DAVID SMITH - Thursday, May 5, 2011
Euan Holden was in Hjørring's starting lineup as they were demolished at home by promotion-bound Køge while Michael Parkhurst returned to Nordsjaelland's roster to watch them advance to the final of the Danish Cup.
FC Hjørring 0 - 3 HB Køge
Euan Holden got the start for Hjørring on Wednesday evening, working the left side of the team's midfield as they were easily dispatched by HB Køge.
Køge entered the game looking to expand their four-point advantage over Vejle in the race for promotion to the Danish top flight, and had succeeded in putting themselves firmly in the driver's seat at the end of 90 minutes.
The teams managed a fairly even contest until Køge took the lead in the 17th minute as defender Lasse Kronborg teed up a shot from just outside the area and sent it behind the reach of Jesper Weinkouff for 1-0.
They needed just 12 more minutes to effectively put the game away, going up by a pair of goals in the 29th minute when Simon Christoffersen rose high to head in a perfectly-placed cross from Andreas Sørensen.
They then added the insurance goal in the 68th minute, thanks again to Simon Christoffersen, who connected on a long free kick from Kronborg, sending his header into the netting for the final 3-0 score.
With the loss, Hjørring remain out of the relegation zone by the narrowest of margins, just one point ahead of Viborg. They have a short four-day break before hosting already-promoted Aarhus on Sunday afternoon.
Michael Parkhurst was back in uniform on Wednesday night after more than a month's absence due to injury to watch from the bench as Nordsjaelland advanced to the Danish Cup final at the expense of Randers FC. Nordsjaelland had won the home leg by a 1-0 scoreline, and a scoreless draw at Randers was enough to push them through to a second straight final, where they will hope to beat Midtjylland to lift the Cup for a second straight year.