JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 24, 2011
Josh Wicks, Mason Trafford, and IFK Mariehamn were victorious against second place Inter Turku, while Etchu Tabe and RoPS were officially relegated.
IFK Mariehamn 1-0 Inter Turku
Josh Wicks and Mason Trafford helped IFK Mariehamn as they beat Inter Turku in Veikkausliiga action.
Wicks started and went the distance while Trafford started and was subbed out after 68 minutes of play.
A quiet first half was awakened when Toni Lehtinen scored off of a Sebastian Strandvall set up, giving IFK Mariehamn the lead.
The 54th minute nearly saw Mariehamn double their lead, but Kristian Kojola goal was called back because of an offsides call.
The loss is tough for Inter Turku, as their Europa League spot is now being threatened by the likes of Honka and JJK who are both just two points back.
Amos Ekhalie was booked for Mariehamn while Ville Nikkari, Tero Mäntylä, Ari Nyman, and Babacar Diallo received yellow cards for Inter Turku.
Mariehamn takes on JJK on Wednesday while Inter Turku plays TPS on the same day.
KuPS 1-0 RoPS
Etchu Tabe and RoPS went down to KuPS, officially relegating them with two games still left to play in the season.
Tabe started and went the distance for RoPS.
The first half saw no goals from either team, but in the 55th minute Ilja Venäläiselle notched home for KuPS.
Just three minutes later, KuPS nearly doubled their lead after Petri Oravainen scissor kick effort went just high over the crossbar.
RoPS' Mika Lahtinen struck a good ball in the 70th minute and almost tied the game for RoPS, but his effort sailed high.
Alain Mack was booked for KuPS while Sakari Saarinen, Mika Hänninen, and Zakaria Abahassine all received yellows.
The loss ensures RoPS a spot in the Ykkönen next season.
AC Oulu 3-0 PS Kemi Kings
Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu took down Daniel Stevens and PS Kemi Kings this weekend.
Vuolo started and played 76 minutes, while Stevens started and was subbed out after one half of play. Kemi's Kyle Luetkehans dressed but did not feature.
The goals started early for Oulu, as Jani Kauppila scored in the 3rd minute and Kemi's Sami Hyvärinen scored an own goal in the 9th minute.
The majority of the game was quiet until Daniel Owusu scored an insurance goal in the 88th minute for Oulu.
Joonas Ikäläinen, Jukka Yrjanheikki, Jan Berg, and Hyvärinen were all booked. Hyvärinen received a red card.
This was the last game of the season for both teams. Oulu will take another shot at promotion next season while Kemi will be playing in Finland's third division next year.
Guiseppe Funicello did not feature in VPS' game against Honka.
Kellan Wilson did not make the bench in HIFK's win over PK-35.