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Bridges 1 Hvidovre 0
Hvidovre, Denmark – After a disappointing result in their first Scandinavian match, Bridges looked to rebound with a victory against Danish side Hvidovre (Vee-Dough-Vray). Bridges came out with furious pace as strikers Desmond Tachie, John DeVae, and Hassan Minter put pressure on the Hvidovre backs. With support from their midfielders, Bridges were able to get deep into the offensive third creating various chances from balls served into the penalty area. Despite the beginning flurry, the Danish home side stood steadfast with strong marking and exceptional clearing. Bridges best chance of the early half came when Desmond Tachie looked to take a defender on in the left side of the area. Forced to cut back at the six, Hvidove center backs were there to help double team and stymie the opportunity before Tachie could get a clean strike off.
Though Bridges would push early, Hvidovre would organize their own attack as they passed well into midfield and looked to take advantage of overlapping runs down the sidelines. Though the possession was strong, defenders Lorenza Stephens and Pat McMahon held firm on their marks allowing no dangerous chances on frame.
In the 41st minute, midfielder Joel Delass found space after beating his man. Upon taking the given 15 yards, DeLass had a fantastic strike go just wide of the frame. It was the last chance either side saw before half time.
The second half saw both teams make a few changes as Marcos Morales stepped in for Degurian, pushing Drew Jeskey into the defensive center role. Possession was equal for both sides as few chances developed early. Several Hvidovre free kicks found the hands of keeper Brian Levey, as he was quick off his line to smother potential threats from the home side.
Bridges would finally break through in the 76th minute when forward John Devae carved his was through three different Hvidovre players drawing the center back to him. As he approached, replacement midfield Jeskey stepped forward, and Devae found him in stride as Jeskey struck home the ball, giving Bridges the advantage. “The defenders were stepping just a bit late and it allowed me to get deep into their zone”, noted DeVae, “once the center back stepped over, it was an easy decision to feed Drew.”
With time remaining, Hvidovre pushed forward looking for the equalizer. As the home team pushed forward, the Americans continued to clear the zone. Brides were excellent all day in the air as center midfield Drew DeGurian and center back Drew Jeskey rarely lost a head challenge. Hvidovre’s best chance came in the 84th minute as an incomplete clear led to a strike on frame. However, Levey was there to make the save and keep the lead. With no real dangerous chances happening in the final minutes, the referee blew his whistle signaling full time. With the result, Bridges moves to 1-1 on their tour as they look to take on Swedish Side GAIS Reserves on Monday at 16:00.