JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 31, 2011
The Veikkausliiga finished this weekend as Mason Trafford, Josh Wicks, and IFK Mariehamn capped off a successful season by tying Honka while Etchu Tabe and relegated RoPS went down to VPS.
IFK Mariehamn 1 - 1 Honka
Mason Trafford, Josh Wicks, and IFK Mariehamn tied Honka in the Veikkausliiga's final game of the season.
Wicks and Trafford both started and went the distance for Mariehamn.
The first half of the game went without much action for either side, but the final twelve minutes of the game were a treat for the fans attending.
In the 78th minute, Tapio Heikkilä scored for Honka, giving them the late lead.
Hendrik Helmke though came up big for Mariehman, scoring in the 90th minute, to the delight of his teammates and the home crowd.
Kristian Kojola, Trafford, and Helmke were booked for Mariehamn, while Henri Aalto and Nicholas Otaru received yellow cards for Honka.
Mariehamn finishes the season in seventh place with 38 points, ten points more than last season.
VPS 2 - 1 RoPS
Etchu Tabe and RoPS went down to VPS in their season finale.
Tabe started and went the distance for RoPS while VPS defender Guiseppe Funicello did not feature.
Jyrki Saranpää scored in the 18th minute for VPS, while RoPS' Albin Granlund equalized early in the second half.
But, VPS' Steven Morrissey gave VPS the lead in the 74th minute, essentially giving the home team the win.
RoPS was relegated weeks ago and will thus play in Finland's Ykkönen next season.