DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Michael Parkhurst helped Nordsjaelland salvage a draw against visiting Brøndby while Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus kept their undefeated start alive with a convincing win over Hjørring.
FC Nordsjaelland 1 - 1 Brøndby IF
Michael Parkhurst played the full 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's defense, notching up his first assist of the season to help the Wild Tigers earn a point against local rivals Brøndby.
Injuries along Nordsjaelland's backline once again forced Parkhurst to shift over to his increasingly familiar role on the right side of the defense, allowing him to get more involved in the team's fluid attack.
Brøndby opened the scoring just past the half-hour mark, as their extended pressure around Jesper Hansen's goal led to a pair of poor clearances by the defense. The latter of the two fell right to the feet of Brent McGrath directly in front of goal, who quickly smashed the ball into the net for the lead.
The Wild Tigers came out of the halftime break with a renewed fire in their approach, dominating the run of play and giving a sense of inevitability about their ability to equal the score.
The equalizer didn't need long to materialize, spurned on by Parkhurst in the 50th minute, who fired in a fine cross from the right side for Søren Christensen to head past keepere Michael Tørnes.
Nordsjaelland continued their onslaught of their opponents' goal for the remainder of the game in search of a winner, and while this provided high-tempo entertainment for the crowd it failed to produce another score, sending both teams off the field with a point apiece.
The draw leaves the Wild Tigers in seventh place in the Superligaen standings. They will hope to pick up all three points on Sunday when they visit hapless last-place Aalborg.
Vejle BK 2 - 0 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi took up his standard spot in the middle of Viborg's defense on Friday night, however the team was unable to hold off the charge of promotion hunting Vejle on the way to a shut-out loss.
Vejle quickly put themselves on the board after just ten minutes as Kim Olsen ran onto a long ball launched from his half of the field, and had little opposition as he tapped it into the net to put his team ahead.
Viborg eventually got a grip on the game before any more damage was done, playing fairly evenly with their hosts however unable to create any real chances amongst their barrage of long balls to the men up front.
They eventually ran out of steam towards the latter stages of the second half, and saw their fate sealed with ten minutes left on the clock as Rikael Rynell flew in and connected with a cross from the left, giving his team the final 2-0 win.
Viborg fall to 11th place with the loss and will look to pad their one-point cushion above the drop zone on Friday when they return home to host Köge.
AGF Aarhus 3 - 0 FC Hjørring
Benny Feilhaber went the distance for Aarhus on Sunday as they blew past Hjørring to hang on to top spot in the First Division standings.
Aarhus struck relatively quickly, jumping ahead after 21 minutes when Peter Graulund hit a long pass to give Martin Jørgensen an enticing one-on-one with Hjørring's keeper. The veteran midfielder appeared to have beaten keeper Jesper Weinkouff with his light shot, however youngster Sanel Kapidzic flew and removed any doubt by smashing the ball over the line for the lead.
Graulund was again the instigator for the team's second goal, storming to the left-side endline in the 49th minute, and sending in a cross for Kapidzic to put away for the two-score lead.
They added a final insurance goal midway through the half, with English import Adam Eckersley setting up Dennis Høegh for a short blast to seal the three points and continue their impressive unbeaten start to the season.
Aarhus come out of the weekend in first place, tied with Vejle on points with one game in hand, but still leading thanks to a far superior goal differential. They will host Fyn on Wednesday in a make-up game before visiting Skive four days later.
Neither Chris Rolfe or Marcus Tracy suited up for last-place Aalborg's 1-0 loss at SønderjyskE on Saturday afternoon.