A Late Start to a New Season

Mine, that is – although it appears that it has taken Vikingur Olafsvik a few weeks to get the ship headed downwind as well.

The first five weeks of the season saw Vikingur collect ten points, which is nothing to scoff at, although it was not done in the most inspiring fashion – with a scoreless draw, three one-goal wins, and a 2-0 loss to Thróttur Reykjavík (who is quickly looking to be the class of the league, having given up only one goal in five matches which they’ve won convincingly).  From afar, it has appeared that the story of the season was going to be stingy defense and equally stingy offense.

They say you can’t lose if you don’t concede goals, but by the same token you can’t win if you don’t score, and scoring has been at a premium for Vikingur.  Last week’s Cup match against Thor seems to have sparked something with the Olafsvik side, though.  After falling behind 2-1 in the first half, Vikingur stunned the opposition with two long-range goals in the final ten minutes to win 3-2 and advance to the quarterfinals.  They followed this up with a convincing win over Bi/Bolungarvik in league play, in a 2-1 match that wasn’t really as close as the scoreline indicated.

Today, they turned it up another notch.  In a match that has been described by observers as “very probably the best quality game in VikingOl history,” the Olasvik 11 controlled possession, controlled the match, and cruised to a fairly effortless 2-0 victory.  Goals by William Dominguez da Silva and Alfreð Már Hjaltalín came on either side of halftime, with numerous other opportunities falling to Olafsvik including at least two uncalled penalties.  And the Vikingur defense had little difficulty maintaining their fourth clean sheet of the season against an HK attack that was described by Fotbolti,net commentator Magnús Valur Böðvarsson as about as effective as a plastic knife at KFC.

It’s a good time to be rounding into form, with a Cup quarterfinal match Thursday at Fjolnir, currently sitting third in the Pepsideild, before facing Thor in league play next Sunday with a chance to overtake them and move into second place.