Friday 1st June
Friday was a good day for the women of English abroad. Starting in the Iceland Women’s Cup, twins Rio and Steffi Hardy lined up for top flight side Grindavik away to Fjardab/Leiknir/Höttur. The pair from Cumbria had previously spent time studying in the States and it was to be Rio who was the star of the show, as she scored a hat trick in a 4-0 win.
Over in Sweden, Natasha Dowie was on the scoresheet fort Linköping but her third goal of the season was not enough to prevent a 2-1 loss to Piteå.
Saturday 2nd June
In the Netherlands, 18-year-old striker Derry Murkin started for Volendam II as they looked to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against TEC to earn promotion to the Dutch third tier. Murkin, who moved to Holland at the age of 4 with his family, scored in the first leg but a 1-0 loss in the second leg meant his side’s season came to an end at the weekend.
In the promotion/relegation playoffs in Slovenia, Matthias Fanimo‘s NŠ Drava side have work to do after they lost their first leg 2-1 to Triglav. The pacey winger went off with a knock in the 69th minute but looks to be fit for the return leg on Wednesday. A victory over two legs would secure promotion to the top flight for Drava.
In the Swedish third tier, Laurie Bell‘s only goal of the game secured a first victory of the season for Karlslund as they defeated Akropolis 1-0. The 25-year-old’s second goal of the season moved his side off the bottom of the table.
Over in Norway’s third division, Aaron Jones started in defence as his side Askerr thrashed Nybergsund 6-1 with four goals coming in the last ten minutes. Asker are managed by former Hibernian midfielder Kevin Nicol.
Sunday 3rd June
Back in Iceland but this time for the men’s game, KA defeated Vikingur Reykjavik 4-1 with Archange Nkumu on the scoresheet. It was the former Yeovil midfielder’s first goal of the season. Callum Williams also came on as a substitute for KA.
In Sweden, Ryan Binns‘ third goal of the season helped Husqvarna to a 4-2 win over Åtvidaberg in the third tier.
Finally, Bradley Wright-Phillips kept up his tremendous form this season with yet another goal for New York Red Bulls. However, the striker’s ninth goal of the season could not prevent a 2-1 loss to New England Revolution.