October 11, 2010

Damallsvenskan 2010, round 21

The penultimate week of the 2010 season, and Marta was on hand to watch Tyresö hand LdB FC Malmö its first defeat of the year, in what was almost surely the best game of the round...

The top two places are clear (LdB FC Malmö followed by Kopparbergs/Göteborg), but the fight for 3rd place (for mostly bragging rights) and for 10th (to avoid relegation) will remain exciting up until the very last games next week. Currently Linköping and Tyresö are tied on points for 3rd with Linköping holding the edge on goal differential; Jitex, which spent a good deal of the season in 4th, slipped to 5th with a loss against bottom-of-the-league AIK. AIK's recent American imports, Fiona O'Sullivan and Tiffany Weimer, have been doing quite a lot of good for the team at the end of the season.

At the other end of the table, Hammarby in 11th must win its last game (against 8th-place Kristianstad) to hope to stay in the league next year, while 10th-place Sunnanå must also win (against 3rd-place Linköping) to stay in the league for sure. If Sunnanå draws and Hammarby wins, the two teams would be tied on points but Hammarby's better goal differential (-17 to Sunnanå's -32) would see them through.

9 oktober 2010
Sunnanå SK v. KIF Örebro 0 - 1 (0 - 1)
Goals: 42' Sanna Talonen (passning Hanna Ågren) 0-1
Warnings: KIF Sanna Valkonen 51'; KIF Olina Vidarsdottir 78'; SSK Carolina Marklund 81'; SSK Magdalena Esseryd 90'
Source: damfotboll, Sunnanå, my own eyes (TV4Sport)

SSK's website was calling this perhaps the most important game of the year, as they are dancing just above the relegation line, and probably had a better chance to beat KIF than next week's Linköping. KIF looked the stronger of the two teams for most of the match, with better possession, but SSK and especially forward Perpetua Nkwocha looked dangerous on fast breaks.

Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC v. Djurgårdens IF DFF 0 - 0 (0 - 0)
Warnings: DIF Natalia Rickne 53'; DIF Rebecca Johnson 88'
Source: damfotboll

AIK v. Jitex BK 2 - 1 (0 - 1)
Goals: 37' Elin Sandgren 0-1; 69' Tiffany Weimer (passning Fiona O Sullivan) 1-1; 71' Clara Markstedt (passning Sofia Simonsson) 2-1
Ejection: AIK Sofia Simonsson 76'
Source: damfotboll

"Too late, AIK" says the headline, but at least they're going down fighting.

Umeå IK v. Hammarby IF DFF 3 - 0 (0 - 0)
Goals: 81' Sofia Jakobsson (passning Elin Landström) 1-0; 89' Anna Westerlund (passning Emmelie Konradsson) 2-0; 90' Linda Molin (passning Emmelie Konradsson) 3-0
Source: damfotboll, Hammarby

"The first half was Hammarby's. I've never seen UIK so pressured," according a witness from the large singing and confetti-flinging section of Hammarby supporters, "and for a while it was really good football." HIF's assistant coach Annelie Norén agreed with that, despite her team's nervous start, but "we didn't get the goals we need." She did praise her players Lena Andersson and Hodan Siid-Ahmed, and also the vocal fan support at this (very far) away game. "It means so much to the girls. They [the fans] work so hard and sing the whole match, we are very thankful." HIF's website is calling for a strong show of support at homefield Kanalplan next week, in which a win against Kristianstad might be enough to keep HIF in the top league next year, should Sunnanå lose to Linköping on the same day.

Tyresö FF v. LdB FC Malmö 1 - 0 (0 - 0)
Goals: 80' Madelaine Edlund (passning Elin Ekblom Bak) 1-0
Source: damfotboll, my own eyes (TV4), clip of the goal (and another rant about advertising)
Pictures of the fan support: Tyresö's website

"Marta was at the game!" squeals the damfotboll headline; apparently she was spotted at the snack stand. And she choose a quite good match to watch, as both teams played very well and each certainly had fair chances to score. Ekblom Bak's assist came after she blocked a hard pass from half way to TFF's goal box from LdB's Nilla Fisher; she managed to control it and send a lovely pass (curving away from the defenders) up to Edlund, who took one touch to control it, then sent a pinpoint shot at goal on the ground past the goalkeeper, a shot that hit the opposite side netting. Good stuff indeed. The large and partisan crowd were as impressive as usual, setting a record attendance for the year (2,219) and lighting off torches and cheering and singing throughout.

10 oktober 2010
Kristianstads DFF v. Linköpings FC 0 - 5 (0 - 3)
Goals: 34' Kosovare Asllani (passning Josefine Öqvist) 0-1; 42' Josefine Öqvist (passning Kosovare Asllani) 0-2; 45' Nora Holstad-Berge 0-3; 55' Linda Sällström (passning Tilda Heimersson) 0-4; 60' Charlotte Rohlin (passning Louise Fors) 0-5
Warnings: LFC Kosovare Asllani 46'; KDFF Katie Kelly 71'; KDFF Erla Arnardottir 78'
Source: damfotboll

Five different goalscorers for LFC this one, as they stopped their end-of-the-season slump (draws against middle-of-the-table teams, a loss against Hammarby last week).