JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK were officially relegated on Saturday with a loss while Brian Edwards and Degerfors IF missed a chance at gaining ground in the promotion race.
Halmstads BK 0-1 Syrianska FC
Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK went down to Syrianska FC, officially relegating them to the Superettan.
Miller started and went the distance for Halmstads.
The game's only goal came in the 40th minute after Syrianska's Sharbel Touma struck a right-footed cross that Miller was unable to clear and subsequently found Abgar Barsom who volleyed home passed Halmstads' goalie Karl-Johan Johnsson.
With three games still left to play, Halmstads is mathematically unable to dig themselves out of the relegation zone.
Syrianska though has now won three out of their last four games and is in good position to play Allsvenskan soccer next season. They are currently in a qualification spot, but trail Norrköping by only three points. Passing them would assure Syrianska safety.
Dinko Felic received the only yellow card of the game for Syrianska.
Halmstads travels to play Örebro next week while Syrianksa hosts Djurgarden on Friday.
Ljungskile SK 1-0 Assyriska
Nick Noble and Michael Thomas topped Assyriska in Superettan action on Saturday.
Noble and Thomas both started and went the distance for Ljungskile.
The only goal of the game came in the 82nd minute when Aleksandar Kitic notched home Ljungskile's all-important winner.
Kitic also received a yellow card, while Fredrik Samuelsson and Andi Toompuu were both booked for Assyriska.
Ljungskile continues to hover dangerously close to the relegation zone, but the three points give the team and its fans some breathing room.
Assyriska hosts Atvidaberg next week while Ljungskile plays Västeras SK.
Jönköping Södra IF 3-0 Ängelholms FF
Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholms FF went down to Jönköping Södra IF in a crucial Superettan battle.
Pyzdrowski started and went the distance for Ängelholms.
Daryl John Smylie opened the scoring for Jönköping in the 43rd minute after he was set up by teammate Frederic Fendrich.
The second half saw Jönköping take a stranglehold on the game as Carl Birch and Fendrich both notched home goals in the 77th and 81st minutes respectively.
The loss knocks Ängelholms out of first place and puts them in a qualification spot for a possible third team to get promoted to the Allsvenskan.
The win for Jönköping gives them some breathing room from the relegation zone as their lead over Hammarby and the rest of the relegation pack is now three points.
Johan Niklasson was booked for Jönköping while Tobias Johansson and Jörgen Nilsson were cautioned for Ängelholms.
Jönköping next plays Östers while Ängelholms travels to play GIF Sundsvall.
Landskrona BOIS 0-0 Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards and Degerfors IF tied Landskrona BOIS and missed a chance to gain ground in the promotion race.
Edwards started and went the full ninety minutes for Degerfors.
The clean sheet for Edwards is a plus but the missed chance at three points hurts Degerfors dwindling chances at promotion.
Degerfors is in fourth place and trails Ängelholms, who hold the last promotion qualification spot, by six points. Four games remain in the Superettan season.
Thomas Raun, Frederick Liverstam, and Marcus Lantz were booked for Landskrona while Degerfors left the game without any cautions.
Landskrona now have 37 points but are likely out of the promotion picture this season.
Degerfors next takes on Värnamo while Landskrona plays Qviding FIF.
Sam Petrone dressed but did not see the field in Mjälby's win over Elfsborg.