DAVID SMITH - Thursday, August 9, 2012
Shawn Nicklaw and Køge were forced to settle for a third straight draw, fortunate to nab a late equalizer in their matchup with city rivals AB Copenhagen.
HB Køge 2 - 2 AB Copenhagen
With Brad Rusin still out of the back line due to injury, Nicklaw was the only American on the field, putting in a 90-minute shift at the right back position for the hosts.
The visitors were first on the board after ten minutes, after Marc Dal Hende snuck in behind the defense, and had no problems to put away his shot past the helpless Køge keeper Morten H. Jensen .
On the stroke of the half, Køge were given a lifeline, after Anders Kaagh was fouled in the AB penalty area, allowing Nicolaj Madsen to send his team into the locker room on even terms with a successful spot kick attempt.
Then 20 minutes into the second half, AB regained the lead from the foot of Kevin Bechmann Timm, who muscled between two defenders and was on the mark with his blast from the edge of the area.
Fortunately for the hosts, they had one more moment of magic, with forward Anders Kaagh finding the target for the third game in a row, connecting with a free kick from the left side in the 81st minute, to earn the point for Køge.
The result leaves Køge in the middle of the First Division standings, with three points from their first three games.
They will once again push for their first win of the season when they visit Hjørring on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Jones did not take the field for Hjørring on Wednesday, as they were handed a heavy defeat by Lyngby in a 3-1 road loss.