DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Alejandro Bedoya helped Helsingborg to a win over helpless GAIS while Brian Edwards and Degerfors see their race against the relegation playoff go down to the wire with a win over Ljungskile.
GAIS Göteborg 1 - 3 Helsingborgs IF
Alejandro Bedoya played 79 minutes for Helsingborg, notching up an assist from his spot on the left side of the attack in their easy win over relegated GAIS.
After neither team could find their way onto the scoreboard, Helsingborg struck fast and hard, putting three away in a 15-minute space of time.
In the 64th minute, GAIS failed on multiple attempts to clear out a free kick, and a shot which ricocheted off the crossbar flew straight to the head of Jesper Björkman, who put the visitors ahead from five yards out.
Then with 15 minutes on the clock, Rachid Bouaouzan cut right along the top edge of the area, and sent a looping shot from the middle to the upper right corner for the two-goal lead.
Then three minutes later, Bedoya had a hand in Helsingborg's third, sending a short pass through the penalty area to Nikola Djurdjic, who had no problems to beat the keeper from the edge of the six-yard box.
GAIS did grab a consolation goal in the 90th minute as Jakob Olsson fought to keep possession amidst a crowd of defenders and was on-target with his low blast, however it was largely inconsequential.
With two games left to play, Helsingborg can at best manage a fourth-place finish, however they will need an utter collapse by AIK Solna for that improbable scenario to come to pass. They will be back in action on Wednesday, hosting ninth-place IFK Göteborg.
Degerfors IF 2 - 1 Ljungskile SK
Brian Edwards played his usual 90 minutes in goal for Degerfors, as the team held Ljungskile to a single goal in what became a card-filled win for the hosts.
Defender Patrick Hopkins did not suit up for the visitors.
Degerfors took the lead in the 50th minute when Christopher Brandeborn put away the rebound from an initially-blocked by Daniel Sundgren, however Ljungskile pulled even three minutes past the hour when Joakim Runnemo finished off a slick attack by the visitors.
Erik Jernberg netted the winner for the hosts with 19 minutes on the clock when he connected on a free kick from the middle of the area.
The final minutes were marred by a red card for each team - Ljungskile's Josemar receiving his marching orders in the 78th minute and Degerfor defender Jonas Olsson eight minutes later - but the hosts held on for the valuable win.
With one game to go, Degerfors need a victory at 14th-place Trelleborgs on Saturday combined with a loss by Falkenbergs on their trip to Jönköpings Södra IF if they have any hope of avoiding the relegation playoff.
Assyriska FF 2 - 1 Halmstads BK
Ryan Miller notched up an assist for Halmstad on Monday night, but unfortunately was unable to help the team prevent a second straight injury-time loss, this time at Assyriska FF Södertälje.
Assyriska midfielder Ceyhun Eris opened the scoring in the 13th minute after he collected a pass from Nahir Besara and hit his shot from the right side.
Halmstad settled down and equalized three minutes past the hour, as Miller found Mikael Boman in the area, who beat the defense with a fine left-footed finish.
Halmstad looked headed to the draw, but they were once again done in due to an injury-time winner by their foes, with Besara finishing off a 91st-minute counter to give the hosts the victory.
Despite the loss, Halmstad will finish the regular season in third place, and will use Saturday's visit from Landskrona BoIS to prepare for their upcoming promotion playoff.
Hammarby IF 0 - 0 Trelleborgs FF
Baggio Husidic played 85 minutes for Hammarby on Monday evening, as Gregg Berhalter's team was only able to manage a scoreless home draw against Trelleborgs.
In a game dominated more by the poor weather conditions than any sense of urgency on the field, neither team was able to assert their dominance on the proceedings.
Husidic was in the thick of what attack Hammarby could muster, nearly setting up teammate Mikael Rynell in the second half, but couldn't push the team to score and eventually left in favor of Sebastian Bojassén with five minutes to go.
Hammarby is certain to bag a fourth-place finish in league play, but will hope to end their season on a high note when they visit already-promoted first-place team Östers Växjö.
Brian Span is injured and was not in the roster for Djurgarden on Friday night for their 3-1 loss at Malmö FF.
Matt Pydrowzski is recovering from a concussion and did not suit up for Ängelholms FF on Monday night, who defeated visiting Brage by a 1-0 margin.