August 27 - August 28, 2005: Round 21 of the Formula 1st Division:

EB/Streymur put 4 past HB Tórshavn

August 27, 2005:
EB/Streymur – HB Tórshavn 4-0 (1-0)
1-0 Sorin Anghel 32'
2-0 Sorin Anghel 54'
3-0 Sorin Anghel 77'
4-0 Bárður Olsen 79'

HB Tórshavn’s title chances were dealt a crushing blow, when they were sent home with a 4-0 loss in the bag, after visiting EB/Streymur today; a team HB have won both 3-0 and 4-0 earlier this year. This was HB’s heaviest defeat since 1996 when they lost 5-1 away to GÍ Gøta.

But really, it wasn’t so mysterious that HB were going to lose today if you looked at how the coach had chosen to position his players. In reality, everything was up side down: central players were playing wide, attacking players in defence and defensive players were put in an attacking position.

This could never work and it didn’t! In the whole of the first half HB produced no scoring opportunity what so ever.

HB’s shaky defence was tested early on by both Sorin Anghel and Egil á Bø, who both went close from long range, and it only looked like a question of time before EB/Streymur would score.

And that moment came half an hour into the match. HB lost the ball in midfield and 1-2-3 Sorin Anghel had scored, after Egil á Bø had played him free.

From the start of the second half, EB/Streymur created chance after chance and 10 minutes into the half, Sorin Anghel doubled the lead.

Shortly after the goal, HB made some changes and reshuffled the team. Uni Arge came on for Hans á Lag in the attack, Jákup á Borg was moved from right back to right midfield, Rúni Nolsøe from right midfield to central midfield, and Svend F. Jacobsen from central midfield to central defence, replacing injured Jóhannis Joensen. Tór-Ingar Akselsen came on for Vagnur Mohr Mortensen in left midfield and Hallur Danielsen came on to play right back.

These changes did help – at least for a while. And it was after this that HB created their 2 only scoring opportunities in the whole match. One was a long-range shot from Rúni Nolsøe, after Uni Arge had set him up, but the shot was right on the goalkeeper. The other HB goal-scoring opportunity came from Hallur Danielsen, when he hit the side-netting from a tight angel.

But as HB tried to press forward, the defence was always going to be vulnerable to EB/Streymur’s counter attacks and half an hour into the second half, Sorin Anghel completed his hat-trick, after he, Egil á Bø and Hans Pauli Samuelsen had ripped the HB defence apart.

And just a couple of minutes later, Bárður Olsen made it 4-0 with a thunderous shot from 25 meters. Bang! it said and went off like a missile into the top left corner.

HB seems to be a team in deep crises. At the moment it’s very difficult to see how they stand a chance against Skála and if Skála win against ÍF Fuglafjørður tomorrow, Sunday, (and they should) Skála will be 4 points in front of HB and only 6 games left to play. But on the positive note, Skála also have to visit EB/Streymur and they are (clearly) no pushovers and have not lost at home this season.

The other matches in round 21:

August 28, 2005:
Skála took full advantage of HB’s poor result yesterday by beating ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-1. But they needed a 89th minute penalty to secure the 3 points. With 6 games left and being 3 points ahead of B36 in second and with lady luck smiling their way, Skála will be difficult to catch.

B36 Tórshavn moved up to second spot again, 3 points behind Skála, by beating VB Vágur. B36 dominated the match from start to finish, but B36 had, as ever, great difficulties finding the goal. But 10 minutes into the second half, they finally succeeded and as Jákup Mikkelsen held his 11th clean sheet (out of 21 matches), it was enough for a B36 victory.

TB Tvøroyri desperately need victories if they are to avoid relegation and today they led NSÍ Runavík both 2-1 and 3-2, but in the end, they had to settle for a 4-4 draw. And as KÍ Klaksvík won their game today, TB is now 5 points behind the next team, which is now VB Vágur. NSÍ Runavík will be very disappointed about today’s draw, as they have been on a roll lately and have slowly been catching the top teams. If they had won today and Skála drew, then NSÍ would only be 2 points from the top. But of course, the table is not made of if´s and but’s…

KÍ Klaksvík got 3 very important points away to GÍ Gøta today and will now certainly avoid direct relegation. But regarding the play of relegation-match, they are still not safe, as only 3 points divide the teams from number 6-9.

All the results from round 21:

August 28, 2005:
Skála - ÍF Fuglafjørður 2-1 (1-1)
0-1 Rúni Rasmussen 9'
1-1 Sylla 17'
2-1 Iulian Florescu (pen) 89'

B36 Tórshavn - VB Vágur 1-0 (0-0)
1-0 Mikkjal Thomasen

TB Tvøroyri - NSÍ Runavík 4-4 (2-1)
0-1 Páll Mohr Mortensen
1-1 Dan Mortensen
2-1 Óli Johannesen
2-2 Jústinus Hansen
3-2 Dan Mortensen
3-3 Christian Høgni Jacobsen
3-4 Helgi L. Petersen
4-4 Dejan Tomic

GÍ Gøta - KÍ Klaksvík 1-2 (1-2)
0-1 Marek Wiercbicki
0-2 Heðin á Lakjuni?
1-2 Sámal Joensen (pen)

August 27, 2005:
EB/Streymur – HB Tórshavn 4-0 (1-0)
1-0 Sorin Anghel 32'
2-0 Sorin Anghel 54'
3-0 Sorin Anghel 77'
4-0 Bárður Olsen 79'

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