DAVID SMITH - Friday, June 3, 2011
Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu scored an impressive blowout over Hämeenlinna to go third in the Ykkönen, while Daniel Stevens and Kemi Kings suffered a second straight loss on their trip to Lahti.
FC Hämeenlinna 0 - 4 AC Oulu
Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu had their best performance of the year, with the attack exploding for four goals en route to a shut-out victory on Thursday.
Oulu took the lead after just two minutes, when Janne Hietanen smashed a corner from Mika Nurmelan into the net, then doubled the lead in the 23rd minute as Dritan Stafsula collected Nurmelan's cross from the right side and made a fine finish for 2-0.
Stafsula then added his second of the game moments before the hour mark, as Hämeenlinna were unable to clear a corner from Nurmelan, with the ball eventually falling to the Albanian striker to put away for 3-0.
Canadian youngster Randy Edwini-Bonsu then put the icing on the cake in the 68th minute when he beat Hämeenlinna keeper Ville Kalervo for 4-0 to mark his debut with the club.
Oulu climb to third place with the win, now just three points out of the division's promotion spots. They will have little respite as they must now travel to the southern tip of the country for a Sunday meeting with HIFK Helsinki.
FC Lahti 3 - 1 PS Kemi Kings
Daniel Stevens played the full 90 minutes for Kemi Kings, but was unable to spark the team's attack as they fell to league leaders FC Lahti on Thursday.
The teams traded goals midway through the first half, with Lahti's Jonne Kemppinen putting the home team ahead in the 25th minute, then Kemi defender Sergei Kovalev equalizing one minute later.
The game would go into the break all tied up, however Lahti dominated in the second half, going ahead for good in the 58th minute when Jani Bäckman nailed a penalty, then adding an insurance goal with 17 minutes left with Kemppinen's second of the afternoon.
Kemi remain in 11th place with the loss, tied with JIPPO Joensuu on points but trailing by goal differential. They have a short break before their next outing when they host last-place FC Espoo on Sunday.
HIFK Helsinki keeper Kellan Wilson is on leave from his team and did not take part in their 3-1 home victory over PoPa on Thursday.