DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE earned an important road win at Esbjerg while Clarence Goodson and Brøndby could only manage a draw on their trip to Midtjylland.
Esbjerg fB 1 - 2 SønderjyskE
Conor O'Brien played the full 90 minutes on Sunday in SønderjyskE's central midfield, as the team beat Esbjerg thanks to a dramatic last-second winner.
The visitors had looked impressive in their 4-0 midweek Danish Cup win over Hjørring, and after a largely sloppy first half from both teams, they showed signs of continuing their turnaround with a strong performance in the final 45 minutes.
A 47th minute corner was badly cleared by the defender directly to SønderjyskE's Lasse Vibe, who was lurking 15 yards from goal on the right side of the area. He took his shot low and to the far post, and the ball slipped through several players on its way over the line for the lead.
Esbjerg equalized nine minutes later much to the delight of the home support, with Jakob Ankersen leaning down awkwardly to head in a cross from his twin brother Peter that flew just inside the right upright.
The game looked headed towards a draw, until SønderjyskE struck in the final seconds to secure the points. Eyjólfur Hédinsson was played in thanks to a nice give-and-go between Vibe and Daniel Christensen, and the Icelandic international easily slid the finish past the Esjberg keeper for the 93rd-minute winner.
SønderjyskE finish the round of games in eighth place on 17 points. They continue their busy schedule with a visit from Copenhagen on Thursday in the Danish Cup round of 16, then host reigning league champions Nordsjaelland two days later.
FC Midtjylland 1 - 1 Brøndby IF
Clarence Goodson returned to Brøndby's starting lineup, playing the full 90 minutes in central defense on Sunday in their come-from-behind draw at Midtjylland.
Goodson picked up a yellow card in the 27th minute, his fifth of the season.
The first half ended with the visitors up in arms after they were denied what they felt was a valid call, however all was even moments after the restart when a Brøndby goal was called back for the narrowest of offside infractions.
Mitdjylland did open the scoring in the 55th minute, as Rilwan Hassan stormed into the right side of the penalty box, laid a pass off to Petter Andersson, who slapped it into goal on the turn.
Brøndby earned their share of the points thanks to former SønderjyskE striker Quincy Antipas, who controlled a poor clearance just outside the Midtjylland box in the 81st minute, and aimed a shot towards the far post that slipped in through the defense.
Brøndby are still in last place, however could feasibly jump out of the relegation places should they beat visiting Odense in their next league outing on Sunday.
Michael Parkhurst was given a rest in the midst of Nordsjaelland's busy schedule, and was not on the gameday roster for their 1-0 victory against visiting Aalborg on Friday evening.
Charlie Davies was an unused substitute for Randers on Saturday in their 2-1 road win over Silkeborg IF.
Mike Jones did not feature for Hjørring on Sunday, who beat visiting league favorites Lyngby by a 2-0 advantage.
Brad Rusin made his return from injury on Sunday, coming on as a 90th-minute substitute for Køge in their 2-2 draw against visiting Skive IK. Shawn Nicklaw did not appear for Køge in the game.