BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Monday, May 7, 2012
Scripts flipped in Sweden this weekend as Brian Edwards and Degerfors finally picked up their first win of the season while Hammarby failed to win for the first time.
Degerfors IF 3-2 IK Brage
Brian Edwards and Degerfors finally tallied their first points of the season after defeating Brage on Saturday.
Christopher Brandeborn was the star for Degerfors, scoring goals in the ninth and 55th minutes to ensure the victory.
Kwame Karikari would net the first goal for Degerfors in just fifty seconds. Karikari received a cross from the left and was wide open to slot in from close range.
Brandeborn followed up with his first strike in the ninth minute to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Brage upped the pressure towards the end of the half which was a relatively easy task as they failed to get a shot on net in the first 35 minutes.
Influential midfielder Peter Nilson started the match on the bench for Brage but came on in just twenty minutes. Nilson got his team back into the match in the 53rd minute when he sliced a beautiful pass through the Degerfors back line to an onrushing Dragan Kapcevic who slotted past Edwards to cut the deficit to one.
This wouldn't last for long however as Brandeborn completed his brace a mere two minutes later. Brage failed to clear their area and Brandeborn was left to poach for an easy opportunity.
Edwards made a terrible mistake on a 60th minute Johan Persson corner. Persson hit a high, curling corner which Edwards misjudged and ended up in the net without touching anyone. Fortunately Edwards made a fantastic save on an Adam Graden shot shortly thereafter which preserved this win for Degerfors.
Degerfors look to keep the moment going next week when they travel to Varberg while Brage hope for a better result away at Ljungskile.
Ljungskile SK 3-1 IF Brommapojkarna
Ljungskile got their second consecutive win on Sunday against Brommapojkarna.
Patrick Hopkins and Steffen Vroom once again started for Ljungskile.
Hopkins and the backline looked solid once again for Ljungskile while Vroom is looking for his first goal despite starting all games at Striker.
Kenny Pavey got the scoring underway for Ljungskile with a 61st minute strike.
Vroom came off after the goal and made way for Bruno Santos. The Brazilian shined with goals in the 74th and 85th minute to solidify the result for Ljungskile.
Pavey received yellow cards in the 86th and 87th minutes however and was subsequently shown a red. Pablo Pinones-Arce capitalized on the shortmanned side for Ljungskile and grabbed BP a consolation goal in the 89th minute.
Next up for Ljungskile they go to face Brage while Brommapojkarna host Trelleborg.
Hammarby IF 1- Varberg BoIS
Gregg Berhalter failed to take all three points for the first time as the manager at Hammarby on Sunday.
Baggio Husidic started the match while Billy Schuler came on for Mikael Rynell in the 69th minute.
Varberg struck first in the fourth minute. Jonathan Berg crossed the ball from the right wing and an unmarked Gabriel Vanneryr was free to finish with ease from close range.
Sebastian Castro-Tello evened the score for Hammarby in the 74th minute. Husidic combined nicely
with Eric Figueroa and Christophe Lallet before he lofted a ball into the area where Castro-Tello was able to nod the ball home for his third goal of the season.
Hammarby look to get back to their winning ways next week when they head to Varnamo while Varberg host Degerfors.
Jonkopings Sodra IF 2-2 Angelholm FF
Matt Pyzdrowski was between the posts for Angelholm as they managed a draw away against Sodra in a match that produced three red cards and nine yellows.
Sodra opened the scoring in the 41st minute. Tommy Thelin played a ball in to an unmarked Par Cederqvist who easily slotted home for the 1-0 lead. After giving his team the lead however, Cederqvist was sent off right before halftime with a straight red card.
Sodra extended their lead in the 48th minute. Branimir Hrgota hit a free kick from right outside the box which was initially stopped but the Angelholm defense failed to clear the ball and Christer Persson was able to poach a goal in front of net.
Robin Simovic was able to pull one back for Angelholm in the 79th minute however. Just two minutes after Simovic's goal, Daryl Smylie received his second yellow card and sent off.
Angelholm were able to capitalize and tied the match in the 82nd minute. Heidar Juliusson equalized for Angelholm.
The two sides battled to the final whistle as Mikael Dahlgren picked up his second yellow in the 92nd minute, leaving both teams at ten men for the final few minutes.
Angelholm host Landskrona next Thursday while Sodra travel to take on Halmstad.
Osters IF 2-1 Halmstad BK
Osters took care of business at home against Halmstad to go tied on points at the top of the table with Hammarby.
Ryan Miller started and went the full 90 minutes at Right Back for Halmstad.
Halmstad started out on the attack but Dennis Velic caught their back four sitting too high a sliced a ball to the charging Freddy Soderberg. Soderberg fired the shot low and it managed to roll right underneath Kalle Johnsson's arm into the net to give Osters the 1-0 lead.
Kristinn Steindorsson leveled the score in the 24th minute. Osters backline was taken off guard by a quick throw in which sprung Steindorsson down the center of the pitch towards net and he smoothly slotted the ball in to make it a tie.
Andreas Wihlborg was able to put the hosts up for good in the 60th minute. Johan Persson broke through the middle of the field and laid off a pass to Soderberg. Soderberg did nice to attract the attention of Halmstads remaining defense before setting up Wihlborg for an easy finish.
Osters may have a chance to go top of the table next week when they travel to Umea while Halmstad hope for more luck against Jonkopings Sodra.
Notes: Cobi Span is yet to see the pitch for Djurgarden this season and did not make the squad for this weekends match against Orebro...Sam Petrone has not featured for Mjallby this season