JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 3, 2011
Mason Trafford and IFK Mariehamn went down to the newly crowned Veikkausliiga champions while the American duo at PS Kemi Kings went down to Viikingit.
IFK Mareihamn 0-2 HJK
HJK beat Mason Trafford and IFK Mariehamn and were officially crowned champions of the Veikkausliiga.
Trafford started and went the distance while Josh Wicks did not dress.
At the half hour mark HJK's Akseli Pelvaksen opened the scoring with a shot from 16 yards out.
Berat Sadikin then sealed the game and the championship for HJK when he notched home a goal in the 82nd minute, to the joy of the visiting fans.
Gustav Langbacka was booked for Mariehamn while HJK's Mathias Lindström and Erfan Zeneli received yellow cards.
With five games still left to play in the schedule for HJK, their lead is now insurmountable. Inter Turku is closest but are still 21 points behind.
HJK next plays JJK while Mariehamn travels to play VPS.
Jippo 1-1 AC Oulu
Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu tied Jippo in a pivitol Ykkönen match.
Vuolo started and went the distance for AC Oulu.
The game's only first half goal came from Jippo's Ariel Ngueukam in the 43rd minute, giving the hosts momentum going into halftime.
Randy Edwini-Bonsu though continued his hot scoring streak with another goal in the 63rd minute, leveling the score for Oulu.
With only two games left, Oulu officially cannot catch FC Lahti for the league lead and promotion.
Jippo next takes on KPV while Oulu travels to play PF-35.
Viikingit 2-0 PS Kemi Kings
Daniel Stevens and Kyle Luetkehans both featured in PS Kemi Kings' loss to Viikingit.
Stevens started and went the full nitey minutes for Kemi while Luetkehans made a cameo appearance in the 86th minute.
The first half saw no goals, but Viikingit's Jussi Peteri opened the scoring just moments into the second half.
Ville Salmikivi then doubled the score in the 82nd minute, sealing the win for Viikingit.
Kemi is still in the relegation zone and missed a shot to gain traction on HIFK and safety.
With one game left Viikingit officially cannot catch FC Lahti for first place in the Ykkönen.
Kemi plays KooTeePee next while Viikingit travels to play Espoo.
Guiseppe Funicello did not dress in VPS' win over Jaro.
Kellan Wilson did not feature in HIFK's draw against Hämeenlinna.