Ykkonen Wrap- Literally!

It was always going to be a entertaining day of football in the Ykkonen this weekend. Two were fighting it out for the championship and two were fighting it out to avoid the drop. RoPS and KuPS entered the final fixture with the Rovaniemi squad sitting on a 2 point lead. I don’t think anyone thought it would come to this nearly 6 weeks ago, when RoPS was sitting with a very comfortable 8 point lead after disposing of KuPS in Kuopio. But a succession of draws allowed KuPS to force themselves back into the race and make for a mouthwatering end to the season.

RoPS traveled south to take on FC Hameenlinna who have ended the year very strong after struggling early. It was a see-saw affair between the two with Hameenlinna taking the early lead before Nchimunya Mweetwa equalized. Hameenlinna would take the lead again on the stroke of half-time. But once again as has been the case all year, Mweetwa came to RoPS rescue. But it was all for not as Hameenlinna would get an injury time winner to shock their northern counter-parts.

In Kuopio, KuPS took on JJK. KuPS struck first in the 11th minute and took that lead into half-time. JJK would respond as the half began with a goal of their own to tie the match at 1 a piece. But in a true heroes performance, Ilja Venalainen recorded a second half hat-trick to put the matter beyond doubt and bring home a championship trophy to Kuopio as well as direct promotion to the Veikkausliiga.

RoPS will now go into a play-off with the second from bottom club in the Veikkausliiga (yet to be determined), but will go into the fixture knowing they will be without 3 key players. Stephen Kunda, RoPS’ tower of steel in the back, was red carded in the Hameenlina match. Dejan Godar, the link-man for RoPS, picked up his 6th yellow card. Worst of all, RoPS will lose their leading goalscorer, Nchimunya Mweetwa who picked up his 3rd yellow card of the season. Things certainly look bleek in Lapland.

At the bottom of the table, things were just as interesting. GBK and TPV sat tied on points with TPV in the relegation zone with a worse goal differential. It would appear on paper that GBK would have the easier fixture as they traveled south to play bottom dwellers Klubi-04, while TPV would host PK-35. But the Klubi-04 team is very very far from untalented (in fact they may have the most talent in the league), and have suffered from a severe lack of experience in the squad as they have used a mix of youth the entire season.

And youth would prevail as Klubi would shock GBK with a 1-0 victory, only their second of the campaign. Meanwhile in Tampere, TPV would come out 1-0 victors leaving the Ykkonen with a Tampere representative. And I think most people will welcome this result. The Ykkonen needs a Tampere presence.

In the other results, JIPPO ended the season with a 2-2 draw going 5-2-1 in the seasons last 8 games. TP-47 and Atlantis tied 2-2, and KPV lost a 1-2 decision to relegated PP-70. Here’s your final table.

KuPS 56
RoPS 55
JJK 41
Hameenlinna 41
TP-47 37
Atlantis 34
PK-35 33
KPV 31
TPV 30
GBK 27
PP-70 25
Klubi-04 15

So that’s all from the Ykkonen for this year. Thanks for playing!


One Response

  1. Thanks for these updates Jon, they’re much appreciated. Good luck with your plans for the winter, and I hope to see you here again next year.

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