JON VAN WAGENEN - Sunday, May 2, 2010
Nick Noble manned the pipes for his first win with Ljungskile, while Michael Thomas joined Ryan Miller as Halmstad took one on the chin.
Brommapojkarna 1 – 0 Halmstad
Ryan Miller went the distance and Michael Thomas made his second straight cameo in a tight loss in Bromma.
John Guidetti, the 18-year old on loan from Man City has been at the center of the action since arriving back in Stockholm and it was his 15th minute touch that made the difference once again.
Guidetti received a pass thirty five yards out, made a nice turn and sent a ball towards the back post that was either a weak shot or a hopeful cross to Pablo Arce who was covered by right back Miller.
Halmstad center back Tomas Zvirgzdaukas made a disastrous touch that left his goalkeeper Robin Malmkvist helpless.
The following 75 minutes of play would do little to help boost the league low attendance at Grimsta Stadium. Neither team would manage a shot on goal, although Halmstad did manage seven corners.
Thomas, came in with 15 minutes to play as a central midfielder in the 4-4-2 that Halmstad currently employs.
Halmstad, don't have to wait long to atone. They will make the short trip from Skåne to Småland and face Kalmar on Wednesday.
Ljungskile 1 - 0 Falkenbergs
Ljungskile got their first goal and Nick Noble's third shutout was finally enough for his first win.
Ljungskile controlled the early portion of the game, but Falkebergs nearly stole the lead in the 31st minute.A free kick found Robin Ganemyr who hit a diving header that Noble was able to pounce on.
Ganemyr rifled a shot from distance 7 minutes later that Noble was barley able to deflect over the crossbar.The shot was the last effort on target Falkenberg would manage.
Edwin Phiri knocked in the deciding goal with an assist from Johan Patriksson just seconds into the second half.
After a scrappy play holding the ball up infront of the penalty area, Patriksson back-heeled to the approaching left back who took one touch and struck the ball precisely in the opposite top corner.
With the lead, Ljungskile continued to create chances from close range while keeping Falkenberg bottled up.
Next up for Ljungskile is a trip to Ängelholms FF.
Johann Smith watched from the bench as a 10 man Kalmar held on for scoreless draw in Gefle.
Alejandro Bedoya was suspended, but goals from Paulinho Guara and Magnus Kihlberg carried Örebro past Häcken.