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Vestur down but not out in Faroes

Published: Tuesday 22 September 2009, 9.31CET
Striker Tór-Ingar Akselsen says 07 Vestur intend "to bounce back up immediately" after the Vagar outfit, formed less than two years ago, were relegated from the Faroese Formuladeildin.
by Hans Pauli Joensen
from Torshavn
Vestur down but not out in Faroes
Vestur have been relegated in the Faroe Islands ©Bongarts
Published: Tuesday 22 September 2009, 9.31CET

Vestur down but not out in Faroes

Striker Tór-Ingar Akselsen says 07 Vestur intend "to bounce back up immediately" after the Vagar outfit, formed less than two years ago, were relegated from the Faroese Formuladeildin.

Minnows 07 Vestur's first experience of the Faroese top flight may have been brief, but they are already planning their return.

Promise
Vestur's hopes of a stay of execution were ended with their relegation on Sunday after a 2-1 loss to a KÍ Klaksvík side themselves fighting the drop for the first time. It means the campaign – their debut in the top tier in their current guise – is destined to end in similar disappointment to how it started but a strong mid-season and youthful promise means all is not too gloomy on the western island of Vagar. "We intend to bounce back up immediately," said striker Tór-Ingar Akselsen. "We are going to base the team around our young players, from here on Vagar, because they have great potential."

Premature celebrations
It was, however, players from further afield that briefly gave Vestur hope midway through the season. Cemented to the foot of the table at the halfway stage the club brought in two Serbian players during the summer break, adding two more from Sierra Leone, and it sparked a heartening spell of ten points from five games, lifting them to within just one win of safety and raising hopes of a Lazarus act. That was, however, as close as they came. "I think all the talk going around, that we were now going to survive, meant the players raised their arms aloft [in celebration]," said defender Jón Nielsen, "and we haven't got them down since."

Merger
Sunday's defeat saw to that, the side relegated with two games remaining, but Vestur are not too downcast. The club was only founded in November 2007 by the merger of Vagar's former top-flight sides FS Vágar 04 and SÍ Sørvágur, gaining promotion to the Formuladeildin in their first season. The union has been attempted before but then disbanded – this time Vestur appear here to stay.

Last updated: 22/09/09 18.23CET

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