DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Josh Wicks was in the nets for Mariehamn for their shut-out loss to TPS while Daniel Stevens netted a late equalizing goal for Kemi as they pulled even with Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu.
Turku PS 2 - 0 IFK Mariehamn
Josh Wicks manned Mariehamn's nets and Mason Trafford was a halftime substitute for the Islanders as they were beaten by a pair of goals on their trip to Turku PS on Sunday.
Giuseppe Funicello was on the bench for the visitors however was not called upon to take the field.
The hosts took the lead six minutes before the halftime whistle, when Jere Uronen launched a perfect cross from the left flank towards the center of the six-yard box, where Mika Ääritalo headed it in for 1-0.
They then proceeded to put the game out of reach 11 minutes into the second half after a bad giveaway near Mariehamn's goal eventually ended with the ball at the foot of Lehtonen Juho, who put his low shot past the reach of Wicks for the final score.
Mariehamn remain in fifth with the loss, however now trail Turku by four points and are threatened to be overtaken by Honka who are just one point behind.
They will next face Kuopio PS on Sunday, hoping to take some measure of revenge against the team responsible for knocking them out of the Finnish Cup semifinal.
RoPS 1 - 2 FC Honka Espoo
Etchu Tabe returned to the RoPS defense on Sunday, however was unable to prevent the team from going their tenth straight without a win, falling on a last-second goal to FC Honka Espoo.
Honka grabbed the lead three minutes past the half-hour mark, with Jaakko Lepola springing Demba Savage free into the area for a blast to put the visitors ahead.
RoPS equalized in the 51st minute when Eeto Muinonen beat the defense with a perfectly-placed free kick, however Savage struck again in a 90th minute scramble, breaking the hearts of the hosts and giving his team the win.
RoPS are still within reach of safety, surprisingly only two points below the surface. They will next take the field on Monday at MyPa, the last team who they beat in league action, having won the 4-0 contest in mid-May.
PS Kemi Kings 2 - 2 AC Oulu
Daniel Stevens was the hero for Kemi on Thursday evening, netting a last-minute goal to salvage a draw against Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu.
Oulu jumped ahead in the 20th minute, when Randy Edwini-Bonsu receive the ball just outside of the area, took a step to evade the marking defender and lifted his shot past the keeper's outstretched arms and just inside the left post.
Kemi equalized four minutes before the break, as Adriano rose high to head in a corner from the left side, however the real dramatics were saved for the final minutes.
Oulu looked to have snatched a late win with three minutes left in regulation, after a handball call on Kemi's Aleksi Raiha allowed Daniel Owusu to score from the spot.
The hosts did have one more trick up their sleeve, however, as Stevens surged forward up the right side on a quick counter to score the dramatic equalizer on a one-footed shot from a tight angle.
The point gives Kemi a small push up to ninth place in the Ykkönen standings. They will again take the field on Wednesday when they host Oulu PS.
AC Oulu have a short break in play and will next take the field on July 27 when they host KPV.
PK-35 Helsinki 3 - 2 HIFK
Kellan Wilson was back in the nets for HIFK on Sunday, however had a rough outing as a trio of goals by league leaders PK-35 sent them to a loss.
PK-35 took the lead two minutes before the half-hour when HIFK defender Petri Heinänen carelessly turned the ball into his own net, then were up 2-0 just after the restart as Aleksi Ristola scored from the spot.
They took a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead in the 53rd minute when Marco Kotilainen beat a weak defense, however HIFK quickly came back into the game.
A precise cross found Samuli Markkanen in the area for a short-range blast to pull one back for the visitors, then Jonas Britschgi brought them to within a single goal in the 68th minute as he powered the ball into the area and put his shot on target for 3-2.
Despite HIFK's better efforts, the host defense held strong for the final 20 minutes securing the win to remain at the top of the standings.
HIFK fall to eighth place on the loss and will be back in action on Thursday night with a visit to FC Viikingit Helsinki.