A special archived report featuring one of the finer moments from our short but intense life. Here, the report from the last match of the season handing us the title and promotion to Div3..
Sunday 4th October 2009, KO: 14.00, Stora Essingen IP
L√ÖNGHOLMEN FC (0) 3¬† v¬† REYMERSHOLM IK (1) 1
Oscar Hentmark 46 mins, Chris Allen 56, 60 mins
STRIPES CROWNED CHAMPIONS AFTER NAIL BITING FINISH
The last time the match reporting team can remember this much drama at the end of a game was back in 1989 when Arsenals Michael Thomas scored in the last minutes against Liverpool at Anfield to claim the league title for the London club. This was more dramatic as the L√•ngholmen players waited in a huddle after the match in the centre of the pitch, waiting and waiting to know their destiny and then came the signal from chairman Mats Gustavsson who had contact with the match between Marieberg and Boo that their match had finished 2-2 and this sparked scenes of wild jubilation at Essinge IP as fans hugged each other and then the players, a historic moment for a club that has only been in existence for seven years.
It could of gone all so wrong for the home side as their opponents and local rivals Reymersholm had no intention of joining in the party spirit. Earlier in the week they had publicly said they would spoil L√•ngholmens chances of winning the league and when Reymers captain Martin Bengtsson stepped up and fired home a free kick past Bergquist on 38 minutes it looked like they were intent on keeping their promise. It was a half decent strike but to be honest Bergquists positioning could of been a lot better.
Reymersholm were very physical in the first half and the officiating team, who it must be said were not at their best today, let many hefty challenges go unpunished.
Time and time again the bulky midfielders closed in on the Stripes and made things very hard for them, the very wet conditions didn't make matters any better on a slippery surface.
On 11 minutes Pete McConnell sent in a rasping shot which was turned round the post by the keeper. The same man was carded after a challenge on 32 minutes which brought an angry response from the Reymers players and at least two of their players should of been shown a yellow card.
As always the home fans kept up the tempo on the sidelines with chant after chant , trying to urge on their favourite team.
The management team were forced to make some changes. Anton Bj√∂rlund Bergstr√∂m was introduced as was Oscar Hentmark and the second half was barely a minute long when the changes payed dividends, a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to Hentmark who managed to toe poke the ball home from 8 yards and thus creating a crescendo of noise from the terraces.
There was a real positive flare now to L√•ngholmen and it wasn't long before they grabbed a second. Mr dependable and leading scorer Chris Allen banged the ball home from just inside the box and made it sound like there were 20,000 inside Essinge IP instead of the 206 fans present.
Reymers home were visibly shaken and were arguing amongst themselves, their dream of spoiling their rivals big day was gradually being dissected.
On 60 minutes a very brave header by Allen once again found the back of the net, it was 3-1 but the forward took a mighty blow to the face for his trouble and was forced to leave the field of play.
Reymers caught a second wind and tried to ply their way in towards goal, but Lascelles and co held firm, especially young Wilhelm Karlsson who had a superb game.
Tension was mounting as news that Mariberg were also leading 3-1 filtered through, this thankfully proved to be false information, but nevertheless the Stripes pushed on looking for number four and it nearly came when Deri Thomas rattled the upright with two minutes on the clock.
The seconds ticked away and the whistle went, but it wasn't until two minutes later that the Stripes were confirmed as champions and seal what has been an unbelievable league season for all involved at the club.
Stripes Man of the Match: The supporters on the terracing and Wilhelm Karlsson
Crowd: 206 on a wet and miserable day
Refwatch: We have definitely seen better
The moment the lads were crowned
All the best/Scotty.
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