DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Babajide Ogunbiyi was once again a late substitute for Viborg in their road loss to Odense while Conor O'Brien and Charlie Davies were not selected for their respective teams' gameday rosters.
Odense BK 4 - 2 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi was a second-half substitute for Viborg on Sunday afternoon, coming on for the final 15 minutes for mop-up duty as the team was soundly beaten by hosts Odense.
Odense put themselves in prime position for their first win of the season when a pair of rapid-fire goals by Bashkim Kadrii in the 29th and 30th minutes, the first a header just inside the left post in the midst of traffic, and the second a volley from 15 yards out.
Kadrii went down with a knee injury two minutes before the break, and Viborg were quick to capitalize on the disarray, with Mikkel Rask heading in a corner from Christopher Poulsen moments later.
13 minutes into the second half, Emil Larson restored Odense's two-goal lead with a brilliant run through the defense and fine finish, then Rasmus Falk put away a cross by martin Spelmann in the 71st minute to wrap up the win.
Ogunbiyi entered the game in favor of often-victimized central defender Jacob Egeris in the 77th minute, possibly signaling an increased role in the porous back line in future weeks.
Thomas Dalgaard did pull one back for Viborg with a fine volley from the center of the area in the 87th minute, but the damage was done, with Odense celebrating the 4-2 win at the final whistle.
The result leaves Viborg in eighth place, and still hoping to pick up their first win of the season when they host Brøndby on Friday evening.
Conor O'Brien was not in uniform for Nordsjaelland on Saturday afternoon for their 2-1 loss at AGF Aarhus.
Charlie Davies was not included on the Randers bench on Sunday afternoon, as they had a surprisingly convincing 3-1 road win over still-winless reigning champions FC Copenhagen.