TAHARKA TAYLOR - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Ryan Miler and Halmstad suffered a yet another difficult loss while Matt Pyzdrowski and Angelholm countinued their charge for promotion cver the weekend in Sweden.
Halmstad BK 1 - 2 Elfsborg
Ryan Miller went the distance in central defense for Halmstad BK as the home team once gain let rare points slip from grasp in stoppage time, this time against second place Elfsborg.
Halmstad scored first, something the club has done with frequency, when Marcus Olsson took advantage of a sloppy piece of Elfsborg defending on a long ball played in over the top.
Olsson pressured defender Anders Svensson into a poor giveaway within the Elfsborg penalty area. Olsson pounced on it and was then able to lay it off for an unmarked Jose Sise who finished into an empty net in the 18th minute.
Just two minutes after the start of the second half, Elfsborg managed to equalize on a long free kick played in towards the far post. Elfsborg forward David Elm jumped the highest, aided by his 6'4" frame and nodded the ball into the upper left corner.
It was Elm again with the winner, scoring with his head for the second time in the stoppage time.
After a weak attempt to clear danger at the Halmstad defensive end, Elfsborg central midfielder Johan Larrson reset the attack, playing a simple yet clever ball wide where it was collected by Stefan Ishizaki on the left wing. Ishizaki then cut onto his left foot and played a curling ball in towards the top of the penalty area. Elm had a to contort his body leaning back away from goal but was able to head the ball up and over substitute Halmstad goalkeeper Kutjim Bala and into the back of the net in the 91st minute.
For Halmstad, Sunday's loss was almost routine. An early first half goal for Halmstad who once again at times looked the better team in the first period, followed by multiple goals for the opposition after the break.
Halmstad remain last in the Allsvenskan standings but did not lose ground in the race to avoid relegation as fellow cellar dwellers Syrianska FC and Mjällby AIF also suffered losses.
The club next travels to take on IFK Göteborg.
Ljungskile 1 - 2 Ängelholm
Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholm secured a three points to stay at the top of the Superettan standings, beating Nick Noble and Michael Thomas on the road at Ljungskile.
All three Americans went the distance, Michael Thomas picked up a yellow card in the 47th minute.
Ängelholm came out with intent scoring in the second minute. Sebastian Andersson slotted one home past Noble for his tenth goal of the season after getting in behind the Ljungskile defense.
Ljungskile got one back in the 11th minute thanks to Alexander Mellqvist, who was in the right place for a tap in when Alkesander Kitic's blast bounced off the right post and landed at his feet.
Though Ljungskile were the stronger team in the first half, Ängelholm scored the match winner moments at the start of the second period.
Robin Nilsson nodded a corner played in by Martin Andersen off the bar, Jacob Augstsson was mere feet away and reacted quickly to head the rebound into the back of the net to seal the victory for Ängelholm.
Ljungskile will look to improve upon a winless four week stretch when they travel to take on Falkenberg next Sunday, while Ängelholm will defend their spot at the top of the standings against Brage at home.
Gale Agbossoumonde suited up with Djurgården for the last time over the weekend, making the match day 18 but not seeing action in Djurgården's 1 - 0 loss to Mjällby AIF. Djurgården announced on Monday that the club will be parting ways with the 19-year-old defender when Agbossoumonde's loan expires at the end of the month.