DAVID SMITH - Monday, September 20, 2010
Benny Feilhaber came through in the clutch to help Aarhus secure an important road point while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg were unable to hang on in Roskilde.
Hobro IK 1 - 1 AGF Aarhus
Benny Feilhaber rescued the day for Aarhus, hitting a second-half penalty for his second professional goal to help the Whites earn a point on their trip to Hobro on Sunday.
Perhaps tired from their currently busy schedule, Aarhus came out looking far less the dominant juggernaut that put seven past Hvidovre one week before, and paid the price after giving up the lead on the half-hour mark.
A well-executed counter-attack by Hobro left Svenne Poulsen with a blear bead on goal, and the former AGF man made no mistake to put one past his former employers.
Aarhus slowly shifted momentum towards their favor, pulling even just before one hour had passed when a flurry of activity in front of the Hobro goal ended with a penalty awarded to the visitors on a corner situation, allowing Feilhaber to step up to the spot pull the score even.
They pushed in the final 30 minutes for a winning goal, but were unable to break through on several attempts, ultimately settling for a hard-earned point on the road.
Aarhus still remain in first place, however have seen their gap over second-place Vejle cut to two points. They host Skive in Danish Cup action on Wednesday evening four days before welcoming Køge in First Division action.
Roskilde BK 2 - 1 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance for Viborg on Sunday afternoon as they slipped into the bottom three with a disappointing 2-1 loss at Roskilde.
Viborg head coach Lars Søndergaard had high hopes for the game as new transfer Philip Rasmussen was making his debut in the midfield, and the former Nordsjælland player looked up to the task exerting a noticeable control over control of the game.
Despite his strong play, Roskilde still managed to take the lead four minutes before the half when George Popkhadze fouled Jeppe Kjær in the area, with Andreas Bak stepping up to barely beat keeper Robert Veselovsky witht the spot kick.
Viborg pulled even 12 minutes from full time when Kevin Mensah set up forward Simon Bræmer for his fine header, but Roskilde finally pulled out the win with three minutes left on the clock as Anders Bjerring Qvist took advantage of messy defending in front of Viborg's goal to give the hosts the victory.
Having extended their winless streak to four games, Viborg have slipped down into the relegation zone with only five points after seven games. They pay a visit to fellow First Division team Hobro IK on Wednesday in the third round of the Danish Cup then return home to face fellow strugglers Hvidovre in league action four days later.
Both Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe are still injured and were unable to participate in Aalborg's gripping 3-2 win over Randers on Saturday.
Michael Parkhurst was deemed healthy enough once again to suit up for Nordsjælland on Monday night, but sat as an unused substitute as they came away empty-handed from their 2-0 road loss to Lyngby.