DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Conor O'Brien helped to set up SønderjyskE's opening goal while Hjørring defender Mike Jones made his competitive debut as the visiting Superliga favorites blew past their First Division counterparts.
SønderjyskE came into this third-round Danish Cup game as obvious favorites over the team lagging near the bottom of the standings one division below. After a tough first-half, a four-goal explosion within a 30-minute space of time gave them the victory they expected.
The visitors were unquestionably the better team for the first half, but were continually frustrated by the strong defensive tactics of their over-matched foes.
The dam finally broke five minutes after the break, when O'Brien hit a 30-yard blast that Hjørring keeper Karim Zaza let bounce off his shoulder in an unfortunate blunder.
Søren Mussmann was waiting in the perfect position to put away the close-range rebound shot for what turned out to be the winner.
Hjørring barely had the chance to take a breath when Bjørn Paulsen netted in the 51st and 53rd minutes to bring the score to 3-0.
Not satisfied with just the pair of goals, Paulsen completed his hat trick in the 79th minute, after the fine setup work from second half-substitutes Andreas Oggesen and Jakob Eriksen.
SønderjyskE have little time to enjoy the victory, as they must now look ahead to next Wednesday's round of 16 date with cup holders FC Copenhagen, the team that narrowly kept them from playing in last season's final.
Beforehand, they will be hopeful of getting their league campaign back on track with a Sunday visit to tenth-place Esbjerg fB.
Jones will likely return to bench duty when Hjørring host First Division favorites Lyngby on Sunday.