"Haha, I will enjoy destroying Harju!" is the quote Helsinki fans are cursing at the moment. Those were the arrogant words uttered by Hell Hounds manager Os before the first Helsinki derby of the season on Saturday.
Maybe the manager's words are to blame or maybe there are deep rooted problems in the Helsinki squad, but they again seemed cocky and complacent in the opening stages of the match. Harju was one step ahead at almost every situation and created 5 scoring chances in the opening 12 minutes. Things were not made easier for Hell Hounds when their star defender Martin Fischer was forced out of the match with an injury on 17th minute. Helsinki fans and bench claimed he was fouled but referee was having none of it leaving manager Os fuming on the sidelines. Little did they know that things were only going to get worse from now on.
Harju continued to dominate the proceedings and on 26th minute came the goal home crowd will cherish for a long time. It was a Gadsby masterpiece. The crowd favorite raced to a harmless looking long ball played on left flank and easily brushed Luis Roberto Jaime aside before dropping a fine header on the feet of Dimitris Moutas. Gadsby quickly received the ball again on the edge of the box before unleashed a thundering 20 feet drive to top right corner that left Papatheou with no chance whatsoever. Stewards struggled to control the jubilant home crowd while Helsinki manager Os was seen sneaking into locker room with a box of freshly bought underwear.
Even falling behind didn't seem to really wake up the drowsy visiting team and Flappy Birds had a fairly easy job seeing out the rest of the match. Keeper Silva was solid throughout and confidently dealt with the few half chances Helsinki were able to muster. There was still some nervous moments near the end when Helsinki got a free kick on the edge of Harju penalty area. Dyhr found Weber unmarked at the far post but the newly acquired forward scuffed his shot horribly wide. Referee immediately blew the final whistle triggering wild celebrations inside the Harju Stadium.
After the match we tried to get an interview with Helsinki manager Os but he just walked past us dejected muttering "I'm done, **** Helsinki and this game".