DAVID SMITH - Friday, April 29, 2011
Josh Wicks went the distance in Mariehamn's goal on Thursday night as the Green Whites put four past JIPPO Joensuu on their way to the Finnish Cup semifinal.
Italian-American defender Giuseppe Funicello did not take the field for the hosts.
Mariehamn were quick to jump to the lead against their Ykkönen foes, going ahead in the seventh minute when new signing Toni Lehtinen beat the defense for 1-0.
A foul by the JIPPO defense on the ever-dangerous Lehtinen just outside the 18-yard box three minutes past the half-hour mark set up a free kick opportunity for the hosts, which 20 year-old Petteri Forsell smashed past the wall and just inside the lower right corner for the two-goal lead.
IFK continued their dominance after the halftime break, and put the game out of reach in the 63rd minute, as substitute player Echiabhi Okodugha raced up the left side and fed German import Hendrik Helmke for a 20-yard smash to the far corner.
With no doubt as to the final result, Lehtinen added his second of the game with seven minutes in regulation, ripping a shot which went through the hands of JIPPO keeper Mikko Ikonen for the final 4-0.
Mariehamn now wait the result of the semifinal draw, which will see them paired against one of HJK, KuPS or FC Lahti, the one remaining team outside of the top flight remaining in the competition.
In the meantime, they will have a short rest before beginning their 2011 Veikkausliiga campaign on Monday evening when they visit MyPa.