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Pattaya City – Vikings 2-2

Pattaya City – Vikings 2-2

Goals
Assists
Man of the Match
Yellow Card
Red Card

Peter, Gaute

Spiderman
Chris
 

It was a large squad of 16 players that made themselves ready for the trip down to the humble fishing village of Pattaya on the 10-Dec, the last game of 2011. By different means of transportation all guys met up at the Thai Polo Club at 12.45, the new home turf of Pattaya City. The Polo Club is an impressive area with acres of land including polo turfs and a nice full size football pitch. The pitch is a bit bigger than the ones in Bangkok, so the Vikings needed to be up for lots of running… Unfortunately there was no running at all for two time man of the match, Martin “Breitner” Stensman, who hurt his back during warm up trying to receive a bad pass from coach Mofok. Even though Mike Physio tried to work some “magic”, it wasn’t to be for Breitner this day. A comeback in the lineup saw old timer, still going strong, ex-coach Niclas Uddman. A defensive midfielder with lots of experience and the right attitude to make things happen!

The game started off in a great pace and the width of the pitch was made into use by Pattaya City who came in numerous attacks through their quick wingers. Vikings initial attacks mostly from long balls to Peter Sveistrup, who was given the chance to prove himself up front. The first real chance for the Vikings came on a corner after 20 min of play. Spiderman hit a beautiful ball that ended up at the far post where central defender and “King in the air”, Gaute Gautestad, showed up and hammered it into the back of the net with his rock hard Norwegian forehead… 1-0 Vikings!  The goal seemed to have woken the Pattaya players, who now piled the pressure on the Scandinavians. It would only minutes for the equalizer to come after some misunderstanding in the Vikings defense, 1-1. After some quick turns of play, Finnish goalkeeper Juuso Heikurainen had to grab the ball from his own net for the second time in only 10 minutes.  At this point Vikings started to look shaky and the score was now 2-1 to Pattaya City. The first half was not quite over yet though and it was a pass from the central defense that initiated the counterattack leading to Vikings second goal, just before the halftime whistle. The Scans were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Peter Sveistrup was given the chance to take it and boy if he did. His hard struck cannonball went straight through the Pattaya wall with no chance for the keeper to make a save. Half time score: 2-2.

The rest of the game was a hard fought battle, where Chris Lundqvist and Takafumi Hikita worked tirelessly breaking up play and delivering balls to wingers and attackers, Peter and Sivva in particular. Sivva had great chance midway through the second half, but his shot went straight at the Pattaya goalie. Uddman kept on working as hard as ever and the Viking defense with Stein, Skouen, Micke, Oscar and Gaute all stepped up a notch in second half. Tim Real had a glorious opportunity mid through the half, but his well-placed header was saved by the goalie. Great attempt, Tuna! Talking about defense, with an incredible TV save, Juuso really kept the Scans in the game only 10 minutes from time. He has earlier explained that he is sometimes trying to look “extra” good… but believe me, keeping that shot out of the goal was an extraordinary achievement. It could have been the perfect day if Sivva would have scored only seconds from full time, but it wasn’t to be this time. 2-2 was the final score, a well-deserved point for Vikings.
Man of the Match: Chris Lundqvist

After the game the whole team stayed over in Pattaya to have a bachelor party for Chris Lundqvist, but that is of course a totally different story…

Match report: Mofok