Saturday, 20 October 2018

2018 Stadium #22 - Bickland Park

Date: 19th September 2018
Stadium: Bickland Park
Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

My twenty-second stadium of 2018 was on Wednesday 19th September at Bickland Park in Falmouth, Cornwall. The match was Falmouth Town vs. St Austell in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division.

Bickland Park is on the western edge of Falmouth a couple of miles from the town centre. The ground is currently bordered by housing to the north and east but there is a new estate currently being constructed to the west as well. The nearest railway station is Penmere which is a mile south-east of Bickland Park. The venue has been home to the club since 1957 though they are looking to move to a new location in the near future.

The ground is a classic non-league venue with a dramatic slope from north to south. The northern side of the stadium is dominated by the main stand halfway along the pitch length. This structure consists of seven rows of concrete with wooden benching atop each level and can hold around 350 spectators. The stand is an old one and several supporting beams hold up the corrugated iron roof which does result in restricted views in sections of the stand. However the natural slope, and the fact the stand is raised above ground level to allow space for dugouts underneath, does mean the views are good on the whole. Unusually there is a staircase in the middle of the stand leading from the dressing rooms to the pitch resulting in the players having to go through the spectator area to the field of play. The back of the stand runs to the top of the steep grass bank so there are further uncovered viewing areas either side of the top of the stand.

The southern side of the ground has a small covered stand by the halfway line but is otherwise uncovered. The whole side is made up of three levels of shallow concrete terracing but due to the overgrown nature of this side it is barely visible under the grass. The eastern end of the ground is a similar story with a small covered stand in the middle of this side directly behind the goal. With the stand barely taller than the goal itself netting has been placed it to keep shots over the bar within the confines of the arena. The western end of Bickland Park has a steep concrete slope down the hill with grass sections at the northern and southern edges. The concrete part of the standing areas is rather higgledy-piggledy as it varies between large stepped sections, small stepped sections and flatter sections. It is mostly uncovered but there is one covered segment behind the goal. The entrance to the arena is on this side of the ground and the north-west corner has a somewhat dated looking but spacious social club which is a good size for functions. This building is outside the confines of the stadium save for a food outlet facing towards the pitch by the entrance.

Falmouth raced out of the blocks and were 2-0 up within just six minutes. Martyn Duff grabbed the first goal before a ball was clipped into the box from the right for Tim Nixon to shot low into the far corner and put Falmouth into a two-goal lead. St Austell knew it was a long way back from here but came into the contest mid-way through the half. They went close in the 22nd minute when a ball was fizzed across the box from the right with an attacker just arriving too late to nod home. Only three minutes after the visitors did have the ball in the back of the net after Mark Goldsworthy prodded the ball over the line during a penalty area scramble. Falmouth should have restored their two-goal cushion in the 41st minute when a ball over the top saw an attacker beat the visiting keeper to the ball but he was off balance and his weak shot towards the empty net was intercepted by a defender. The second half was an end-to-end contest with lots of half chances. Neither side managed to carve out a really good opportunity save an occasion in the 68th minute when a well-time ball put Falmouth's Jordan Annear clean through with him being denied by the St Austell goalie. The last ten minutes saw a frenetic end to the contest. In the 82nd minute a cross from the right wing into the Falmouth box found an unmarked Liam Eddy who headed home from six yards to restore parity. St Austell were level for barely a minute though as a lofted Falmouth ball over to the right edge of the penalty area found Jordan Annear who unleashed a great half-volley across goal into the far corner of the net. A couple of minutes later and the hosts scored again to make it 4-2. This time it was a ball into the area from the left that was met by a header towards goal. The keeper saved well and then produced an outstanding save from the subsequent rebound but this second save only pushed the ball as far as Jack Bowyer was slammed the ball into the back of the net from close range to round off what had been a thoroughly enjoyable game for the neutral.

Result: Falmouth Town 4-2 St Austell
Division: South West Peninsula League Premier Division
Attendance: 185

Friday, 12 October 2018

2018 Stadium #21 - Lux Park

Date: 4th September 2018
Stadium: Lux Park
Location: Liskeard, Cornwall

My twenty-first stadium of 2018 was on Tuesday 4th September at Lux Park in Liskeard, Cornwall. The match was Liskeard Athletic vs. St Dennis in the South West Peninsula League Division One West.

Lux Park sits on the northern tip of the town as part of a sports complex. Liskeard Leisure Centre borders the western end of the ground with a cricket pitch to the north and Liskeard School & Community College's playing fields to the south. The eastern end then backs onto a road with houses beyond this. The venue is 1 mile north of the town's railway station and has been home to the club since they formed in 1946.

There is one seating area at Lux Park located just past the half-way line on the southern side of the venue. This stand consists of 3 rows of concrete with wooden benching appended to it and is capable of housing a few dozen spectators. This stand doesn't take up too much of this side of the ground with the majority taken up by uncovered concrete. It is a similar story on the northern side of the ground with uncovered concrete except for a covered wooden section either side of the half-way line. The two dugouts are located directly in front of this area with the only other structure on this side being a small clubhouse building in the north-west corner.

The west end is where the entrance to the ground can be found and this leads into an area of uncovered concrete. There is a decent amount of space at this end and though a chunk of it is taken up by parking spaces there is still ample room for spectators. This is not the case on the eastern end of the ground due to the adjacent road with just a slim strip of concrete on offer for anyone who wishes to watch from this section.

St Dennis almost took the lead in the 8th minute when Tyler Trudgeon saw his curling effort from the edge of the box come back off the post. It was a case of fine margins proving a big difference as barely a minute later the visitors found themselves a goal behind - Tom Cleveland took up a similar position at the opposite end of the pitch his his shot was dispatched into the roof of the net giving St Dennis keeper Ryan Holland little chance. Shortly after this Jack Podmore had a header cleared off the line as Liskeard tried to extend their lead. For the remainder of the half it was St Dennis though who were the better side. Just before the half-hour mark a mix-up in the home defence saw keeper and defender collide with the ball finding its way to Carl Rickard who smashed a shot back off the crossbar. The visitors continued applying pressure and spent lots of time in the Liskeard area - they went close again in the 41st minute when an attacker was sent clean through only to see his shot saved by the keeper. Having hit the woodwork twice St Dennis could consider themselves unfortunate to be behind at the interval but any hopes of getting back into the game were undone by a bad start to the 2nd half. Liskeard should have gone 2-0 up within a minute of the restart after some nice play saw the ball crossed into the area and laid off for Tom Cleveland who drew a save from Holland with his close range shot. In the 49th minute a home corner found striker Ben Waters two yards from goal but he contrived to somehow head over the bar. St Dennis were failing to heed their warnings and just 45 seconds after this miss they did concede a second. The ball was clipped into James Lorenz who ghosted round the back of the away defence and tucked past Holland from inside the six yard box. 2-0 became 3-0 in the 54th minute and as Lorenz grabbed his second goal of the game. This one had a stroke of luck about it as Lorenz had cut inside from the right wing before his mishit cross snuck in the narrow gap between keeper and post with the ball finding the far corner of the net. In the 57th minute Lorenz was causing problems again as he was unleashed down the right wing and crossed for Tom Cleveland at the back post with Cleveland blazing over from a couple of yards out. After this St Dennis were able to sort themselves out defensively to restrict Liskeard's chances but the damage was done as the game petered out with an uneventful last 30 minutes. There was still time for one more goal which came in the 87th minute when Tom Cleveland was allowed far too much time to run down the right side of the pitch, advance into the are and stroke low past Holland from a couple of yards out. That wrapped up the scoring as Lorenz and Cleveland's braces secured a comfortable scoreline for Liskeard.

Result: Liskeard Athletic 4-0 St Dennis
Division: South West Peninsula League Division One West
Attendance: 51

Saturday, 6 October 2018

2018 Stadium #20 - Easter Road

Date: 25th August 2018
Stadium: Easter Road
Location: Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

My twentieth stadium of 2018 was on Saturday 25th August at Easter Road in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. The match was Hibernian vs. Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

Easter Road is located to the north-east of the city centre. It is in a predominantly residential area with most of the ground bordered by housing save a conference centre to the west and a cemetery to the north. The venue is 1.3 miles north-east of the city's main railway station of Edinburgh Waverley and has been home to the club since 1893.

The current stadium was gradually reconstructed over a 15-year period starting in 1995 to bring it up to a modern standard. The oldest stands from this time are the North and South Stands at either end of the ground. These two-tier all-seater stands replaced the old single-tier terraces and each have a capacity of just under 4,000. Due to the road layout around the ground the two stands are mirrored so the North Stand tapers off in the north-west corner and the South Stand tapers off in the south-east corner. Both stands have function rooms looking out onto the pitch for around half the area at the back of the lower tier.

The West Stand is a two-tier structure built in 2001 to replace what was the oldest surviving stand at the venue. It has a capacity of around 6,400 and contains the reception, offices and dressing rooms. The players tunnel runs out to the centre of the lower tier with the two dugouts either side of it. The middle section of seating in the upper tier houses the media area as well as corporate seats. The main suites are inside the stand and there is access to a sports bar at the back of the lower tier. The newest stand is the East Stand - this also has a capacity of around 6,400 and is the only single-tier stand at Easter Road. This was constructed in 2010 replacing a stand that had only been there for a quarter of a century. Despite only opening in 1985 the old East Stand dated quickly and by the time it was demolished was the smallest stand and also had a lot of supporting beams holding up the roof. The newer cantilever roof stand is now at the same height as the other three stands giving Easter Road a much neater look.

Hibernian started the match the stronger of the two sides and went close after a quarter of an hour. Lewis Stevenson picked up the ball on the right wing, spotted Daryl Horgan was in acres of space in the centre and laid the ball off to him. Horgan advanced into the area before forcing Aberdeen keeper Joe Lewis into a spectacular save to tip the ball to safety. The hosts enjoyed the greater amount of ball time in a fairly quiet first 45 minutes but conceded against the run of play in messy fashion in first half injury time. It came about from an Aberdeen corner where the original ball to the back post was nodded into the centre of the six-yard box by Stevie May. Tommie Hoban volleyed a shot at home keeper Adam Bogdan who failed to fully save the shot leaving the ball precariously sitting on the goal line. Hibernian's defence remained static throughout this whole passage of play allowing Hoban to poke the ball across the line to give his lead the lead. The second half was similar to the first with Aberdeen happy to sit back on their lead as Hibs huffed and puffed to try and force an equaliser. Eventually this paid off through a neat move with 5 minutes left on the clock. As the hosts built up an attack they were able to lure the Aberdeen right-back away from his man leaving Paul Hanlon free inside the area. Hanlon had time to send the ball across the six yard line where Jamie Maclaren was there to knock the ball in to ensure Hibs rescued a late point out of the game.

Result: Hibernian 1-1 Aberdeen
Division: Scottish Premiership
Attendance: 18,583

Friday, 28 September 2018

2018 Stadium #19 - Ironworks Road

Date: 17th August 2018
Stadium: Ironworks Road
Location: Tow Law, County Durham

My nineteenth stadium of 2018 was on Friday 17th August at Ironworks Road in Tow Law, County Durham. The match was Tow Law Town vs. Brandon United in Northern League Division Two.

Ironworks Road is in the north of the small rural town of Tow Law. Off the A68 road which runs through the town the ground is bordered by housing on the north-east and south-west sides with fields on the north-west end and across the road on the south-east end. The venue is 9.5 miles north-west of the nearest railway station at Bishop Auckland though Durham station 12 miles west of Tow Law is better served by transport connections. The venue has been home to Tow Law since the 1893 when they left their former Church Road home for the newly built site. The only exception to this was the 2004/05 season when the side were forced to groundshare after subsidence issues with the pitch.

The afforementioned pitch slopes downhill from the north-east side. This side has an uncovered six-level concrete terrace for the southern section up to the half-way line before reducing to a three-level concrete terrace for the remaining half. There is a metal fence at the back of the terracing to separate from the club car park but with the sloping pitch you can actually still get a decent view of the action from the car park. The opposite side of the pitch has a 133 seat stand by the half-way line. This all-seater structure has a supporting beam down the middle of the stand to hold up the roof. The two dugouts are either side of the stand and there is also uncovered standing towards the south-east end. The area towards the northern-western end is not a designated spectator area.

The south-east end is predominantly uncovered flat concrete with a small five-level terrace behind the goal. One side of this terrace is a building contains dressing rooms and spectator toilets and to the other side the main club building including a food outlet in the corner. A three-level concrete terrace takes up the entirety of the north-west end. At the back of the terracing there are a single row of 13 seats in both corners pushing the seating capacity of the venue to 159.

The visitors started proceedings off well and in the 8th minute Lee Blades did well down the left before cutting inside the area and shooting off the outside of the post. A couple of minutes later more good work down the left saw Brandon take the lead - this time it was Jack Carr who cut inside and unleashed a terrific shot across goal into the top corner. Brandon's lead lasted only six minutes as the a Tow Law cross from the right found Dean Thexton who was able to bundle the ball in on the goal line. The turnaround was completed in the 20th minute when a corner to the right side of the box was knocked back into the centre for Dan Kirkup to prod home. On the half-hour mark the visitors should have drawn level again when Jordan Lee played Jack Carr through on goal but Carr clipped his shot just the wrong side of the far post. They were left to rue this as they went on to concede two quick-fire goals just before the break - Dan Kirkup was able to grab his second in the 37th minute after he met a corner with a bullet-header into the roof of the net and in the 39th minute Dean Thexton netted again after dispatching Kai Hewitson's cross from the right. The start of the second half was a quieter affair with little action until the final quarter of the game when another spate of goals occurred. In the 75th minute Brandon reduced the deficit when a well placed ball down the left wing allowed Lee Blades acres of space and he took his time before slotting into the bottom corner. Tow Law's lead went back up to three again in the 81st minute when a corner to the back post found its way to Dan Kirkup who shot into the roof of the net to complete a hatrick for the defender. A minute later and there were two Tow Law players with hatricks as a ball in from the right found Dean Thexton who smashed in off the underside of the bar to grab his third goal. Brandon may have felt a little aggrieved to have been on the end of such a heavy defeat but taking their eye off the ball for a couple of minutes towards the end of both halves saw them ruthlessly punished by a clinical Tow Law.

Result: Tow Law Town 6-2 Brandon United
Division: Northern League Division Two
Attendance: 98

Friday, 14 September 2018

2018 Stadium #18 - Borough Briggs

Date: 15th August 2018
Stadium: Borough Briggs
Location: Elgin, Moray, Scotland

My eighteenth stadium of 2018 was on Wednesday 15th August at Borough Briggs in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. The match was Elgin City vs. Arbroath in the Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round.

Borough Briggs is in the northern part of Elgin close to the River Lossie which meanders through the city. The ground can count amongst its neighbours a leisure centre and childcare centre to the west, an industrial and retail park to the south and open fields to the north and east. The venue is one mile north of the city's railway station and has been home to the club since 1921.

The entrance to the ground is on the southern side with the turnstiles next to the main stand. This structure runs for around half the length of the southern side and has a seating capacity of 478. The stand has a low roof but no supporting pillars apart from at the two sides. The dressing rooms are located within and the player tunnel emerges in the middle of the stand. This stand also has the club reception, shop and offices. The two dugouts are positioned either side of the stand and beyond this is uncovered concrete terracing though there is a small covered plexiglass section for disabled fans towards the eastern end. Close by to this is a food outlet in the south-east corner.

A covered concrete terrace runs the entire length of the pitch on the northern side. This has 11 rows of terracing with the back two levels a larger size to allow more flat standing. There are a huge number of supporting beams holding up the old looking roof but the stand does retain sound well. Unusually the four floodlights on this side go through the roof into the terrace so is in amongst the standing areas. The eastern and western ends of the ground both have flat concrete sections directly behind the goal with a concrete terrace built into a grass bank behind. At the back of this the grass banking takes over up to the perimeter of the site.

The game was a Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round tie between League Two side Elgin City and League One side Arbroath. It was the visitors who edged the first half and had two clear cut chances during the first 45 minutes. The first of these came in the 21st minute when Kane Hester lifted the ball over the Elgin keeper Thomas McHale only to see Darryl McHardy clear off the line. In the 34th minute Abroath had another opportunity when the Elgin goalie was dispossessed while attempting some skilful play in his own area. The ball was pulled back and the resulting shot bounced off the crossbar and away to safety. The League One side took the lead in the 57th minute when a corner to the back post was headed into the top of the net by Thomas O'Brien. Within 60 seconds it should have been 2-0 when Kane Hester laid the ball off for Michael McKenna who blazed over from just inside the area. The last half-hour saw a more competitive showing from Elgin - with a quarter of an hour to play they should have pulled level when a cross into the area found an unmarked Chris McLeish who headed straight at the Abroath shotstopper. In the 83rd minute the late perseverence paid off when Jordan Lowdon lofted a free-kick into the area. Once again a key player was left unmarked but this time Darryl McHardy made no mistake and nodded past Darren Hill from six yards out. At the conclusion of 90 minutes the game went straight to penalties. The two sides were evenly matched after the first seven rounds of penalties but on the eighth round of spot kicks Elgin's Matthew Cooper's penalty was saved by Darren Hill ensuring a 7-6 spot-kick victory for Abroath.

Result: Elgin City 1-1 Arbroath (Arbroath win 7-6 on penalties)
Competition: Scottish Challenge Cup
Attendance: 401

Friday, 31 August 2018

2018 Stadium #17 - Balmoor Stadium

Date: 14th August 2018
Stadium: Balmoor Stadium
Location: Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

My seventeenth stadium of 2018 was on Tuesday 14th August at Balmoor Stadium in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The match was Peterhead vs. Brechin City in the Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round.

Balmoor Stadium is close to the centre of Peterhead around a mile north-west of the town's port. The stadium forms part of the Lord Catto Recreation Ground which is a sports area carved out of a largely residential area. The football stadium's neighbours are an artificial pitch to the west and an athletics venue to the south. The stadium holds the unenviable record of the furthest distance between a senior British football club and its nearest railway station. The town of Peterhead lost its passenger railway services in 1965 with the nearest remaining railway stations (Aberdeen, Dyce & Inverurie) all at least 30 miles from Balmoor Stadium. The venue became home to the club in 1997 when their old Recreation Ground home, where they had played since 1891, was demolished to make way for a supermarket.

The main flank of the ground is the western one. On this side is the main stand which is an all-seater structure raised above ground level to allow for the two dugouts and players tunnel to be positioned in front of it. The main stand has no supporting beams to disrupt views though there are perspex panels at either end to keep fans more enclosed from the elements. At the back of the stand are corporate boxes with the entrance to this from the outside of the southern edge of the stand. There is also a small gantry hanging from the stand roof for TV purposes. The interior of the building includes the reception and club shop with a demountable service as the ticket office just beyond this. The stand takes up the middle half of the western side with uncovered flat concrete standing areas either side of it. In the north-west corner there is a food outlet and a secondary, smaller club shop.

There is a similar all-seater stand on the opposite side of the pitch. This also takes up the middle half of its side as well as being raised above ground level affording better views of the pitch. There are no corporate facilities in this stand though there is a press area in the middle of it. The two stands at Balmoor Stadium have a combined capacity of 1,000 seats for spectators. This side mirrors the western section in having flat concrete standing areas either side of the stand though this side also has standing areas available in front of the seating area. Upon my visit there was a metal fence part of the way down this to segregate home and away fans. Any supporters wishing to stand from an elevated position can choose the grass bank in the north-east corner. The northern and southern ends are fairly undeveloped with flat concrete standing in place. There is however plenty of space should the club ever need to erect more seating areas.

The game was a Scottish Challenge Cup 1st Round tie between League Two side Peterhead and League One side Brechin City. Three days prior the visitors had won their first league game in 470 days having gone the entire previous season the The Championship without victory. Any of their fans expecting confidence to be high would have been underwhelmed by the opening ten minutes as Peterhead bossed the early going. They should have taken the lead in the 7th minute when a through ball to Ross Kavanagh put him in on goal but visiting keeper Patrick O'Neil saved well. The hosts had plenty of early corners that put Brechin under immediate pressure but in the 12th minute contrived to go behind. The goal came out of nowhere as a long ball from the back was completely misjudged by home defender Jason Brown who inadvertently played in Dene Shields who stroked past the keeper from the edge of the box. Peterhead kept plugging away and in the 24th minute a header was tipped inches wide as the home fans prematurely celebrated an equaliser. Brechin goalie O'Neil was on good form and in the 35th minute an acrobatic save denied Russell McLean's header as the visitors reached the interval a goal to the good. The second half played out much like the first with Brechin limited to one good chance just after the hour mark when a breakaway concluded with Harvey Dailly shooting straight at Greg Fleming in the home goal when he might have grabbed a two-goal lead for the away side. In the 75th minute a header by Peterhead's Rory McAllister was saved by O'Neil on the goal line but 60 seconds later the equaliser finally did arrive. It came about when a winger did well on the right before clipping the ball to the back post for Russell McLean to tap home from a couple of yards out. With four minutes left on the clock Peterhead completed the turnaround to grab the win. McLean was again at the heart of things as superb work in the box drew three Brechin defenders to him as he jinked left and right before spinning and lifting a great ball to the opposite side of the goal for Jack Leitch to cushion a header into the net from a yard out.

Result: Peterhead 2-1 Brechin City
Competition: Scottish Challenge Cup
Attendance: 496

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

2018 Stadium #16 - Tele2 Arena

Date: 20th May 2018
Stadium: Tele2 Arena
Location: Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden

My sixteenth stadium of 2018 was on Sunday 20th May at the Tele2 Arena in Johanneshov, Stockholm, Sweden. The match was Hammarby vs. AIK in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

The Tele2 Arena is located at the southern end of the Stockholm Globe City complex some 3 miles south of Stockholm city centre. The stadium is on an elevated piece of land so has two local roads running underneath eastern and western edges with the main arterial road through Stockholm adjacent on its eastern side. The rest of the western side is taking up by an industrial estate and it is a similar story to the south. To the north lies the rest of the Globe City complex with a shopping centre and three more sporting arenas. The stadium is a few hundred yards from Globen station which is on the T19 Green Line (Metro) and the 22 Line (Tram Network). The stadium was opened in July 2013 and immediately became home to two of Stockholm's biggest football teams - Hammarby IF (who moved from nearby Söderstadion where they had resided since 1966) and Djurgårdens IF (who had been based at Stockholms Stadion since the 1960s). The new 30,000 capacity venue has given both sides around twice the previous stadium capacities they had available to them so this has allowed both to significantly increase their average attendances.

Opened in 2013, the Tele2 Arena is the latest addition to the Stockholm Globe City arena and the site's largest venue with it able to hold over 30,000 in sport mode and 45,000 in concert mode. Heading north the other indoor arenas are the Globe Arena, a 16,000 capacity venue which hosts concerts and ice hockey. Built in 1989 it is the world's largest spherical building and has an inclined elevator taking people to the roof to look out over the city. Next to this is a 4,000 capacity concert venue called the Annexet and beyond this the Hovet which was the earliest structure at the site. This 8,000 capacity venue hosts ice hockey and concerts. Hammarby's former Söderstadion used to lie beyond this but was demolished shortly after the side moved to their current home.

The Tele2 Arena is a two-tier bowl with a slightly irregular upper tier whereby the amount of seats increases slightly the further north you travel. The lower tier has terracing behind the northern and southern ends as well as the north-west quadrant. This is aimed at providing a dedicated space for the loudest fans in the stadium with the Hammarby ultras occupying the northern end and the away ultras in the southern end. The dugouts, player tunnel and media section are in the centre of the eastern side and there are hospitality boxes at the back of the lower tier which extend the entire way round the bowl. The upper tier is entirely seating and there are big screen TVs above the seating areas at the back of the northern and southern ends. In each of the four corners there are supports for the retractable roof which can fully cover the pitch to convert the venue into an indoor arena. The design of the roof means when open there is a lot of steel positioned above the spectator areas which helps keep the noise in. With two sets of loud fans for this local derby it meant an excellent atmosphere for the game.

This Stockholm derby was a top of the table clash so it was no surprise to see a sell-out crowd at the Tele2 Arena. The hosts went into the game six points ahead of their city rivals so even at this early stage of the season a win would give them a commanding lead at the top. A win for the visitors and the gap would be down to three points with all to play for. The opening passages of the game were cagey will little attacking play. The first proper chance came in the 27th minute when AIK's Kristoffer Olsson played a one-two with Henok Goitom on the edge of the box and Olsson's low shot grazed the outside of the post. The visitors went close again a few minutes later as more decent interplay saw Nabil Bahoui poke a through ball into the area for Tarik Elyounoussi. Fortunately for the home side keeper Johan Wiland anticipated this and ran out to block the goal bound effort. The next meaningful action came ten minutes after the restart - an AIK corner was mishandled by Johan Wiland and with the ball on its way into the net an acrobatic overhead clearance by Muamer Tankovic saved his goalie's blushes. Not very much happened in the second period but with ten minutes left on the clock the game's key moment occurred. On the far side of the Hammarby penalty area Jiloan Hamad clumsily tangled legs with Daniel Sundgren bringing the AIK defender down. The resulting penalty was coolly dispatched by Tarik Elyounoussi's as goalkeeper Johan Wiland dived the wrong way. The final minutes saw Hammarby finally go on the attack but the hosts had seemed content with a goalless draw for almost the entire game and it was too little, too late as AIK held on to send the travelling contingent back across the city happy.

Result: Hammarby 0-1 AIK
Division: Swedish Allsvenskan
Attendance: 29,266