KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Brendan Hines-Ike and Orebro came away victorious in a close game over Josh Wicks and Sirius in Sweden while Shane O'Neill helped NAC Breda to promotion to the Eredivisie in the Netherlands.
Goals in both halves helped Orebro to a 2-1 win over Sirius at the Behrn Arena.
Both Hines-Ike and Wicks started for their respective teams in the encounters.
Orebro opened the scoring in the 32nd minutes through Kennedy Igboananike. Michael Omoh collected the ball on the right side of the field and sent a cross into the area that his fellow Nigerian connected on with a diving header that Wicks could not stop.
Johan Martensson doubled the host's lead in the second half when he ran onto a cross from teammate Hjortur Logi Valgarosson from the left and guided the ball past Wicks.
Jesper Arvidsson cut the deficit in the 87th minute with a free kick that Orebro goalkeeper Oscar Jansson could only watch sail into the goal.
However, Sirius could not find the equalizer and Orebro walked away with three points to end their winless run.
Orebro moves up to 12th place in the standings with 12 points while Sirius drop to seventh with 16 points.
Elsewhere in the Allsvenskan, Mix Diskerud started for IFK Goteborg in their 1-1 tie with Elfsborg.
Romain Gall started for GIF Sundsvall in their 3-0 loss to Kalmar.
In the Superettan, Matt Pyzdrowski started in goal for Helsingborg in their 3-1 win over Syrianska.
The Eredivisie season has wrapped up, but there was still a place for one more team to make the move to the Dutch top flight. Shane O'Neill and NAC Breda would be that team as they knocked off NEC Nijmegen in the two-leg promotion/relegation playoff.
The first leg took place on May 26 at the Rat Verlegh Stadion, with the Yellow Army coming out on top 1-0. The second leg came two days later at the Goffertstadion in Nijmegen and NAC guaranteed their place in next season's Eredivisie with a convincing 4-1 win.
The spells the end of O'Neill's loan with NAC, in which he played in 25 games and score a goal. Now he will head back to Cyprus with Apollon Limassol.
Alex Horwath watched from the bench in Brann's 1-1 tie with Aalesund.
Stefan Antonijevic watched from the bench in Lillestrom's 4-1 win over Tromso.
Brian Span started for Mariehamn in their 1-1 tie with SJK in Veikkausliiga action.
In the Ykkonen, Christian Eissele started for Jaro in their 1-0 loss to TPS.
Etchu Tabe and Felix de Bona started for EIF, with the latter scoring a goal, in their 1-1 tie with Gnistan.
Daniel Stevens came off the bench for Grankulla IFK in their 5-0 loss to Honka.
Caleb Stanko started for relegated Vaduz in their 2-2 tie with Luzern.