DAVID SMITH - Monday, December 6, 2010
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland closed out the first half of their season with a vital win over Horsens, while Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe watched from afar as Aalborg closed out the year in woeful fashion.
FC Nordsjaelland 2 - 1 AC Horsens
Michael Parkhurst returned to right back for the Wild Tigers on Sunday afternoon, going the distance in defense during their important 2-1 win over Horsens.
Nordsjaelland got off to a dream start in front of the home crowd, capitalizing on a piece of weak defending by their guests to jump into the lead after barely one minute.
Horsens defender Mads Agesen attempted to head the ball back to his keeper Søren Jochumsen, however his poor attempt left the ball hanging in the air just long enough for Andreas Granskov-Hansen to head into his opponent's net, giving his team the advantage after just 78 seconds.
The Wild Tigers proved to be gracious guests, returning the favor with eight minutes left in the first half. Thomas Kortegaard sent a hard pass into Nordsjaelland's danger area which Jesper Hansen allowed to slip out of his grip, allowing Issey Nakajima-Farran to quickly pounce and bring Horsens even.
The hosts would regain the lead on the stroke of halftime, however, as Anders Due rifled a 27-yard shot from the right edge of the area which flew just inside the far upper corner.
Nordsjaelland continued to have the better of chances in the second half, with Parkhurst making a rare venture into the attack, putting Jochumsen to work with a shot in the 78th minute.
The win keeps Nordsjaelland in ninth place in the standings, in a three-way tie on 22 points with Silkeborg IF and SønderjyskE, but trailing both by way of their goal record.
They will have the month of December off before returning to winter training in the new year, and will resume their season in early-March with a visit to Randers.
Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both recovering from long-term injuries and did not participate in Aalborg's 6-0 loss on the road to Odense. Aalborg finish 2010 as the league's worst team, with only 16 points from 19 games.