DAVID SMITH - Monday, July 28, 2014
Conor O'Brien saw 90 minutes for Odense in a losing effort at Vestsjaelland while Sebastian Ibeagha and Horsens stole a point on the road in their 1. Division opener against Viborg.
FC Vestsjaelland 3 - 1 Odense BK
Conor O'Brien made his first appearance for Odense on Friday evening, putting in a 90-minute shift in the midfield as the team continued their slow start to the season.
Vestsjaelland needed just nine minutes to put their mark on the proceedings, as a clever buildup left Anders Due with ample space on the left side to aim a cross at the onrushing Rasmus Festersen for an easy tap-in.
The bad day only got worse for the visitors, after Ari Freyr Skulason made a mess of an attempted clearance of a through-ball into the area directed to Marc Rochester, instead deflecting it just inside the right post for an embarrassing own-goal in the 23rd minute.
Rochester then netted a third for the hosts five minutes after the break with aplomb, taking advantage of a headed clearance to his feet at the edge of the area, which he bounced up with a single touch and smashed past the helpless keeper for the 3-0.
Odense did pull back one consolation goal in the 64th minute, as Emil Larson was alert enough to put away the rebound on his initially-blocked shot, but it did little to change the tide.
After two games, Odense sit last in the Superliga standings, being the only team who have yet to gain any points. They will have a tough task in their next outing, as they host last season's league and cup winners Aalborg on Saturday afternoon.
Viborg FF 1 - 1 AC Horsens
Sebastian Ibeagha played the full 90 minutes in the heart of defense for AC Horsens on Sunday afternoon, as the team rescued a road point at Viborg thanks to a dramatic last-second goal.
Viborg defender Babajide Ogunbiyi is out for the early part of the season while recovering from knee surgery.
The hosts were the more proactive of the two sides in the first 45 minutes, but were unable to break the deadlock until Aleksandar Stankov pulled down a cross from the left in the 63rd and put his quick shot past Horsens keeper Jakob Busk for the 1-0 advantage.
Viborg had several chances to secure their lead, and were made to suffer for their lack of success, as Horsens midfielder Troels Klove smashed in an equalizer from distance one minute into injury time to earn his team their share of the points.
The result leaves both Horsens and Viborg looking to earn a win in the second weekend of the season, with Horsens hosting Lyngby and Viborg hitting the road to visit Köge on Sunday.
Vendsyssel FF Hjörring 2 - 1 FC Fredericia
Vendsyssel new signing Mayowa Alli made a somewhat unexpected debut appearance for the team on Monday night, playing the final 50 minutes of their win over Fredericia as an injury substitute in the defense.
The former Bucknell defender joined the team from third-tier Jammerbugt FC barely one week before Monday's season opener, and was forced to take the field after 40 minutes when starting defender Mads Greve went down with an injury.
Vendsyssel had already built a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute off the foot of team captain Michael Byskov, but the game was even going into halftime after Marc Pedersen headed in a corner from Andreas Moos moments before the break.
The teams traded jabs after the break, but Vendsyssel would come out on top in the end, with new signing Ken Fagerberg linking up with fellow newcomer Chris Sørensen to score his first of the new season in injury time for the 2-1 win.
Vendsyssel sit atop the league with the two other week-one winners Vejle and Lyngby, and will hit the road to face AB Copenhagen on Sunday.