RECAP: MIDWEEK FINNISH ACTION
Josh Wicks manned the nets for Mariehamn as they fought back for a point against MyPa while Jeremy Vuolo notched yet another shut-out as AC Oulu came out winners in their local derby.
IFK Mariehamn 1 - 1 MyPa
Josh Wicks played the full 90 minutes in Mariehamn's goal while Giuseppe Funicello was a late substitute as the team fought back to draw even with MyPa on Wednesday.
Mason Trafford missed the game as he was sitting out the second of his two-game suspension for a red card.
Mariehamn dominated heavily in the first half, but were unable to beat MyPa keeper Ville Iiskola, with the game going into the break a scoreless deadlock.
MyPa were first on the scoreboard in the 65th minute, after an extended period of pressure led to a corner by Niko Kukka, which the defender remarkably put away directly on his own.
The hosts did manage to quickly salvage one point from the game, equalizing four minutes later as a 15-yard shot by Jonas Emet took a deflection off of a MyPa defender on its way into the net.
The point leaves the Islanders in fifth place in the Veikkausliiga standings. They have a short break until July 3 when they pay a visit to Etchu Tabe and RoPS.
Oulu PS 0 - 1 AC Oulu
Jeremy Vuolo and AC Oulu kept their share of the Ykkönen lead with a close shut-out win over local rivals Oulu PS on Wednesday.
Oulu went into the derby game against OPS riding a four-game unbeaten run, and were eager to beat their city rivals to keep a grip on the top spot in the league.
Windy conditions on the field during the first half limited both teams, as neither could maintain any rhythm, sending the game into the break knotted at zero.
Oulu found the winning goal three minutes past the hour mark, after Juhani Pennanen received the ball on the left side of the area and chipped a shot over OPS keeper Juhani Koponen for the lone goal of the game.
The win keeps Oulu in a three-way tie with FC Lahti and PK-35 Helsinki atop the Ykkönen standings. They will try to take sole possession of first place in their next game on July 2 when they welcome JIPPO Joensuu.
PK-35 Helsinki 5 - 0 PS Kemi Kings
Daniel Stevens had a short outing for Kemi Kings on Thursday night, entering the game just past the half-hour mark but being subbed out barely 30 minutes later with a leg injury as the team were blown out on the road by joint leaders PK-35 Helsinki.
Division leaders PK-35 dominated the run of play throughout the first half, although Kemi were able to hang on to keep their opponents off the board until they collapsed shortly after the intermission.
Pablo Gomez Marttila put the hosts up after 54 minutes, then Aleksi Ristola added a second three minutes later. Then a third tally by Janne Saksela in the 59th minute effectively put the game on ice, shortly before Stevens was forced out of the game in the 66th minute with what looked to be a slight leg injury.
PK-35 stayed on the charge, with Finnish youth international Zakaria Kibona making it 4-0 in the 68th minute, when Ristola added his second of the afternoon with five minutes left in regulation to complete the blowout.
Kemi drop to ninth with the loss, three points clear of the relegation zone. They have the week off before returning to action on July 3 when hosting Viikingit Helsinki.
Kellan Wilson is on leave from HIFK for personal reasons and did not take part on Wednesday in their 1-0 loss on the road to first-place FC Lahti.