RECAP: WEEKEND FINNISH ACTION
Etchu Tabe and RoPS' woes continue with a tough loss again this week while Mason Trafford and Josh Wicks featured in IFK Mariehamn's draw this weekend.
IFK Mariehamn 2-2 Jyväskylän Jalkapalloklubi
Americans Mason Trafford and Josh Wicks featured in IFK Mariehamns's tie against Jyväskylän Jalkapalloklubi.
Trafford and Wicks both started and went the distance for Mariehamn, while Guiseppe Funicello did not leave the bench.
Sloppy play at the back for Mariehamn lead to a break for JJK, finished off by a volley into the back of the net by Babatunde Wusu in the 5th minute.
Eleven minutes later Petteri Forsell gave Mariehamn the equalizer when he took advantage of a counterattack and beat JJK goalie Janne Korhonen to his left.
Just moments later Aleksei Kangaskolkka was taken down in the box, setting up a Forsell penalty kick which he barried, giving Mariehamn the lead.
JJK leveled the game in the 38th minute when Mariehamn could not clear a corner kick, giving Wusu an easy shot from short distance.
Mariehamn's Marcus Olofsson was booked while JJK's Janne Korhonen, Mikk Reintam, and Wusu were all cautioned as well.
JJK next takes on Inter Turku while Mariehamn will travel to play Honka.
RoPS 0-5 Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi
Etchu Tabe and RoPS went down hard to league leaders HJK in Veikkausliiga action this weekend.
Tabe started and played 54 minutes in RoPS' loss.
An Arto Vikman mistake at goal opened up an easy chance for Erfan Zeneli who scored from short distance in the 4th minute to put HJK in the lead.
Akseli Pelvas then doubled the score for HJK after he pounced on a rebound and fired home in the 15th minute.
Continued sloppy play at the back contributed to HJK's third goal of the game. Zeneli got his second goal after he stole the ball at the 18-yard box and fired home in the 19th minute.
Jarno Parikka then scored the fourth goal of the game for HJK, pouncing on another rebound and scoring from short distance.
Akseli Pelvas scored in the 49th minute for HJK when clever possession play was rewarded with a goal from the six yard box.
Parikka was the only booking for HJK in the game, while Jarkko Lahdenmäki received a yellow for RoPS.
RoPS continues to dig themselves in a deeper hole with the loss. They are now seven points from safety. HJK are currently in first place and hold an eleven point lead over Inter Turku.
HJK next plays Thursday against Schalke 04 in Champions League play while RoPS plays VPS on Sunday.
PS Kemi Kings 1-2 FC Lahti
Daniel Stevens and PS Kemi Kings went down to league leaders FC Lahti in Ykkönen play this weekend.
Stevens started and went the distance for Kemi.
Rafael Pires Vieira opened the scoring for Lahti in the 26th minute, but a second half goal by Teemu Pähtilä leveled the score for Kemi. The league leaders though were too tough in the end, as Jens Tanskanen gave Lahti the game winning goal in the 76th minute.
Henri Louste received a red card in the 79th minute for Kemi, putting the tying goal even farther away.
Kemi's Joonas Ikäläinen, Jukka Yrjanheikki, and Sami Hyvärinen all received yellow cards, while Juha Tuomi, Jukka Sinisalo, and Jussi Länsitalo were all booked for Lahti.
Lahti next plays Viikingit on Wednesday while Kemi takes on Espoo on Sunday.
AC Oulu 0-0 Hämeenlinna
Jeremy Vuolo got the shutout as AC Oulu tied Hämeenlinna.
Vuolo started and went the distance for Oulu at goal.
Vuolo and Oulu now fall a bit off pace and trail Lahti by eight points for first place and promotion. Hämeenlinna stays at seventh place in the standings but is in no danger of relegation.
Oulu's Matias Ojala received a tallow card while Jussi Heikkinen, Antto Hilska, and Aleksi Latvanen were cautioned for Hämeenlinna.
Oulu next takes on HIFK while Hämeenlinna plays PK-35.
Kellan Wilson did not feature in HIFK's win over Espoo.