With season’s end approaching, Ben Gilby rounds another week of action in the top two tiers of Swedish women’s football as champions are decided and the Elitettan’s final promotion spot nears confirmation.
Above: Rosengård celebrate lifting the title. Photo: @fcrosengard
Kristianstads’ third place hopes took a major dent after they went down 1-0 at home to already relegated Växjö. Emmi Alenen’s strike after 73 minutes ensured that Växjö recorded only their second win of the campaign in front of a frustrated crowd of 692.
KIF Örebro took advantage to keep their hopes of third place alive, now two points behind going into the final round of matches after a 2-1 win at home to Piteå in front of 333 fans. Emilia Pelgander put Örebro ahead after 13 minutes with Heidi Kollanen doubling the advantage with just under 20 minutes to go. Hanna Andersson netted a consolation with seven minutes to go.
Rosengård lifted the Damallsvenskan title after their final home game, which resulted in a 3-1 win over Eskilstuna United in front of 2,548 fans. Mimmi Larsson put the hosts ahead after nine minutes with Sanni Troelsgaard making it 2-0 ten minutes before the break. Jelena Cankovic increased it to a three goal lead before Noor Eckhoff got one back for Eskilstuna. The visitors will now need to get a better result than Kristianstads on the final day to overtake them in third place.
BK Häcken ended their difficult run by dispatching Djurgården comfortably 4-0 in their final home game of the season in front of 882 spectators. Stina Blackstenius’ hat-trick plus a goal from Elin Rubensson completed the rout.
Hammarby rounded off their home campaign by drawing another impressive crowd – 2,173 for their clash with Linköping. The visitors continued their improved run of results by coming away with a 3-1 success. Uchenna Kanu’s hat-trick earned the points for Linköping with Nina Jakobsson’s effort being the sole strike for the Stockholm-based hosts.
AIK signed off their home campaign with a victory when they dispatched Vittsjö thanks to Kaisa Collin’s strike after just nine minutes in front of 233 fans.
Round Twenty-Two Fixtures:
Växjö v Hammarby
Eskilstuna United v BK Häcken
Vittsjö v KIF Örebro
Linköping v AIK
Djurgården v Rosengård
Piteå v Kristianstads
Umeå IK clinched the Elitettan title with two games to spare after a 2-0 win over Morön BK. Henna-Riikka Honkanen and Alexander Sandstrom’s goals sealed the trophy in front of 518 fans. Also confirmed was IFK Kalmar’s promotion to the top flight after they gained a 1-1 draw at home to IK Uppsala. Angelina Thoresen gave the visitors, who still have hopes of taking the third and final promotion slot, the lead before the prolific Tabby Tindell levelled just after the break to the delight of the gathered crowd of 541. IF Brommapojkarna are fourth on goal difference after coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Mallbackens IF Sunne. Mathilda Splendor gave Bromma the lead with 19 minutes on the clock before goals from Linnea Berger and Irvana Bajamovic on either side of the break put the mid-table visitors ahead. With eleven minutes to go, Splendor grabbed Brommapojkarna’s equalizer in front of 156 fans. Lidköpings FK are still in the mix for the third and final promotion spot after a 3-1 win at home to Älvsjö AIK FF. Two goals from Evelyn Ijeh in the first 27 minutes put the hosts in the driving seat. Alice Bergstrom gave Älvsjö hope when she scored just after the half-hour mark, but Lidköpings secured the win that puts them just a point adrift of third-place when Emilia Bengtsson scored just past the hour.
Latest Results: IFK Norrköping 1-1 Borgeby FK, Umeå IK 2-0 Morön BK, Sundsvalls DFF 0-2 Jitex Mölndal, Alingsås FC United 2-1 Bollstanäs SK, Lidköpings FK 3-1 Älvsjö AIK FF, IK Brommapojkarna 2-2 Mallbackens IF Sunne, IFK Kalmar 1-1 IK Uppsala.
Next Fixtures: Bollstanäs SK v Umeå IK, IFK Kalmar v IFK Norrköping, Alingsås FC United v Lidköpings FK, Jitex Mölndal v IK Brommapojkarna, Mallbackens IF Sunne v IK Uppsala, Älvsjö AIK FF v Sundsvalls DFF, Borgeby FK v Morön BK.
Eskilstuna United have announced the retention of two key players as both team captain Matilda Plan and experienced wingback Anna Oskarsson have extended their contracts with the club.