DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus suffered a heartbreaking blow in SønderjyskE while Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde earned an unspectacular point against visiting Næstved.
SønderjyskE - AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber went the distance for Aarhus on their trip to SønderjyskE on Monday evening, however an injury-time miscue as they pushed for the winner sent them home empty-handed.
With the teams meeting for the second consecutive game in league play, Aarhus hoped to carry the momentum of their 2-1 win at home prior to the international break on the road with them for a second straight victory.
While Aarhus controlled possession for most of the first half, their incursions towards the hosts' goal were lacking the crispness needed to produce real danger, with the scant scoring opportunities coming at the other end by the tenacious hosts.
SønderjyskE came out of the half the brighter of the two teams, with Kenneth Fabricius collecting a long ball in the 52nd minute and launching a powerful shot towards goal, forcing keeper Steffen Rassmussen into a fine save.
The visitors slowly shifted momentum once again in their direction, with Feilhaber nearly giving his team the lead in the 59th, launching a long shot towards goal which keeper David Ousted was only able to knock out of the way, with Nando Rafael nearly put away on the rebound.
Feeling in control, Aarhus pushed in the final ten minutes for the winner and came close on several occasions, however their focus on their opponent's end of the field ultimately left them vulnerable to their own undoing.
Two minutes into injury time the game seemed headed for a scoreless draw, but Morten Bertolt picked up a poor clearance from Rassmussen on the left side of goal, sending a pass in to Fabricius who headed in the game winner.
Jeremiah White was an unused substitute throughout the duration of the contest.
The loss sees Aarhus drop one place to sixth in the standings with 20 points, trailing Silkeborg by goal differential. They will hope that next Monday's visit from Nordsjælland, losers in seven of their last eight league contests, will give them the chance to bounce back.
FC Roskilde 1 - 1 Næstved BK
Jamil Fearrington went the distance in Roskilde's back line as they survived an early goal from visitors Næstved to earn a point on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts found themselves facing an early deficit when a 12th-minute corner by Næstved's Ronnie Bendtsen was allowed to fall freely in front of goal, with veteran forward Ulrik Balling putting away the loose ball for the early lead.
Roskilde caught a lucky break in the 32nd minute, as a shot from Toke Morsing deflected off of visiting defender Lasse Nielsen and into goal for the equalizer.
After the early excitement, neither team looked like they had the ability to produce another goal, with the final 1-1 scoreline a deserved result for an overall lackluster performance by both.
The draw, Roskilde's sixth straight without a win, leaves them hanging on to safety in 13th place with a two-point cushion above the relegation spots.
They face a tough road to break their streak when they make the trip to first-place FC Fredericia on Sunday.
Michael Parkhurst sat as an unused substitute in FC Nordsjælland's 2-0 home loss to Odense on Saturday, however can expect to see action for the Wild Tigers when they face AIK 65 Strøby in Danish Cup action on Wednesday.
Marcus Tracy was not included on Aalborg's roster for their disappointing 1-1 draw at home on Sunday to last-place Randers.
Danny Califf was listed as ill and did not make the trip with Midtjylland for their 1-1 draw on the road with Brøndby IF on Sudnay.