Match-Day 8: Reports and reviews

After the defeat to Malmö FF has Djurgården/Älvsjö's Sara Johansson given up her hopes for a gold this year. Now they have to concentrate on finding back to the play that made them champions last year. Having Victoria Svensson yet again on the injury list hurts the team a lot. Malmö FF's goalscorer Jenny Engwall on the other hand refuses to talk about gold, in spite of the club's very good standing and a very persistent radio reporter. But she admits that she has been thinking about the fact that the last match this season will be at Umeå.
Aftonbladet: ”Något SM-guld blir det inte”
Radiosporten, interview with Jenny Engwall (audio)

Umeå's Hanna Ljungberg is happy to have scored twice in the win over Mallbacken -"that hasn't happened for a long time with the club team", but thinks that both Umeå and Malmö will lose points before their encounter in October. Kicki Wiklund was very happy to be starting for Umeå, but thought, just like coach André Jeglertz, that they lost pace in the second half. It could be the heath, most of Sweden had temperatures in the 30s yesterday. Mallbacken's Jenny Monsén admitted that Umeå looked pretty much on holiday the second half, but were still satisfied with the goalwise narrow defeat.
Expressen: Nu toppar Umeå allsvenskan igen
Västerbottens Folkblad: Viklund från start i Umeå IK
Värmlands Folkblad: Umeå avgjorde - påfyra minuter

"We have to do better that this if we want to stay in the league", complained KIF Örebro coach Pia Sundhage after the 0-0 match against QBIK. The team has dropped in quality and courage since Lilly and Markgraf left. Sundhage's negotiations with Christie Welsh are still ongoing and the key point seems to be if and how often Welsh should be allowed to skip league matches for e.g. US national team friendlies. QBIK's dave Mosson on the other hand is pleased with his team: "We are getting better and better." The two new players Jennifer Meier (directing in the midfield) and Annica Svensson (stabilizing the defense) has been very important.
Nerikes Allehanda: KIF mållöst mot jumbon
Värmlands Folkblad: Qbik lyckades ta en poäng i Örebro

Linköping's Malin Gustafsson was really happy with her 30 meter shot that decided tha match and promised to try it more times. She thinks Linköping controlled the match against a very defensive minded Hammarby.
Radiosporten: Malin Gustafsson interview (audio)
Corren: Malin fick chansen och gjorde drömmål

Sunnanå's coach "Kega" Israelsson said that the big difference between his team and Göteborg was that his forwards took better care of their opportunities. He admits that Göteborg has a better passing play and says Sunnanå had to work hard to secure their lead. "But we have a great defense". Hanna Marklund and Rebecca Smith worked very good together in the centre defense.
Norra Västerbotten: "Vi fick slita hårt"


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