Match-day 17: Örebro draws Djurgården
Hammarby IF - Sunnanå SK 1 - 1 (1-0)
Hammarby: Katarina Wicksell - Annica Svensson, Carolina Rinman, Linda Forsberg, Caitlin Fisher (59 Elin Sölveskog) - Louise Fors, Therese Sandström, Jennie Jonsson, Marijke Callebaut, Sara Johansson - Emma Lundh (66 Jessica Landström)
Sunnanå: Åsa Berglund - Sandra Berggren, Hanna Marklund, Rebecca Smith, Kicki Wiklund (89 Maggie Esseryd) - Maria Nordbrandt (73 Alexandra Nilsson), Carina Holmberg (78 Carolina Marklund), Sanna Frostevall, Anna Bodén - Madde Edlund, Lina Johansson
Goals: 1-0 Sara Johansson (45), 1-1 Maria Nordbrandt (51)
Sunnanå had a weak start, creating almost nothing forward. Hammarby dominated the first half, but had problems getting past Sunnanå's defense with Hanna Marklund in their attempts to reach Sara Johansson. Finally, in the 45th minute, their work paid off as Lollo Fors dribbled through Sunnanå's defense on the left side and finished with cross to the forward-rushing Sara Johansson, who headed in 1-0.
Something must have been said at half-time in Sunnanå's locker-room, because they looked much better in the second half. After only a few minutes their attacks had resulted in a corner-kick, where Maria Nordbrandt could score from a rebound. The more time passed, the more careful the teams played, seemingly more anxious to keep the point they ahd than eager to earn another one.
Norra Västerbotten: Femte raka utan förlust
Jitex BK - Bälinge IF 1 - 1 (1-1)
Jitex: Kristin Luckenbill - Jenny Ringquist, Amelie Rybeck, Emma Herbring, Caroline Lindblad - Therese Björk, Malin Normelli, Leah Robinson, Therese Bjurenlind (85 Kajsa Tornfalk) - Katie Eriksson, Sara Sjöstedt (57 Sofia Skog)
Bälinge: Maja Åström - Karolina Mats, Fanta Cooper, Lina Andersson, Nera Smajic - Linda Sembrant, Mikaela Björklund (65 Mona Najib), Julianne Sitch (89 Anna Bergendahl) - Minna Mustonen (80 Michaela Bengtsson), Emma Lindqvist, Kacey White
Goals: 1-0 Katie Eriksson (18), 1-1 Minna Mustonen (22)
Ater five defeats in a row, Jitex managed to get a point and, at least temporarly, move out of the relegation zone. But the match was a lot about two teams without much self-confidence. After the two early goals - Jitex Katie Eriksson heading in a corner-kick from Therese Björk and Bälinge's Minna Mustonen converting a great Kacey White pass - the first half was uneventfull. The home side started to get the upper hand in the second half, but their attacks never resulted in anything more than forcing Maja Åström ion Bälinge's goal to a couple of good saves.
Upsala Nya Tidning: Ingen seger för Bälinge
Göteborgsposten: En poäng för Jitex i bottenmöte
KIF Örebro - Djurgården/Älvsjö 2 - 2 (1-1)
Örebro: Kristin Hammarström - Ingrid Ericson, Stina Segerström, Keeley Dowling, Caroline Näfver - Lena Andersson, Marie Hammarström, Hodan Siid-Ahmed (66 Sandra Persson), Elin Magnusson - Emelia Erixon, Pavlina Scasna
Djurgården: Bente Nordby - Kristin Bengtsson, Jane Törnqvist, Therese Brogårde, Sara Thunebro - Linda Fagerström, Katrine Pedersen (79 Mimmi Nordlander-Andersson), Anna Hall, Dorte Dalum Jensen (46 Anne-Marie Norlin) - Victoria Svensson, Elin Ekblom
Goals: 1-0 Keeley Dowling (28), 1-1 Victoria Svensson (36), 2-1 Keeley Dowling (76), 2-2 Victoria Svensson (80)
Player of the match, two goals and Keeley Dowling was still disappointed. She failed to clear a ball when Örebro was 2-1 up and the always dangerous Victoria Svensson caught the opportunity and scored. "It feels really bitter when we were so close. We had a lot of opportunities and should have won the match."
Örebro had a really good day, great team-work, hard working defense and a lot of passes findning forwards Scasna and Erixon. 13 shots on goal against Djurgården's 6, a missed penalty kick and Dowling's 86th minute header in the woodwork shows which team was closest to victory.
Örebro began to pressure Djurgården's defense already from the beginning, Pavlina Scasna in a key role. Djurgården's Nordby, Törnqvist and Brogårde worked hard to keep clean, but Örebro created dangerous set pieces. Dowling headed both her two goals when she was unmarked on corner kicks. Djurgården had problems recreating the flow in their attacking game from last weekend, but Victoria Svensson, still in great form, took good care of what was created.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF Örebro kryssade med mersmak, pictures
Djurgården: Oavgjort i Örebro
Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC - Qbik 3 - 1 (2-1)
Göteborg: Maria Edman - Maria Nilsson, Sofia Dammström, Frida Höglund, Marlene Sjöberg - Camillas Schelin (61 Rebecca Ljungdahl), Jessica Julin, Sara Lindén (87 Sofie Andersson), Emmelie Farfa (74 Frida Thydén) - Salina Olsson, Lotta Schelin
Goals: 1-0 Jessica Julin (37), 1-1 Jennifer Meier (39), 2-1 Lotta Schelin (40), 3-1 Salina Olsson (81)
It should have been an easy win for Göteborg, at least on paper, but Qbik is a better team than their position in the league indicates. The first 30 minutes showed good play from both sides and Qbik didn't at all look like a weaker side. But when an unmarked Jessica Julin could score from a free-kick and Lotta Schelin could steal a failed backpass and put in in goal, Jennifer Meier short-lived equaliser didn't help much. As the second half went on, Qbik lost some of their momentum and Salina Olsson could seal the win for Göteborg with 10 minutes remaining. Still, Qbik's coach Jan Svensson thinks it's looking good for the crucial match against Jitex next weekend. "We're playing good now, we just have to take better care of our goal chances and take better care in defense."
Värmlands Folkblad: Bra spel men inga Qbik-poäng
Göteborgsposten: Säker seger för Göteborg