DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Former Bucknell Bison Michael Lansing made his professional debut on Tuesday night, manning the goalposts for Vejle BK as they had little trouble to win their Danish Cup first round game.
Vejle entered the game as clear favorites on paper, and were quick to demonstrate that on the field when Mario Alvarez connected with a Christian Kudsk cross from the left for the sixth-minute opener.
Unfazed, the lower-division hosts held their own immediately afterwards, and equalized in the 20th minute after a long throw-in was headed on towards the danger area, and their captain Michael Vind Jensen directed his header into the nets, out of Lansing's reach for the 1-1.
The setback momentarily stunned the visitors into a period of sloppy play, and they needed until nearly the halftime to regain the momentum they originally had when charging out of the gates.
Indeed, they did steadily rebuild their composure in the final minutes before the half, and a close-range goal from Jacob Schoop to restore the lead in the 44th minute was almost a foregone conclusion after several minutes of sustained pressure directly in front of the hosts' goal.
They were clearly on the front foot throughout the second half, and they would have scored enough to fill buckets were it not for their own lack of sharpness at the final step.
Luckily, Kim Elgaard was able to add a third Vejle goal three minutes past the hour-mark, hitting a shot from the edge of the area after a nice set-up from Dominic Vinicius.
Vejle are rewarded for their win with a tasty second-round matchup against Superliga team and five-time cup winners Odense BK in late-August.
Until then, they will shift focus to their ongoing domestic season, where Lansing will likely continue to backup usual starter Pavol Bajza.