HARNOSANDS, Sweden - August 19, 2012
Former JLSFC striker, Anthony Allison, wore his scoring boots over the weekend as he scored all three goals in Harnosands' thrilling 3-2
victory over league leaders Selanger FK in continuation of the Swedish Division 2 Norrland League.
Harnosands FF took the lead as early as the 6th minute when Peter Johansson found enough space on the left wing to skip a defender and send an inviting cross to Allison who made no mistake in putting the ball at the back of the net.
That early lead lasted for only 18 minutes as a quick counter-attack by Selanger FK saw the league leaders equalized through Ahmad Kreis' header.
Not letting things slide by, Allison linked up well with Liberia's U-20 deadly striker, Sam Johnson, with the latter sending a right winged cross for Allison to nod into goal and send Harnosands FF into the interval with a 2-1 lead.
Harnosands FF started the second half just like the first half with Allison proving to be a thorn in the flesh of the league leaders Selanger FK.
Ten minutes into the second half, Allison dribbled his way past two defenders and he was brought down in the penalty box but to the dismay of the 300 howling spectators, the referee didn't call for the penalty. Instead, Selanger FK launched another quick counter-attack that saw Ahmad Kreis equalizing again for Selanger FK. Anthony Allison, furious about being denied a penalty, was shown a yellow card for dissent.
Allison had the last laugh though, as his 25-yard shot somehow passed through the Selanger's goalkeeper to give Harnosands FF a 3-2 lead and a win over the league leaders.
Allison's hat-trick enables him to increase his goals tally to 12 goals in 15 games and third place on the goal-scoring chart
; however, Ahmad Kheis remains on top of the scoring chart after his two goals against Harnosands FF increased his goals tally to 16. Sandwiched between those two strikers is Mariehem SK's Kim Lundmark with 14 goals.
After scoring a whopping 24 goals in 21 games for IFK Sundsvall in last season's Swedish Division 3 Norrland League, Allison will be looking to hold the Golden Boot Award again in Division 2.
Harnosands FF 3-2 win propels them to fourth place in the 12-team Swedish Division 2 Norrland League Table. With only seven games remaining in the season, Harnosands FF is now four points behind league leaders Selanger FK and two points behind both Anundsjo IF and Mariehem SK in second and third place, respectively.
In a related development, despite an interest from Swedish Premier Club AIK, Allison has signed
a contract extension with Harnosands FF through the 2013 season.
Harnosands' sporting director, Goran Dahlberg, had this to say: "This is a player of high caliber we want on our team next year. But we know there are clubs in the Swedish Premier League that have interests in Allison, for the qualities he has, and he should of course have to take that chance."
The deal was made possible through the cooperation with LIB Sports representatives Glenn Schiller and Tore Elliason who have worked tirelessly to help African talents in the Nordic soccer market, including fellow Liberian striker Sam Johnson and Adnan Bangura.
There have also been calls in some quarters of the Liberian sports media
who have urged the Liberia National Team Head Coach to call Allison into the national team. There is a thread
also set up especially for Allison in the United States to see if he can be called for the U.S. National Team. Allison is referred to as an American/Liberian in several US media articles.
With his international debut for either national team eluding him, Allison will hope to be involved in Harnosands' next game as the club travel to Skelleftea FF on Saturday, August 25 at 16:00 GMT (10:00 EST).