Skála get acceptable result after disastrous start
July 13, 2006: UEFA Cup, 1st qualifying round, 1st leg:
Skála - Start Kristiansand 0-1 (0-1)
It looked like a heavy defeat was on the cards, when Norwegian side Start Kristiansand scored in the 3rd minute of the game with a headed goal from Marius Johnsen after an Alex Valencia corner, but Skála quicly took a grip on themselves and defended well for the rest of the half and prevented the Norwegian side from scoring another goal.
Faroese Todi Jónsson, who plays for the Norwegian club, had a spectacular effort for Start in the first half that went close, but his scissors kick was just off target.
13 minutes into the second half, Start were very close to making it 2-0, but the shot hit the crossbar.
25 minutes into the second half, Todi Jónsson was substituted. This was the last time he played on the highest level in the Faroe Islands, as he has retired from the national team.
An interesting note is that Todi Jónsson actually played in the first ever European cup match any Faroese club participated in, when he played for KÍ Klaksvík, who in 1992 played against Skonto Riga from Latvia in the European Champions' Cup on this very same venue, Svangaskarð. Todi was the star player for KÍ in that match and had some thunderous long-range efforts of which one almost broke the crossbar. In the end, KÍ lost 3-1 after giving the Latvians stiff opposition. Skonto Riga won the second leg 3-0.
Start dominated for the majority of the game today, but in the last 10 minutes, Skála improved considerably and pushed Start all the way.
All in all, a very acceptable result for the amateurs of Skála, runners up last season, against the professional from Norway, who were also runners up last season, although Skála's chance of progress to the next round must be considered very slim.
The 2nd leg will be played in Norway on July 27.
July 27, 2006: UEFA Cup, 1st qualifying round, 2nd leg:
GÍ Gøta rue 2-minute blackout
GÍ Gøta - FK Ventspils 0-2 (0-0)
After having lost only 2-1 away to FK Ventspils and with the important away goal in the bag, GÍ Gøta were with an excellent chance of progressing to the second qualifying round of the UEFA cup.
To do that, GÍ first of all needed to prevent Ventspils from scoring and then they had to score a goal themselves.
At half time, GÍ were halfway, as the score was 0-0. And it was GÍ who had created the most scoring opportunities, although Ventspils went close when they hit the post.
And for a long period of the second half, GÍ looked like the more likely side to score as they created 2 or 3 good opportunities.
But then, 15 minutes from the end, disaster struck, when GÍ fell to sleep for 2 minutes.
First Igors Slesarcuks hit the post for Ventspils, and just 20 seconds later, the same Slesarcuks scored when he got the ball back, even though surrendered by 3 GÍ defenders.
And just a couple of minutes later, Ventspils ended all hope for GÍ. when they doubled the lead with a long range effort from Vits Rimkus, which seemed to take the goalkeeper by surprise.
In the dying moments, GÍ went close again, but it would only have been a consolation anyway.
Start finishes off Skála
Start Kristiansand – Skála 3-0 (1-0)
After losing 1-0 at home to Start Kristiansand, Skála's hopes of progressing to the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup were very slender – if at all excising. And Start had no problems in winning the game, scoring one goal in the first half and adding another two in the second.
Start quickly got into their stride and Valencia almost scored after 5 minutes.
But on 11 minutes, Skála had their first shot on goal after a counter attack, but Jónhard Frederiksberg's shot was right on the Start goalkeeper, Kenneth Høie.
However, it was start who dominated the game, but a well organized Skála-side held the Norwegians from scoring for most of the first half, but on 41 minutes, Start finally found an opening when Stefan Bärin hammered a good cross from Alex Valencia into the goal.
Before that, Start had created some other opportunities, but they all went begging.
Start made a bright start to the second half and came very close of adding a goal within the first 5 minutes.
On 50 minutes, Faroese Start-player, Todi Jónsson, was felled and the subsequent free kick ended with a goal, when unmarked Steinar Pedersen headed the ball into the goal.
Midway through the second half, Start created a string of good scoring opportunities, and especially Bala Garba and Stefan Bärlin should have done better.
On 79 minutes, Todi Jónsson played Ben Wright through who scores for 3-0.
- A deserved 3-0 victory for Start Kristiansand and 4-0 on aggregate.
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