DAVID SMITH - Monday, September 6, 2010
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg were unable to overcome an own-goal in their disappointing loss to Fredericia while Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus remained in first place despite having the weekend off.
Viborg FF 0 - 1 FC Fredericia
Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance as usual in Viborg's back line as they kept Fredericia's attack off the scoreboard, however an own goal by keeper Robert Veselovsky and a missed handball call by the referee left them empty-handed.
The first half was marked by a number of wasted opportunities and close calls for both teams, with Ogunbiyi averting danger in the 13th minute when he cleared a menacing cross by on-loan Fredericia player Jude Nworuh out of a dangerous position.
The Greens held a slight edge throughout the half, threatening several times with their main attacking strong point of corner kicks, but the defenses won out leaving the game scoreless at the half.
Frederica caught a huge break ten minutes after the intermission when taking a corner for themselves, as an attempted clearance by the Viborg defense out of the box bounced off of keeper Veselovsky and into goal to give them the lead.
The goal shocked Viborg's sleepy attack attention, as they pushed forward for the remainder of the game for at least a draw.
With 14 minutes remaining they appeared to have finally earned the chance to equalize when defender Mads Greve committed an obvious handball infraction in the penalty area, however neither the referee nor linesman was in view to award the penalty, much to the dismay of both the team and more than 2200 fans in attendance.
The loss leaves Viborg in tenth place, tied with three other teams on five points. The team has a week to regroup until their next outing, a Friday evening trip to promoted Hjørring.
Jamil Fearrington parted ways with Roskilde during the week and played no part in their 2-2 draw at home against AB Copenhagen.
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus got a breather as their Sunday afternoon trip to Kolding was postponed until Wednesday, September 15 due to a number of missing internationals. They will next host bottom-feeders Hvidovre IF on Sunday, still holding the First Division lead with one game in hand over the rest of the pack.