May 8, 2005: Round 7 of the Formula 1st Division:

HB Tórshavn lose to Skála again,
despite a Rasmus Nolsøe hattrick

Skála - HB Tórshavn 4-2 (3-1)
1-0 Rúni Rasmussen ‘12
1-1 Rasmus Nolsøe ‘29
2-1 Owngoal ‘33
3-1 Milic Curcic ‘35
3-2 Rasmus Nolsøe ‘68
4-2 Jónhard Frederiksberg '88
4-3 Rasmus Nolsøe ‘90

In the first match of the season last year, HB Tórshavn unexpectedly lost their match in Skála. Skála proved to be the great surprise of the season and ended the season on third spot. HB Tórshavn lost no other match and became champions.

This season, HB has now played 7 matches and has already lost 3 – all their away matches! The third of these was the match against Skála today.

Maybe the headline for today’s match should have been “HB Tórshavn in stormy weather”.

Yes, the weather was terrible and it was very difficult to play in the strong wind in Skála today, but whatever the weather, HB probably would have found themselves in stormy weather anyway, because HB have looked completely out of shape so far this season.

It only took 12 minutes for Skála to go in front. Rúni Rasmussen was the scorer.

Skála was dominating the match, but shortly before the half-hour mark, Rasmus Nolsøe curled a freekick over the wall and into the net for an equalizer.

However, the joy for HB only lasted for about 4 minutes. Skála´s Iulian Florescu had crossed the ball in to the penalty area, and the strong wind made it difficult to clear the cross and HB’s Rúni Nolsøe was unlucky to put the ball into his own net when he tried to clear it.

Just a couble of minutes later, Skála got another wind-assisted goal. HB goalkeeper, Bárður Johannesen failed to hold on to a free kick taken from way out, and Milic Curcil said thank you very much for the donation and made it 3-1 to Skála.

HB was always going to struggle now, but in the second half they managed to put some pressure on Skála and halfway through the second half, Rasmus Nolsøe blasted another freekick into the Skála goal.

But as HB tried to get the equalizing goal, the defence was left rather thin, and when 4 minutes where remaining of the match, Skála made a counter-attack and Jónhard Frederiksberg made it 4-2 and put the match well beond HB.

However, HB did get one back. Again, it was Rasmus Nolsøe, but there wasn’t time for more and HB had lost another 3 point away from home. - A 100% record on that account.

With the victory, Skála overtook HB by 2 points and are now placed 2nd on the table, 2 points behind leaders B36.

Skála fully deserved their victory and at the moment look as maybe the only real challenger to B36 Tórshavn for the championship.

If HB are going to make a quest for the title this year, they will have to improve drastically on all fronts: defense, midfield and attack. And maybe on the bench too…? Because it is rather silly to play with a defender in the attack and with an attacker in defense. It clearly hasn’t worked.

The chorus after the lost matches has so far been “there is still time!” - Maybe there is, but at the moment HB look shaken, and if they don’t improve, they will soon be stirred too.


The other matches in round 7:

B36 Tórshavn are still on top of the table after their 3-0 win over GÍ Gøta. That also means that GÍ Gøta is still rooted to the bottom with only 3 points for 7 games. GÍ gøta surely is living life dangeroulsly, even if there are only 3 points up to no. 9 and 8. B36 hasn’t really convinced yet, that they will take the title this year, but they are no. 1 and have a very solid defense (+ the best goalkeeper in Jákup Mikkelsen). However, a solid defense has been the trademark of the last 3 championships HB Tórshavn have won, even if HB didn’t always play superb attacking soccer, so why shouldn’t it be enough for B36?

ÍF Fuglafjørður is still hanging in there, but they had to settle for a draw today against EB/Streymur despite being twice in front.

TB Tvøroyri are still playing for 0-0 draws and they got another against KÍ Klaksvík today. TB cherish every point they get, but their defensive attitude will send them right back to second division.

The next 2 rounds will bring many exciting matches where the top teams will meet, and all teams will then have played against each other and it will be easier to compare the teams.

The top 5 clubs’ schedule for the next 2 matches:

B36 (A) - Skála
B36 (H)* - HB

Skála (H) – B36
Skála (A) – NSÍ

HB (H) – ÍF
HB (A)* – B36

NSÍ (A) – GÍ
NSÍ (H) – Skála

ÍF (A) – HB
ÍF (H) – KÍ

* HB and B36 use the same stadium for their home matches.

All the results from round 7:

B36 Tórshavn – GÍ Gøta 3-0 (1-0)
1-0 Mikkjal Thomassen '32
2-0 Bergur Midjord '70
3-0 Allan Mørkøre '88

EB/Streymur – ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-2 (0-1)
0-1 Rúni Elttør '38
1-1 Egil á Bø '54
1-2 Gunnar Nielsen '67
2-2 Teitur Joensen '78

TB Tvøroyri – KÍ Klaksvík 0-0

NSÍ Runavík – VB Vágur 5-1 (1-1)
0-1 Poul Poulsen '4
1-1 Helgi L. Petersen '41
2-1 Andy Olsen '59
3-1 Christian Høgni Jacobsen '77
4-1 Ike '88
5-1 Hjalmar Dalbúð '90

Skála - HB Tórshavn 4-2 (3-1)
1-0 Rúni Rasmussen ‘12
1-1 Rasmus Nolsøe ‘29
2-1 Owngoal ‘33
3-1 Milic Curcic ‘35
3-2 Rasmus Nolsøe ‘68
4-2 Jónhard Frederiksberg '88
4-3 Rasmus Nolsøe ‘90


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