After a pretty poor week for Finnish football, with HJK and Honka's European defeats meaning the end of Finnish involvement with UEFA before the end of July, league festivities resumed with matches on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
HJK 2-0 JJK
After three matches without a win (including both Champions League ties), HJK couldn't have asked for a different fixture - at home against bottom side JJK. But they made hard work of it. Some nice passages of play, plenty of chances created, but poor finishing could have cost them dear. In the end, goals from Demba Savaga (80 mins) and sub Joel Perovuo (90 mins) won them the points.
JJK's total socks didn't work
Highlights of HJK 2-0 JJK
HJK remain second in the table, with 40 points from twenty matches. JJK are twelvth, with seventeen points from 20 games.
Lahti 0-1 Honka
Going out of the Europa League with a decent performance, but a 2-5 aggregate defeat, Honka were looking for a result against the team in 11th. But they travelled to Lahti without injured Méïté, Yaghoubi and Väyrynen. An early goal from Kastriot Kastrati (18') sealed the points, and it was a hard earned win for the leaders. Lahti meanwhile confirmed that on-loan keeper Jesse Joronen would be returning to Fulham at the end of his loan.
Happy Honka celebrate (in white)
Highlights of Lahti 0-1 Honka
Honka are top of the table, with 42 points from 21 games. Lahti are eleventh, with 21 points from 20 matches.
Inter 2-2 KuPS
Inter were without a home win in six. KuPS without an away win in six. Of course this was going to be a draw. An early Gruborovics penalty (5') gave Inter the lead, but it was spectacularly equalised by Aleksi Paananen (19'). Sirbiladze pounced on a keeper error to slot home after a Bouwman shot, restoring the lead (31'), before a second half goal from Dawda Bah (67') ensured the game ended 2-2.
Highlights of Inter 2-2 KuPS
Last year's runners-up Inter are tenth, 23 points from 21 matches. KuPS are sixth with 26 points from 21 games.
Jaro 2-1 VPS
The big Ostrobothnia derby was built up, and alas saw Jaro keeper Jesse Ost harassed by VPS fans in the build up. The match itself saw two goals for Shahdon Winchester, his impressive debut season now showing seven goals for his trouble. The first was a neat finish on 4mins, the second on 79mins was from an acute angle. A late consolation from Jordan Seabrook meant little in the end.
Highlights of Jaro 2-1 TPS
Jaro are fourth in the table, with thirth points from 20 games (they had 33 in the whole of 2012). VPS are third, with 32 points from 20 matches.
MYPA 0-1 RoPS
A first away Veikkausliiga win since October 2011 (excusing a year in the second tier) for RoPS mean they go above with MYPA in the table - a third minute headed goal from Faith Obilor was successfully defended, and MYPA's good start is going to waste.
Highlights of MYPA 0-1 RoPS
MYPA are down to ninth place, with 26 points from 20 matches. RoPS go up to eighth, with 26 points from 21 games.
IFK Mariehamn 2-0 TPS
Topsy-turvy seasons for both teams, and it was Mariehamn who needed two late goals to win. They debuted Brazilian midfielder Bernado Ribeiro, but it was sub Kris Bright's 83rd minute goal (his eighth of the season) and new boy Tomas Hradecky's first goal (88') that sealed the points, and TPS to a sixth league match without victory.
Highlights of IFK Mariehamn 2-0 TPS
IFK Mariehamn are now up to fifth, with 28 points from 21 games. TPS drop below them, and are in sixth place with 27 points from 19 matches.