DAVID SMITH - Sunday, August 28, 2011
Conor O'Brien earned his first start and netted his for goal for SønderjyskE in a big win over Odense while Michael Parkhurst picked up an assist for Nordsjaelland as they demolished Lyngby.
HB Køge 1 - 4 Aalborg BK
Brad Rusin scored his second goal in a Køge uniform, however it was little consolation as they were blown out at home by Chris Rolfe and Aalborg BK on Saturday.
Aalborg needed just five minutes before surging to the lead, when Rasmus Würtz stole the ball from the foot of Køge midfielder Nicolaj Madsen well outside of the penalty area and instinctively launched a long shot towards goal, which caught the keeper off-guard and flew in for a spectacular 1-0.
Aalborg's best attacker Jeppe Curth was pulled from the game in the 25th minute with an apparent hip injury, however the insertion of Henrik Dalsgaard in his place turned out to be fortuitous for the visitors.
Dalsgaard chased down a long ball from the backfield on the right flank, cut inward to round both the keeper and defender, and hit a low, left-footed shot from the edge of the box into the empty net.
Køge did pull one back two minutes before the hour mark when Rusin outjumped the defense to nod home a corner from Bo Storm for his second goal of the season, however that would be the lone highlight for the hosts.
Rolfe left the game in the 68th minute, and moments later Nicklas Helenius Jensen made a weaving run into the area from the left side and placed his shot from near the penalty spot just inside the right post for 3-1.
Then leaving no doubt, Aalborg added a fourth goal in the 87th minute, with Dalsgaard advancing the ball up the left side and hitting a diagonal pass to Anders Due, who struck it well with his first touch, sending the ball looping into the goal to complete the blowout.
Aalborg remain second after the win, trailing leaders Copenhagen by four points and leading third-place SønederjyskE by three. They next take the field on Wednesday for a Danish Cup clash with neighboring Viborg, then host Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland following the break for international play.
Køge remain dead-last in the Superligaen standings, and will next have the chance to recover against lower-league HIK in the Danish Cup on Tuesday before they play struggling Brøndby following international play.
Odense BK 2 - 4 SønderjyskE
Conor O'Brien made the most of his first SønderjyskE start, finding the net for his first goal with the team as they surged past Odense on Sunday.
Odense took the lead in the 17th minute when a shot from the right side was first blocked by SønderjyskE keeper Nathan Coe directly into the path of Rasmus Falk Jensen, who made no mistake putting away the rebound for 1-0.
The lead held up until near the hour mark, when a flood of goals poured onto the field.
In the 59th minute, O'Brien netted his first goal for SønderjyskE, as a long ball flew in from the right side towards Quincy Antipas, who tried a flying overhead attempt. He made contact with the ball, however it flew towards the far post, where O'Brien lunged in head-first to powerfully put it just inside the right post.
Antipas then secured the lead for SønderjyskE moments later, cutting in from the right side and making space in front of his defender before chipping a ball that landed just inside the far post.
A pair of yellow cards to Odense midfielder Anders Møller Christensen saw the hosts reduced to ten players by the 65th minute, and SønderjyskE did capitalize in the final moments of the game.
With six minutes left in regulation, Antipas beat the defense and Odense keeper to a short pass from Eyjólfur Hédinsson and put it away for the team's third goal, then Kenneth Fabricius added a fourth in cool fashion in the 90th minute, running onto a through-ball from Mads Jessen and calmly lobbing it into the open net.
The hosts did grab a second goal six minutes into injury time when Eric Djemba-Djemba rose high to head in a corner from Espen Ruud, however it was of little consolation.
O'Brien went 86 minutes in the win, and the result brings SønderjyskE up to third in the standings. They next visit Brabrand on Wednesday in Danish Cup action before hosting struggling AC Horsens following the break.
FC Nordsjaelland 4 - 0 Lyngby BK
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland took out any leftover aggressions remaining from their Europa League loss on Lyngby on Sunday, thoroughly dominating them on both ends of the field in their four-goal win.
The American lined up as the team's left back, picking up the assist on their second goal.
Quickly doing their best to erase the disappointment of the 2-1 loss to Sporting which kept them out of the Europa League group stage, Nordsjaelland needed just 12 minutes to take the lead on Sunday.
Søren Christensen launched a long pass from the middle of the field forward to Tobias Mikkelsen, which the forward pulled down and brought to the center with a couple of touches, before hitting a finesse shot just inside the right upright.
Lyngby kept matters close through the rest of the half, but the Wild Tigers broke through for a second in the 52nd minute, with Parkhurst getting in on the action.
The American sped up the left side before hitting a centering pass to the streaking Andreas Granskov, who needed just one touch in front of the near post to flick it over the line for 2-0.
11 minutes later, they nabbed a third to effectively put it out of reach when Andreas Laudrup was in position to put away a shot which had been initially blocked by the keeper.
Their fourth and final goal came with four minutes left in regulation, this time with Christian Gytkjær sending Mikkel Beckmann through the porous defense, where all he needed to do was chip a cheeky shot over the Lyngby keeper for 4-0.
Nordsjaelland climb all the way to sixth place on the win. They begin their defense of two consecutive Danish Cup titles on Wednesday with a visit to Hillerød, then have an 11-day break before visiting second-place Aalborg in league play.
FC Midtjylland 2 - 1 Brøndby IF
Clarence Goodson and Brøndby suffered a huge disappointment, wasting a late lead on Sunday to fall to yet another loss on their journey to Midtjylland.
The game was largely a defensive battle, with neither team able to make much headway or get on the scoreboard until the final 15 minutes.
The 70th-minute substitution of striker Martin Bernburg by Brøndy coach Henrik Jensen proved crucial, as the oft-injured player put the team ahead five minutes later.
Bernburg receive a pass 25 yards straight out from Michael Krohn-Dehli with his back to goal, but managed to make his turn before Midtjylland midfielder Izunna Uzochukwu could shut him down, and his low show to the lower left corner was just beyond the keeper's reach.
His effort would prove futile, however, as the Wolves equalized four minutes later, as a crossfield pass by defender Kolja Afriyie to the left of goal was headed back to the center by Jonas Borring, in perfect position for Jakob Poulsen to strike into the lower left corner on his first touch.
Borring was again the catalyst for the winner two minutes later, finding Sylvester Igboun at the edge of the area. The forward cut inwards, evading a pair of defenders, and placed his shot to the left of Brøndby keeper Michael Tørnes to earn the victory.
Brøndby occupy ninth place in the standings, just two out of the relegation zone. They have a bye for the upcoming round of the Danish Cup, meaning they will next take the field after the break when they host last-place Køge.
Babajide Ogunbiyi is out as he recovers from knee surgery, and did not participate on Sunday in Viborg's tight 1-0 home win over Roskilde.