DAVID SMITH - Monday, October 3, 2011
Chris Rolfe helped to set up Aalborg's lone goal in their draw with Silkeborg while Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland jumped into the top three with a win over SønderjyskE.
Silkeborg IF 1 - 1 Aalborg BK
Chris Rolfe notched another assist to help Aalborg jump to an early lead on their trip to Silkeborg, however the team was unable to hold on and were forced to settle for a draw.
After being relegated to bench duty in favor of teenage prospect Lucas Andersen in last weekend's loss, Rolfe was back in the starting lineup on the right side of the midfield and played the full 90 minutes.
Rolfe was instrumental in the opening goal for Aalborg, pulling down a long ball on the right side and centering it for Jeppe Curth, who took a few steps to move into shooting position before sending his left-footed shot past Silkeborg keeper Lasse Heinze.
Aalborg settled down after their goal and hardly threatened their hosts' area for the rest of the half, instead looking rather toothless and complacent on the attack.
Silkeborg struck back to equalize in the 42nd minute, as Dennis Flinta battled to maintain possession on the right wing and looped a high cross towards goal which Henrik Pedersen headed in to send the teams into the break knotted.
Aalborg were far more active in the second half and tested Heinze on several occasions, but the 25 year-old keeper came up big on all occasions to deny the visiting team.
Aalborg had one last chance for a winner in the second minute of added time, as second-half substitute Kayke Rodrigues had only one defender to beat to have an empty net for a sure-winner, but wastefully kicked the ball into the side netting.
With the draw, Aalborg fall to seventh place, and will next take the field in two weeks with a visit to Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland.
Brøndby IF 1 - 0 Lyngby BK
Clarence Goodson and the Brøndby defense clamped down on relegation-threatened Lyngby, holding their visitors goalless over 90 minutes as they took all three points on Sunday afternoon.
From start to finish, there was little question of Brøndby's dominance over their struggling Copenhagen-area neighbors, however they were forced to suffer through a nervy second half where they were just unable to put the game away for good.
The lone goal of the contest came for Brøndby in the 48th minute, as a long ball towards Martin Bernburg eventually wound up with Jan Frederiksen, who played Dennis Rommedahl free in front of the net for an easy one-timed shot on-target.
Lyngby was never able to get any hold on the game, and were forced to play out the remainder of the second half relatively powerless on the attack, with the three points eventually going to the hosts.
Brøndby do stay in ninth place with the victory, however now with a five-point gap above the drop zone heading into the international break. They next visit fourth-place Midtjylland in two weeks.
FC Nordsjaelland 1 - 0 SønderjyskE
Michael Parkhurst went the distance at right back for Nordsjaelland, helping them to maintain a shut-out in a narrow win over SønderjyskE on Sunday.
SønderjyskE midfielder Conor O'Brien was left on the substitutes bench for the duration of the contest.
After a slow start in which the hosts dominated possession but little else, the major point of the first half came in the 27th minute, when Nordsjaelland keeper David Jensen - himself taking the place of injured first stringer Jesper Hansen - was forced to dive out to beat Eyjólfur Héðinsson to a loose ball coming into the area and twisted his knee in the process.
While he was able to continue playing for the rest of the first half after a short pause in play, the injury did force him out of the game, giving 18 year-old keeper Jannich Storch his first professional appearance.
With the hosts holding 75% of ball possession, neither keeper was tested heavily, and the Wild Tigers were able to net the winning goal with 22 minutes left in the game when Mikkel Beckmann swerved a 22-yard free kick just inside the upper right corner.
Nordsjaelland move up to third place in the league standings with the win, and will next host Chris Rolfe and Aalborg following the international break.
SønderjyskE remain in eighth, and visit Brad Rusin and last-place Køge on Sunday, October 16.
Brad Rusin was an 86th-minute for Køge on Sunday afternoon as they wasted a 20th-minute lead on their trip to Odense,iving up a pair of goals within minutes of jumping ahead to lose by a 2-1 scoreline.
Babajide Ogunbiyi is recovering from knee problems and was not in the Viborg squad that traveled to draw 1-1 with Hobro IK on Saturday.