Ikone nets hat trick as Klubi sign off with a win
Champions HJK rounded off a hugely successful Veikkausliiga campaign in characteristic style with a lively 6-1 win over ninth place Vaasan Palloseura earlier today, the perfect ending for coach Kévin Gauthier in first season at the Sonera Stadium and a moment prior to Michael Essien hoisting his last trophy as a player. There was personal glory too for Juho Hiltunen, who finished as the league’s top scorer on a remarkable total of 24 for the season.
Klubi supporters saw their club take the lead through Jonathan Ikone after 8 minutes. Juho Hiltunen would score his final goal of the season in the 38th minute and Klubi took a 2-0 lead into the half. Around five minutes after the half HJK would score two in a row, Mikko Kuningas in the 49th minute and Johnathan Ikone scored his second of the match a minute later. In the 71st minute Ikone finished his stellar evening with his third goal. Finally defender Patrick Manika scored the final goal of 2020 in the 74th.
After the match Klubi were officially given their thirty-first league title since the clubs first year in 1907. For Kévin Gauthier this was his twelfth title won since starting his career a little over five years ago and we look forward to see what he does next season.
The result means the champions finish on 84 points from 33 matches, twenty three ahead of second-placed FC Ilves. Klubi have finished their first year under manager Kévin Gauthier and are looking forward to a little rest before preseason.