DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Benny Feilhaber returned to Aarhus' starting lineup for their win over Roskilde while Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg suffered another hit to their survival hopes at Skive.
Skive IK 2 - 0 Viborg FF
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg returned to their losing ways on Wednesday night, giving up a pair of goals to Skive while failing to find their way onto the scoreboard for their 12th defeat of the season.
The American played the full 90 minutes in the heart of Viborg's defense, picking up a yellow card midway through the second half.
The Greens pressed hard from the opening whistle, creating a flurry of chances in the opening half-hour, continually testing the Skive keeper and defenders.
The hosts were the first to strike however, after Thomas Dalgaard squeezed his way between Ogunbiyi and Mikkel Rask then beat keeper Robert Veselovsky with his shot to put Skive ahead in the 34th minute.
Despite the goal, Viborg continued to dominate both possession and scoring chances for the remainder of the half and were forced to go into the break with a deficit which hardly reflected the flow of the game.
The second half continued much in the vein of the first as the Greens pushed for an equalizer, but they were stifled on each chance by a resolute Skive defense.
With the game down to its last seconds, the hosts added an insurance goal, as Dalgaard weaved through the defense in the third minute of injury time to bring the score to make it a two goal game.
The loss leaves Viborg in the relegation zone, however they are still well within reach of safety as they trail 13th-place Kolding by just one point. They will need to improve their play on both sides of the ball as they have just a three-day turnaround before hosting league leaders Aarhus on Saturday.
AGF Aarhus 2 - 0 Roskilde BK
Benny Feilhaber showed he is back to full health, getting the start in Aarhus' midfield and playing the full 90 minutes on Wednesday night in their win over Roskilde.
A scoreless first half saw both teams fail to attain any real rhythm to their play. Although Aarhus held the vast majority of possession, they could only muster a pair of close calls, first when Peter Graulund forced a save in the 15th minute with a good header, then when he wasted a good free position on goal just past the half-hour mark.
He did help the hosts to the opening goal in the 52nd minute when he was knocked down in the penalty area by a Roskilde defender, with Martin Jørgensen striking from the spot to put the team ahead.
The team doubled the lead eight minutes later, as Søren Berg was sent free into the danger area with a low cross from Mikel Kirkeskov, easily beating Roskilde Esben Elholm Madsen to double the margin.
The remainder of the game was a calm affair as Aarhus hardly allowed their visitors any chances on the ball, with the team easily cruising to the three points.
Aarhus keep their seven-point lead atop the First Division, and hit the road on Saturday to take on Babajide Ogunbiyi and relegation-threatened Viborg.