JON VAN WAGENEN - Thursday, May 20, 2010
A pair of lower division teams made some noise in the Swedish Cup, which was good news for Nick Noble, bad news for Ryan Miller.
Ängelholm 1 - 0 Halmstad
Ryan Miller went the full 90 minutes as Halmstad was knocked out by second-division upstarts from just down the road.
Despite having failed to score in their previous Superettan matches, Ängleholm was up for the challenge. Halmstad head coach Lars Jacobsson used a few subs from their normal starting lineup and ultimately paid the price.
Although the favorites controlled the ball, Ängelholm looked dangerous in counterattacks.
Björn Westerblad made the difference after a half-hour, when he somehow found himself totally free in front of goal and made no mistake to give Ängelholm the win.
Halmstad will have just three days to recover and get ready for another short trip, this time to league leaders Helsingborg, before they can take their summer break.
Michael Thomas, an unused sub in this match, had found some rhythm with the Halmstad U21 side, notching a hat-trick in a weekend youth match.
Ljungskile 2 – 0 Djurgården
Nick Noble recorded another shutout, as Ljungskile slew Djurgården to advance to the next round of the cup.
After an uneventful first half, Johan Friberg headed to Gabrield Altemark Vannemyt who shot past Djurgården keeper Vaiho Case.
The match started to warm up in the second half as Vannemyt, who hasn't been the full time starter, tried to stake his claim on the job.
However the second goal came from established players linking up. Martin Smedberf-Dalence crossed to Cruz who finished with a powerful strike.
The match proved to be the last for struggling Djurgården manager Lennart Was, who was replaced by sporting director Stefan Alvén.
Ljungskile will test their new-found confidence when they host Superettan league leaders IFK Nörrkoping this Saturday.
Johann Smith was again inactive as Kalmar took care of Trollhättan 0-3.