DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg ended their 2014 calendar year with a strong win over Brønshøj while Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia blew a late lead against Skive.
Viborg FF 2 - 0 Brønshøj BK
A 2-0 win to close out 2014 was enough to give Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg their share of the First Division lead heading into the league's long winter break.
Viborg had looked occasionally shaky during the last month, although Ivorian striker Serges Deble could hardly be faulted thanks to his brilliant scoring rate since joining the team in late-August.
He once again lived up to his billing, putting them ahead in the 24th minute with a rocket of a shot from distance, which slammed off the woodwork, although luckily for Viborg took another bounce off the keeper's back before falling over the line for the 1-0 lead.
Deble was again the deciding factor in their second goal, drawing the penalty in the 49th minute after being released into a one-on-one with the Brønshøj keeper. Strike partner Aleksandar Stankov confidently put away the resulting spot kick, giving the team the final two-goal lead.
With their fall schedule now done, Viborg will enter their break tied with Lyngby for first on 37 points, tied with a plus-16 goal differential, although trailing only by way of having scored seven fewer total goals.
As luck would have it, the two teams open their spring schedule against each other, although not until mid-March, 2015.
FC Fredericia 1 - 1 Skive IK
Sebastien Ibeagha started in the defense for Fredericia on Sunday as he has ever since his arrival, although a late opposing goal by visiting Skive saw them drop points late to Skive.
After a scoreless first half, Fredericia were first on the board thanks to the work of fellow defender Nikolaj Hagelskjaer.
The team looked headed to victory, a much needed boost following last weekend's heartbreak, but they were once again disappointed in the final minutes, with Nicolas Bogild hitting a 77th-minute equalizer to earn his team their share of the points.
The result leaves Fredericia in ninth place with just a two-point gap separating them from the drop zone, although they will have one last chance to help their situation on Sunday when they close 2014 with a visit from Aarhus.
Mayowa Alli did not take the field on Sunday for Vendsyssel's 1-0 home loss to AB Copenhagen.