DAVID SMITH - Monday, March 25, 2013
RJ Allen and Babajide Ogunbiyi started the spring involved in strong defensive performances, as Skive IK and Hjørring each battled to scoreless draws in Danish First Division action.
Skive IK 0 - 0 AB Copenhagen
RJ Allen and Skive came away from their relegation six-pointer with AB Copenhagen unscathed, with the defense doing their part to remain three points clear of the drop zone.
AB's Rasmus Mathiesen was close late in the first half when he rolled a shot just wide of the mark, but otherwise the chances were few and far between for both teams.
The visitors' best opportunity came shortly after the halftime break, after Mathiesen and Emil Farver combined to move into the danger area on the left, and set up Mark Dal Hende for a shot which was barely blocked out for a corner.
The remainder of the second half showed both defenses dominating, with the referee's final whistle confirming a hard-fought scoreless result.
Skive are back in action on Friday afternoon, when they will hit the road to face fifth-place Lyngby.
Viborg FF 0 - 0 FC Hjørring
Babajide Ogunbiyi marked his debut for Hjørring with a strong performance with his former team, as the defense hung on for a valuable point on the road at promotion-hunting Viborg.
Ogunbiyi and the Hjørring back line had their work cut out for them, playing against the highest-scoring team in the division, who had averaged two goals per game through the first 19 games of the season.
Viborg's Lucas Jensen was close in the early-going when he forced Hjørring keeper Karim Zaza into a diving deflection, but the defense eventually settled in and did a fine job to limit their opposition.
Ogunbiyi showed his threat on set pieces, heading off the crossbar on a corner late in the first half.
The hosts gave one final push during the last half-hour, and although they did dominate the flow of the game, their lone real moment of danger came with flukey shot from Jacob Egeris in the 85th minute which was barely deflected wide when it took a bounce off of Zaza's shoulder.
Due to weather-related shifts in the schedule, Hjørring will skip the usual round of league games on Thursday, and will be back on the field on Sunday afternoon with a trip to second-place Vejle.