Depleted Långholmen claim first point

Långholmen claimed their first points of the season after holding Vagnhärad, who will be bitterly disappointed that they did not take more from the match against a weakened Stripes.

Långholmen have had an injury-ravaged start to their season and missing from action on Thursday were two key midfielders in Billy Harkness and Derri Thomas, the latter may not return to action due to a troublesome knee problem and will be sorely missed by his team mates.

The biggest surprise of the evening was the announcement that Edwin Bergquist was being replaced by Chris Allen in goal, absurd as it may sound it actually worked out pretty well for Långholmen and he was undoubtedly his side’s star man on the night.

It was all very hap hazard stuff before the match in trying to get a full team together and former first team goalkeeper James McConnell was called in as a reserve at the very last minute to bolster the Stripes squad.

Vagnhärad did not enjoy Långholmen’s no nonsense approach to the game and had great difficulty in breaching the Stockholm teams back line. Ciaran McCormack and company did a sterling job in protecting Allen’s goal and it took the home team all of twenty minutes before they even came close to bothering the stand in keeper.

Colm Kenny came close on the 23 minute mark but his effort was far too weak to really cause keeper Lindgren any problems.

At times the football was not the prettiest on what was a very poor surface, but Långholmen stuck to their task and never put a foot wrong in a hard fought first 45 minutes.

Mauricio Zalvedar, who played so well at the weekend against Assyriska, had a wild effort on goal just before the interval, his shot almost hitting the corner flag much to the amusement of the away supporters who gave him a fair amount of stick during the match.

Colm Kenny saw his headed effort go agonisingly wide just before the break and referee Navaee blew his whistle to end the half shortly after.

The second half was a much livelier affair and had it not been for the heroics of Allen, Vagnhärad would have claimed all three points. On 54 minutes Anosheh saw his shot from close range knocked away by the goalie, then the rebound bounced off Allen and the third chance was knocked away to safety.

Långholmen fans were in fine voice and you could see that their encouragement really lifted their side as the Stockholm islanders started to created a few chances in front of goal. New boy Baris Kececi had a golden opportunity to win the game for the Stripes but his effort just went wide of the target.

The homeside were pinned back by Långholmen in the closing stages in what they will see as a lacklustre performance. It was the away team that took all the plaudits in a performance that showed both pride and heart and meant that they climbed off the foot of the table.

Next match is Saturday 8th May at Stora Essinge against Tyresö FF.

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Playing IFK Gothenburg a ‘dream come true’

Stockholm's international football club Långholmen lost their Swedish Cup draw against league superstars IFK Gothenburg on Monday night, in a fairytale opportunity the team captain called "a surreal dream come true".

Playing IFK Gothenburg a 'dream come true'

Almost 700 fans turned up in Stockholm to see the game, with the vast majority supporting the Stockholm side, however the raucous and non-stop cheers of the crowd were not enough to claim a victory for Långholmen, who lost 0-9.


The Local chatted to club captain Andy O’Sullivan after the game about taking part in what many dubbed as football’s David and Goliath match of the year.

The Local: How would you describe the team’s mood after the game?

Andy O’Sullivan: It was celebratory, there was an overwhelming feeling of pride, and positivity about the future. We all went for a few beers and watched the report on SVT Fotbollskväll and it got a huge cheer! It was bizarre that Manchester United versus Everton was on one TV and Långholmen FC vs IFK Gothenburg was on the other!

The founding members of the club were all in attendance… and I think for them it is a rather surreal dream come true. To see what they have built over 10 years… from having a kick around in the park to playing a competitive match against Sweden’s most successful club IFK Gothenburg.

TL: What was the reaction to the huge turnout and all the international interest?

AO: The atmosphere at the game was electric. All the fans and friends of the club have been revelling in the wider press coverage. From The Guardian to the BBC, The Sun and the national radio, La Stampa in Italy and beyond – the feedback and response to our achievement have been universally positive.

It’s true that LFC has been mentioned as the antidote to the corporate commercially-driven Premiere League on offer. The romance around this game has captured the hearts of a lot of people. We have received well wishes from all across the globe, and I think the fans last night showed what a special club LFC is.

TL: What were the highlights of the match for you?

AO: The players worked so hard, and really gave it everything. Gothenburg came here to do a job and played their first eleven. They showed no mercy and punished us at the end of the game when we were tired. I think it is a credit to the Gothenburg players that they gave us a lot of respect and took the game seriously.

Speaking to Tobias Hysen after the game, he said that they enjoyed games like this too, a game with a real story behind it.

For us, Chris Allen did great in goal despite the score line, and the two centre-backs Andy Mclelland and Ciaron McCormack were outstanding. The whole defence stood up to immense pressure and the squad acquitted themselves very well. It was difficult to keep the ball and match the physical performance level of the Gothenburg players, but we had a little spell in the second half where we managed to keep the ball and maintain our shape.

TL: Was the final score an accurate reflection of the match?

AO: I think 0-9 is a harsh result. They scored in injury time in the first half and 3 goals in the final ten minutes of the game. Obviously the lads were exhausted and this just shows the level of fitness between the professional teams and the rest. They clinically punished our mistakes, and we have no complaints. But I thought 0-6 would have been a fairer score line… one goal for each league between us.

TL: What next for the club?

AO: Onwards and upwards. We have a league match on Thursday night as we fight to stay in Division 4. This is a local derby against FC Krukan, and a very important match. I hope as many fans come down to cheer us on again: Kick off 2000 @ Essinge IP.

Below: Watch as Långholmen fans keep the crowd entertained at the match behind the linesman’s back.

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