Örebro SK U-15s 7 Degerfors IF U-15s 0
Friday 16 September, 2011
Regional Serie P15 Västra
Ekängs IP Konstgräs, ÖSK Sportklubb Ungdom
A commanding victory for ÖSK U-15s against the youngsters from Degerfors, who started the match in third place, lifted the home side up the table replacing the visitors and setting up an exciting run-in to the Regional Serie P15 Västra season.
However, the opening ten minutes offered no clues as to how the match would play out as the visitors controlled the early possession with captain Mahmoud Issa looking threatening and dictating the play. ÖSK, under the tutelage of Rickard Torstensson, scored their opener from their first attack in the eleventh minute. A patient build-up followed by an incisive through ball split the Degerfors defence and when the pace of Felix Möller saw him edge the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper, Philip Bergman, there was the present of an open goal.
The busy, bustling, centre-forward David Holm created problems all afternoon with his all-action style and having been picked out by a beautifully lofted ball into the box after nineteen minutes he was alert enough to reach the pass first, just ahead of the visiting ‘keeper. With the Degerfors number one already committed to the challenge, the ÖSK number sixteen was bundled over and the referee pointed to the spot with no hesitation.
Things got worse for Degerfors as Bergman was then shown a straight red card for a professional foul, a harsh decision considering Möller was running along a diagonal line across the box and towards the corner flag. With no substitute ‘keeper on the bench, the away team were forced to put their left back in goal once the protesting crowd around the referee had dissipated; the referee’s assistant having to run into the box to help control the situation.
After the delay the ÖSK midfielder Henning Nordvall left the replacement ‘keeper with no chance as he calmly slotted the ball to the right to double the lead.
With Torstensson’s tactics to keep the ball on the ground and play short, simple passes, ÖSK already had the game under control before Degerfors were reduced to ten men yet two minutes after the red card and penalty, the home side exploited the space on their right side with the ball eventually crossed into the box where Nordvall headed in for the third goal of the evening.
With game effectively over as a challenge before the mid-point of the first half, ÖSK continued to play some beautiful pass-and-move football which greatly unsettled the Degerfors defence, who were constantly harried by a high tempo, pressuring forward line. Just before half-time the pressure almost paid off when a visiting defender hurriedly tried to pass but only succeeded in playing the ball to Sven Rungner, who jinked to his left and saw his shot bounce away off the outside of the upright.
ÖSK weren’t to be denied their fourth goal of the first half, however. Seconds later a right wing cross reached the advancing Rungner who calmly brought the ball down with defenders all around him before stroking the ball into the opposite corner via the post.
Sedin Ujkanovic was hardly called upon in the ÖSK goal during the first half but he started the second half with a confident take from a rare Degerfors attack. His team then added their fifth of the game when another inch perfect through ball split the Degerfors central defensive pairing to allow Holm to round the ‘keeper to score.
Degerfors kept plugging away but reverted to a longer ball game during the second half; a tactic that allowed them to threaten the ÖSK backline on more occasions. When the central defensive partnership of Gustav Fardelin and Rungne were breached, Degerfors found Adam Johansson covering in defence who would calmly tackle and before quickly getting his team back on the offensive through a quick pass.
On the hour mark, ÖSK claimed their sixth goal when Holm capitalised on hesitant defending to score his second goal of the game before minutes away the same man smacked a scorching shot off the Degerfors bar from the left side of the box.
The scoring was completed seven minutes from time when the left back, Emil Fransson, bombed forward and delivered a perfect cross to the back post where Anton Granström was in position to head down into the near corner of the goal.
The final whistle saw both teams line up opposite each other on the halfway line to respectfully shake hands. Having chased shadows at times during the previous ninety minutes, the away side looked relieved to get close to some of the home players before they took their leave from the pitch.
Andy Hudson at Ekängs IP Konstgräs.