May 03:
Round 09 of the premier division "Effodeildin":

B36 Tórshavn - AB Argir 1-1 (0-0)
1-0 Hans Pauli Samuelsen
1-1 Jógvan Andreas Skeel Nolsøe (pen)

B36 looked to have secured the three points from Hans Pauli Samuelsen’s direct free kick 10 minutes after the break, but in added time, AB were awarded a penalty after the referee apparently spotted an infringement against AB goalkeeper (!) Heðin Stenberg who had come forward for a corner. Jógvan Andreas Skeel Nolsøe converted safely. 

The penalty cost B36 four yellow cards for the heavy protesting. Earlier in the match, the referee had also sent AB coach Oddbjørn Joensen off the pitch, and in a radio interview the coach said he could see no penalty. If he really meant that or if he just wanted to discredit the referee shall remain unsaid. But this particularly referee blows for everything inside the penalty area, so he might have spotted something that other referees just don’t  blow for. 

ÍF Fuglafjørður - FC Suðuroy 2-3 (1-2)
1-0 Clayton Soares
1-1 Jón Krosslá Poulsen
1-2 John Tordar Poulsen
2-2 Adeshina Lawal
2-3 Mamuka Toronjadze

With their third win in four matches, FC Suðuroy took a giant leap away from the relegation zone where they lead AB Argir below the line by three points and are only 2 points adrift of KÍ, ÍF and TB in positions 5-7. An incredible turn after nil points in their first five games. 

Today they came from behind after Clayton Soares had given ÍF the lead within five minutes, but 20 minutes later Suðuroy were leading 2-1 after Jón Krosslá Poulsen’s fine strike in the 17th minute and John Tordar Poulsen’s goal in the 25th minute. 

Nigerian forward Adeshine Lawal, who has served a second suspension, came on from the start of second half, and restored parity for ÍF 12 minutes later. 

But it helped little as Georgian Mamuka Toronjadze scored the winner for Suðuroy with 20 minutes remaining. 

NSÍ Runavík - KÍ Klaksvík 3-0 (1-0)
1-0 Hákun Edmundsson
2-0 Jónhard Frederiksberg
3-0 Klæminit Olsen

NSÍ made amends for their disappointments against Víkingur a week ago by winning 3-0 against KÍ to go three points clear at the top of the table. 

The first half had been an even one, only separated by Hákun Edmundsson’s goals shortly before half time. 

KÍ showed little in the second half, and the match seemed settled when Jónhard Frederiksberg made it 2-0 after 68 minutes – and it definitely was settled when Klæmint Olsen made it 3-0 four minutes later.

NSÍ’s record at home after the first third of the league, where all teams have now met once,  is at 100%, but it remains to be seen how they will cope in the next third as they will have 6 away matches compared to only three away matches in the first third – of which they lost two. Will the away matches be their Achilles heel?

EB/Streymur - TB Tvøroyri 0-3
0-1 Eirikur M. Ellendersen
0-2 Albert Adu
0-3 Franck Odje Able

After EB/Streymur had made the better start, TB took over after they had taken the lead after a quarter of an hour through Eirikur M. Ellendersen.  Dutchman – with Ghanean roots – Albert Adu and Frenchman – with Ivorian roots - Franck Odje Able made it 2-0 and 3-0 midway through the second half. 

As EB/Streymur had little to offer, it mattered little that TB had fielded outfield player  Patrik Johannesen in goal to replace suspended Ivan Stojkovic.

HB Tórshavn - Víkingur 2-1 (1-0)
1-0 Levi Hanssen
1-1 Finnur Justinussen
2-1 Alex José dos Santos

HB right back Alex dos Santos thought he had used the last chance to win the game when he eight minutes before time with a scissors kick hit the inside of the post, but incredibly he made another try with the scissors with four minutes remaining, and this time the ball went in – but under heavy protests from the Víkingur players who claimed that an infringement had been made against goalkeeper Geza Turi.

But the drama wasn’t over yet. Víkingur centre-back Atli Gregersen was sent forward in a quest for the equalizer, and as he stretched for a ball that seemed lost, the referee deemed him to have slid with his boots into the face of goalkeeper Teitur Gestsson which prompted a red card for the Víkingur captain two minutes into the four minutes of added time. 

HB had been the better team in the first half; getting the upper hand after an even first 10 minutes where both teams had efforts on goal – HB the best when Gunnar Haraldsen’s powerful header clipped the crossbar. 

For the rest of the first half HB showed maybe their best display of the season so far – finally getting tempo on the ball, and although their scoring opportunities came mostly from corners and crosses, HB were looking good. 

HB took the lead after 41 minutes when Christian R. Mouritsen’s cross picked out Levi Hanssen who beat Turi with a downwards-header.

But Víkingur came out much more eager for the second half and started pushing HB back and found the equalizer in the 60th minute when Finnur Justinussen headed in from Súni Olsen’s free kick 15 metres outside the penalty area. 

HB improved again and started to threat at the other end again, but Víkingur also had their opportunities – especially when Andreas Lava Olsen was released and got completely clear, but instead of just going straight against goal, he changed direction slightly which allowed Johan Troest Davidsen to make a vital tackle. You would have expected more from the “Lava-man” in that situation. 

Instead it was HB who snatched victory in the 87th minute to save their season for now as they closed the gap to 2nd placed B36 to three points, but still trail NSÍ Runavík in 1st position by six points.

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