Ben Gilby rounds up all the key action from Round Three of the Damallsvenskan and Round Two week of the Elitettan. (19/4/22).
Above: Goal-line drama in the game between Hammarby and Piteå. Photo: BK Häcken.
Round Three kicked off on Friday night with AIK’s home game with BK Häcken at Skytteholms.
The Solna-based side’s new signing from Sydney FC, Remy Siemsen, was in the stands along with 543 other fans to watch her team in action for the first time. Häcken were comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Filippa Curmark. Her first goal came with 26 minutes played as she headed home. Curmark grabbed her second 11 minutes later when Johanna Rytting Kaneryd cut along the right and squared into the box for the ball to be swept home.
The pair combined again with 51 minutes played as Rytting Kaneryd supplied from the right and Curmark lifted the ball into the left hand of the net to complete the scoring.
Siemsen is likely to be in a position to make her AIK debut next week when she faces a Rosengård side containing international teammates Teagan Micah and Charli Grant.
Djurgården suffered a third straight defeat after going down 5-2 to defending champions Rosengård at Stockholm Stadium.
Despite there being seven goals scored during the Good Friday afternoon clash, it took until three minutes before the break for the first to go in. Loretta Kullashi supplied the ball for Mia Persson to score. The game went significantly in Rosengård’s favour with two goals in sixty seconds just before the hour mark. Olivia Schough found Persson to grab her second with Stefanie Sanders playing in Kullashi to make it 3-0.
With just over fifteen minutes to go, Djurgården grabbed a lifeline as Tove Almqvist supplied a pass for Hayley Dowd to score. Yet the home fans’ hope lasted just four minutes as Persson and Kullashi combined again for the latter to grab the visitors’ fourth of the afternoon.
The remaining two goals came in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes as completed her hat-trick for Rosengård. The final say went to the hosts as Tilde Lindwall played in Almqvist for Djurgården’s second. The Stockholm side has now conceded 11 goals in their opening three matches.
Umeå IK won their first match since being promoted back to the Damallsvenskan with a 4-0 win at home to Vittsjö. However, it was not quite as straightforward as the scoreline suggests. Umeå had four shots on goal and scored each time. Vittsjö earned seven corners and more shots on goal, but it was the home side who came out well on top on the scoreboard. Despite only returning from international duty less than two days previously in Australia, Clare Polkinghorne started for the visitors
Two goals from Lisa Bjork at either end of the first half set the ball running for the hosts before Sarah Mellouk’s penalty just after the hour mark made matters comfortable. A fourth goal from Henna-Riikka Honkanen with 10 minutes to go completed the impressive win in front of 325 fans.
Linköping continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 win at IFK Kalmar. They took the lead with 15 minutes played thanks to Cornelia Kopecs’ strike. However, in the early stages of the second period, the home side levelled from Juliette Kemppi’s goal.
However, the game took an important twist just four minutes later as Linköping went ahead once more due to an own goal. Yuka Momiki’s penalty with 20 minutes remaining ultimately sealed the points with Amalie Vangsgaard adding a fourth in stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes.
KIF Örebro continued their positive start to the campaign with a 2-1 win at newly-promoted IF Brommapojkarna.
Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half earned Örebro the points. Amanda Rantanen put the visitors ahead after being played in by Heidi Kollanen. Elli Pikkujämsä made it 2-0 shortly afterwards. Ida Bengtsson supplied a pass for Klara Andrup to get Bromma’s consolation at the death for the majority of the 126 crowd.
New signing Courtney Nevin inspired her new team Hammarby to their first win of the season as she made her debut at home to Piteå.
The only goal came with 13 minutes to go when Matilda Vinberg found Emilia Larsson to score. A best of the week crowd of 1,109 was present at Hammarby Idrottsparken.
In the final game of the round, Kristianstads played out a 2-2 draw at home to Eskilstuna United in front of 912 fans.
The visitors went ahead after 10 minutes when Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene found Paulina Nystrom to score. Kristianstads finally levelled five minutes into the second period when Tabby Tindell continued her fantastic scoring run at the start of the season after being played in by Evelyn Viens.
Eskilstuna retook the lead 12 minutes before the end with Okobi-Okeoghene benefitting by the build-up play of Elise Stenevik to net. Their lead was short-lived as Klara Rybrink levelled four minutes later.
ROUND FOUR FIXTURES MIDWEEK: Rosengård v AIK, KIF Örebro v Umeå IK, Linköping v Hammarby, Piteå v IFK Kalmar, Vittsjö v Djurgården, Eskilstuna United v IF Brommapojkarna, BK Häcken v Kristianstads.
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Växjö have continued their strong start to bid to seal an instant return to the Damallsvenskan with a 4-0 win at home to newly-promoted Team TG FF. Hanna Stokki gave the hosts a powerful opening with two goals in as many minutes as they built an early 2-0 lead. Elin Nilsson made it three just six minutes before the break. Stokki completed her hat-trick nine minutes before the end. Växjö have won both of their opening matches to the delight of the 319 crowd.
Rävåsens IK Karlskoga tough start to life in the Elitettan continued after an 8-0 home defeat to IFK Norrköping in a game brought forward from the Round Three schedule. The visitors raced to a 5-0 lead with just 25 minutes on the clock thanks to goals from Lovina Gustafsson (two), Sabina Ravnell, Minnie Asperot, and My Cato. Two further goals in nine second-half minutes from Taylor Townsend (one penalty) added to the tally before Townsend completed her hat-trick in the closing stages. Karlskoga have now conceded 15 goals in their opening two games after being promoted into the league at the end of last season. The home crowd of 125 will be hoping for better times ahead.
IK Uppsala, who for much of last season looked to be definites for promotion to the Damallsvenskan are in the leading pack after two games. They gained a point from a trip to Lidköpings FK. Rosa Ossorio put Uppsala ahead just before the half-hour mark. Ronja Karlsson Törnborg levelled matters with three minutes remaining in front of 101 spectators.
Full Results Round Two: Lidköpings FK 1-1 IK Uppsala, Växjö 4-0 Team TG FF, Ifö Bromölla IF 1-2 Gamla Upsala SK, Mallbackens IF Sunne 1-1 IFK Norrköping, Alingsås FC United 1-1 Jitex BK, Bergdalens IK 2-0 Älvsjö AIK FF,Sundsvalls 1-1 Rävåsens IK Karlskoga.
Round Three Fixtures (Midweek): Rävåsens IK Karlskoga 0-8 IFK Norrköping, Gamla Upsala SK v Team TG FF, Ifö Bromölla IF v Mallbackens IF Sunne, Jitex BK v Lidköpings FK, Växjö v IK Uppsala, Älvsjö AIK FF v Sundsvalls, Alingsås FC United v Bergdalens IK.