Ben Gilby rounds up all the latest action in the Damallsvenskan and Elitettan with some big games played (26/4/22).
Above: BK Häcken’s Johanna Rytting Kaneryd shows her delight after putting her side ahead against Rosengård in the battle of the top two. Photo: BK Häcken.
Round Five kicked off on Sunday with AIK’s home game with Vittsjö at Skytteholms. It was a first home start for the Solna based side’s new signing Remy Siemsen from Sydney FC. Her fellow Australian international Katrina Gorry was in the line-up for the visitors.
In the battle of the Matildas, it was Vittsjö’s Gorry who ended the happiest as her new team-mates ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Jutta Rantala hit a hat-trick with strikes in the 14th minute, a penalty nine minutes into the second half, and a final strike in the closing stages. It was a difficult outcome for the majority of the 271 crowd as AIK are now bottom of the table.
Piteå are in third place after a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to KIF Örebro. Two goals in 26 first-half minutes put the hosts comfortably ahead with Katrina Guillou netting both. Just past the hour mark, Sofia Wännerdahl supplied Hanna Andersson who made it 3-0. Fanny Andersson completed the home side’s tally after being fed by Cecilia Edlund to the delight of the 926 fans. Amanda Rantonen got a late consolation for Örebro who drop to fifth.
Hammarby look to have begun to settled after a tough start to the campaign. They gained a second win for the campaign, 2-0 at home to newly promoted Umeå IK. Ellen Schampi supplied Savage Hasund to put the Stockholm based side ahead. Ten minutes before the end, Ellen Wangerheim benefited from Matilda Vinberg’s good work in the build-up to settle matters to the delight of the 923 fans.
Last year’s top two teams BK Häcken and Rosengård are positioned one and two respectively once more this season. They could not be separated again when they faced off on Sunday at Bravida Arena in front of 1,886 fans.
There was a thrilling opening as Rosengård hit the front with 12 minutes on the clock as Olivia Schough fed Mia Persson to score. Yet the visitors lead lasted for just three minutes with Stine Larsen levelling thanks to Hanna Wijk’s assist. Just before the break, BK Häcken hit the front as Johanna Rytting Kaneryd continued her prolific start to the campaign. With just under a quarter of an hour to go, the visitors were awarded a penalty and the experienced Caroline Seger stepped up to earn the defending champions a share of the spoils.
Djurgården moved off the bottom after gaining their first win of the season – and an impressive one at that, at home to Eskilstuna United. The two goals came at either end of the match. Hayley Dowd put the Stockholm-based side ahead from the penalty spot with just seven minutes played. Four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the match, Praise Lundin made the game safe after being supplied by Alice Bergstrom to the delight of the 351 fans.
IFK Kalmar welcomed fellow newly-promoted side IF Brommapojkarna to Guldfågeln Arena and earned a vital 1-0 win to put a little bit of breathing space between themselves and the drop zone. Jessica Ayres’ goal after 11 minutes ensured that the 138 fans went home happy. Bromma are now looking over their shoulders, just out of the automatic relegation places on goal difference.
Kristianstads took on in a battle of two sides that have started strongly when they hosted Linköping. There was just one goal in it, and it was scored after just 10 minutes from the home side’s prolific striker Tabby Tindell, to the delight of the Kristianstads support in the crowd of 457.
ROUND SIX FIXTURES: Rosengård v Hammarby, Umeå IK v AIK, Djurgården v Kristianstads, Eskilstuna United v IFK Kalmar, IF Brommapojkarna v Piteå, Vittsjö v BK Häcken, Linköping v KIF Örebro.
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Växjö remain top of the table after a 1-0 win away to Mallbackens IF Sunne in a clash of two sides who came into the round unbeaten. The only goal came from Hanna Stokki just before the half-hour mark in front of 120 fans.
Alingsås FC United are second on goal difference. Their unbeaten start to the season continued with a 1-0 win at IFK Norrköping. Stina Jensen scored the winner for the visitors midway through the second half. Norrköping had been reduced to ten players after Minnie Asperot for two yellow card offenses 11 minutes before Jensen’s goal. It was a disappointing afternoon for the majority of the 221 supporters in Platinum Cars Arena.
Lidköpings FK are third after a 4-2 win over battling Älvsjö AIK FF. The home side raced into a two goal lead in the opening half-hour. Ronja Karlsson Törnborg put Lidköpings ahead with 17 minutes on the clock with Emma Gabriel doubling the lead 13 minutes later. Älvsjö grabbed a lifeline 20 minutes into the second half thanks to an own goal. However, their hopes were dashed within seconds when Törnborg re-established the hosts two goal advantage with her second goal. Back came Älvsjö again, to their credit as Moa Sjöstrom struck with a quarter of an hour to go after being played in by Mia Olsson. Sarah Michael’s stoppage-time goal finally confirmed that the points would go to Lidköpings to the relief of the 95 spectators.
Full Results Round Four: Jitex BK V Gamla Upsala SK, IFK Norrköping 0-1 Alingsås FC United, Lidköpings FK 4-2 Älvsjö AIK FF, Mallbackens IF Sunne 0-1 Växjö, Sundsvalls 2-0 Bergdalens IK, Team TG FF 2-2 Ifö Bromölla IF, IK Uppsala 6-0 Rävåsens IK Karlskoga.
Round Five (Fixtures): Bergdalens IK v Lidköpings FK, Älvsjö AIK FF v Team TG FF, Alingsås FC United v IK Uppsala, Växjö v Sundsvalls, Rävåsens IK Karlskoga v Jitex BK, Ifö Bromölla IF v IFK Norrköping, Gamla Upsala SK v Mallbackens IF Sunne.