Canadian Exports: Jonke's good week with Inter Turku
It’s fair to say that it’s been a good week for Frank Jonke and his club Inter Turku.
In a midweek Veikkausliiga encounter, Inter Turku found themselves down 4-2 to KUPS in the 74th minute. Jonke, a 26-year-old Canadian striker making his debut for Inter Turku, entered the match as a 70th minute substitute, and within 15 minutes he made his mark for his new team.
After Inter Turku pulled to within one, Jonke gave his side a crucial point in the 84th minute by scoring the tying goal in what ended up as a 4-4 draw.
On Sunday, Jonke and the Black and Blues picked up the full three points by defeating hosts Honka 3-2, with the Canadian subbed on late in the match again. After 13 matches played, Inter Turku stand second in the Veikkausliiga.
Elsewhere in Finland, striker Riley O’Neill and MyPa played a pair of matches over the past week, losing the Wednesday affair 1-0 to league leaders HJK before going on to claim a 2-1 victory over JJK on Monday. O’Neill was an 11th minute entrant for MyPa in the midweek fixture, and then was instrumental in MyPa’s come-from-behind win on Monday as a 46th minute entrant.
Tomer Chencinski also saw Finnish league action this past week. Chencinski has grabbed hold of the number one shirt at VPS, and backstopped his side to a 1-1 draw at TPS. The point kept VPS out of the league basement.
Still in the Veikkausliiga, Luca Bellisomo and Mason Trafford both started on the bench for IFK Mariehamn in a 1-1 draw at RoPS, with Bellisomo coming on as an 81st minute defensive sub.
Over in Norway, Vålerenga played visiting Strømsgodset to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, with Canadian international Lars Hirschfeld manning the goal for Vålerenga.
Chris Pozniak’s club Haugesund found themselves on the winning side of the ledger on Sunday, grabbing a 2-1 victory over Odd Grenland. Pozniak put in 90 minutes, and with the win Haugesund jumped into 8th place in the Tippeligaen.