DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 11, 2014
The Danish Cup kicks off with all lower-division participants, giving Sebastien Ibeagha and struggling Fredericia the chance to build momentum after a tough start to league action.
Marstal/Rise - FC Sydvest
After making their Danish debuts in the team's league opener over the weekend, new American signees Jason Plumhoff and Jonny Dolezal should take the field for third-tier FC Sydvest in Tuesday evening cup action when they visit fourth-level team Marstal/Rise.
The pair of Americans just joined Sydvest following a successful trial period in the off-season, taking a similar post-college path as fellow American Conor O'Brien four years ago.
They both featured in Sydvest's opening game in the Western Division of the third tier this past weekend, but it was an afternoon to forget as they lost 5-0 to division rivals Næsby.
Despite being in the third level, they can be viewed as favorites over Marstal/Rise, who are one division below and still several days away from opening their own league campaign.
Kolding IF - FC Fredericia
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia will be hoping to have few problems with third-tier Kolding on Wednesday evening.
Fredericia have endured a rough start to the new season, dropping two of their first three games and only managing a draw in the third.
Ibeagha joined the team on a loan through the end of 2014 late last week and was immediately thrust into their staring lineup over the weekend, however was unable to turn the tide in a 2-0 loss.
They are facing a Kolding IF team that was just promoted to the Danish third level and opened their season with a 1-1 draw over the weekend.
Fredericia should have all expectations of pulling out the win, although can't take the game for granted as an upset could add more weight on the team's shoulders as they try to bring their season back into the fold.
Fredericia are missing usual defensive starters Søren Jensen and Jacob Thychosen, forwards Marco Hansen and Jeppe Hansen as well as keeper Mads Markfoged all to injury.
Hellerup IK - BK Frem
Anton Peterlin and Hellerup IK will be looking to make it into the second round of the Cup when they face off against fellow third-tier division rivals BK Frem on Wednesday.
Hellerup opened their season in the Eastern division of the 2. Division with a 2-1 win over newly promoted Avedøre, and will be going up against another division rival in BK Frem.
While having fallen on hard times in recent decades, Copenhagen-area rivals Frem are a classic team in Denmark, having won a number of league and cup championships through the late-70s.
Frem also opened their season with a victory over B 1908 during the weekend, and will be a tough test for the former Everton reserve player Peterlin and his teammates.
After getting a run-out in Viborg's reserve game on Monday evening, Babajide Ogunbiyi could suit up for the first team on Wednesday evening when they host AGF Aarhus in one of the highlights of the first round.
Mayowa Alli will be in uniform on Wednesday evening when Vendsyssel FF pay a visit to fellow First Division team Skive.