Brondby back-to-back Champions | Credit: 3F Ligaen
Here is your look at Europe from 29 May 2012 – 11 June 2012.
Aivi Luik and Michelle Heyman's Brøndby were crowned Champions of Denmark despite losing 3 – 0 to their great rivals Fortuna Hjørring on the final day of the Danish Championship. Last weekend's 2 – 0 win over BSF gave Brøndby an unassailable 4 point lead going into the final match ensuring Saturday's match with Fortuna was a mere formality.
Fortuna Hjørring on the other hand had more on the line as a 94th minute injury time goal saw Leena Khamis' side go down to Skovbakken the previous week. The loss saw Skovbakken on level points with Fortuna with Khamis' team requiring a win over Brøndby to ensure Champions League football.
2 June 2012: Match Report - Fortuna Hjørring v Skovbakken[Google translated]
Lisa Marie Woods got them off to the best start with her header on 8 minutes before Line Jensen doubled the advantage on 16 minutes. Brøndby worked their way back into the contest with Heyman producing a good save from Heidi Johansen and former Sydney FC midfielder Julie Rydahl saw her strike saved off the line from another former Sky Blue, Lydia Vandenberg, That was the closest Brøndby would get with Fortuna killing of the game in injury time through American Tiffany Weimer.
9 June 2012: Match Report - Fortuna Hjørring v Brøndby[Google translated]
In the last two weeks' Lisa De Vanna Linköping have returned to some much needed form after the disaster in Göteborg. Last weekend a De Vanna hat trick helped the Swedish side to only their second win of the season with a tidy 4 – 1 win over Piteå in the Damallsvenskan.
After a tight opening battle between the two sides, De Vanna opened the scoring 5 minutes before half time to give home side a 1 – 0 lead at the break. Piteå equalised not long after the restart but some tidy work by the Linköping midfield in the second half saw the Matildas' striker claim her hat trick in the 78th minute before Manon Melis rounded out the scoring in additional time.
3 June 2012: Match Report – Linköping v Piteå [Google translated]
VIDEO | Match Highlights
Despite the win, Linköping were knocked out of the Swedish Cup midweek with a 2 – 1 loss to Kristianstad but they bounced back on Sunday with an 11 – 0 demolition of Djurgården in the League. Linköping were completely dominant from the whistle with Emma Lundh opening the scoring in the first minute. From then on it was a procession of goals at regular interval's including De Vanna's fourth goal in two games in the 27th minute. The confidence boosting win sees Linköping move into 6th position after being as low as 10th a couple of weeks ago.
11 June 2012: Match Report – Linköping v Djurgården [Google translated]
VIDEO | Match Highlights
Meanwhile in the second division, Leah Blayney's Eskilstuna United grabbed their second win on the trot with a high scoring 6 – 4 victory over Kalmar last weekend. However they were unable to extend that run this week as they went down 4 – 2 to Limhamn Bunkeflo.
The news wasn't so great for Carys Hawkins' Umeå Södra dropped well down the table after a second loss on the bounce. The 3 – 0 loss to ladder leaders Sunnanå sees Hawkins' side, who were holding second place for a number of weeks, now in 5th place. Marijana Rajcic's Gustafs also had a tough week as they 2 – 1 to Sirius on 30 May before falling to Assi by the same scoreline on 3 June.
In England, Perth Glory teammates Collette McCallum and Tanya Oxtoby clashed as their Lincoln Ladies (McCallum) and Doncaster Rover Belles (Oxtoby) did battle in the FA Women's Super League. It was a great result for the Glory captain as the Belles registered their first win of the season with a 2 – 1 win.
VIDEO | Match Highlights
Meanwhile Emily Gielnik's Liverpool Ladies slumped to their fourth loss of the season as they went down 2 – 0 to Everton Ladies. Gielnik continued to be active as the Reds' focal point but they were unable to breach the Everton defence.
30 May 2012: Match Report – Everton Ladies v Liverpool Ladies
VIDEO |Match Highlights
McCallum and Gielnik's sides did battle on Saturday night in the Continental Cup as Lincoln and Liverpool looked to go through to the next round. In a tight contest both sides exchanged goals and the lead in the opening half. In the end it was an 85th minute goal, from recently appointed England captain Casey Stoney, that saw Lincoln top their Continental Cup group and move through. Both Gielnik and McCallum played a large part in the match (both playing the full match) with the latter earning Player of the Match honours.
Finally Perth Glory captain Tanya Oxtoby met Melbourne Victory captain Jodie Taylor as Doncaster and Birmingham, respectively, looked to move onto the semi-finals of the Continental Cup. Goals either side of the break from Eni Aluko and Taylor saw Birmingham cruise to a comfortable 2 – 0 victory over the Belles.
10 June 2012: Match Report Birmingham City v Doncaster Rovers Belles