RJ DEMELLO - Wednesday, June 12, 2013
A goal from Chukwudi Chijindu wasn't enough as the visiting Valur team overpowered Thor Sunday in Urvalsdeild action.
Thor and its American contingent came into the game on a two match win streak. Chijindu found the back of the net in both contests with Josh Wicks earning extended minutes in net.
The two's run of games continued as they both played a full 90 minutes Sunday. Giuseppe Funicello made the bench Sunday but did not see action as he is still recovering from a groin ailment.
The visitors from Reykjavik stormed out to an early lead with a goal in the fifth minute from Arnar Geirsson.
They doubled their lead in the 33rd minute with a strike from Runar Sigurjonsson.
Thor was able to get one back in the second half when on 51 minutes Janez Vrenko beat the Valur keeper.
The tough day at the office for Josh Wicks continued as Valur scored three unanswered goals in the span of 10 minutes. The goals in the 55th, 62nd, and 65th minutes all but assured the visitors of the three points.
Thor did mount a late comeback and make it a respectable score line, with the American Chijindu scoring in his third consecutive game. He put one in the back of the net from the penalty spot in the 90th minute to make it 5-2 Valur.
Sveinn Jonsson added another for Thor in the 90th minute but it was too little too late and Valur went back to Reykjavik with the three points.
The loss sees Thor drop down to eighth place in the 12 team league with six points from six games so far. Up next for the team from Akureyri is an away match against the seventh place club, Fram Reykjavik.
For Valur the win brings them to 14 points from six games so far this season, good enough for second place in the league. The club next faces fifth place IB Vestmannaeyia at home.