Early Goals and Late Comebacks

As I sat down to watch European football powerhouse Iceland take on plucky little France in the Euro quarterfinals, I realized that I’ve been remiss on my match updates, likely disappointing my regular readers (both of them).  So, onward.

After a layoff of almost three weeks, Olafsvik faced their Reykjavik namesakes.  VikingurR striker Gary Martin converted a penalty in the 10th minute and added a goal in open play two minutes later.  Olafsvik was unable to put together a response, leaving it to the national team to take their revenge against Perfidious Albion three days later in the Euro knockouts.

Things looked headed for a repeat three days later as VikingurOl hosted Throttur Reykjavik, and Throttur scored two quick goals before most of the supporters had managed to open up their thermoses of coffee.  Croatian Messi Hrvoje Tokic was able to score off a corner in the 40th minute, and Vikingur headed to halftime down 2-1.

The first half hour of the second half proceeded slowly with Throttur successfully parking the bus and Vikingur unable to break through.  Fan favorite Alfreð Már Hjaltalín entered in the 79th minute and quickly made his presence known, slotting home an equalizer off a Þorsteinn Már Ragnarsson header five minutes after coming on.  As regulation time ticked away, Vikingur stepped up the attack, and in the first minute of stoppage time Aleix Egea headed home a corner to give Olafsvik the dramatic 3-2 win.

VikingurOl now stands in third place, with another long layoff due to 75% of all Icelandic football supporters having to find their way back from France over the next week.

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