TAHARKA TAYLOR - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Ryan Miller played a full match for Halmstad in a draw against Orebro while Brian Edwards posted another shutout for Degerfors to highlight a full weekend of Swedish action
Halmstad 0 - 0 Örebro
Ryan Miller went the distance as Halmstad and Örebro toiled to a scoreless draw in wet conditions over the weekend.
Things looked bleak for Halmstad when starting defender Tomas Zvirgzdauskas was pulled from the starting eleven hours before kick off due to illness.
Both teams came out the gates aggressive but aside from a disallowed goal from Marcus Olsson whom the linesmen deemed offside's, neither were able to conjecture a half decent scoring opportunity until the second half.
Halmstad came out particularly strong in the second period taking the match to a better Örebro team. Regardless, chances were still few and far between and when they were presented they were wasted.
For Halmstad, who sit dead last in the Allsvenskan standings, a scoreless draw at home to a more talented opposition is not the worst result. However with fellow cellar dweller Djurgården winning at home this week, Halmstad must improve before relegation is all but certain.
Halmstad next travel to Häcken on Tuesday on just two days rest.
Degerfors 1 - 0 Brommapojkarna
Brian Edwards had another shutout performance on Sunday as Degerfors beat Brommapojkarna to secure a spot alone at the top of the Superettan standings.
The match was open from the beginning with both teams creating their share of scoring opportunities throughout the first half.
However it was midfeilder Niklas Klingberg who played the hero converting a match winning penalty in the 70th minute with a confident chip over a helpless Bill Halvorsen to give Degerfors the lead.
Edwards continued his fine play making several match saving stops to preserve his sixth shutout of the season.
Degerfors next travel to take on relegation battlers Falkenbergs FF as the club tries to hold down its position as league leaders.
Ljungskile 2 - 1 Qviding FIF
Nick Noble and Michael Thomas hosted Qviding FIF over the weekend as Lungskile defeated the Superettan's only remaining winless team.
Noble and Thomas both went the distance for Ljungskile and it was Thomas who opened up the scoring with a goal in the 20th minute.
Thomas received the ball by chance on the edge of the Qviding box fallowing a corner kick and calmly placed a shot off the right post to beat goalkeeper Johan Hagman.
Qviding answered at the start of the second half when a careless give away by the Ljungskile defense allowed Isa Bagci the opportunity to blast a shot past Noble into the back of the net.
Qviding played well throughout the first half and with the game tied at 1 - 1 with an entire half to play, a first win of the season appeared to be a real possibility.
However minutes later Johan Patriksson changed the tone of the match with a goal in the 49th minute that sucked all the life out of Qviding.
Moments earlier referee Jim Petersson awarded Ljungskile a free kick just outside the penalty area. Ljungskile playmaker Genalvo's attempt was fired directly into the wall. Perhaps with a bit of fortune, Genalvo found himself on the end of the rebound and fired a second attempt into a sea of defenders, this time the ball deflected to the feet of Patriksson who was able to direct the ball into the back of the net from just outside the six-yard box.
The win keeps Ljungskile within five points of league leaders Degerfors. The club next travels to Brage on Wednesday.
Östers 0 - 2 Ängelholm FF
Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholm FF earned a much needed win on the road against Östers over the weekend.
After drawing back-to-back matches, the southern Sweden based club jumped right back into the Superettan title race and a promotion spot.
Pyzdrowski went the full ninety between the posts for Ängelholm earning a shut out in what was overall a stout performance for the entire Ängelholm defense.
Ängelholm are currently in third place in the Superettan standings and host a struggling Värnamo side midweek.
Gale Agbossoumonde did not see action for the second week in a row on Monday. Perhaps coincidentally Djurgården's 3 – 0 win over Syrianska FC on Monday also marked the first time the club has won consecutive matches this season. Veteran Jani Lyyski was once again called upon in center defense in place of Agbossoumonde. Agbossoumonde's play has been positive overall for Djurgården but the 19-year-old has experienced some growing pains.
Samuel Petrone saw action for the first time since late April, coming on as a substitute in the 68th minute to replace Patrick Osiako. Mjällby AIF lost the match 2 – 0 to IFK Göteborg.