DAVID SMITH - Monday, June 6, 2011
Daniel Stevens and Kemi Kings broke free from their losing streak with a win over Espoo while Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu were held to a draw against visiting HIFK.
PS Kemi Kings 2 - 0 FC Espoo
Daniel Stevens played the full 90 minutes for Kemi, as they rode a strong second half to a much-needed win over FC Espoo on Sunday afternoon.
After straight losses in their previous two outings had left Kemi barely inside the relegation zone, they came into the game against the Ykkönen's last-place team desperately in need of three points.
While increasingly dominating the first half, although without any score to show for it, Kemi fought their way onto the scoreboard in the 51st minute when Brazilian Striker Adriano rose high to head in a cross from Tommy Torvikosken.
They doubled it 20 minutes later, Sergei Kovalev broke free near the edge of the penalty area and lashed a blazing shot just inside the corner.
Kemi were given a golden opportunity to run up the score when Espoo midfielder Davids Uhmo was given his marching orders in the 75th minute to give the home team a man-advantage, however the score held until the final whistle.
The result lifts Stevens and his teammates up to ninth place, with their next outing coming on Sunday when they visit Kokkola PV.
AC Oulu 1 - 1 HIFK
AC Oulu stopper Jeremy Vuolo played the full 90 minutes for his team on Sunday, giving up a single goal on the afternoon as the team held on to a draw against visiting HIFK.
HIFK's American keeper Kellan Wilson was not present for the visitors due to personal matters.
Oulu were off to the races almost immediately, needing only four minutes to put away the opening score. Dritan Stafsulan attacked up the left and centered the ball for Oulu teammate Mika Nurmela, who put hammered it past HIFK's Jens Forsmanin for the lead.
The visitors were quick to pull even, after a blast in the 15th minute by Jukka Halme was initially parried by Vuolo, but unluckily directly in the path of Samuli Markkanen for the easy finish.
Oulu was the more proactive of the two teams after the break, with Canadian forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu regularly pushing forward, however neither team was able to put the ball away, with each leaving the field with their share of the spoils.
The points sees Oulu finish the round of games in sixth place on 11 points, although just two out of the promotion spots. They have a seven-day pause before again taking the field when they visit last-place Espoo on Sunday.