DAVID SMITH - Monday, September 27, 2010
Benny Feilhaber scored a last-second winner for Aarhus against Køge while Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland blew past Horsens with a trio of goals to climb the Superliga standings.
FC Nordsjælland 3 - 0 AC Horsens
Michael Parkhurst made a successful return to league action, shoring up Nordsjælland's back line in an impressive shutout win over Lyngby on Sunday.
The American had featured earlier in the week for the team's cup win at Hjørring, and once again did his part to help the team to their third win in four over all competitions.
The team wasted no time to jump out to an early lead, as Christian Gytkjær quickly set up Tobias Mikkelsen for the opening goal in the seventh minute.
An injury near the half-hour mark forced Henrik Kildentoft out of the game, with the resulting lineup shit sending Parkhurst over to the right back position where he has often excelled over the previous two season for head coach Morten Wieghorst.
Horsens kept themselves in the game by limiting the Wild Tigers' midfield play, however they were powerless to prevent going down by two goals just before the clock struck 60 minutes as a fine display of teamwork triggered by a darting run up the right by Anders Due culminated with Andreas Granskov-Hansen smashing a shot into the net.
Nordsjælland continued their dominating performance, adding an insurance goal seven minutes from full time when Patrice Bernier and Rawez Lawan combined up on a give-and-go, with Lawan having little problem to tap into the open net for the final 3-0 win.
The win takes Nordsjælland up to seventh place in the tight standings, with their next game on Sunday against ninth-place Esbjerg.
AGF Aarhus 3 - 2 HB Køge
Benny Feilhaber continued his recent goalscoring run, giving Aarhus the victory on a 90th-minute free kick and assisting on another earlier in the game as they maintained their lead atop the 1. Division with a nail-biting win over Køge to celebrate the club's 130th birthday.
As with so many of their games so far this season the action started early for Aarhus, this time with them grabbing the first goal as a second-minute corner fell through a crowd to the feet of Peter Graulund, which he blasted emphatically into the net for the lead.
Køge equalized in the 18th minute after Anders Kure pulled down Fabinho in the area, allowing Lasse Kronborg to bury the resulting spot kick.
They then took the lead, much to the shock of the crowd, as Simon Christoffersen lunged forward to head in a cross from the right flank in the 39th minute.
Feilhaber then set up the equalizer seven minutes past the break when he took a crossfield pass on the left side, then worked his way to the edge of the box where he laid the ball off for Adam Eckersley to blast into the net from 18 yards.
Searching now for a winner, AGF were granted a huge favor by Køge when Fabinho was foolish enough to draw a second yellow in the 70th minute for a reckless foul, giving Aarhus a man up for the final 20 minutes of the game.
The real dramatics were saved for the final seconds, when Køge defender Thomas Christensen dragged Aarhus forward Sanel Kapidić to the ground just outside of the area with seconds left, giving the hosts a golden chance to take the lead.
Continuing his torrid scoring run of late, Feilhaber took the kick just outside the upper left side of the area, curling his attempt inside the near post past the helpless keeper for the classy winner.
The win maintains Aarhus' four-point advantage in first place ahead of AB Copenhagen. They will have one week to rest up before their visit to Naestved BK on Sunday.
Viborg FF 1 - 3 Hvidovre IF
Babajide Ogunbiyi did his part to give Viborg the lead against visiting Hvidovre, but a second-half defensive collapse saw them drop their fourth straight league game to fall deeper into the hole.
While both teams came into the game struggling heavily, Viborg looked the more likely to come away victorious through the first half, and deservedly took the lead just before the break.
Showing his goalscoring acuity, the towering Ogunbiyi rose above the Hvidivre defense on a 45th-minute corner and headed the ball past the keeper for his second goal of the season.
Hvidovre drew equal 11 minutes following the break, when Viborg keeper Kristian Kirk was unable to hold on to a shot by Søren Weibel following a corner, with the ball dribbling over the line.
The proceeded to pull ahead with 20 minutes left in regulation when Karsten Jensen nailed a shot from the edge of the area,then added an exclamation point to their victory in the 81st minute when Kirk again had issues handling a corner, this time with Thomas Wiil-Andersen doing the honors to fire Hvidovre to the 3-1 win.
The loss slips Viborg deeper into the relegation zone, now in 15th with only five points from eight games. They will try to pull above the surface on Saturday when they visit Hobro.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both injured, and neither participated in Aalborg's 2-0 loss at home to SønderjyskE on Saturday, a result which drops the team to last place in the Superligaen standings.