DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Conor O'Brien and SønderjyskE suffered a fourth straight loss while Brad Rusin and Køge put their hopes for promotion back in play with a win over Vejle.
SønderjyskE 2 - 3 Silkeborg IF
Conor O'Brien played the full game in SønderjyskE's midfield on Saturday, but a leaky defense allowed a trio of goals to visiting Silkeborg to hand the team a costly loss.
Already entering the game on a three-game losing streak across all competitions, SønderjyskE did themselves few favors by twice squandering an advantage shortly after hitting the net.
Tommy Bechmann put them ahead in the 21st minute when he was in position to put away an initially-blocked shot from Lasse Vibe, however Dennis Flinta pulled Silkeborg even two minutes later after his low shot from outside the area slipped through the grasp of keeper Håkon Opdal.
SønderjyskE took the lead a second time in the 33rd minute as Eyjólfur Hédinsson lept high to head Bechmann's cross past Lasse Heinze, but it was canceled eight minutes afterwards as Frank Hansen looped a long header from an awkward angle just inside the left post to send the game into the half on even terms.
The visitors then proceeded to make SønderjyskE pay for their wastefulness, earning the winner in the 61st minute as Marvin Pourie scrambled into the area and saw his deflected shot barely roll over the line.
SønderjyskE slip to within three points of the drop zone thanks to the loss, and will be hard-pressed to immediately right the ship when they next take the field against visiting FC Copenhagen on Sunday.
HB Køge 1 - 0 Vejle Boldklub
Brad Rusin and Køge put on an impressive defensive performance against one the First Division's promotion favorites, scoring early and holding Vejle at bay as they extended their unbeaten streak to five games.
The lone score of the game came two minutes before the half, after Vejle defense did a poor job to clear the ball from the area, allowing Køge attacker Justice John Erhenede the chance to put it away for the 1-0 victory.
With the three points in the bag, Køge are now officially closer to the promotion spots than to the division's relegation place. They face a tough closer to the first half of the season on Friday, as they must visit third-place Viborg, who have come on as a scoring juggernaut this season.
Michael Parkhurst was not in uniform on Friday evening due to yellow card accumulation, and did not participate in Nordsjaelland's impressive 2-0 win at Aarhus.
Clarence Goodson missed Brøndby's 2-2 home draw against Esbjerg on Sunday due to yellow card accumulation.
Charlie Davies played the final three minutes for Randers on Sunday night, as an 89th-minute goal from Jonas Borring saw them beat Odense BK by a 3-2 score.
Mike Jones did not take the field for Hjørring on Sunday, as they earned a point with an impressive scoreless draw at second-place Vestsjaelland.