Following the first game in Malmö two weeks prior, Copenhagen entered the second leg with an eight point advantage. Malmö were up against it and knew an inspired performance would be required to turn over the deficit away from home against a strong Copenhagen outfit. Right from the off, Malmö burst out of the gates with plenty of energy, scoring an early goal and a handful of points, slightly getting the better of the early exchanges. Copenhagen took their points when they were on offer, however, and kept themselves in touch on the scoreboard. With Malmö leading by two points and the clock ticking down in the first half, a mis-taken ’45 was gathered by Copenhagen, leading to a deflected goal and Copenhagen entered the break with a one point lead, 1-5 to 1-4.
Conceding a goal right on the stroke of half time took the wind out of Malmö’s sails and gave Copenhagen all the momentum. Malmö struggled to win their own possession from kick-outs as Copenhagen did an excellent job of suffocating their key players and getting to all the breaking balls. As Malmö tired, Copenhagen started to turn the screw, launching wave after wave of attack. Despite some excellent goal-line saves, the scores kept coming and it finished to 3-11 to 1-7 to Copenhagen.
Over the two games, Copenhagen were the more organised team and took advantage of their greater experience and strength in depth. They thoroughly deserved their victory and are worthy champions of the first Öresunds Challenge. We hope that the challenge will continue in the years to come and we look forward to seeking revenge in round 1 of the Nordic Championship on May 11th.