Match-Day 1 - Narrow Victory for Djurgården
Djurgården/Älvsjö: Maja Åström - Sara Thunebro, Therese Brogårde, Malin Nykvist, Linda Lekander - Victoria Svensson, Anna Hall (70 Jane Törnqvist), Linda Fagerström - Sara Johansson, Laura Kalmari, Venus James (63 Elin Ekblom)
Sunnanå SK: Åsa Berglund - Linnea Gjersvold, Carolina Marklund, Hanna Marklund, Sandra Berggren - Mirjam Marklund (82 Nora Jåfs), Carina Holmberg, Anna Bodén, Lina Johansson (78 Maggis Esseryd) - Madelaine Edlund, Tiffeny Milbrett
Goals: Sara Johansson1-0 (2), Tiffeny Milbrett 1-1 (65 PK), Linda Lekander 2-1 (75)
Yellow cards: Mirjam Marklund Sunnanå, Victoria Svensson Djurgården/Älvsjö,
Sunnanå started nervously while Djurgården/Älvsjö pushed forward from the start. They took advantage of a Sunnanå defense that had yet to find their positions and Sara Johansson scored on a long pass from Victoria Svensson in behind the defense line. Djurgården dominated but didn't get to any really dangerous finishes, while Sunnanå had to chase the ball a lot. Tiffeny Milbrett worked hard in Sunnanå's attack and was behind most of her side's opportunities. About 20 minutes into the second half Milbrett went down, maybe a little too easy, inside Djurgården's penalty area and was rewarded with a penalty. She took the penalty kick herself and it was 1-1. The rest of the game Sunnanå tried to defend their draw, but Linda Lekander scores on a direct corner kick. All in all, Djurgården/Älvsjö did what they had to do while Sunnanå should be content with their effort.
This match report is compiled from an online play-by-play by Sunnanå's local paper Norra Västerbotten. You can read the complete PBP at their website:
Norra Västerbotten: "Stort plus i kanten för den här insatsen"
Dagens Nyheter: Djurgården/Älvsjö vann mot Sunnanå
SVT - highlights clip with Milbrett interview (Windws media, 2 minutes)
A couple of pre-match stories:
Sunnanå coach Kenneth "Kega" Isaksson talks about having confidence in his players and about the difference between coaching men and women - Sunnanå is his first women's team. Isaksson says they will need both their strength as a team and top individual performances to make it against Djurgården/Älvsjö. If it works out, a win is not impossible.
NorraVästerbotten: Kega tror på sina tjejer
Expressen has an article on the good and bad of the influx of foreign players, and gets the usual answer. As long as it is world class players that come, it's nothing but good. They also asks Tiffeny Milbrett why she chose to play in Sweden: "I want to play in the best league there is", she says. And since the foldning of WUSA, that is in Sweden.
Expressen: ”Nästan alla är världsspelare”
Expressen: Tiffeny: Därför väljer vi Sverige
Do you know why Jane T. from D/A has been moved to
sub? Is this an injury or something else?
D/Ä probably just felt the need to rest some players - they played Arsenal last friday and will play Linköping this saturday, a pretty tight schedule for at least a women's team. When D/A subbed in Jane and Elin Ekblom, the play became better and they got the winning goal.
At the second D/A goal the corner kick is deflected into the goal by Tiffeny...
But Jane's # has been changed from 3 to 30, and she was out with an operation, so something must be going on.
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