BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hammarby's Baggio Husidic and Hamstad's Ryan Miller each enjoyed strong outings in winning efforts this past weekend in Sweden
Hamstad BK 2-Degefors IF 0
Ryan Miller's Halmstad prevailed over Degerfors and Goalkeeper Brian Edwards to get their first win of the season. Halmstad showed the form which had many considering them a pre-season favorite for promotion while Degerfors look to be establishing themselves as a relegation candidate if they can't improve on a slow start with two convincing losses in their first two games.
Miller helped Halmstad get off to a scoring start in the fifth minute. Starting at Right Back, Miller played a ball into Antonio Rojas who sprinted towards the touchline and fired a low cross into the box. The cross found Gudjon Baldvinssons right foot as he one timed it into the lower right corner from five yards out, leaving Edwards without much of a chance to make the save.
Miller impressed in the first half, getting upfield from the back line frequently without being caught out of position defensively. Combining with Johan Blomberg on the right side, Miller was involved in numerous chances in the first half but Halmstad could only find one goal before the break.
Degerfors looked to be pushing for an equalizer early in the second half, but an Edwards gaffe in the 63rd minute put the game fimrly into Halmstads grasp. Blomberg sent a bouncing cross in from the right side and Edwards looked to have a chance to play the ball but Baldvinsson was able to get to the contested ball first and the Icelandic striker toe poked home for a brace.
Edwards stayed down for a few moments after the goal as it appeared Baldvinssons cleat may have scraped Edwards head on its way to pushing the game out of Degerfors reach.
Halmstad look to continue their form next Friday when they take on Ljungskile SK while Degerfors will look to crawl out of the Superettan basement against Umea FC.
Angelholm FF 1-0 Varnamo IFK
Matt Pyzdrowski kept a clean sheet in net for Angelholm as they beat Varnamo for their first win of the season.
Tobias Johansson was able to put the hosts on top in the 26th minute. Gabriel Ucra floated in a perfect corner which Jonatan Johansson put away for what ultimately became the game winner.
Varnamo were able to put five chances on net, but Pyzdrowski kept them all from crossing the goal line, showing the impressive form which made him Angelholms 2011 most valuable player.
Up next for Angelholm is a trip to play Osters on Thursday.
Jonkoplings Sodra IF 4-1 Ljungskile SK
Patrick Hopkins went the distance while Steffen Vroom played 80 minutes for Ljungskile on a day the club would like to forget.
Daryl Smylie scored a hat trick on the day for Jonkoplings as they dominated the play.
Kenny Pavey was able to get Ljungskile the games first goal off a seventh minute corner. The lead was good for most of the first half, but Smylie evened the score in the 38th minute.
Smylie was able to put Jonkoplings on top for good in the 60th minute when an onrushing Tommy Thelin was taken down for a Jonkoplings free kick which Smylie subsequently buried.
Thelin got a goal for himself in the 87th minute when Branimir Hrgota played a nice ball which Thelin buried into the far corner.
Smylie completed the hat trick four minutes into stoppage time after which the whistle sounded.
Its been a tough start to the season for Ljungskile with zero points from two games, but they hope to improve their fortunes next Friday against Ryan Miller and Halmstad.
Umea FC 1-2 Hammarby IF
Gregg Berhalter has garnered all six points from his first two games as manager of Hammarby helped by a duo of American players. Baggio Husidic played 91 minutes and scored Hammarbys first goal while Billy Schuler played the full game for and set up their second.
Danny Persson did well to nod in a ball from Adam Chennoufis in the 22nd minute to put the hosts ahead.
Baggio Husidic was able to equalize in the 53rd minute. After putting an attempt on net, Husidic was lucky to have Jonatan Johannson deflect the ball which ended up in the back of his own net.
Billy Schuler made a big contribution in his first start as a professional in the 70th minute when he pushed the ball through the center of the pitch and laid off a nice through ball for Sebastian Castro-Tello, who finished nicely in the box.
Hammarby look to continue their impressive results next Monday when they take on IF Brommapojkarna.
Notes: Cobi Span did not make the bench for Djurgardens contest against Malmo on Monday as he's still attempting to get into form after incurring a pre-season injury...Samuel Petrone hasn't made the matchday 18 for Mjallby this season, missing out again on Sunday as Mjallby beat Atvidaberg 2-0...Lester Dewee didn't make the 18 for Angelholms 1-0 win over Varnamo