DAVID SMITH - Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sebastian Ibeagha and Fredericia continued their strong run with a win over Skive while Mayowa Alli and Babajide Ogunbiyi both saw playing time as Americans won three out of three in Danish action.
FC Fredericia 2 - 0 Skive IK
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia continued their strong run, notching up their third straight win across all competitions with an impressive shut-out victory over visiting Skive.
Ibeagha went the full 90 minutes in Fredericia's central defense.
Fredericia were dealt a tough blow when their main offensive weapon Anders Hostrup was forced to leave the game with injury after just 17 minutes, but a fine performance from the defense allowed them to hold off Skive long enough for the attack to regroup and put their opponents away with a strong second half.
In the 68th minute, Andreas Moos hit a tricky corner which fooled the Skive keeper and flew in at the far post, then ten minutes later Tobias Perch-Nielsen secured the win after controlling a pass from Christian Ege and coolly putting it away for the 2-0.
The result further pulls Fredericia out of the lower reaches of the standings. Their seven points through five games has them near the middle of the 12-team league, although they will face perhaps their toughest test to date when they visit surging Aarhus on Thursday.
Brønshøj BK 1 - 2 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi made his return to league action on Saturday, appearing as a last-minute substitute in Vigorg's come-from-behind road win over last-place Brønshøj.
Brønshøj jumped out to an early lead in the fifth minute after Alexander Lazarevic headed in a long free kick, but Viborg recovered and took control after the break.
First, Jeff Mensah sent Aleksandar Stankov through into the area in the 54th minute where he had no problems to beat the Brønshøj keeper for the equalizer, then veteran Jeppe Curth controlled a chipped pass from Nicholas Gotfredsen from center for the 2-1 winner.
Ogunbiyi entered the game in the final minutes as a defensive reinforcement, and the team held the lead through the final whistle to take the win.
The result keeps Viborg in second place, where they trail Vendsyssel FF by two points. They should like their chances to make up ground in their next outing, as they host second-last Roskilde on Sunday.
AC Horsens 0 - 1 Vendsyssel FF Hjørring
Mayowa Alli continued his upswing in playing time on Sunday, coming in as a substitute midway through the second half of Vendsyssel's important road win over AC Horsens.
Horsens was more in control through the early parts of the first half, with Vendsyssel keeper Jesper Christiansen keeping his team in contention with several important saves.
His work paid off after 36 minutes, as the attack kicked into gear and netted the only goal of the game.
Ken Fagerberg held the ball up long enough for Hjalte Bo Nørregaard to streak into position, and the former FC Copenhagen captain slid a pass across for Christian Overby to one-time into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Horsens continued to push after the break, controlling the game's flow but continually thwarted in the final instance.
Alli was brought on after 65 minutes for midfielder Jesper Luth in a move to shore up the team's defensive strength, and the move paid off as Horsens were frustrated through the final whistle.
The victory keeps Vendsyssel as the surprise leaders in the First Division, with their 13 points through five games giving them a two-point edge over Viborg. Alli and his teammates will be back in action on Friday evening when they host Lyngby.