DAVID SMITH - Monday, April 23, 2012
Daniel Antunez and Inter Turku climed to the top of the Veikkausliiga standings with a second shut-out in as many tries, while Mason Trafford and Mariehamn surged to their first win of the season.
Haka 0 - 2 IFK Mariehamn
Mason Trafford played the full 90 minutes as left back for Mariehamn on Sunday afternoon, helping them record their first shut-out and first win of the young season at Haka.
The visitors were off to a flying start, taking the lead with just nine minutes played when Aleksei Kangaskolkka headed in a corner from Petteri Forsell.
Haka were the better team for much of the first half, attempting valiantly to equalize but failing to push through to goal.
Mariehamn were again somewhat fortunate to net a second goal two minutes before the 60-minute mark, when a long throw-in landed near the upright, where Forsell was waiting to poke it over for the 2-0 lead.
The visitors clamped down for the final 30 minutes, doing well to protect their lead and earn their first win of the season.
The Islanders are now right in the middle of the standings at sixth, and will be back in action on Sunday when they host FC Honka.
Inter Turku 2 - 0 MyPa
Daniel Antunez put in a full shift in Inter's defense on Sunday, helping them hold MyPa scoreless as they remained perfect in the new season.
Inter needed only 12 minutes to take the lead, after Henri Lehtonen played Mika Ojala into the left side of the area with a high lobbed pass. The Finnish international proceeded to hit the ball across goal to the far post where Irakli Sirbiladze headed it in for the lead.
In the 34th minute, Joni Kauko hit Lehtonen with a long pass into the penalty area, who headed it down to the foot of Severi Paajanen for a low shot to the right side for the two-goal lead.
MyPa created some brief moments of danger after the break, although without any return, and Inter had no difficulty to hang on for their second straight shut-out victory.
Inter are now first in the division standings with six points from two games, and have a game in hand compared to all the teams immediately below. They will face off against third-place Lahti on Sunday, then will have a three-day break before visiting Mike Banner and last-place Jaro.
HJK Helsinki 4 - 1 FF Jaro
Mike Banner was a 90-minute man in Jaro's midfield, picking up a yellow card shortly past the half as the team remained winless thanks to a blow-out loss at reigning champions HJK Helsinki.
An action-packed opening half-hour saw Jaro take a tenth-minute lead when Ilya Vaganov put away a free kick from Jussi Aalto, however that would be the only bright spot for the visitors.
Mathias Lindström put away a corner from Mikko Salo to pull HJK even in the 17th, then Akseli Pelvas took advantage of loose defending to put the ball away into an open net three minutes later.
Demba Savage then left the defense in the dust when he cut in from the wing and beat Artur Kotenko for the 3-1.
They added a fourth in the 50th minute, after the Jaro defense was unable to effectively clear the ball from the area, allowing Mikko Sumusalo time to easily complete the rout.
Jaro are still without a point after two games, but will have high hopes of taking something from their Sunday-afternoon home-game against winless KuPS.
Etchu Tabe was not in the gameday roster for KuPS on Sunday, as the team drew 1-1 at home against Turku PS.