DAVID SMITH - Monday, December 5, 2011
Conor O'Brien was a second-half substitute for SønderjyskE on Monday, as they ended 2011 with a blow-out loss at home thanks to an inspired performance from Odense youngster Bashkim Kadrii.
The early minutes of the game were marked by heavy snowfall and an aggressive approach by the hosts, but it was Odense who struck first 20 minutes after the opening whistle.
Peter Utaka stole the ball of of SønderjyskE center back Thomas Hansen and raced up the right side towards goal, where he centered the ball at the edge of the area. Odense forward Rasmus Falk jumped out of the way of the ball and let it roll to Kadrii, who placed his shot past Nathan Coe for the 1-0 score.
The two players reversed roles 17 minutes later, with Kadrii picking out Utaka from near the goal line for a short-range shot for the two-goal lead.
The visitors added an insurance goal five minutes after the break, after Rúrik Gíslason picked out Kadrii for an acute-angled shot from the left of goal.
Then seven minutes later, the young Danish international completed his hat trick, collecting a poor clearance in front of goal following a shot from Utaka, and putting it in the net for the final 4-0 scoreline.
With the team looking to salvage some dignity from the game, O'Brien was put into the game with 15 minutes remaining as a fresh set of legs for right midfielder Daniel Christensen. However with the result already decided, neither team had the energy to fight the cold, and the game ended with the shut-out win for Odense.
SønderjyskE finish the year in ninth place, although still barely closer to the European spots than the relegation zone. They will return to league action in early March against Brøndby, with the added bonus of a berth in the Danish Cup semifinal on the horizon.