DAVID SMITH - Monday, May 6, 2013
Alejandro Bedoya's goal saved the day for Helsingborg in their win at Syrianska while Baggio Husidic and Hammarby held on to give head coach Gregg Berhalter his second win of the season.
Syrianska FC 0 - 1 Helsingborgs IF
A second-half goal by Alejandro Bedoya was the difference maker for Helsingborg on Sunday, as their win over Syrianska moved them atop the Allsvenskan standings.
Syrianska's Alexander Michel had the best chance of the first half when he hit the crossbar in the 35th minute, but it was the teamwork of Bedoya and Ghanian teammate David Accam that would ultimately decide the outcome.
Just past the hour, Accam held possession and cut inwards form the left side before poking a pass through to Bedoya on a diagonal run through the box. The American attacker needed a single touch to aim a shot inside the far upper corner to put the visitors ahead.
Helsingborg were in control after the goal, and had multiple chances to increase the lead, but were more than pleased to take the final 1-0 win.
The victory brings Helsingborg to the front of the league standings on 16 points, although this could change pending the outcome of Göteborg's game on Monday night. They will be back on the field the following Monday when they host Häcken.
Atvidabergs FF 5 - 1 Djurgardens IF
Brian Span earned the start for Djurgarden on Saturday, however it was an afternoon to forget as a blow-out loss kept them winless and at the foot of the standings.
Span played a total of 66 minutes, leaving the game with his team trailing by five goals.
Imad Zatara put the hosts ahead in the 19th minute with a shot that rolled between defender Marc Pedersen and keeper Kenneth Høie, then turned provider in the 36th when he set up Viktor Prodell for their second.
Atvidaberg were relentless after the break, with Tom Pettersson adding a third from distance in the 48th, and Zatara added a long-range blast of his own just past the hour.
Prodell added another two minutes later for his second and his team's fifth score, and Amadou Jawo's consolation goal with nine minutes left did little to alleviate the sting.
The result leaves Djurgarden with just one point from their first six games, and looking headed to a sure relegation. They will try once again to earn their first win of the season when they face off against likely title challengers Malmö on Sunday.
Hammarby IF 1 - 0 Assyriska FF
Baggio Husidic went the distance for Hammarby while Billy Schuler was an unused substitute in the team's narrow home win over Assyriska FF on Thursday.
Husidic received a 33rd-minute yellow card in the contest, one of seven cautions handed out over the course of the 90 minutes.
The deciding factor in the game came after 40 minutes, when Sotirios Papagiannopoulos made an unfortunate deflection of a cross into his own net to put Hammarby into the lead.
Assyriska had a late opportunity when Sebastian Castro-Tello foolishly picked up two yellow cards in rapid succession in the final five minutes of the game to leave Hammarby a man down.
Berhalter's men did hold on for the final moments, taking the much-needed victory.
Hammarby finish the round of games in fifth place, still disappointingly behind the promotion spots. They will be back on the field on Thursday with a trip to Brage.
Ängelholms FF 0 - 2 GIF Sundsvall
Ängelholms keeper Matt Pyzdrowski served as team captain on Friday evening, but was unable to bail out his team as they were shut out at home in their loss to Sundsvall.
Sundsvall had the upper hand within seconds of the opening whistle, after Ari Skúlason sent Johan Eklund through on Pyzdrowski's goal, and the 28 year-old striker made no mistake to put his team ahead after just 20 seconds.
Sundsvall were the better of the two teams and had several chances throughout both halves to increase their lead. They were finally successful in adding a second with 19 minutes on the clock to wrap up the win.
Kevin Walker fired in a corner towards the near post, and Eklund snuck in to hit a beautiful header that flew in at the back post.
Ängelholms fall to 11th place with the loss, and will next visit Vardbergs BOIS on Saturday.
Sam Petrone is out with a long-term injury and did not suit up for Mjällby AIF on Sunday in their 2-1 road loss at Elfsborg.
Patrick Hopkins and Ljungskile had their home game against Landskrona BoIS on Sunday called off due to uplayable field conditions. Ljungskile midfielder Charlie Campbell is out for the season after tearing his ACL.
Bryan Meredith and Tyler Ruthven will try to help Brage end their three-game winless run with a visit to Värnamo on Monday evening.