June 22 - June 27, 2005: Round 14 of the Formula 1st Division:

HB Tórshavn lose to Skála for the second time this season.

June 22, 2005:
HB Tórshavn Skála 1-2 (1-2)
0-1 Arnhold Berg 17'
0-2 Nenad Stankovic 30'
1-2 Rúni Nolsøe 32'

Not since August 05 2001 had HB Tórshavn lost to a team outside Tórshavn, on home soil, (the other team in Tórshavn is B36 Tórshavn and they share the same stadium) when KÍ Klaksvík beat HB 2-1, but that record was broken in the top match this evening between no. 1 and no. 2, HB and Skála, when Skála beat HB 2-1.

About a quarter of an hour into the match, Skála got their first goal after a corner and Arnhold Berg jumped highest and headed the ball into the net.

Around the half hour-mark, Skála doubled their lead with a free kick from Arnhold Berg, which took a wicked deflection off the wall, and HB keeper Bárður Johannesen, who was already committed to his right, could only watch the ball go past him on his left.

But HB were quick to respond. A couple of minutes later, Tór-Ingar Akselsen played Rúni Nolsøe on the edge of the penalty area and he beat the goalkeeper with a well placed shot to the keepers left.

Before that, Rúni had had another try from long range, but that time the keeper made a diving save.

In the second half, HB’s best chance came when Bárður Mortanson (who had replaced Tór-Ingar Akselsen, but had to be substituted again because of an injury) won a ball in the air and headed it to Hans á Lag, who headed the ball on top of the right post and the ball then hit the diving goalkeeper on his back and bounced just 2 centimeters outside the post for a corner.

In the last 15 minutes, HB mostly tried its luck with long high balls into the area, but rarely did it produce any danger.

Skála had a chance to score to 3-1 also, but Bárður saved the shot.

Basically, that was the match! – except from a lot of time wasting from Skála. It’s really amazing how injured players always become when they are in front…

Overall, Skála was the more attractive team to watch. For example, both their forwards participate in the play itself for the whole match, whereas HB use one of their forwards just as a target-man and then hope that some of their long high balls will hit his head, basically. Not much entertainment in that. Skála also move the ball very fast and use the whole width of the pitch and can change directions and play on both the flanks, whereas HB’s play seams more stereotyped and locked and simple and often seem to lack creativity.

HB is still leading the table with 2 points more than Skála and B36 Tórshavn. B36 won its postponed match 2-1 against VB Vágur today, and if they win the game they have in hand, they will overtake HB with 1 point.

The game today between HB and Skála was put forward because Skála will be in Finland in the weekend to play the second leg in the Inter Toto Cup against Tampere United. Tampere won the first leg 2-0 on Saturday in the Faroes.

The other matches in round 14:

June 25, 2005
VB Vágur got their second successive win when they beat KÍ klaksvík 5-1 in the very important match in the relegation battle. With the 3 points, VB lifted themselves off the bottom of the table and are now equal on points with KÍ Klaksvík, who look to be in deep shit (pardon my French). KÍ lost their fourth game in succession. Next week, KÍ the play bottom team ÍF Fuglafjørður in a very important match and KÍ desperately need 3 points, because their next 3 matches after that will be against top teams B36 Tórshavn, HB Tórshavn and NSÍ Runavík.

TB Tvøroyri salvaged a point when they equalized in the 93rd minute against EB/Streymur, but one point here and another point there doesn’t add up quickly enough, so if TB want to avoid relegation, draws aren’t going to do the job.

June 26, 2005
NSÍ Runavík drew again, this time against GÍ Gøta. NSÍ missed a penalty in the first half, as did GÍ in injury time, when they could have stolen all 3 points.

June 27, 2005
B36 Tórshavn leapfrogged both Skála and HB Tórshavn and took first place in the table when they beat ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-0 in tonight’s match between top and bottom. B36’s impregnable defense - or let's call it the goalkeeper - again was a deciding factor, as Jákup Mikkelsen hold his 9th clean sheet in 14 matches. He is the main reason why B36 is no. 1 and not just an average team. After ÍF’s great start to the season, some of the ÍF faithful and players were dreaming about 1979, when they won the championship, but that dream has now turned into a nightmare, as ÍF are now alone in the bottom with 13 points, but however, only 1 point separate the last 5 teams. It’s going to be a frantic battle to avoid relegation.

All the results from round 14:

June 25, 2005
VB Vágur - KÍ Klaksvík 5-1 (0-0)
1-0 Dan Djurhuus
1-1 Heðin á Lakjuni
2-1 Edvard Ble
3-1 Símun Samuelsen
4-1 Dan Djurhuus
5-1 Jón K. Poulsen

TB Tvøroyri - EB/Streymur 1-1 (0-1)
0-1 Hans Pauli Samuelsen
1-1 Emmanuel Larby

June 26, 2005
NSÍ Runavík - GÍ Gøta 1-1 (0-1)
0-1 Símun Louis Jacobsen
1-1 Ike

June 27, 2005
ÍF Fuglafjørður - B36 Tórshavn 0-2 (0-1)
0-1 Bergur Midjord
0-2 Fróði Benjaminsen

June 22, 2005
HB Tórshavn Skála 1-2 (1-2)
0-1 Arnhold Berg 17'
0-2 Nenad Stankovic 30'
1-2 Rúni Nolsøe 32'

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