Sunday, 8 April 2012

Meistriliiga week 6: Kalju continue to impress, Flora bounce back

Kalju 4-1 Trans

Kalju continued to look good in a comfortable dismantling of a Trans team very short on confidence following a poor start to the season. Kalju were ahead within two minutes of the kick off when Tarmo Neemelo scored with a left foot shot following a corner. They were in control for the rest of the half without adding to their advantage, and were pegged back shortly before half time when Dmitrijs Medeckis steered home a right wing cross at the back post. Kalju were back in front just after the hour when Oliver Konsa finished nicely following Neemelo's pass from the left of the penalty area. The scoreline was improved further through two late goals - Damiano Quinteri scored his second goal for the club with a tidy finish after running in from the left wing and he then provided the cross for Neemelo to head home his second of the match on 82 minutes. There was still time for Juri Jevdokimov to have a penalty saved in injury time following a handball - Vladimir Malkov looking suspiciously off his line as he saved the spot kick. 

Flora reacted well to last week's surprise defeat at home to Kuressaare as they won 3-0 at Tallinna Kalev. They were 2-0 up within 15 minutes with goals from Andre Frolov and Valeri Minkenen (from the penalty spot). Minkenen added a third early in the second half to secure the win. Kalev then had substitute Rejal Alijev sent off within four minutes of coming off the bench for pushing Markus Jürgenson. Kalev coach Sergei Ratnikov rued the two early goals despite having asked his players to get tight early on: "The opening minutes are very important. I told the players that we must press Flora from the outset but we could not get close enough to them."

Viljandi 0-3 Levadia

Levadia continued their run with a 3-0 win in Viljandi as they threaten to be involved in a three way title battle with Flora and Kalju. Captain Igor Morozov put Levadia ahead on 34 minutes with a good header from a corner. Rimo Hunt scored his first Levadia goal since signing from Tallinna Kalev, slotting home on 80 minutes. Janar Toomet made it 3-0 in injury time but the highlight appeared to be a flabby, topless Ricky Hatton-alike fan invading the pitch to join in the Levadia celebrations. One can only hope he is proud of himself, something to tell the grandchildren.

Paide picked up a decent point at home to Sillamäe. Maksim Paponov had put Sillamäe ahead in the first half but Stanislav Goldberg equalised for Paide early in the second half. Sillamäe's hero from last week, Vladislav Ivanov, was sent off late on.

There are four matches on Tuesday evening as well as Kalju travel to Sillamäe and Flora host Paide. Tallinna Kalev play Tammeka in Tartu and Levadia are at home to Kuressaare, who play only their third game of the season.

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