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Home win at last for Stripes

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010


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Last gasp win for hard working Stripes

Two goals in the closing minutes of this game ensured Långholmen secured their first home win of the season. Seven hundred and twenty minutes had past with football on Essinge without a victory for the Stripes, but when referee Thunman blew his whistle the Långholmen players could at last punch the air in celebration.

The omens were not good before the game as Ciaran McCormack, Stuart Lascelles and Wilhelm Sund were all missing from the starting line up. The re- shuffled side however coped admirably and were hardly threatened by a physical Tellus side.

Tellus needed to win to more or less guarantee safety in division 3 this year, the Stripes had no other alternative than to win and the eagerness to achieve this was apparent as they chased the game right to the final whistle.

The first half was not for the faint hearted, Tellus made it clear from the start that they were not going to be bossed by the home team. Ian Mack was the key man for Tellus as he was in the first match at Aspudden, his no nonsense approach and his attempt at persuading the referee to book a couple of Långholmen players didn’t go unnoticed by band of Långholmen fans and he was subjected to some lighthearted banter throughout the match.

You have to feel sorry for Chris Allen, he looks a shadow of the player he was last term and the ball is just not falling kindly for him this term, in fairness he has not really had a decent run of outfield starts this season due to the terrible goalkeeping situation his club find themselves in. The young striker had two clear cut chances in the first half, one in particular when he picked up on a pin point pass from Kenny, his final touch letting him down.

Stevie Jefferson in goal had another excellent game and is growing in confidence; his punching, collecting and distribution were all first class and he played a huge part in his teams victory.

Tempers flared up in the 37 th minute when a bit of pushing and shoving involving a few players took place near the centre circle, referee Thunman and his assistant were quick to defuse the situation in a fair manner.

Moving into the second half and the Stripes were much more dominant and even when the clock hit the 80 minute mark there was still a real belief both on and off the pitch that they could win the game. Paul Sullivan had a great effort saved by Johan Gull in goal, the Tellus stopper made 4 or 5 first class stops to keep his team in with a chance.

Långholmen had a scare on 58 minutes when Tellus beat the offside trap, the ball ended up behind Jeffersons goal, that was one of only a couple of real chances they created during the whole match.

Erik Thorell put in another fine shift and could of been the hero of the day when he collected the ball in his own half and then stormed down the flank, he then made his way into the penalty area, his shot however had no pace and Gull saved easily. Sammba Sowe replaced Allen in the second half and as always posed a threat whenever the ball got near him, he should have scored when he found himself one on one with Gull, but once again the keeper denied the Stripes.

The clock was ticking down fast and it looked like draw number 8 for Långholmen this season, that was until Sowe recieved the ball from Colm Kenny, his initial touch was poor but his strength and presence ensured he had a second bite at the cherry, turning onto the ball and slotting the ball low into the net, it was more than the hard working Stripes deserved.

Tellus were shell shocked and even more so when Kenny added a second two minutes later, Andy O’Sullivan finding the Irishman unmarked in the box to fire home from close range.

This was just what the Stripes needed and this should set them up nicely against a mid table Tyresö side next week.

Report by Scot James

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Sammba magic as Stripes win away.

Monday, August 9th, 2010

ENHÖRNA IF           2


It is very doubtful that Friluftsgården has witnessed such a veciforous away support as the Långholmen one on Saturday, the classic footballing line ”the twelfth man” really did apply for this match and when Sammba Sowe chased down a through ball and slammed into the net in the 93 minute of the game the away support exploded with joy.

This was always going to be a difficult fixture for Långholmen, bottom of the table clashes always are especially when you are missing four or five first team regulars and maybe most importantly an established goalkeeper. This week the roulette wheel stopped at Andy McClarens name and the big Northern Irish defender pulled on the number one jersey and apart from a couple of heart stopping moments he acquitted himself really well.

Långholmen despite their problems with selection this season have found two fine players in Alex Bodini and Sammba Sowe, the first is now settling into a fine midfield role, the other is fast proving to be a match saving talent.

A fine start to the match saw Långholmen play a controlled passing game and soaked up any chances Enhörna tried to create. The first chance for Långholmen fell to Deri Thomas who fired past. It was a frustrating start for the home side, who desperately needed the points in this one. On 25 minutes Jansson sent in a hard low effort from 20 yards, his effort failing to hit the target. Derri Thomas then found himself in a good position in the box and seemed to have been bundled over, referee Carlsson waved play on, Långholmen were robbed on that occassion.

Enhörna took advantage of a five minute spell when Långholmen once again lost concentration and in that period let in 2 goals. The first of these came when Sebastian Jansson managed to pick up on a loose ball and fire past McClaren om 34 minutes, this was really against the run of play.

One would have expected the Stripes to have been somewhat deflated 4 minutes later when local boy Tobias Gunduz double his sides tally when he ran onto a inch perfect through ball and fired a hard shot into the back of the net. Despite Långholmen having a fine first 30 minutes it was Enhörna that finished the stronger of the teams at the break.

The teams came back out for the second half and it was Långholmen who dominated this one completely,in previous games this season they have chased teams with too much urgency, in this game they calmed things down and picked out there moments to punish their opponents.

Alex Bodini had a fine effort saved by Olsson in goal as did Sammba Sowe moments earlier.

The first goal came soon after when Sowe got the slightest of touches with his head and the ball made it’s way into the net. This combined with a great vocal support from the away supporters stand really spurred on the Stripes.

Derri Thomas made it 2-2 with a finely placed affort after some good work by Colm Kenny, it was more than the black and white men deserved.

Enhörna tried to claw their way back into the game and came close when Andy McClaren dropped the ball onto the post on 59 minutes.

Andy O’Sullivan had a chance with ten minutes remaining then Pete McConnell had an effort cleared off the line and that was the last chance the away side had in regulation time.

The Långholmen fans were urging the referee to blow for full time and would have taken a draw gratefully, their side had other plans , Sowe picked the ball up just inside the Enhörna half and sprinted past the oncoming defender, he then kept his cool and shot low and hard past the helpless Olsson in goal and sent everyone connected with Långholmen into a frenzied state.

Spårvägen 15 10 3 2 39 13 26 33
Konyaspor 14 9 3 2 25 13 12 30
Huddinge 15 9 1 5 31 25 6 28
Assyriska FF 15 8 1 6 35 31 4 25
Tyresö 15 6 6 3 31 22 9 24
Älvsjö 14 6 5 3 37 25 12 23
Vagnhärad 15 6 5 4 24 25 -1 23
Tellus 15 6 3 6 34 27 7 21
Långholmen 14 2 5 7 22 38 -16 11
Mälarhöjden 15 2 4 9 13 37 -24 10
Enhörna 15 2 3 10 22 36 -14 9
Panellinios 14 1 3 10 13 34 -21 6

Långholmen Select have a match against the visiting fans of the Scotland national side at Östermalms IP on Tuesday 10th August with a kick- off time of 19.00.

Next Långholmen FC fixture : away to Älvsjö Wed 11th Aug 20.00

Next home fixture is on 14th Aug at home to Huddinge k.o 14.00 Essinge IP

Report by Scot James

Images by Per Hägglund

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Second half of season preview

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The first half of the season was a very tough one for Långholmen FC. The team managed to record only one win in their opening 12 games, a victory against fellow fellow strugglers Mälarhöjden. The management team have been posed with selection problems for the best part of the first half of the season and an injury to first choice keeper Edwin Bergquist hasn’t helped matters.

Stuart Lascelles and Max Hallberg have been trying to bolster the playing staff and have a couple of additions to the current squad, they recently lost a player, however, to fellow Div 3 club Huddinge.

The focus will very much be on picking up points against against their nearest rivals at the foot of the table and aim for the play-off place, this is not a unrealistic target for Långholmen.

The club have a great opportunity to get things back on track with two very important matches in 4 days. First up are Mälarhöjden at home on Wednesday night, Mälarhöjden will prove to be very tough opponents as they come off the back of a good draw against Vagnhärads. Enhörna are the opposition on Saturday, a win over both these teams will propel Långholmen into the play-off place.

Moving into next week and the club have two games. First on Tuesday night a Långholmen Select will take on The Tartan Army Select in an international challenge match at Östermalms IP. The visiting Scots will be in town for the Sweden v Scotland friendly match at Råsunda on Wednesday. They play matches against teams in every country they visit and they should provide a good match. Långholmen are expecting a big crowd for this match and with a number of kilt bearing Scottish fans in attendance it is sure to be a noisy occasion. Jim Black of the Tartan Army said his team were very much looking forward to this match and is confident his side will claim another scalp on their travels.

On Wednesday night Långholmens first team travel to a tricky away fixture at Älvsjö, it really is a shame this match was being played at the same time as the game at Råsunda as it surely would of had a few Scottish fans in attendance to cheer on their new found friends at Långholmen.

Upcoming games

Långholmen FC v Mälarhöjdens IK at Essinge IP, Stora Essinge Wed 4th Aug k.o 8pm

Enhörna IF v Långholmen FC  at Friluftsgården, Enhörna Sat 7th Aug k.o 3pm

Långholmen FC Select v Tartan Army  FC Select Östermalms IP Tues 10th Aug k.o 7pm

League table 100802

Spårvägen 13 9 2 2 35 11 24 29
Konyaspor 12 8 3 1 23 10 13 27
Huddinge 13 8 0 5 24 23 1 24
Assyriska FF 13 7 1 5 30 27 3 22
Tellus 13 6 3 4 32 22 10 21
Tyresö 13 5 5 3 24 19 5 20
Vagnhärad 13 5 5 3 21 20 1 20
Älvsjö 12 5 4 3 31 20 11 19
Enhörna 13 2 3 8 20 30 -10 9
Mälarhöjden 13 2 3 8 11 33 -22 9
Långholmen 12 1 4 7 17 34 -17 7
Panellinios 12 0 3 9 9 28 -19 3

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