Långholmen claim three points in historic win

Långholmen FC notched a new historic first after recording their first win in Division 3 with a well-earned 2-0 victory over fellow national league newcomers Mälarhöjden

Långholmen claim three points in historic win

Midfield stalwart Pete McConnell’s fantastic bottom corner effort on 50 minutes made sure Långholmen claimed their first three pointer of the season in a must-win affair.

Mälarhöjden fielded a strong team that included former Långholmen player Mattias Larsson, who has returned to action after a long spell out injured. Team captain Larsson was given a warm reception by the Långholmen fans who made the trip for this fixture.

Långholmen were missing Ciaran McCormack and Paul Sullivan, this meant Andy McClaren paired up with Stuart Lascelles at the back and Pete McConnell took up a midfield role.

The first real effort of the game came when Billy Harkness played a fine free kick to the head of Colm Kenny, the Irishman steering his header just over the bar.

Minutes later Edwin Bergquist was forced to make a save from Mälarhöjden veteran Jonas Silvfing. The big keeper was back in action shortly after when he got down well to save a ferocious shot from Johan Westling, that was about as close the home team came to scoring in the first forty-five minutes.

Långholmen on the other hand were playing some good football and applied a fair amount of pressure on a very suspect Mälarhöjden defence, with Chris Allen in particular making some great darting runs down the right flank. Allen’s delivery into the box was flawless throughout, in particular a super cross to the back post which was met by O’Sullivan whose effort hit the post.

Two set pieces for Långholmen paid dividends.

First up and a perfectly flighted free kick from Harkness found it’s way to Colm Kenny who outjumped his marker and nodded the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Mälarhöjden adopted a game plan of sitting off the ball to let Långholmen do the running; it may have worked last week against Assyriska but this time around they had no such luck.

Långholmen however needed a second goal to give them a bit of a comfort zone and the Stripes made it well worth waiting for.

Harkness played a cheeky hard driven corner low to the front post, the ball was knocked out of defence twice before falling to the foot of McConnell who unleashed a screamer of a shot from all of 20 metres, leaving keeper Åkerberg with absolutely no chance. A finer goal will be hard to find this season.

The hosts were then allowed to come back into the game, a pattern we have seen many times this season from Långholmen. But despite repeated attempts to close in on Bergquist’s goal Mälarhäjden were left with no reward as the big keeper pulled off a handful of decent stops to make sure his team finished on top.

A very important win for Långholmen and a much needed one. Collectively they played very well and looked dangerous going forward.

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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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