March 01 & 03, 2015:
Round 01 of the premier division "Effodeildin":

March 01:

HB Tórshavn - AB Argir 2-2 (1-0)
1-0 Arnbjørn Hansen
1-1 Álvur F. Christiansen
2-1 Levi Hanssen (pen)
2-2 Jógvan Andreas Skeel Nolsøe

HB seemed a long way from any title assault this season after a dismal performance against AB Argir who twice came from behind to earn a draw.

HB took the lead after only three minutes when striker Arnbjørn Hansen in his debut for HB showed his predatory skills snapping up a back-pass which he punished ruthlessly.

Although HB had most of the possession for the rest of the half, they rarely really threatened.

AB who had had nothing to offer up front in the first half started the second half very brightly and managed to put at sustained pressure on HB which paid dividend in the 53rd minute when Álvur F. Christiansen got clear of the defence and lifted the ball over advancing goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson and into the empty goal.

HB tried to force play towards the AB goal again, and Pál Mohr Joensen did well when he dribbled across the penalty area to combine with Alex dos Santos which ended with a trip of Hansen in the box that gave a penalty which Levi Hanssen converted safely with 20 minutes left on the clock.

However, AB equalized once again after 80 minutes when Jógvan Andrias Skeel Nolsøe slottet home a cross from the by-line as HB’s defence again looked unconvincing.

HB were without midfielder Fróði Benjaminsen who was away and Símun Samuelsen who has been injured for more than a year, and when also forward Andrew av Fløtum and midfielder Christian Mouritsen were substituted before the second half, HB did not look like a team that will challenge for a trophy this season.

But it’s early days and they still have time to get it right. They need to hurry, though, as their next fixture is away to ÍF Fuglafjørður who have beaten HB on numerous occasions in the latter years and with a 2-2 draw away against Víkingur, ÍF appear to be strong this season.

As for AB, they should be strong enough to not get into any relegation battle this year, but hardly have the qualities to climb above 7th place.

Víkingur - ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-2 (0-2)
0-1 Ari Ellingsgaard
0-2 Ari Ellingsgaard
1-2 Finnur Justinussen
2-2 Súni Olsen

Víkingur salvaged a point with an 88th minute goal from Súni Olsen as ÍF had been leading 2-0 at half time. Player of the year last season, Adeshina Lawal, who has come from B36 Tórshavn, set up Ari Ellingsgaard for the lead goal after 13 minutes as they hit Víkingur on the break. The recipe was the same for the 2-0 goal that came after half an hour.

Víkingur had had a clear majority of possession and piled on the pressure in the second half that became an ill-tempered affair where Lawal was sent off two minutes after Finnur Justinussen had pulled a goal back for Víkingur 25 minutes through the half.

Time was ebbing out for Víkingur, but two minutes before the end of normal time, ÍF failed to clear properly and Olsen salvaged the draw with a fine strike.

TB Tvøroyri - KÍ Klaksvík 1-1 (0-1)
0-1 Atli Dnielsen
1-1 Owngoal (Meinhardt Joensen)

The visitors  were leading thanks to Atli Danielsen’s goals midway through the second half, and as first Dutchman Albert Adu was dismissed early in the second half and then Martin Tausen for a second bookable offence with 10 minutes remaining, KÍ looked to have wrapped up the points.

Astonishingly though, 9-men TB got the equalizer after 83 minutes after a bizarre owngoal from KÍ goalkeeper Meinhardt Joensen where the ball somehow looped over him and into the goal as he tried to kick forward a back pass.

NSÍ Runavík - FC Suðuroy 6-1 (3-0)
1-0 Jónhard Frederiksberg
2-0 Klæmint Olsen
3-0 Árni Frederiksberg
4-0 Jónhard Frederiksberg
5-0 Klæmint Olsen
5-1 Salmundur Bech
6-1 Klæmint Olsen

We can only hope that FC Suðuroy’s three missing foreigners are good enough to make a real impact on the team because otherwise it will soon be clear which team will be the first to be relegated.

NSÍ were up 2-0 after only six minutes and led 3-0 at half-time. 3-0 became 5-0 six minutes through the second half. Suðuroy scored a consolation with 15 minutes left before Klæmint Olsen, the last two seasons' top scorer, completed his hat trick in added time to make it 6-1.

EB/Streymur - B36 Tórshavn
POSTPONED to Tuesday 3 March because of snow.

Reversed to:

B36 Tórshavn - EB/Streymur 1-1
0-1 Leif Niclassen
1-1 Ibrahima Camara

The match, that was postponed from Sunday to Tuesday because of snow, changed venue today as it was moved to Tórsvøllur in Tórshavn where it was possible to clear the snow off the pitch today and also because Tórsvøllur has first class floodlights compared to the so-so lights at any other football ground around the country.

EB/Streymur that have been predicted a difficult season took a surprise lead after 18 minutes when they after a B36 corner countered through Rasmus Dan Sørensen, coming from B36 this season, and Leif Niclassen where the latter rifled past B36 goalkeeper Tórður Thomsen.

Having had a goal disallowed just before the interval, EB/Streymur so nearly doubled their lead in the first minute of the second half with a strike on the underside of the crossbar and the ball bouncing off the line.

B36 were increasing their pressure as the 2nd half went on and found the equalizer 18 minutes through the half when Ibrahima Camara stuck a leg out to steer in Hans Pauli Samuelsen’s free kick.

Oddly, in a fight for the ball immediately after the goal, B36’s Lukasz Cieslewich was sent off for his antics.

Although 10-men B36 had the edge for the remainder of the match, EB/Streymur gave away few chances and managed to hold out for the draw against the defending champions.

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