DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 31, 2009
Jamil Fearrington netted for Roskilde as they grabbed their first victory while Jeremiah White and Benny Feilhaber continued their undefeated season at the expense of Nordsjælland.
FC Nordsjælland 0 - 2 AGF Aarhus
Michael Parkhurst and the Nordsjælland defense kept Benny Feilhaber, Jeremiah White and Aarhus at bay for the first hour, however they ultimately proved too much of a task as the visitors kept their undefeated start to the season alive after seven games.
Aarhus had struggled slightly in recent weeks, drawing with Silkeborg the weekend prior then losing to lower division club Viborg FF in midweek cup action, while their hosts had also seen their season take a turn for the worse with a string of three league games without the full three points.
After a scoreless opening, it looked as though the hosts had netted the opener when a long shot Søren Christensen found its way past Aarhus keeper Steffen Rassmussen after hitting Bajram Fetai on the back, however it was annulled by the linesmen as Fetai was judged to have been standing in an offside position.
Nordsjælland came out the stronger of the two teams in the second half, creating several chances in the early going but still failing that final touch to take the lead.
They conceded the lead to their visitors in the 64th minute, when new addition from Aarhus' youth team Alexander Jackson Møller sent in a cross towards the left post, which an unmarked Nando Rafael had no problem to het in for the 1-0 lead.
As the hosts began pushing desperately for an equalizing goal, Aarhus took on a greater air of confidence, held strong for the remainder of full time and finally doubled the lead, with Peter Graulund setting up Dioh Williams in the closing moments for the 2-0 win.
Feilhaber and White both started the game with White slotting into the right back position instead of his usual midfield spot. White was substituted out for Møller after 61 minute while Feilhaber left the game nine minutes later.
The win temporarily lifts Aarhus back into first place, pending the outcome of Monday night's contest between chasers Odense and ninth-place Silkeborg, while Nordsjælland maintain their seventh place spot.
The Superliga takes a break for international play, then gets back into action two weeks later on Sunday, with Aarhus taking a trip to Brøndby and Nordsjælland trying to halt their tailspin on a trip to struggling Midtjylland.
FC Roskilde 3 - 2 Brabrand IF
Jamil Fearrington scored his first goal for Roskilde, netting an 80th minute equalizer as they rallied from two down to notch up their first victory of the season in dramatic fashion on Sunday against Brabrand.
Following a pair of dire four-goal defeats in their last two games, Roskilde's season was already teetering on the edge of disaster with the team desperately needing a push to set things in the right direction.
Much to their benefit, they were paired on on Sunday with Brabrand IF, new entrants into the First Division who were equally struggling to maintain their footing.
The day looked as though it would be another difficult one for Roskilde when their visitors netted two quick goals off of corners in the seventh and tenth minutes to jump to a quick 2-0 lead.
Roskilde's Stefan Schmidt pulled one back for the hosts at the half-hour mark on another corner kick, and the hosts kept the game in check from that point onwards.
With ten minutes remaining in the contest, Fearrington used his size and athleticism to net the game's fourth goal from a corner kick, bringing Roskilde even at 2-2.
While the home crowd was already jubilant at the two-goal comeback, Roskilde forward Jeppe Kjær suddenly found himself free in front of goal, and beat the Brabrand keeper for the dramatic winner, three minutes into stoppage time.
The win temporarily lifts Roskilde just above the relegation zone at 13th place with a total of three points from their first four games.
The Danish First Division will play on through the international break, meaning that Fearrington and his teammates will have the chance to better their standing on Sunday when they pay a visit to another struggling team, 14th place Kolding FC.
Wolves central defender Danny Califf was injured due to a bike crash and Marcus Tracy watched from the bench as Aalborg swung a tight 1-0 home victory over Midtjylland.