JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 19, 2011
Mason Trafford and Josh Wicks both featured in IFK Mareihamn's draw against Haka in Monday Veikkausliiga action.
Haka 1-1 IFK Mariehamn
Mason Trafford and Josh Wicks both featured in IFK Mariehamn's tie against Haka.
Trafford and Wicks both started and went the distance for Mariehamn, but Giuseppe Funicello did not dress.
The opening goal was scored by Haka in the 15th minute when Regi Nooitmeer fed Pekka Sihvola in the box and he fired home to give the home team the lead.
Mariehamn started off slow, but did record their first real chance at goal in the 25th minute. Ermin Gadzo got himself in good position but his shot went over Saku Pesonen's net.
Just before halftime, Haka nearly doubled their lead when Juha Pirinen fired an impressive shot, only to have Wicks deny him.
Moments later, with everyone looking for the referee to blow his whistle for the halftime break, Luca Belissomo rocketed a shot passed Pesonen, equalizing for Mariehamn.
The second half saw Mariehamn go down a man after Sebastian Strandvall received his second yellow of the game.
Both Haka and Mariehamn are sixth and seventh in the standings with no real danger of relegation this season.
Antti Ojanperä and William De Mattia were booked for Haka while Bellisomo, Hendrik Helmke, and Strandvall all received yellow cards.
Haka next travels to play JJK on Sunday while Mariehamn hosts TPS this Thursday.