Johan Lange celebrates scoring for HIF

HIF won the season opener at home to Trellborgs FF at Olympia.

The game was the first Skåne (Scania) derby of the season and could have been distracting for the players for other reasons than it being a local derby.

First, it was the first match at the newly renovated Olympia, there was a near capacity crowd and it was the first match since the crowd trouble that saw Jordan Larsson and Henrik Larsson confronted by fans.

The refurbished Olympia

The incident happened in the last moments against Halmstad after HIF conceded a second goal in the space of 2 minutes at the end of the game that would see them relegated.

To be honest the game was dour affair with the home fans having to wait until the 80th minute before the first and only goal of the game arrived.

Jesper Lange scored the goals that resulted in a 1-0 victory for the home team. A win is a win and hopefully it will get rid of a few nerves that the players may have had about this season and performing in front of a new manager after Henrik Larsson left his post during the winter.

Trelleborgs FF tried to pressure HIF for an equaliser but never really got close to scoring.

Though the crowd saw an assured but perhaps not too entertaining match they would surely have gone home happy that the season has got off to a winning start.

Before HIF scored, both teams had a few chances but they were off target and HIF scored with the first and only real chance of the game.

Next up for HIF is a trip to Varberg on Sunday which will hopefully see a more entertaining game with the same outcome. A win for HIF!