DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 15, 2016
Conor O'Brien and AC Horsens earned a point in a wild draw against Silkeborg while AJ Soares anchored the Aarhus backline as they maintained a scoreless draw at Lyngby.
Lyngby BK 0 - 0 AGF Aarhus
Four days after netting the equalizer in his first start for Aarhus, AJ Soares showed his defensive mettle in helping Aarhus shut out Lyngby to earn a point on Friday evening.
A solidly organized defensive performance by both teams kept any truly dangerous chances at a minimum despite a high-intensity push by both attacks.
Aarhus had the best chance of the game six minutes past the hour mark when Stephan Petersen broke free on a counter up the left side and lofted a cross over the defense to Morten Duncan Rasmussen at the far post. The striker aimed his shot at the upper right corner, but keeper Jesper Hansen stormed off his line and deflected the ball from danger.
The draw drops Aarhus down to seventh place on eight points, and they will have a tough task ahead when they host Brøndby on Sunday.
AC Horsens 3 - 3 Silkeborg IF
Conor O'Brien started in the AC Horsens midfield on Saturday as the squandered a two-goal lead to settle for a high-scoring draw against Silkeborg.
Horsens jumped out to a two-goal lead within the first hour, with Kim Engel Aabech storming up the middle to put away a cross from André Bjerregaard in the 44th minute, then Bjerregaard heading home for the 2-0 in the 55th.
The visitors pulled one back two minutes later when Davit Skhirtladze struck from the edge of the area with a flukey, mis-hit bouncer, but looked to have sealed the deal at the hour mark after Bubacarr Sanneh cleaned up a poorly-defended corner.
Skhirtladze quickly gave his team hope in the most spectacular of ways, cutting the deficit to one goal in the 62nd minute with a spectacular overhead kick from 10 yards out.
This energized the visitors, with Jens Martin Gammelby finally earning the draw six minutes from time with a darting run from the right flank to beat several defenders before aiming his shot just inside the right post.
Horsens are still without a win through their first five games, however their four draws are enough to see them maintain ninth place in the standings. They will next host fifth-place Lyngby on Friday.
Hobro IK 4 - 1 AB Copenhagen
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hobro IK finally earned their first win of the season on Sunday, blowing out visitors AB Copenhagen.
After struggling on the defensive side of the ball through their first three games of the season, Hobro took all the pressure off their beleaguered back line by jumping to an insurmountable lead within the first half-hour.
Anders Holvad netted the first with a neat chip over the keeper in the 12th minute, then Nicholas Gotfredsen headed in a second just four minutes later.
They turned it into a rout just before the half-hour with a bit of free-kick trickery; Ogunbiyi looked set to get his head on an attempt from Nicholas Gotfredsen, but instead let it pass at the last moment, with the confused keeper letting the direct attempt fly into the net.
Several minutes after Ogunbiyi cleared an attempt from Emil Holten off the line, the visiting player did finally net a goal in the 65th minute to reduce the deficit to two.
However, responded within a matter of seconds, hitting an off-balance shot from the edge of the box on target to secure the final 4-1 scoreline.
The victory pushes Hobro out of the relegation places and into eighth place. They have a short turnaround before visiting Skive on Thursday.
George Fochive did not make it off the Viborg bench for their 1-0 home loss to Randers on Friday.
Mike Lansing was Vejle's backup keeper on Thursday night in their 2-2 home draw against Helsingør.
Sammy Adjei played the final eight minutes of Naestved's 2-1 win at FC Roskilde, picking up a late yellow card in the process. New Naestved forward Ryan Finley is still sorting out his paperwork, and was unavailable for selection.