BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Ryan Miller and Halmstad saw one remarkable streak come to an end but saw a more important one continue as they beat Trelleborg.
Trelleborg FF 1 - 2 Halmstad BK
Ryan Miller received the start at right back as Halmstad went on the road and stretched their winning streak to seven.
HBK, unbeaten in both league and cup play since a three game losing streak at the end of July, used two second half goals to sink Trelleborg, who grabbed a goal themselves in the dying minutes of the match.
Halmstad had attempted eight shots on goal by the time Mikael Boman was able to grab them the lead in the 62nd minute. Kristoffer Fagercrantz sent a perfectly placed long pass into the penalty area for the striker who blistered a left footed shot off of the cross bar and into the net from 8 yards out to make the score 1-0.
Boman's attacking partner Gudjon Baldvinsson struck just two minutes later to give the visitors a two goal lead. Antonio Rojas sent a long ball into the box for the striker who was able to outmuscle the Trelleborg defense and smoothly slot his 15th goal of the season into the back of the net.
In the 84th minute, Andreas Grahm blasted a shot from 30 yards out which found it's way past Halmstad goalie Kalle Johnson to cut the lead to one. The goal was the first Miller and his defensive partners had allowed since August 4th, a streak which spanned an astonishing 619 minutes.
Halmstad are still in third place with six games left, trailing Brommapojkarna by one point and Osters by eleven, however HBK do have an edge on both teams in goal differential. They continue Superettan action Thursday when they host Osters. Trelleborg host Umea in a battle of two potentially relegation bound teams.
Ljungskile SK 2 - 0 Umea FC
Patrick Hopkins played the entire match in central defense for Ljungskile as they were able to shutout last place Umea at home on Saturday.
Robert Bagger put home a rebound in the 15th minute to give LSK the early lead. Umea keeper Vladimir Sudar was able to save David Bennhage's first shot from the right side, but the ball trickled in front of the open net where Bagger was able to poke home from close range to give the the meager 685 home crowd something to cheer about.
Hopkins nearly scored his first Superettan goal in the 62nd minute after Umea were not able to properly dispose off an LSK corner. The attempted clearance fell directly to an unmarked Hopkins yards from the net, but the defender skied his attempt over the crossbar.
Korab Bakraqi was able to convert an opportunity to score his first ever professional goal in the 75th minute for LSK. The 20 year old Swede rose over the Umea defense to meet an Andreas Ljunggren Eriksson corner at the near post, and he sent a bouncing header into the upper corner to give Ljungskile the 2-0 lead.
Ljungskile stay in fifth place with the win, but their promotion dreams are all but over at this point in the season, trailing Halmstad by 14 points with just six games remaining.
LSK resume on Wednesday when they head to Stockholm to play Brommapojkarna while Umea face Trelleborg on Thursday.
Degerfors IF 0 - 2 IF Brommapojkarna
Degerfors lost for the second time in five days on Saturday as Brommapojkarna were able to put two goals past DIF keeper Brian Edwards to beat the Red and White.
A Serge-Junior Martinsson Ngouali header gave BP the lead in the 23rd minute. Gabriel Petrovic's corner found the 20 year old midfielder who was able to redirect it into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
Despite the early deficit, Degerfors dominated the run of play in the first half, outshooting BP 8-3. With the lead in tow in to kick off the second half however, the visitors were able to take a firm hold on the game in the final 45 minutes.
Edwards managed to keep DIF in the game with a series of saves until Pontus Asbrink provided an insurance goal in the 85th minute. Degerfors failed to clear a corner and substitute Pontus Asbrink blasted a shot from the top of the box which left Edwards with no chance for a second time.
Despite a fantastic effort from Edwards, Degerfors remain in the relegation zone with just six games left. It's getting close to do or die time when they face Brage on Wednesday while BP look to continue their quest for promotion Wednesday against Ljungskile.
Helsingborg IF 1 - 1 Malmo FF
Alejandro Bedoya played the whole 90 minutes and picked up his fifth yellow card in seven games since joining Helsingborg as they tied Malmo at home.
Bedoya was once again an attacking threat for his team. Cutting in from his spot on the left wing, Bedoya accounted for two of his team's seven shots on net.
Jere Uronen gave Helsingborg the lead in the 55th minute with his first goal of the year. The 18 year old left back sent a seemingly harmless bouncing shot towards Malmo keeper Johan Dahlin. Although Dahlin got in front of the shot, he couldn't corral it, and it skipped right past him into the net.
It was almost deja vu for the keeper in the 78th minute when Bedoya blistered a low drive from 20 yards out, but Dahlin was up to the task this time, and smothered the New Jersey native's attempt.
Wilton Figueiredo managed to pull the score level in the 84th minute. Erik Friberg's corner failed to find a head, but in the ensuing melee, the 30 year old Brazilian was able to poke the goal home from close range to ensure his team would gather a point on the day.
Helsingborg are in action on Thursday when they host league leaders BK Hacken while Malmo face IFK Goteborg.
Brian Span made a four minute cameo at the end of Djurgardens 3-0 loss to Hacken
Baggio Husidic didn't make the game day lineup for the second straight week as Hammarby beat Brage 3-1.