DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 12, 2016
The opening round of the Danish Cup saw several Americans successfully pass the gauntlet and advance to the next round of the competition.
Ringkøbing 0 - 2 Hobro IK
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Hobro staved off a pesky early assault from fourth-tier opponents Ringkøbing on Wednesday evening to finally secure their spot in the cup's second round.
The hosts were the clear aggressors during the first 45 minutes of play, keeping pressure on the Hobro defense, albeit without the precision necessary to translate it to a lead.
Indeed, it was Hobro who initially broke through, unsurprisingly resulting from a well-executed counter-attack against the run of play.
19 year-old Onur Albayrak, who was making his first-ever professional start, darted up the field and picked out Martin Mikkelsen in the left flank. Mikkelsen had ample space to send a pinpoint cross into the box for Sebastian Andersen to easily tap over the line.
The hosts were undeterred by the setback, and continued to keep their guests from settling into any comfortable rhythm for the remainder of the game.
Hobro did finally remove any thoughts that their hosts might have had at staging a heroic comeback, adding a second to the scoreboard with 14 minutes left after Wilfried Domoraud headed in a fine cross from Mikkel M. Pedersen.
This was enough to settle the game, with Hobro having no issues to hold on for the victory.
They will face one of Ogunbiyi's former teams, Vendsyssel FF, in late-August's second round. In the meantime, they will be tasked with turning around what has been a thus-far disastrous league campaign, beginning with Sunday's home game against AB Copenhagen.
Middelfart BK 0 - 1 Esbjerg fB
Days after signing with the team, Chris Thorsheim was in Middelfart's starting lineup on Thursday night, as the team kept top-flight opponents Esbjerg on their toes in a narrow loss.
Middelfart, who play in Denmark's third tier, came into the match as massive underdogs to the recently promoted side, but were able to stay well within reach for the duration.
The game was decided a 24th minute set piece, when Marco Lund Nielsen rose high to head in a Nikolaj Hagelskjær free kick from the right side.
While they were on the front foot for the duration of the game, Esbjerg were nonetheless unable to create any breakthroughs from open play, and were forced to fight out a decidedly narrow win tooth and nail.
While the loss does put an early end to their cup run, the strong performance could be a catalyst as they embark on their domestic season.
Anton Peterlin went the distance in B93's midfield on Wednesday as they defeated AB Tårnby to set up a second-round date with minnows KFUM Roskilde.
Brønshøj team captain Jamil Fearrington was left out of the team's lineup on Tuesday as they suffered an embarrassing first-round defeat at the hands of their lower-division hosts Frederiksværk FK by a 1-0 score.
Conor O'Brien was given a rest for AC Horsens as they had little issue on the road beating sixth-tier Tarm IF by a 3-1 scoreline.
Vejle backup keeper Mike Lansing could land his professional debut when the team visit sixth-tier Prudhoe in their delayed first-round game next Tuesday.