DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 18, 2014
Sebastien Ibeagha helped Fredericia hold off Lyngby for their first win of the season while Mayowa Alli did his part as a late defensive substitute in Vendsyssel's win at Brønshøj.
FC Fredericia 2 - 1 Lyngby BK
Sebastien Ibeagha once again played the full 90 minutes for Fredericia on Sunday afternoon, as the team rode a pair of early goals to their first win of the season against visiting Lyngby BK.
Fredericia wasted no time in putting then-third-place Lyngby on the back foot. Four minutes after the opening whistle, Anders Hostrup pulled down a long pass from Jesper Christiansen, outran the defense, and easily put his shot past Nicklas Højlund for the 1-0 lead.
Then ten minutes later, Ibeagha helped his team put another on the scoreboard. The American was waiting at the far post to head a corner back across the face of goal, and Tobias Perch-Nielsen was in perfect position to slam it home to double Fredericia's advantage.
The hosts did a good job of defending their lead without giving their visitors too much of the run of play, but saw their advantage cut in half in the 55th minute after David Boysen gave Lyngby hope by scoring on a direct free kick.
The shock was enough to strengthen the resolve of the Fredericia squad, who did well to hold on until the final whistle to take their first win of the new season.
The victory pulls Fredericia up to ninth where they are tied with AB Copenhagen and AC Horsens just above the relegation places. They return to action on Sunday when they host third-place Skive IK.
Mayowa Alli was a late defensive substitute for Vendsyssel on Saturday afternoon, entering the game in the 88th minute to help the team hold down a narrow 1-0 lead at Brønshøj. The victory takes them alone atop the league with 10 points after 4 games.
Babajide Ogunbiyi was named to Viborg's gameday squad for their Sunday afternoon game against visiting Skive IK, however did not play in the scoreless draw.