DAVID SMITH - Monday, August 30, 2010
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus jumped into pole position in the First Division while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg had to settle for one point after giving up a late equalizer at AB Copenhagen.
AGF Aarhus 3 - 1 FC Vestsjælland
Benny Feilhaber was a 90-minute man for Aarhus, providing an assist for one of Davit Devdariani's three goals on Friday evening as they blew past Vestsjælland to claim the division's top spot.
The hosts got off to a hot start when Kristian Uth set up Ulrik Balling wit a pass in from the left, with the latter smacking the ball past the helpless Steffen Rassmussen.
The 22 year-old Devdariani grabbed his first of three goals 15 minutes later, beating Vestsjælland keeper Mads Petersen from the edge of the penalty area.
Aarhus stayed on the attack and doubled their lead five minutes before the break, again with Devdariani doing the honors, this time from close range.
The worst break for the hosts came just before the half, as Andreas Marcher was given a straight red for a reckless foul, forcing the team to try to plot their return knowing they would be a man down for the final 45 minutes.
Devdariani did managed to finally take away any thoughts of comeback by the home team, with Feilhaber providing the final pass to set up the Georgian international for his short-range shot for the final 3-1 scoreline.
The three-point haul gives the Whites a total of ten after their first four games, giving them a narrow lead of one point over vanquished Vestsjælland.
They will continue to play through the international break, with the next matchup against Kolding on Sunday.
AB Copenhagen 2 - 2 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi took up his standard spot in Viborg's central defense, going the distance as they managed one point at AB Copenhagen in a game they likely felt should have been a victory.
The Greens pressed from the very beginning and took the lead after three minutes as a poor Academics clearance left the ball at the feet of Eldin Karisik just outside the area, in perfect position to blast in the lead goal.
Jesper Kjaerulff doubled it ten minutes before the break after a period of extended pressure by Viborg, as he was fed a fine pass from the right by Razak Pimpong and fired it into goal.
AB kept their cool and pulled one back three minutes before the half when Benjamin Lee was quickest to pounce onto a throw-in into the area, keeping the game a close affair.
Both teams pressed unsuccessfully for much of the second half, until AB's Kim Christensen salvaged the tie for the home team, pulling down a cross from the left and sending it past keeper Robert Veselovsky.
Christensen almost provided his team with a dramatic winner in the fifth minute of added time, but his shot was deflected on its way in thanks to a virtuoso save by Veselovsky, preserving the point for Viborg.
The Greens stay in eighth place with the point, and will next take on Fredericia at home on Friday evening.
Michael Parkhurst is recovering from a shoulder injury and did not participate in Nordsjælland's scoreless draw with visiting Aalborg on Sunday afternoon. Aalborg's Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy both missed the game with long-term injuries.
Jamil Fearrington did not participate on Sunday as Roskilde held on at Skive for a 2-2 draw.