DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE were finally dealt their first loss of the season on Monday evening, falling at home to AC Horsens in a disappointing performance.
O'Brien played the full game in SønderjyskE's central midfield, as their gameplan was hampered throughout the proceedings by allowing a goal just moments after the opening whistle.
With Horsens having played their first European game in more than 40 years just four days prior, the hosts were perhaps anticipating some degree of fatigue on the part of the visitors, but were almost immediately at an unexpected disadvantage.
In the fourth minute, Horsens midfielder Steffen Kielstrup made a long throw from the right sideline into the area, which was poorly cleared by the defense and landed at the foot of Troels Klove, who nailed his shot from just outside the area for the 1-0 lead.
Taken aback by the early deficit, SønderjyskE needed more than a half-hour to gather their wits, but were close to equalizing in the 38th minute, with O'Brien nearly doing the honors when his shot from straight ahead was barely clawed clear by Horsens keeper Frederik Ronnøw.
Despite the close call, Horsens still maintained the upper hand for much of the second half, and were able to ice the win with six minutes on the clock. SønderjyskE defender Niels Lodberg clumsily felled Martin Spelmann in the area, and the winger put away the penalty himself, beinging the final score to 2-0.
The result leaves SønderjyskE in a four-way tie of teams three points behind familiar league leaders Copenhagen. They will return to action Sunday afternoon with a visit to struggling Brøndby.