DAVID SMITH - Thursday, April 11, 2013
Charlie Davies made a cameo for Randers as they took a narrow first-leg lead over Horsens while RJ Allen and Skive managed a point in their matchup with second-place Vestsjælland.
Randers FC 1 - 0 AC Horsens
Charlie Davies was an 82nd-minute substitute for Randers on Wednesday night as they took a step towards the Danish Cup final with a win over visiting Horsens.
Both teams had their chances in the first 45 minutes, but Randers piled on the pressure after the halftime break and needed only a few minutes to reap the rewards.
Six minutes after the restart, Jonas Kamper and Johnny Thomsen combined on the right side, giving the latter space to whip in a cross towards goal. Nicolai Brock-Madsen connected for a perfect header, which arched through the six-yard box and into the far corner for the 1-0 lead.
Randers were firmly in control throughout the half, either pressuring the goal of their visitors or terrorizing their defense with quick counters when the Horsens attack dared to press for an equalizer.
Davies came into the game in the 82nd minute in place of starting striker Ronnie Schwartz, and the team had no problems to hold on and secure their advantage.
Randers will try to protect their narrow lead in next Wednesday's second leg in Horsens, but must first deal with a visit to Esbjerg in league play this weekend.
Skive IK 2 - 2 FC Vestsjælland
RJ Allen and Skive jumped out to an early lead over second-place Vestsjælland, but were forced to settle for a point after their visitors fought back from a two-goal deficit.
Skive jumped to an early lead, as Dustin Corea broke free on the left and slipped a cross to Morten Beck-Andersen to put away from the 1-0 lead.
Then Corea increased the lead three minutes past the half-hour when he put away a free kick from Mikkel Jespersen.
The Vikings began their rally in the 38th minute, with Søren Berg setting up Nicolas Sandberg for the score, then Brazilian midfielder Thiago pulled the team even in the 47th minute.
The visitors pushed for the winner for much of the second half, but Skive buckled down to preserve the draw.
Skive now have a four-point safety net above the relegation spots, and will try to increase their cushion on Sunday when they visit Fredericia.