Haka scrape a win, Inter drop points

KTP 1 FF Jaro 4

VPS 0 MyPa 0

FC Inter 2 TamU 2

FC Haka 1 IFK Mariehamn 0

KuPs 1 FC Honka 2

HJK 3 RoPs 2

Follw the link in the HJK-RoPs score for highlights of that game, the others should be in the field below the film when they are ready.

Haka got lucky in a game of many missed chances in Valkeakoski. David Carlsson should really have put IFK one nil up when he got the ball a yard off the line and contrived to let Dovbnya save it as he scrambled across goal. IFK looked big, strong and organised, but didn’t have much going forward. Haka were also a bit weak, with Popovitch substituted in the second half. Apparently TPS had man-marked him out of the game in Turku last week and got a 2-0 win. I am surprised that more teams are apparently unable to do that.

Inter dropped points after dominating against TamU, but they were completely flummoxed when big Henri Myntti was sent on as a striker. It’s a bit sad that TamU are now lumping long balls forward to their man-mountain of a centre back, after playing some lovely football last year, but they’ve tried the tippy-tappy stuff andit has been a total disaster this season. I dread to think what kind of vile anti-football we’ll see when Viikingit come to town on Wednesday for a cup game.

KTP are still awful, Honka got a decent away win, and Juho Mäkelä got a couple of goals against RoPS. JI spoke to Mäkelä after the TamU game a few weeks ago, and he was a thoroughly likeable chap. Far too nice to say anything nasty about Hearts (that was my mission, as set by a Scottish paper), we ended up just talking about how nice it was that he was actually playing again. He hinted at the turmoil at Hearts, laughing a bit when I said he might go back because they did not have a coach. And still don’t.

Since then he has been quoted in the Daily Record wondering if Hearts will come and watch him, because if nothing is agreed with HJK by the 21st of July he will have to go back to Hearts. His goals were well taken against RoPS, but it seems as though the spectacular HJK strikes are all reserved for Jarno Parikka, a 21 year old from Vantaa who would be playing a dominant role if HJK didn’t have so many strikers.

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