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Faroese national league titles up for grabs this weekend
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Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, April 19, 2019. The two-legged finals of the Faroese national league will end on Saturday after the first leg played on Thursday. Fleyr Tórshavn and Mjølnir Klaksvík have a small edge after claiming the first round of the women’s and men’s series earlier this week – but anything can happen as their respective opponents are still full in contention for the crown.

Women’s final – First leg

Fleyr Tórshavn vs SÍ Sørvágur 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 28-30, 25-23, 22-20)

The women’s final is a repeat of the cup final between Fleyr Tórshavn and SÍ Sørvágur two months ago, but in the first leg, the result was the opposite as Fleyr won 3-2 having lost the cup final with the same score.

Fleyr had opened up a comfortable 21-17 lead towards the end of the first set, but failed to finish it and instead SÍ took the set 25-23. Fleyr again started strongly in the second set, and although SÍ managed to take the lead back for a while, Fleyr was strong in the closing stages and won 25-20 to level the match. SÍ then won the thrilling third set 30-28, but Fleyr managed to force the tiebreaker with a 25-23 win in the fourth set. That tiebreaker was not for the fainthearted as it went to 22-20 before Fleyr nailed it.

The second leg will be taking place on Saturday where Fleyr will win the national title with a victory. If SÍ wins – regardless if it is 3-0 or 3-2, a Golden Set to 15 points will determine the eventual national champions.

Men’s final – First leg

Mjølnir Klaksvík vs Fleyr Tórshavn 3-1 (31-29, 25-23, 25-27, 25-19)

The men’s match was a repeat of the cup final two months ago as well, but if that match had been a fairly one-sided affair with a straight-set victory for Mjølnir, this time Fleyr will rue missed opportunities for winning the match as they squandered set-balls in the first and second set.  

Having faced two set-balls, Mjølnir finally prevailed at 31-29 to take the first set, but looked to be on the losing end in the second set as they were trailing 7-14 and 13-19. However, Mjølnir showed great resilience and clawed their way back to win the set 25-23 after Fleyr went cold with a 23-20 lead. The roles were opposite in the third set where Mjølnir led 24-20, but only to see Fleyr win it 27-25. Fleyr made a disastrous start to the fourth set where they trailed 7-1, but fought their way back to 6-7. However, Mjølnir escaped again to win the set rather easily 25-19.

The second leg will take place on Saturday. If Mjølnir win, they are national champions, but if Fleyr win – regardless if it is 3-0 or 3-2 – a Golden Set will determine the winners.

Pictures courtesy of Alvur Haraldsen.

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