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Six and counting for jubilant NSÍ

Published: Wednesday 2 June 2010, 17.08CET
NSÍ Runavík rose from bottom of the Faroese table to second place after a run of six successive win, with striker Christian Høgni Jacobsen saying, "we have proven we can beat anybody".
by Hans Pauli Joensen
from Torshavn
Six and counting for jubilant NSÍ
NSÍ are the form team in the Faroe Islands ©Bongarts
Published: Wednesday 2 June 2010, 17.08CET

Six and counting for jubilant NSÍ

NSÍ Runavík rose from bottom of the Faroese table to second place after a run of six successive win, with striker Christian Høgni Jacobsen saying, "we have proven we can beat anybody".

After a catastrophic start to the season yielded only one point from four matches, NSÍ Runavík turned their campaign around in May with a run of six consecutive victories which catapulted them into the upper reaches of the Faroese top flight.

Their latest success, a 5-3 win on Friday against then-league leaders ÍF Fuglafjørdur, gave Pauli Poulsen's team a brief taste of life at the top before they were usurped by titleholders HB Tórshavn 24 hours later. The defeat of ÍF was perhaps the most eye-catching of the lot, not just because of the lofty status of their opponents but for the fact that NSÍ fell 3-1 behind early in the second half.

"When we had one point after four matches we tried to think of the positive periods we have had on the field and work from there, because we had moments in certain matches where we had played well," said Poulsen after his side's second-half comeback. "We had to make those moments last a bit longer in the coming matches and we succeeded in doing that."

NSÍ won their maiden title in 2007 but failed to build on that historic success, finishing fourth the following year and in 2009. Their upturn in form, however, has raised hopes that their time could yet come again, though striker Christian Høgni Jacobsen is keeping things in perspective.

"If we continue this way and everybody works hard, then we have proven we can beat anybody," he said. "That requires us to stick together and for nothing stupid to happen, like suspensions and injuries. We have been very fortunate that way so it's difficult to say. It's a long season."

Although NSÍ have lost a couple of key players from last season – Faroese international midfielder Bogi Løkin moved to Denmark to study and captain and centre-back Óli Hansen retired – their departures have been off set by some of the squad's youngsters coming of age.

Nonetheless, their standout performer has been one of their most experienced, Jacobsen. His eight goals in ten matches, not to mention his assists, have been instrumental in NSÍ's rise and have put the 30-year-old firmly in contention for a third Faroese golden boot having claimed the prize in 2005 and 2006. With NSÍ's next match at home to bottom-placed FC Suduroy, NSÍ certainly fancy their chances of making it a magnificent seven.

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