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EB/Streymur pip Fuglafjørdur to Faroese title

Published: Saturday 6 October 2012, 21.28CET
EB/Streymur held their nerve on the final day of the season, two goals from Arnbjørn Hansen helping them defeat NSÍ Runavík and clinch their second league title from ÍF Fuglafjørdur.
by Hans Pauli Joensen
from Torshavn
EB/Streymur pip Fuglafjørdur to Faroese title
EB/Streymur's only previous title came in 2008 ©Sofus Debes Johannesen
Published: Saturday 6 October 2012, 21.28CET

EB/Streymur pip Fuglafjørdur to Faroese title

EB/Streymur held their nerve on the final day of the season, two goals from Arnbjørn Hansen helping them defeat NSÍ Runavík and clinch their second league title from ÍF Fuglafjørdur.

Arnbjørn Hansen scored twice as EB/Streymur held their nerve on the final day of the season to claim the Faroese First Division title for the second time.

Champions in 2008, EB/Streymur went into the last game two points ahead of ÍF Fuglafjørdur, knowing a win would secure them the crown. However, things were anything but straightforward against NSÍ Runavík – the side that inflicted their last defeat, 12 games ago – despite Hansen giving the hosts an early advantage.

Debes Danielsen (22) equalised before Klæmint Olsen missed a superb opening for NSÍ. Hansen calmed home nerves, though, restoring the lead on half-time, before Pætur Dam Jacobsen looked to have secured things by turning in a cross after the break. Jens Joensen's late goal (81) made life uncomfortable for EB/Streymur, but they held firm for a 3-2 win and the title.

Captain Egil á Bø admitted things were closer than he would have liked. "It was a bit too exciting," he said. "I wish it had been less so. NSÍ could have been in front because they wasted two glorious opportunities, but we have fine forwards who can get us goals."

As it turned out, a draw would have been good enough for EB/Streymur as Fuglafjørður were held 0-0 by HB Tórshavn, but having lost just three league games all season, coach Heðin Askham was adamant his side deserved the title.

"We might not have the biggest squad, but player by player we have the best team in the Faroe Islands." The league title eases the pain of the penalty shoot-out defeat the club suffered in the Faroese Cup final against Víkingur six weeks ago.

Last updated: 06/10/12 23.27CET

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