Fløjveteran’s penalty biscuit saves Herning.Ikast from defeat – Ekstra Bladet

Both Team Esbjerg and Viborg’s handball women scored points in the first match of the playoffs. And on Wednesday night, a third medalist also fooled himself.

Herning-Ikast only got one point out of the visit at Silkeborg-Voel after a draw 27-27. But the team can really be happy that it did not get worse.

If Silkeborg-Voel’s veteran Ann Grete Nørgaard had scored on a penalty throw three seconds before time, the visitors would have started the playoffs with a defeat.

But the 38-year-old winger sent the ball over goal.

Even though it did not turn out to be a surprising victory, Silkeborg-Voel showed that they are ready to fight for the semi-final places.

The team was otherwise weakened when Julie Jensen received a completely unnecessary red card after the time had expired in the first half.

Jensen tried on a direct free throw to outsmart the erected defensive wall, but instead hammered the ball directly in the face of Herning-Ikast’s Simone Petersen.

While Petersen was sore, the referee duo re-watched the incident on video and then pulled the red card out of his pocket. And then the match was over for the right-back.

Despite missing the left-handed shooter, Silkeborg-Voel came back fine after losing the first half 13-15.

The home team did not just reach the side of Herning-Ikast. Three minutes before time, Silkeborg-Voel was even ahead with 27-25. The visitors started playing seven against six in the attack and got equalized to 27-27.

Still, Silkeborg-Voel got the chance to win, but the team’s most experienced player was abused from the seven-meter line.

And it all could have had a bizarre ending. Subsequently, Herning-Ikast’s goalkeeper, Sabine Englert, sent a long ball up the field, where Simone Petersen steered it further towards goal with a kind of smash.

The ball actually ended up in the net, but it was just too late. The time had expired.

By Editor

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