Suomen Cup 2021: Road To The Final
We Analyse Peimari United's Road To The Suomen Cup Final 2021
Peimari United have once again reached the final of the Suomen Cup. Tomorrow's final against SJK will be their third final in as many seasons with Kalle Koskinen as manager. However, Peimari lost the previous two, with SJK and HJK coming out on top in each. The Paimion Leijonat will be looking to get their hands on the trophy for the first time in the club's history, and tomorrow's final presents their best opportunity to date.
Peimari Recorded A Perfect Qualification Process With Five Wins From Five
Perfect. Just perfect. SJK provided stern opposition in our season-opening qualifier at HakkisPaana. However, Ollila proved to be the difference as he assisted and scored to earn us a much-needed opening day victory. We followed this up with a tense win away to TPS. After twice falling behind, we climbed back and went on to win thanks to a late goal. The manner of the victory was pleasing, with the players showing their stomach to keep fighting.
A pair of 1-0 victories followed, with tight wins coming against VPS and FC Inter Turku. This was then followed up by a routine 2-0 win over RoPS to round off the qualification process with us earning a 100% win record throughout. It was a brilliant opportunity for the players to prove they can perform as full-time footballers, for the first time, and to build up match fitness and on-pitch tactical awareness.
Peimari United Marched To A Hard-Earned Victory Against KTP In The Last Sixteen
It was a very tough game for Peimari United. With Veikkausliiga football taking its toll on the squad, there was plenty of rotation for this fixture. However, Peimari still found a way to produce the goods. Teenage wonderkid Oliver Antman scored a long-range effort to open the scoring just after the half-hour mark. Antti Pokela, who had dropped significantly down the pecking order this season, scored a close-range effort to double Peimari's lead and to kill off KTP before half-time.
Peimari United Required Extra Time To Defeat A Stubborn RoPS Side
It was tough and it was testing. RoPS' home advantage didn't help them at the beginning, with Danish teenager Rasmus Nielsen popping up with an early goal. However, Jeam equalised for the hosts midway through the first half. The game fizzled out into extra time. It was then that Peimari United's superior physicality showed, with their players seemingly not tiring. Substitutes Jesper Santanen and Jarno Seppälä each scored excellent goals to book a place in the semi finals for Peimari United.
Peimari United Defeated Kakkonen Side JäPS In The Semi Final Stage
A straight-forward task on paper. JäPS plied their trade in the third tier of Finnish football (Kakkonen), and were deemed no match for Peimari United. Peimari showed their superiority with two first-half goals, with Oliver Antman and Akseli Ollila scoring for the hosts. However, the hosts proved problematic to break down in the second half, and showed strands of threatening attacking play, coming close to scoring several times late on. However, Peimari played the game out to earn a place in the final for the third consecutive season.
Who Will Peimari United Play In The Final?
Peimari United Will Host SJK In The Suomen Cup Final
A familiar foe for Peimari United. SJK won the Suomen Cup final against Peimari United two years previously, courtesy of a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time. The two played each other in the qualifying rounds this season, with Peimari coming up as 2-0 winners. It will be an incredible clash tomorrow at HakkisPaana, Peimari United's home stadium, with 400 spectators set to view the game. Who will come out on top? Will Kalle Koskinen's Peimari United finally end their Suomen Cup final hoodoo?
, I think what has really benefited the club during its rise is the profile of the players brought into the club from the very beginning. The key players brought in have all been young, with the likes of Larsson, Santanen, Virtanen and Nielsen all teenagers, while Sjöroos and Popovitch joined during their early-to-mid-twenties. We've been able to mold them into the players they are now on the way, with them improving on a daily basis.
, Champions League football would be amazing, but we would have to win the league to get into the qualifying rounds for that. I'd settle for a top-half finish. The sky is the limit at the minute, but we need to keep realistic.
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