June 21 & 22, 2014:
Round 14 of the premier division "Effodeildin":
NSÍ Runavík - ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-2 (1-1)
1-0 Klæmint Olsen
1-1 Owngoal (Jákup Andrias Gaardbo)
2-1 Klæmint Olsen
2-2 Clayton Soares
NSÍ took the lead twice, but ÍF managed to equalize within 10 minutes on both occasions.
After both teams had threatened in the first 20 minutes, league top scorer Klæmint Olsen netted for the home team after 27 minutes, lifting over Jákup Mikkelsen in the ÍF goal.
But ÍF restored parity 10 minutes later, the goal registered as a Jákup Andrias Gaardbo owngoal, after a corner and a scramble where Clayton Soares was the last ÍF-player to touch the ball.
NSÍ regained the lead some 10 minutes after the break when Olsen scored his 14th goal in as many matches, but ÍF equalized again just 7 minutes later as Soares took advantage of a defensive blunder to get clear and finish off the task.
HB Tórshavn - B36 Tórshavn 2-2 (0-2)
0-1 Alex Mellemgaard
0-2 Lukasz Cieslewicz
1-2 Pál Mohr Joensen
2-2 Rógvi Holm
Every game HB plays at the moment seams like a final as a loss will increase the gap to leaders B36 to such a margin that it will seam almost impossible to cut back as long as B36 keep winning.
And HB were staring defeat in their eyes today as they were trailing by two goals with less than 20 minutes remaining, but with a fine strike from Pál Mohr Joensen, and then a couple of minutes before the end of normal time, centre-back Rógvi Holm scored from 35 metres – well helped by a blunder from the B36 goalkeeper – to rescue a draw for HB, as they live to fight another day which will be already on Friday away to Víkingur – maybe HB’s most feared away match.
Although the game started evenly, B36 seemed to have an attacking edge with their front three Adeshina Lawal, Jákup á Borg and Lukasz Cieslewicz and midfielder Róaldur Jakobsen.
It was also one of these, Cieslewicz, who was the architect behind the opening goal when he with a brilliant pass took full advantage of HB’s sleeping defenders who allowed Alex Mellemgaard to get clear to clinically slip the ball past the advancing goalkeeper and into the empty goal in the 13th minute.
HB found it very difficult to get any flow into their play, and desperate crosses and long ball forwards were easy for B36 to deal with, and not until 40 minutes had gone did HB finally manage create any sustained pressure.
But just when they seemed close to getting the equalizer, HB were hit by a sucker punch as B36 countered, and three against three, Lawal, Jakobsen and Cieslewicz outplayed HB’s defenders – with Cieslewicz rifling the ball past goalkeeper Gestsson and into the back of the net.
HB still found it difficult to create anything up front in the second half and as they clearly miss the brilliance of veteran forward Andrew av Fløtum who has been sidelined through injury for weeks (he did come on to play the last 20 minutes though), and as left winger Símun Samuelsen isn’t match-fit after a long injury period, and also attacking midfielder Christian R. Mouritsen is injured - and topple that with the suspension of midfielder Heini Vatnsdal - HB aren’t able to fire on every cylinder.
In fact, B36 so nearly increased their lead through Lawal and Hanus Thorleifsson before HB finally pulled a goal back after 72 minutes when Pál Mohr Joensen, who had come on to play at right wing early in the second half, cut into the pitch and from close to the by-line fired low inside the near post to give HB some hope.
But B36 never panicked and seemed happy to soak up the pressure, although HB had a couple of attempts that were blocked in the crowded penalty area.
However, out of nothing, really, HB salvaged a draw in the 88th minute with what seemed like a desperate attempt from 35 metres from centre back Holm, but although it was both precise and powerful and aiming for the top corner, B36 goalkeeper Tórður Thomsen should easily have dealt with the shot, but instead lost the ball and then somehow manage to scoop it over the line for the equalizer.
KÍ Klaksvík - EB/Streymur 3-1 (2-0)
1-0 Hjalgríl Elttør
2-0 Ndende Adama Gueye
2-1 Marni Djurhuus
3-1 Atli Danielsen (pen)
KÍ was the better team in the first half and took the lead after 10 minutes when Ndende set up Hjalgrím Elttør for an easy finish before the provider turned goal scorer shortly before half time with a header.
But EB/Streymur came out much stronger in the second half and pulled a goal back after 12 minutes as central defender Marni Djurhus headed home from Hans Pauli Samuelsen’s cross.
EB/Streymur got real hope when Johan Jacobsen was sent off after 74 minutes, but instead 10-men KÍ earned a penalty two minutes later as Ndende had gone down, and from the spot Atli Danielsen converted safely to win KÍ the match.
Remarkably, this was the first time since 2003 that KÍ managed to beat EB/Streymur on home soil.
Skála - AB Argir 0-0
The result speaks for itself, really, as this was not one of the rare good 0-0 matches.
With the draw, AB leapfrogged B68 Toftir to move a point above the relegation line while Skála aren't quite out of it yet, trailing AB by 4 points.
After today’s match Skála’s new coach Pauli Poulsen didn´t rule out getting strength when the transfer window opens after today’s round.
B68 - Víkingur 1-3 (0-2)
0-1 Bárður Hansson
0-2 Hallur Hansson
1-2 Jónleif Højgaard
1-3 Hanus Jacobsen (pen)
Víkingur won for the 6th time in their last seven matches as they comfortably beat B68 who dropped below the relegation line.
Hallur Hansson set up right back Bárður Hansson for the opening goal within the first quarter of an hour before Finnur Justinussen’s back-heel cleverly played Hansson clear to double Víkingur’s lead before the half-hour.
Jónleif Højgaard pulled a goal back midway through the second half, but Víkingur restored their two-goal cushion about 10 minutes from time with a penalty from Hanus Jacobsen.
After the match, B68 coach Jógvan Martin Olsen revealed that B68 will be strengthening their squad before the league resumes on 27 July after the summer-break that starts after next round on Friday.