BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Degerfors picked up a big win on the road against Varnamo as they continue in their quest to climb out of the Superettans relegation zone.
Brian Edwards played the whole match in net for Degerfors, making seven saves and picking up a yellow card in the hotly contested match.
Freddy Winsth made it 1-0 for the hosts in the eighth minute. The Varnamo left back dribbled into the box and slotted past Edwards to give his side the early lead. Winsth's luck would not last however. The 22 year old Swede picked up a yellow card three minute's after his goal and then another yellow in the 30th minute to leave his side short handed for the game's final hour.
Peter Samuelsson would be the first person to capitalize on shorthanded Varnamo. Tobias Solberg found an open Samuelsson in the box and the striker put a shot into the net from ten meters out to knot the score at 1-1 in the 42nd minute.
Degerfors wasted little time in building upon Samuelsson's goal. A mere 135 seconds after Samuelsson's equalizer, Amadaiya Rennie netted a goal of his own to make the score 2-1 Degerfors in the 44th minute. The Liberian International drove a shot home from the top of the box to give Degerfors the lead as they left the field for halftime.
The 2-1 scoreline held for most of the second half until Jonas Olsson was able to extend Degerfors lead. Degerfors were able to catch the Varnamo defense sleeping on a corner and Olsson was left unmarked as he powered home a goal which made it 3-1 in favor of The Volcano.
In the 88th minute Edwards was given a questionable yellow card for perceived time wasting by the official. The yellow was Edwards third of the season, meaning he will miss Degerfors next league match.
Varnamo were able to inch closer in the 90th minute through Jonathan Ring. The winger buried an opportunity from close range past Edwards to make the score 3-2, but it would not be enough for Varnamo.
The win sees Degerfors level on points with Assyriska who are in 11th place, however Edwards and his teammates have a goal differential of negative six whereas Assyriska's is negative five, thus Degerfors still remain in the relegation playoffs at this moment by virtue of goal differential.
Degerfors will travel to take on Orgyte this weekend in Svenska Cup action.