DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland got the better of Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE while Clarence Goodson and Brøndby were forced to endure yet another loss to keep them in last-place.
SønderjyskE 1 - 2 FC Nordsjaelland
Michael Parkhurst and Conor O'Brien both played the full 90 minutes for their respective teams, with Nordsjaelland coming out on top thanks to a late goal by Mikkel Beckmann.
SønderjyskE did manage to find their way first onto the scoreboard, when Tommy Bechmann was left completely unmarked on a Jacob Tjørnelund corner in the 33rd minute, and rose to the occasion to easily put away his far-post header.
The lead lasted a grand total of six minutes until a quick-strike attack up the right side left SønderjyskE helpless. Parkhurst and Beckmann played a quick give-and-go to move the ball to the middle, and the American then laid it off for Morten Nordstrand for a seven-yard equalizer to the left side.
The teams stayed on level terms until a bit of good fortune shined on the visitors.
Parkhurst set up Kaspar Lorentzen for a shot from the edge of the area that bounced off the crossbar. The SønderjyskE keeper was unable to grab the ball when it dropped directly in front of goal, instead, Beckmann was lurking and slammed it home from point-blank range for the 72nd-minute winner.
The Wild Tigers climb into sole possession of second place, and will look to further solidify their position when they host lurking Randers on Saturday.
SønderjyskE drop into ninth place, and will try to once again find their momentum when they visit Odense on Sunday.
Brøndby IF 0 - 3 Odense BK
Clarence Goodson played the full game in Brøndby's defense, who endured yet another dismal day in an increasingly doomed season, falling at home in a lopsided loss to Odense.
Only six minutes had passed when Brøndby were put into the hole; Odense maintained possession following a corner, and on the ensuing buildup, Daniel Høegh tapped a short pass back to Rasmus Falk Jensen at the top edge of the area for a low rocket that flew inside the lower left corner for the 1-0 lead to the hosts.
Brøndby did manage to regroup and keep the deficit at a single goal for much of the next hour, but their hopes were effectively ended in the 64th minute when chaotic play in the area left Email Larsen room to bury a loose ball from ten yards out.
Brøndby's Dario Dumic was shown a straight red with 11 minutes to go leaving the team with even less of a route back, and Odense iced it in injury time, as Hans-Henrik Andreasen stormed in through the left side and perfectly placed a shot that went just inside the far post.
The result leaves Brøndby still in last place, although now with a five-point gap to safety. They will have little rest before facing Silkeborg in a pair of games, first in Danish Cup action on Wednesday, then in league play four days later.
Charlie Davies played the final 15 minutes up front for Randers, as they could only manage a scoreless draw at home against AC Horsens.
Neither Brad Rusin nor Shawn Nicklaw took the field for Køge on Sunday, as they overcame a late deficit to beat first-place Vestsjaelland by a 2-1 margin.
Mike Jones did not play for FC Hjørring on Sunday, and was likely happy that he did not participate in the 5-1 loss at Fredericia.