Helsingborg's Edwin Gyimah and Falkenbergs Viktor Götesson

On Helsingborgs IF 110th birthday they travelled to Falkenberg FF for a (fairly) local derby. Could they pick up another three points?

Round 11: Falkenbergs FF v Helsingborgs IF

Ten straight without loss and a 110th anniversary in the pot all HIF needed to do was produce a win to complete the celebration.

Of course it was great to celebrate the club’s 110th birthday with a match against Falkenberg. Given the town’s proximity to Helsingborg, it maybe wasn’t strange that so many supporters chose to go to Falcon Alcohol Free Arena to see the game.

HIF was forced to play the game without Oke Akpoveta and Alexander Anchinioti-Jönsson, who were both suspended after receiving three yellow cards. On the other hand, Viktor Ljung, Alex Timossi Andersson and Edwin Gyimah returned after injury and suspecsion

Helsingborg’s Anton Wede

HIF started brightly but initially the home team had the most dangerous chances with a shot hitting the post from a corner. With 17 minutes played, Wede should have made it 1-0 to HIF when he pounced on a ball in the penalty area, but his shot hit the crossbar.

The home team took control of the game more and more but didn’t create any real danger except a shot that was just wide of Pyzdrowsky’s left post. HIF picked up towards the end of the half but with the home side having 7 corners to HIF’s 0, it tells the story of the first half.

Falkenberg started the second half brightly but was struggling in the final third. The persistent rain made it difficult for both teams and the both side’s passing wasn’t the best.

However, for long periods HIF’s attacking game completely disappeared only for them to focus on defence, which is something that seems to be becoming a bit of a habit.

Helsingborg’s players celebrate after Jesper Lange scored against Falkenberg

In the 64th minute HIF started a counter attacking move which with the help of a mistake int he home sides defence let in Jesper Lange to score his 11th goal of the season to make it 0-1 to HIF.

The score was absolutely not fair on the home side but we all know that’s football.

This time HIF acted positively after taking the lead and instead of defending as if their lives depended on it they continued to move forward and created some really good chances, though they were unable to convert them.

Then the inevitable happened! After 83 minutes, Erik Pärsson sent a free kick high into the penalty box. Pyzdrowski cam out to collect the ball but only managed to parry it straight into the net and the match was wide open again.

If you are a regular reader you will know that conceding within the first 10 or last 10 is a common problem for HIF and after managing to not concede in the last 10 minutes for a couple of games it seems the problem has returned.

The last few minutes were not particularly entertaining and 1-1 may be considered a fair result in the end.

The game was HIF’s fifth draw of the season but at the same time it was the clubs’s 11th game without loss. Momentum grows as does confidence.

Final Score: 1:1
Goals: 0-1 Lange (64 min) 1-1 Pärsson (83)

Attendance: 3,826

Superettan Table – 2017-06-05

# Team Pld W D L F:A Pts
1. Brommapojkarna 11 9 1 1 24:6 28
2. Helsingborg 11 6 5 0 21:12 23
3. Dalkurd 10 6 2 2 16:7 20
4. Orgryte 11 5 3 3 12:17 18
5. Östers 11 5 2 4 16:17 17
6. Trelleborgs 11 4 4 3 21:12 16
7. Falkenbergs 11 4 4 3 20:17 16
8. Degerfors 11 4 3 4 13:13 15
9. GAIS 11 4 3 4 9:14 15
10. Varbergs 11 3 4 4 20:18 13
11. Värnamo 11 4 1 6 16:16 13
12. Syrianska 10 3 2 5 14:14 11
13. Norrby 11 3 2 6 12:19 11
14. Atvidabergs 11 3 2 6 12:20 11
15. IK Frej 11 1 4 6 11:21 7
16. Gefle 11 1 2 8 12:26 5
  • Thirty game season.
  • Top two teams are promoted.
  • Third placed team plays a two legged play-off match with the third from bottom team in Allsvenskan.
  • Bottom two teams are relegated.
  • Third and fourth from bottom teams play a two legged play-off match with 3rd placed team in Division 1 North and Division 1 South respectively.

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Results: 1st Half Remaining fixtures: 2nd Half
01/04 – Trelleborgs FF (h)
09/04 – Varbergs BoIS (a)
17/04 – Gefle IF (h)
22/04 – GAIS Göteborg (a)
01/05 – Degerfors IF (h)
08/05 – Atvidabergs FF (a)
13/05 – IK Frej (h)
18/05 – Norrby IF (h)
22/05 – Östers IF (a)
27/05 – Syrianska FC (h)
03/06 – Falkenbergs FF (a)
10/06 – IF Brommapojkarna (h)
17/06 – Dalkurd FF (a)
24/06 – IFK Värnamo (a)—– Summer Break —–
1:0 W
3:3 D
1:1 D
0:0 D
3:0 W
1:2 W
2:2 D
3:2 W
1:2 W
3:1 W
1:1 D
22/07 – Örgryte IS (h)
29/07 – Syrianska FC (a)
05/08 – Norrby IF (a)
08/08 – Åtvidabergs FF (h)
12/08 – IK Frej (a)
19/08 – GAIS Göteborg (h)
26/08 – Trelleborgs FF (a)
02/09 – Dalkurd FF (h)
09/09 – IF Brommapojkarna (a)
16/09 – Varbergs BoIS (h)
23/09 – Falkenbergs FF (h)
30/09 – Gefle IF (a)
14/10 – IFK Värnamo (h)
21/10 – Degerfors IF (a)
28/10 – Örgryte IS (a)
03/11 – Östers IF (h)

Squad Statistics:

# Name Age  Pld Gls YC RC
Goalkeepers
30 Joelsson Kalle 19 0 0 0 0
1 Pyzdrowski Matt 30 11 0 1 0
Defenders
11 Eriksson Adam 26 11 0 2 0
3 Helstrup Frederik 24 7 0 0 0
2 Johansson Carl 23 4 0 1 0
26 Larsson Peter 33 7 0 0 0
7 Ljung Viktor 26 3 0 0 0
4 Olsson Jonatan 24 2 0 0 0
37 Thulin Carl 17 0 0 0 0
36 Weberg Charlie 19 8 0 0 0
Midfielders
8 Christensen Martin 29 10 1 0 0
33 Gyimah Edwin 26 10 1 4 0
13 Jonsson Alexander Borje 21 7 0 3 0
6 Landgren Andreas 28 11 1 0 0
14 Ralani Bradley 29 10 2 2 1
21 Samuel Monday 23 7 1 0 0
35 Seger Casper 17 0 0 0 0
10 Wede Anton 27 6 0 0 0
Forwards
18 Akpoveta Oke 25 9 4 3 0
22 Lange Jesper 31 11 6 2 0
15 Svensson Max 18 8 2 0 0
9 Zeidan Moustafa 18 1 0 1 0

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