It’s a funny thing about Finland, that crowds seem to go up when everyone’s on holiday. Yesterday there were 4,600 at the Honka game, a decent turnout for them. Maybe Finns believe football is a holiday sport, something only for times when the sun is really shining?
I went to TPV vs FC Hämeenlinna yesterday, where the attendance was 487. It was an entertaining game, enlivened by some random violence from the away team once they had a man sent off. Autio Panu had clearly decided that the TPV right back Jari Nikkilä was a weak link, and perpetrated some amusing but incredibly dirty off the ball hits on the poor lad. Nikkilä had a look of indignant moral outrage after every sly dig, and valiantly refused to get any retaliation in.
Nikkilä set up the second goal with a wonderful cross that was slammed home by TPV’s ‘African pearl’ Mohammed Koroma. That’s what the announcer calls him, which makes lily livered PC pansies like me rather uncomfortable. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it just shows that black people are still rare in Finland, and some older people find it worthy of comment.
He celebrated by taking off his boot and using it as a phone, for some reason.
Anyway, Koroma set up the final goal too, a good contribution in his 25 minutes giving him one of the many many medals dished out after ever single game in Finland. Mikko Makelä is an absolute giant, and terrified the Hämeenlinna defence, but he was very happy to get the last goal to make up for his penalty miss.
Ykkönen looks tight at present, with TPV moving up to 3rd but KuPs still in the driving seat. JJK and KuPs are setting the pace, and their game at the end of this month will hopefully be a cracker. The return match in Kuopio is on the last day of the season. I won’t be unhappy if both clubs get promotion, although the 2nd place team has to go through in a play-off with the 2nd bottom in Veikkausliiga.