DAVID SMITH - Monday, June 7, 2010
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg finally notched up a win to deny division champions Horsens while Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde were unable to take any points from AB Copenhagen.
Viborg FF 1 - 0 AC Horsens
Babajide Ogunbiyi helped Viborg finally get over the hump as the team's impressive defensive performance and a strike from Lasse Ankjær helped them upset AC Horsens on Friday evening.
The Yellow Danger had some troubles living up to their otherwise well-deserved name throughout the game, keeping the Viborg defenders on their toes with their quick style, but rarely posing any true thread in front of goal.
Likewise, as the hosts were kept on the defensive for much of the first hour, they were unable to create pressure in their opponents' danger area until they nicked the lone goal of the game in the 63rd minute.
A pass through the Horsens defense saw Viborg attackers Lasse Ankjær and Marc Dal Hende break free, with the former taking charge to send the ball into their visitors' net for the lead.
The goal prompted the Yellow Danger to sharpen up their press for the final 20-plus minutes, however Viborg successfully locked down their area to preserve the 1-0 win.
The close victory, matching the scoreline the first time these teams met in October, also keeps the Yellow Danger from performing the impressive feat of beating every team in the First Division this season on their way back to the Danish top flight.
Viborg remain in eighth place with the win, however have the chance to jump one spot on Wednesday when they make up the first of two games in hand as they travel to Vejle.
AB Copenhagen 2 - 0 FC Roskilde
Jamil Fearrington and Roskilde will have to wait at least one more week to celebrate their First Division survival, as Sunday's loss to AB Copenhagen leaves them still in danger's reach.
Still riding high from the previous weekend's important win, Roskilde held a better control of the game throughout, but were inefficient in capitalizing on their chances and allowed their opponents too much space on counter-attacks.
Copenhagen could have taken a surprise lead after six minutes when Nicolai Jorgensen nearly worked his way into goal from the left side, then was barely thwarted on a pair of shots on the ensuing corner.
Roskilde hero Jeppe Kjær blew his chance to put his team up moments before the break when a lucky bounce of the ball to his feet with no defender nearby and a clear line on goal took him by surprise, leading him to wastefully fire wide of goal.
Jorgensen did succeed to put Copenhagen into the lead with 11 minutes left in regulation, first taking advantage of a good build-up effort from Peter Benjaminsen and Carsten Fredgaard before fooling Roskilde keeper Nikolaj Hansen to leave himself with a wide open net to sink the ball into.
Jorgensen again provided the spark to give the hosts the insurance goal in the final minute before added time, laying the ball off to midfielder Thomas Asmussen, who himself showed his skill on the ball before sending his shot between the legs of Hansen for the final 2-0 scoreline.
A draw between fellow relegation strugglers Hvidovre and Thisted as well as Kolding's loss leaves Roskilde still in good position to avoid the drop, as all three teams still remain behind them in the standings.
Should they come out as victors on next Sunday's trip to Hvidovre, they can still begin their celebrations a week early as they would be mathematically clear of the drop.
Euan Holden is still recovering form groin surgery and did not participate in Vejle's goalless draw with FC Fyn on Sunday evening.