LÅNGHOLMEN FC (1) 3
OLYMPIACOS FC (0) 0
photo courtesy of Pär Hägglund
When it comes to naming man of the match this one was a very tough decision, it was a fantastic team performance by the home side that made choosing very difficult for the Långholmen Ultras on the sidelines. Anton Björlund Bergström produced an outstanding performance at left back, showing just how adabtable he is, Edwin Bergquist produced a couple of world class saves and Chris Allen once again showed his scoring prowess with a superb hat trick. At the end of the day however it is a strong team performance that gets a dedicated group of players through the season and everyone should take the plaudits today and that includes management.
The away team came into this encounter on the back of a great weekend win against Ängby and were full of confidence and it showed in the first fifteen minutes , they continually harassed Långholmen with a no nonsense physical approach and had captain Zegal Habton been a bit more precise in front of goal this match could of taken a whole different complexion in the first twenty minutes. Bergquist in goal was equal to everything the opposing team could through at him and can hold his head up high.
Chris Allen, the clubs leading scorer so far this season, bagged a fantastic trio of goals in what was an impeccable display of atacking football. The first on 18 minutes was a rebound effort after a great pass from Kenny, the keeper did well initially but the nippy wide man was there again to pounce on the return ball and it was one nil.
The away team changed there keeper due to injury on the 36 minute mark when their regular first choice was injured after a challlenge with Andy O’Sullivan.
They kept on trying to break down the Stripes but a combination of poor finishing and great goalkeeping ensured they left Essinge Ip empty handed.
Olympiacos made it a physical encounter in the second half and put in some hefty challenges that went unpunished by the referee. The home team stuck to there task and added two more goals to their tally. Colm Kenny once again showing great vision and playing in Allen who had the simplest of tasks in knocking the ball home on 75 minutes and the very same combination two minutes later to make it three nil. The game was tainted by a double sending off in the closing stages when Andy McClelland was carded and then followed by Olympiacos captain Habton, who incensed the home support with obscene gestures before leaving the field of play.
Another thorough and professional performance by Långholmen that quite rightly sees them top of the league momentarily. The second half of the season will provide even bigger challenges for the Stripes, Olympiacos will climb the table and no doubt finish near the top, but to earn that you have to beat the teams above you.
|onsdag 24 / 6 2009|
Report by Scot James