DAVID SMITH - Thursday, September 15, 2011
Conor O'Brien continued his run in the SønderjyskE starting lineup, playing the first 83 minutes as they barely squeezed by third-tier team Brabrand IF to reach the third round of the Danish Cup.
The first half-hour unfolded as one would expect in a matchup between a pair of teams separated by two divisions, with SønderjyskE pressing hard and continually keeping their opponents' back against the wall.
They earned no less than five corners within barely the first 20 minutes, with both Anders Hostrup and Eyjólfur Héðinsson both coming close to putting the visitors ahead.
SønderjyskE did finally take the lead with the only goal of the contest in the 40th minute, as Daniel Christensen brought the ball up the right side and fired in a cross which defender Jarl Andre Storbæk put away for 1-0.
The visitors continued to hold the upper hand after the break, although Brabrand were able to cause the occasional scare on the counter, keeping O'Brien and his teammates from being too comfortable in their slim lead.
They had the perfect chance to put the game on ice with 14 minutes left in regulation Thomas Hansen was left free for a clear shot on the right side, however the defender wastefully sent his blast well high of goal.
The game ended with the final scoreline favoring the visitors, setting up a third-round game for the team against another lower-division opponent, Svebølle B&I, the following Wednesday.
In the meantime, they momentarily return their focus to Superligaen action, with a trip to Midtjylland awaiting on Sunday afternoon.