DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde took in important step towards securing their safety as they held the advantage after a pair of early goals to defeat Thisted FC
Roskilde entered the game against their relegation rivals feeling the pressure of a three-game losing streak, but a two-goal performance from spring hero Jeppe Kjær brought them closer to securing another season in the First Division.
The hosts stormed out of the gates looking far the superior team, with the attack having free reign to run the field for much of the early going. Kjær showed why his days with the club may be numbered when he put away a fine effort after five minutes for his 11th of the season, then quickly followed it up seven minutes later with another strike to give his team an early two-goal lead.
Roskilde could have carried a greater advantage into the second half, but several sloppy finishes held the lead at two, leaving Thisted the opening they needed to test their opponents' nerves in the final minutes.
Peter Bechmann cut Roskilde's the advantage to a single goal with 22 minutes remaining in regulation, but soon after left his team at a disadvantage when he was shown his second yellow of the game in the 76th minute, getting an early trip to the showers.
Thisted nevertheless pressed in the final minutes, twice hitting the woodwork in added time to nearly snag a point, but luck was on Roskilde's side as the final whistle confirmed their much-needed win.
The three points brings Roskilde up to tenth place in the standings on 30 points, now just one point behind Vejle. A tight six-team race to avoid the last relegation spot does see them with only a three-point safety net, but a greatly superior goal differential to three of the four teams below them does give them a much-needed edge with only three games remaining.
The team pays a visit to fourth-place AB Copenhagen on Sunday, whose faint hopes for promotion are dimming with an effective six-point gap to second place and only four games left on their schedule.