BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Sunday, April 29, 2012
Gregg Berhalter's coaching stint at Hammarby remains perfect after another win while Steffen Vroom and Patrick Hopkins helped guide Ljungskile to a win over Umea
IK Brage 0-2 Hammarby IF
Billy Schuler and Baggio Husidic both started and played the entire match as Hammarby picked up their fourth win in as many games this season.
Hammarby created chances early and often. Christophe Lallet missed the games first good opportunity in the 23rd minute. Andreas Dahl played in a low cross off a set piece which found its way to Lallets feet in front of a wide open net. Lallet one timed the ball with plenty of space in front of the net but managed to hit the ball over the crossbar from just five meters out.
Sebastian Castro-Tello got Hammarby on the scoreboard in the 37th minute however. Andreas Dahl, exceptional in his distribution all day long, played a clever through ball to a wide open Erik Figueroa streaking down the left wing. Figueroa crossed the ball off his left foot and Castro-Tello rose up in the box and sent a header spinning into the lower left corner of the net.
Lallet attoned for his first half misfire in the 51st minute. Dahl sent a long ball into the box off of a set piece and Lallet headed it past Gerhard Andersson in the Brage net.
Husidic almost got his second goal of the season in the 53rd minute. Dahl played a ball in to Castro-Tello at the top of the box who laid it off for a streaking Husidic coming in from the right. Husidic fired a shot at net but it was directly at Andersson who parried it safely from the net.
Hammarby dominated the flow of the game once again and Gregg Berhalters charges are starting to look primed for a run at promotion. They hope to continue their fine form next Sunday when they face Varberg while Brage will try to get back on track against Brian Edwards and Degerfors.
Umea FC 0-1 Ljungskile SK
Steffen Vroom and Patrick Hopkins both started for Ljungskile, the latter picking up a yellow card, as they were able to collect their first win of the season over Umea.
Ljungskile dominated the match throughout as Umea weren't able to get their passing game going without the presence of influential midfielder Johan Larsson. Vladimir Sudar shined in Umeas net but his heroics weren't enough to keep a Kenny Pavey wonderstrike out of the net in the 65th minute. Pavey controlled the ball in midfield and then snapped off a whistler from 35 yards which smashed into the back of the net to give Ljungskile the 1-0 lead.
Vroom came off for Tobias Mikaelsson in the 68th minute. Even though the American has started every game this year, he's yet to score as the offense struggles as a whole. Paveys strike was just Ljungskiles second goal in their four games this season.
Hopkins picked up a yellow card in the 85th minute, his first this season. The defender has gone 90 minutes in all four games thus far in Ljungskiles backline.
Ljungskile faces a stiff test at home next weekend against Brommapojkarna while Umea travels to take on Trelleborg.
IF Brommapojkarna 1-0 Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards and Degerfors are still looking for their first point this season after falling to Brommapojkarna Saturday.
Pontus Asbrink scored for the hosts in the 11th minute to give them the 1-0 lead that would hold for the rest of the game. Edwards played a solid match in net, and there was not much he could do on the goal. Brommapojkarna burst into the right side of the box and Asbrink received a cross at the left post which he hammered home from five meters out.
Degerfors have struggled all season, but they did show better today. Degerfors created a few good scoring opportunities against a good Brommapojkarna team that currently sits fifth in the table with three wins out of four.
Degerfors host Brage next week while Brommapojkarna travel to face Ljungskile.
Angelholm FF 3-1 Assyriska FF
Matt Pyzdrowski started in net for Angelholm as they managed to take all three points from their encounter with Assyriska on Sunday.
Admir Catovic scored in the 14th minute to give Assyriska the 1-0 lead. The goal was Catovic's fourth in four games so far this season.
The lead would not last long though and Robin Staff would be the star for Angelholm, netting a brace. Staffs goals came in the 22nd and 77th minute for the hosts while Andreas Karlsson, who had just come on for Staff in the 78th minute, scored a minute later in the 79th to give Angelholm the 3-1 win.
Lester Dewee made the bench for the game but didn't see the field.
Angelholm face a challenge next week when they travel to take on Jonkopings Sodra while Assyriska are away at Landskrona.
Sam Petrone didn't make the bench for Mjallby...Cobi Span is yet to make the bench for Djurgardens this season.