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Slow start for Faroese favourites

Published: Friday 8 April 2005, 12.30CET
Monthly review: Reigning champions HB Tórshavn have had a mixed beginning to the 2005 season.
Published: Friday 8 April 2005, 12.30CET

Slow start for Faroese favourites

Monthly review: Reigning champions HB Tórshavn have had a mixed beginning to the 2005 season.
Reigning champions HB Tórshavn have had a mixed start with the 2005 season up and running in the Faroe Islands.

Shock reverse
The capital club were beaten 4-3 at KÍ Klaksvík when the action began on 28 March, a surprise result given that the country's top team for the last three seasons had lost only once in each of the 2003 and 2004 campaigns. The home side won through thanks in part to Erling Fles's two goals with HB's 23-year-old international midfield player Tór-Ingar Akselsen also scoring twice.

Cool captain
HB, who will compete in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League, bounced back in the second round on 3 April, with a 2-1 success against visitors NSÍ Runavík although they had to rely on a last-minute winner from captain Rúni Nolsøe to get their first victory of the season. Despite their indifferent form, HB will be regarded as the team to beat come the end of the season on 22 October.

Surprise leaders
The surprise early leaders are ÍF Fuglafjørdur who finished last season with a two-legged relegation play-off against B 71. That 5-2 aggregate victory kept B 71 Sandur in the second division and ensured another top-flight campaign for ÍF. They have certainly made the most of their reprieve - beginning with a 1-0 win at VB Vágur before a 4-3 home triumph against GÍ Gøta, who lie in last place after opening with a 2-1 reverse against EB/Streymur.

B36 disappointment
The top-flight's newcomers TB Tvøroyri have also not enjoyed a great start, with a 5-1 round one defeat at Skála before picking up a point with a 0-0 draw at home against 2004 runners-up B36 Tórshavn, who themselves had started with a defeat in front of their own fans, going down 1-0 against NSÍ.

High-flying trio
Skála, meanwhile, followed up that initial victory with a goalless stalemate against EB/Streymur to join their opponents on four points in the early standings. Also joint second are KÍ, who drew 1-1 at home against VB after their surprise win against HB.

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