BRI-MATHIAS HODGE - Monday, May 17, 2010
No yanks came out on top during derby weekend in Finland as Daniel Antunez and Inter tied TPS while Greg Eckhardt and VPS fell on the road at Jaro.
TPS 2 - 2 FC Inter
Antunez went 80 minutes in the middle of the field for Inter as they came back from two down to tie their rivals at the friendly confines of Veritas Stadium, which both teams share.
TPS' glamor signing Jonatan Johansson got on the board after just seven minutes to put today's home team ahead early.
The former Charlton striker connected once again in the 36th minute to give TPS an insurance tally that would end up being needed.
Defender, and new Finnish national team call-up, Ari Nyman cut the difference in half four minutes before the halftime break to throw Inter a lifeline.
Mika Ojala found the back of the net in the 56th minute to send both team back home with something as a parting gift.
Inter are 10th in the Veikkausliiga table witha point a game average, while their stadium co-tenants are now fourth.
FF Jaro 3 - 2 VPS
Things started out horribly for VPS in the Ostrabothnian derby as Jaro earned a corner in the first minute that Alexei Eremenko Jr. sent in and Kåre Björkstrand converted to give the hosts an extremely early lead.
Eremenko got his name on the scoresheet in the 23rd minute, converting a penalty kick to put the Jakobstad team up two.
Pekka Kainulainen responded for VPS four minutes before the break after a nice solo effort.
Eckhardt came on at halftime for VPS, replacing Jussi-Pekka Savolainen, making his Veikkausliiga debut.
The defensive substitution didn't work out as planned however, as Eremenko grabbed his second goal in the 77th minute to stretch the Jaro lead once again.
Kainulainen also got his second of the night, in the 90th minute, off of a helper by Kim Boling, but it was too little too late for the guests who had to make the trip back down the coast empty handed.
Goalkeeper Brian Pope is out long-term with a shoulder injury and did not suit up for VPS.
The Vaasa boys are now in 11th place with only four points from the first five games, while Jaro jump up the table to sixth with the win.