BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Both Ryan Miller and Brian Edwards were on the defensive side of shutouts on Monday.
Landskrona BoIS 0 - 0 Degerfors IF
Despite uncertainty surrounding his future with the club, Brian Edwards got the start in net for Degerfors as they picked up an impressive tie against Landskrona. Edwards rejected a contract extension from DIF last week and there were rumors they had already started the process of replacing him, bringing Ghanaian National Team goalie William Amamoo.
Coming into the game in 12th place in the Superettan, Degerfors figured to be in for a tough battle against sixth place Landskrona. Neither side were able to get much going in the way of chances, although it should be noted that Degerfors outshot their opponents 8-6, almost going ahead on a 37th minute Christopher Brandeborn shot which smashed off of the crossbar.
Edwards made a nice save at the beginning of the second half as an Alexander Tkacz shot from the edge of the box posed a momentary threat to the delicate tie.
To make matter's worse for Landskrona, Phillip Andersson picked up his second yellow of the match in the 80th minute, and will miss their next game against Ljungskile Sunday, while Degerfors face Falkenberg next Monday.
Brommapojakrna IF 0 - 3 Halmstad BK
Ryan Miller played the entire match yet again for Halmstad as they dismantled Brommapojkarna on the road. The win brings Halmstad within one point of BP for second place in the Superettan, which grants automatic promotion to the Allsvenskan without the need to win a playoff at the end of the season.
Miller and his defensive cohort's continue to look impressive as this shutout is their third in a row in the Superretan, and makes it 349 minute's since anyone has scored on HBK in league play.
Halmstad's Icelandic goal machine Gudjon Baldvinsson provided his team with the lead in the 13th minute. Johan Blomberg sent a cross from deep down the right side of midfield toward Mikael Boman at the top of the penalty area.
Boman angled a header into the path of Baldvinsson who was making a run for the far post. Baldvinsson got behind the BP defense and cooly flicked home his chance into net with his left foot from five yards out for his league leading 14th goal of the season.
A fantastic effort from Antonio Rojas doubled Halmstad's lead in the 22nd minute. The Paraguayan midfielder caught BP's defensive line playing too high and set on a mad dash past the defenders. Deep in his own end, Kristinn Steindorsson led Rojas with a long pass down the middle of the field.
Rojas beat Nicklas Carlsson in a foot race to retrieve the pass, and was in all alone on BP goalie Niklas Westberg. The 28 year old midfielder's powerful low shot from the top of the box silenced the home supporter's as it crashed into the lower left corner.
Steindorsson provided an insurance goal for the visitor's in the 90th minute. Viktor Ljung was in possession when he spotted Steindorsson making a run for the far post. Ljung's beautiful long cross fell directly onto the right foot of the onrushing Steindorsson. Westberg was able to deflect Steindorsson's leaping volley, but not enough to keep it out of the net.
Halmstad are back in action Friday against Brage while Brommapojkarna take on Umea next Monday.