the 18th minute when defender 41-year old Óli Johannesen slipped to leave Adeshina Lawal clear after Súni Olsen’s pass, to make the easy finish.
B36 doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when goalkeeper Ivan Stojkovic fumbled in Lukasz Cieslewicz’s combination of a cross and shot.
TB threatened more in the second half and pulled a goal back from close range through Ragnar Tausen following a set-piece after 55 minutes.
Later TB squandered a golden opportunity to equalize, but instead they were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when veteran Johannesen, who didn’t play his best match in his career, brought down Rasmus Dan Sørensen in the box. Johannesen will likely be back in the final match at home where he undoubtedly will make his final bow after a long and illustrious career.
- Anyway, Súni Olsen struck the penalty on the post!
(Having missed fewer than 15% of penalties until the last round, the missing-average for all players has now risen to 22 % after three missed penalties in the last couple of rounds. But that's still a lot better than the 30-40 % which it has been at for several years).
Although TB managed to put some kind of pressure on B36 in the remaining minutes, they failed to create the clear-cut opportunity to produce a goal, and without a point today, TB’s days in the top division seem to be numbered.
07 Vestur - NSÍ Runavík 2-4 (1-2)
1-0 Ibrahima Camara
1-1 Kæmint Olsen
1-2 Pól Jóhannus Justinussen
1-3 Klæmint Olsen
1-4 Klæmint Olsen
2-4 Ibrahima Camara
Having been relegated on Saturday without playing, as KÍ Klaksvík beat AB Argir, the motivation for 07 Vestur for today’s match was so-so while NSÍ has a Europa League spot to fight for and a possible runners up spot, too.
But it was still the un-motivated who took the lead after only six minutes when Senegalese forward Ibrahima Camara was at the end of a Tór-Ingar Akselsen free kick.
But NSÍ had turned it around before the half-hour mark through Klæmint Olsen and Pól Jóhannus Justinussen.
Olsen then added to his tally immediately after the break before completing his hat-trick in the 58th minute, before Camara scored his second goal of the match ten minutes later to make it 2-4.
With his hat trick today, Klæmint Olsen surges to the top of the top scorer list with 18 goals; one more than Leif Niclasen and Klæmint Olsen in second place.
- Or does he? Because Olsen has been credited for a goal he didn’t really score in round 27 against HB. This video clearly shows that it was HB goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson who punched the ball onto Pól Jóhanussen’s head and into the net (Klæmint Olsen is no. 10). So it should really be three players equal on 17 goals.
EB/Streymur - Víkingur 0-2 (0-0)
0-1 Filip Djordjevic
0-2 Finnur Justinussen
With just a point in the last three matches, defending champions EB/Streymur have slipped to 5th in the table and out of the Europa League qualification.
Víkingur was the better team for most of the match, but it wasn´t until midway through the second half that their dominace finally paid dividends through a counterattack - following an EB/Streymur corner – where Jann Ingi Petersen played Filip Djordjevic clear to score.
Ten minutes, later Finnur Justinussen sealed victory for Víkingur in two attempts, hammering inn a rebound off the wall from his own initial free kick.