With surprising results for top teams in both the Damallsvenskan and Elitettan, there’s been some dramatic goings on in Swedish women’s football this week. Ben Gilby rounds up all the action.
Above: Hayley Dowd jumps for joy after scoring for Djurgården. Photo: DIF
Arguably the result of the season took place as rock bottom Växjö’s held second placed BK Häcken to a fantastic 1-1 draw. Växjö are without a win all season and this point is only their fifth of the campaign. Stina Blackstenius put Häcken ahead four minutes into the second half, but former London City Lionesses and Bristol City player Juliette Kemppi hit an equaliser eight minutes later which left the home crowd of 140 jubilant. BK Häcken are now six points behind leaders Rosengård with five matches left.
Djurgården gained an excellent 2-1 victory at home to Stockholm rivals Hammarby, which put a dent in the visitors’ hopes of finishing third. Daniela Zamora put the hosts ahead after ten minutes with Hayley Dowd making it 2-0 early in the second half. Nina Jakobsson got a goal back for Hammarby with just under 20 minutes left, but to the delight of the majority of the 2,096 fans Djurgården hung on to take the win.
Piteå continued their recent improved run of form with a 1-1 draw at home to mid table Vittsjö, in a game watched by 747 fans. Anam Imo put the hosts ahead on the quarter of an hour mark before Fernanda Da Silva levelled from the penalty spot for Vittsjö with 12 minutes left.
KIF Örebro gained an important win in a battle of two sides just above the drop zone as they dispatched AIK 2-0 to the delight of the gathered 542 fans. Two goals in the last 11 minutes from Jessica Scarpi and Jenna Hellstrom sealed the points.
Rosengård failed to take advantage of BK Häcken’s shock draw as they could only be held 1-1 themselves at home by fourth placed Kristianstads. Sanne Troelsgaard put the hosts ahead just after the interval, but Mia Carlsson equalised for Kristianstads with just over 20 minutes left. 500 fans were in attendance.
Eskilstuna United are now four points clear of the pack hunting for third place after a 0-0 draw at Linköping in a game watched by 684 spectators.
Round Eighteen Fixtures:
AIK v Växjö
Kristianstads v KIF Örebro
Vittsjö v Linköping
Eskilstuna United v Djurgården
BK Häcken v Rosengård
Hammarby v Piteå
Umeå IK benefitted from the inability of the chasing pack to win at the weekend as they extended their lead at the top to eight points with six games to go with a 3-1 win over IFK Norrköping. Goals from Tilde Johnasson, Vilma Koivisto and Monica Buh put the hosts in the driving seat before Jennie Egeriis grabbed a consolation for Norrköping with 13 minutes left. The gathered crowd of 321 knew that they were likely to have seen a decisive win in their side’s campaign. IK Uppsala, who have been in the top two for virtually the whole season dropped to third after a surprising 1-0 loss to 11th placed Sundsvalls DFF. Sophie Brundin’s goal with 69 minutes played was the difference in front of 181 frustrated fans. IFK Kalmar are up to second after a 2-0 win at Morön BK – a result which dealt a blow to the home side’s promotion hopes. Goals from Andrea Thorisson just before the break and Amanda Persson three minutes from time settled matters. IF Brommapojkarna’s 4-0 win over Alingsås FC United means that only goal difference separates them from IK Uppsala, a side who, for so long looked promotion certainties. Klara Andrup, Mathilda Prakt, Jennifer Sjosten and Mathilda Lindstrom were on target in front of 94 fans.
Latest Results: Jitex Mölndal 2-0 Älvsjö AIK FF, IK Uppsala 0-1 Sundsvalls DFF, Lidköpings FK 3-1 Bollstanäs SK, Morön BK 0-2 IFK Kalmar, IF Brommapojkarna 4-0 Alingsås FC United, Mallbackens IF Sunne 1-2 Borgeby FB, Umeå IK 3-1 IFK Norrköping.
Next Fixtures: IK Uppsala v Umeå IK, Bollstanäs SK v IFK Kalmar, IF Brommapojkarna v Sundsvalls DFF, IFK Norrköping v Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal v Mallbackens IF Sunne, Alingsås FC United v Borgeby FB, Älvsjö AIK FF v Morön BK.