DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg widened their lead atop the First Division table with a win at Vendsyssel while Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia could only hold a scoreless draw with Brønshøj.
Vendsyssel FF 0 - 1 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg FF took an important step towards regaining promotion to the Superliga, going on the road to shut out erstwhile second-place Vendsyssel.
Vendsyssel defender Mayowa Alli remained on his team's bench as an unused substitute.
A tight defensive game played by both teams saw scoring chances on either side of the field limited throughout the 90 minutes.
The game was decided in the 37th minute when Vendsyssel midfielder Christian Overby took down Viborg attacker Aleksandar Stankov in the box, with Marcel Romer stepping up to the spot and burying his shot for the 1-0 lead.
The hosts pushed to equalize after the break, but a strong Viborg defense kept them from producing any moments of real danger, securing their third consecutive shut-out victory.
The victory increases Viborg's lead atop the First Division standings to five points ahead of a trio of chasers, although both Aarhus and Lyngby do each hold one game in hand.
Viborg returns to action for another Friday evening game, where they will host ninth-place Vejle.
FC Fredericia 0 - 0 Brønshøj BK
Sebastian Ibeagha and the Fredericia defense scored another shut-out against visiting Brønshøj, however a sloppy performance on the other side of the field held them to a scoreless draw against their visitors.
A first half marked by a number of mistakes in the attack by both teams led to a sloppy display that had little entertainment value for the meager crowd of just over 700.
While the action did pick up to non-coma-inducing levels after the break, the handful of breakthroughs by the Brønshøj attack were easily stifled by Fredericia's back line.
In the end, Fredericia had little issues assuring their third straight shut-out, although they will be disappointed their fine defensive form did not yield more against the division's last-place team.
The team falls to seventh place, although still six points ahead of the relegation places. Return to the field on Sunday when they visit Ibeagha's parent club AC Horsens.