DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg continued to look dominant in their shut-out win over Lyngby while Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia returned to the win column with a narrow victory at Roskilde.
Viborg FF 2 - 0 Lyngby BK
Babajide Ogunbiy and Viborg extended their winning streak to two games, looking every bit the promotion contenders in their win over fellow promotion hunters Lyngby BK.
Viborg came slowly into the game as the first half proceeded, occasionally testing Lyngby keeper Nicklas Højlund before finally breaking through one minute before the break.
Serge Deble and Jeppe Curth played a quick give-and-go, with Deble completing the move by stylishly lobbing his shot over Højlund to give his team the 1-0 lead heading into the half.
Lyngby pushed for the equalizer after the break, leading to a more open and entertaining affair on both ends of the field, but Viborg struck again in the final minutes to secure the result.
In the 81st, Marcel Romer blasted a long free kick into the box, which luckily ended up falling exactly to the foot of Aleksandr Stankov for an easy finish and the final 2-0 score.
The result gives Viborg a two-point lead ahead of Vendsyssel atop the First Division standings. They will return to action on Friday with a trip to the second-place team.
FC Roskilde 0 - 1 FC Fredericia
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia put on yet another strong defensive performance, recording their second straight shut-out in a one-goal victory at Roskilde.
Fredericia had a better grip on the game's proceedings through much of the first half, but were unable to convert that advantage into one on the scoreboard until just before the hour mark.
Their chance to take the lead was an unexpected gift from their opponents, as a poor pass in the backfield was intercepted by Jesper Christiansen, who ran unopposed towards the keeper and easily put away the resulting shot for the winning goal.
The result raises Fredericia into the top half of the standings, where they are currently closer to the promotion spots (5 points) than to the relegation places (seven points).
They will return to the field on Wednesday for a cup game at lower division team Aarhus Fremad before resuming league action on Sunday with a home game against Brønshøj.
Mayowa Alli did not make it off of Vendsyssel's bench on Friday for their 1-1 road draw against Skive IK.