DAVID SMITH - Sunday, September 14, 2014
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg nabbed a win in Copenhagen to go top of the division while Sebastien Ibeagha helped Fredericia shut out Køge in a scoreless draw.
AB Copenhagen 0 - 2 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg continued their unbeaten start to the season, picking up three points on the road against AB Copenhagen on Friday evening.
After a largely uneventful opening 20 minutes during which neither team successfully grabbed control, Viborg landed the first punch as Jeppe Grønning broke free on the left side and aimed a cross into the area which veteran forward Jeppe Curth headed in for the 1-0 lead.
The hosts came close to equalizing on a pair of opportunities late in the first half, but were thwarted by the Viborg defense and a fine save by keeper Peter Friis.
With Viborg failing to add any more goals to secure their lead through most of the second half, Akademisk pushed increasingly for an equalizer, which ultimately ended up costing them in the final seconds of the game.
With all hands forward to attack the Viborg goal, a counter-attack by the visitors in the 95th minute left Ivorian striker Serge Deble with only the keeper to beat, and the new arrival added another goal to his growing total for the final 2-0 score.
The result, combined with Vendsyssel's loss to Aarhus sends Viborg atop the First Division standings on goal differential. They will be back in action on Sunday when they host fourth-place Lyngby.
FC Fredericia 0 - 0 HB Køge
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia put on another strong defensive performance, however the team sputtered on the attacking end of the field and were forced to settle for a scoreless draw at home against HB Køge on Sunday.
Ibeagha played the full game, and picked up a yellow card seven minutes from the final whistle.
The vast majority of the game was marked by a solid defensive effort by the Fredericia back line, coupled with a poor performance by the front-line players.
Their best chances to score came on a pair of corner kicks, one which was cleared off the line by a defender after getting behind the keeper, and another which was headed off the crossbar.
There was some drama in the final minutes to make up for the otherwise drag contest.
The first incident occurred in the 86th minute when Fredericia striker Anders Hostrup received two yellow cards in rapid succession to earn an early trip to the showers.
Then deep into injury time, Køge was awarded a somewhat questionable penalty when Brazilian Bruninho appeared to be brought down in the area, however his poor attempt was over the net, much to the relief of the aggrieved hosts.
Fredericia drop one place to eighth with the draw, although they are still a full four points ahead of the relegation places. They will be back in action on Sunday with a visit to struggling Roskilde.
Mayowa Alli was an unused substitute for Vendsyssel FF on Thursday night in their 3-0 home loss to AGF Aarhus. The second loss of the season sees them passed by Viborg FF in first place.