DAVID SMITH - Monday, December 1, 2014
Sebastien Ibeagha and Fredericia ended their 2014 schedule on a disappointing note, falling to Aarhus at home thanks to a late goal by the visitors.
Ibeagha started in the back line for Fredericia and played the full 90 minutes as he has done in every game since joining the team on loan in August.
Fredericia dictated the flow of the game in the early going, with both Anders Hostrup and Jakob Eriksen coming close during the first quarter-hour.
Things quickly took a turn for the worse, however, when Aarhus star player Kim Aabech sent Jesper Lange in free on goal with a fine pass, and the striker made no mistake in burying his first goal of the season.
The hosts did not wilt under the hardship, with Hostrup nearly striking an equalizer minutes later, only to be thwarted by the foot of keeper Lukas Fernandes, who won the one-on-one with a fine save.
They did successfully equalize five minutes past the break when Christian Nissen headed in a corner at the far post in the 50th minute, but were forced to endure yet another disappointment after Stephan Petersen slipped by defender Nikolaj Hagelskjær and nailed his shot to the corner for the 2-1 winner.
Despite the loss, Fredericia do enter the three-plus month winter break just ahead of the relegation places, leading 11th-place Brønshøj by way of goal differential.
Whether Ibeagha will still be with the team when they return from the winter remains to be seen, as his loan period is set to end at the end of 2014.