After the last round's snotty 0-1 loss against Syrianska FC, Österlen FF is back on the winning track. IFK Karlshamn at home at Skillinge IP was defeated on Sunday afternoon with indisputable 3-1 and now Österlen has four points, and also a better goal difference, down to the table runner-up in division 2 which is currently Syrianska FC.
Well-oiled team machine took the initiative
Österlen's head coach Agim Sopi chose to start without the strong trio Zoran Jovanovic, Furkan Motori and Freddie Brorsson and had also moved the former fullbacks Samuel Fröjdh and Viktor Blixt as midfielders on each side. Not much of these changes was noticed, Österlen has a broad squad and is like a well-oiled team machine that immediately took the initiative and pushed back the canary yellow-shirted bleachers. The crowd around the sports field and at screens (Ystads Allehanda broadcast the match live) just waited for 1-0. And it would come in the 23rd minute when Samuel Fröjdh found a gap in the crowd in front of Karlshamn's goal. Half time 1-0.
Viktor found Victor
Karlshamn pulled up after the break, leveled the game and had a couple of dangerous posts from the edges, but it was still the home team that could extend the lead to 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Viktor Ekholm pushed forward on the left wing and via a classic oblique-inward-backward he reached his name with Blixt in last name who with the left pushed in the season's first league goal. Goals for both the advanced outfielders!
Rasmussons 3-1 killed the match
Now Österlen's weakest period in the match followed. The strong press game was like blown away. The passivity meant that they were often second on the ball and the initiative passed to the guests who logically reduced to 1-2 with 20 minutes left. Österlen's coach Agim Sopi urged and made several changes to bring about a change. Among other things, a new acquaintance for the Österlen audience was replaced - Florent Sopi who is coach Agim Sopi's nephew and who previously belonged to Malmö FF's U 19 squad. Also included were Zoran Jovanovic, Furkan Motori and Freddie Brorsson. With barely a quarter left, Samuel Fröjdh hit a long free kick that reached midfielder Erik Rasmussen's head to 3-1. This year's first goal also for Rasmusson. Österlen took over the initiative again and even though Karlshamn stood up in a couple of adjustments, the three-pointer was never in danger during the last quarter.
Next, Österlen now has two away matches against strong opposition - Dalstorps IF (12/9) and Husqvarna FF (19/9).
Österlen FF - IFK Karlshamn 3-1 (1-0)
Österlen's goals: 1-0 Samuel Fröjdh, 2-0 Viktor Blixt and 3-1 Erik Rasmusson.