KUNGSÄNGENS IF (1) 4
LÅNGHOLMEN FC (0) 0
The result in itself was not such a strange one, Kungsängen have already a handful of games under their belt so far in their pre season build up, Långholmen have not kicked a ball in a match since 15th of October.
The Stripes had a few first team regulars absent for this one, but brought in a couple of new faces. Paul Sullivan was back in action after a very long lay off. The Irishman slotting into a central defending role alongside Andy McClelland. Playing a 4-5-1 formation meant that Colm Kenny was the lone striker at the start. Kenny also missed a lot of games last season due to injury and it may take a while for him to get his goal scoring touch back. He was presented with several chances today and unfortunately just could not force the ball home, a lack of competitive match fitness and a few early nights before games may put that right however.
When the first 45 minutes were up, there was nothing to indicate Långholmen could not take something away from Midgårdsvallen, fifteen minutes later and it was very clear there who were walking away as winners. The Stripes team just ran out of steam at around the hour mark and were punished by some clinical finishing by their opponents.
Långholmen played some neat football in the first period and as early as 4 minutes Pete McConnell’s blistering drive was tipped round the post by Ensa Sinyan in goal after some fine play by Harkness. Several chances went a missing after that with Kenny being the main culprit when it came to not seizing the opportunity, he did however have the ball in the net on 23 minutes but the referee dubiously made an offside decision.
Kungsängen took the lead against the run of play on 29 minutes when Adam Hsissen knocked the ball home off his chest after a floated cross ball defied Bergquist in goal. It could have been two when they hit the bar from only 8 yards when it looked easier to score.
Sinyan nearly became sinner on the 46th minute mark when he gifted the ball to Kenny in the box, it was a comical sequence of events as the keeper failed to collect and clear, then Kenny tried to round the keeper but lost his balance and ended up on the floor, reminiscent of Bambi on Ice. Sri Lankan player Sanka Weraraathna doubled his side’s lead after his team was awarded a free kick.
The defence were caught sleeping and and he had the simplest of tasks in prodding the ball into the net from all of five yards.
The game was put to bed by a two goal salvo by Sebastian Hauswald to make it a very unflattering 4 goals against scoreline for the visitors.
Defender Gary Phillips, seemed a bit off his game today and just to round it all off he was sent packing with nine minutes remaining for a very clumsy challenge.
The new coaching duo of Lascelles-Hallberg are conscious of the areas that need to be strengthened and what exactly has to be worked on. It could be an intensive month or so on the training ground for the Stripes squad.
Kungsängen are looking well equipped for their venture into Div 3 next season and may cause a few upsets.
29 mins 1-0 Adam Hsissen
67 mins 2-0 Sanka Weraraathna
76 mins 3-0 Sebastian Hauswald
85 mins 4-0 Sebastian Hauswald