Midweek Roundup 14-17th June

TPS won 2-1 at KuPS in the semi finals of the Suomen Cup in which Chris Cleaver played. TPS will face HJK in the final on the 25th September (official club website says 25th, although soccerway says 24th). HJK are the current Finnish Champions and are also the most successful club in Finnish Football. The side from Helsinki have 22 Veikkausliiga titles and 10 Suomen Cups so will go into the final as favourites. TPS do have history in the competition though, winning twice in the nineties (1991 and 1994). Also TPS finished 3rd in Veikkausliiga last season so they will definitely be fancying their chances of coming home with the trophy. Of course here at EFA, we will keep you informed on how TPS get on in the final so watch this space.

Sam Mantom scored as Haukar got a good 1-1 draw at Keflavik. Mantom stoked a nice low shot across the goalkeeper into the opposite corner after he had been played in behind the defence. Sam had an eventful game as he also had a goal ruled out later on. Fellow West Brom youngster Lateef Elford-Alliyu wasn’t named in the squad for Keflavik. Haukar stay in 11th with the point while Keflavik drop down to 4th in Úrvalsdeild.

Sam Mantom (no. 27) goal 0:18, disallowed goal 1:03

TPS also played a league game earlier in the week, drawing 1-1 at Tampere United. Chris Cleaver and Robert Milsom both started the match with Milsom being subbed in the second half. TPS are 9th in Veikkausliiga.

Ian Jeffs scored his second goal of the season as Valur won 2-1 against Selfoss. Jeffs goal was a powerful half volley in the box after the Selfoss defence let a throw in bounce in the area. Valur are now 2nd in Úrvalsdeild.

Ian Jeffs (no. 20) goal 1:47

Balestier Khalsa lost 3-0 against league leaders Etoile. Daniel Hammond played the full match at centre back. Balestier slip a place down to 9th in the S-League.

Fram beat Stjarnan 2-1 despite having to play the final third of the game with ten men after Jón Fjóluson was sent off. Joe Tillen played 90 minutes at the back but Sam Tillen was an unused substitute. Fram are currently top of Úrvalsdeild with the top four teams all having at least one English player.


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