MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, April 22, 2013
Josh Gatt and Molde recorded their first point of the season, while Anthony Avalos scored 10 seconds into Vard's win in Adeccoligaen action.
Odd Grenland 1 - 1 Molde FK
Josh Gatt managed to get a point but couldn't end its winless start the season against Odd on Saturday.
Gatt started on the right wing and played 72 minutes for Molde.
Molde's struggles seemed to go from bad to worse when Odd took the lead in the 34th minute. A headed ball from Frode Johnsen into the box ended up with Adem Güven, but a Molde center back managed to tackle the ball away. The problem came in the fact that Håvard Storbæk ran onto the ball deep in the box and beat goalkeeper Ole Söderberg to the right post.
Molde found an answer just four minutes later, though. Magnus Wolff Eikrem sent a chip pass over the Odd defense that reached the captain Daniel Berg Hestad, who took a touch to the left side of the box and put the ball in the back of the net from seven yards out.
From there, neither team could find the match-winning goal, and Molde picked up its first point of the season but is still in last place. The team returns to action on March 28 against Strømsgodset.
Sandnes Ulf 1 - 1 Hønefoss BK
A late goal saved a point for Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss against Sandnes Ulf on Sunday.
Clark and di Vita Jensen went the distance for Hønefoss at goalkeeper and forward, respectively.
During the first half, neither team did much to distance themselves until the 43rd minute, when Clark made a mistake. Bjørnar Holmvik took a 50-yard free kick, which Clark went to go might higher up in the box, but the wind carried it over Clark and into the back of the net.
Sandnes Ulf controlled from there and looked well on its way to collecting the three points, but Aleksander Solli saved the match for Hønefoss in the 88th minute. The center back scored off a 22-yard free kick that went through the wall and curled into the lower corner of the net.
With the tie, Hønefoss is in 13th place, and the team returns to action next Sunday against Sarpsborg.
Haugesund 3 - 1 Rosenborg
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg lost their first match of the season at the hands of Haugesund on Sunday.
Diskerud went the distance in the losing effort.
Haugesund took an early lead on a questionable call by the referee in the 14th minute. A shot drilled Rosenborg's Per Verner Rønning in back, but the referee called for a penalty, which Daniel Bamberg converted.
The home team doubled its lead in the 35th minute on a counterattack. Christian Gytkjær chipped a pass at the end of the play to Alexander Søderlund, who blasted it into the upper right-hard corner.
Rosenborg went into halftime down two goals, even though Nicki Bille Nielsen had a chance to score off a 37th minute. Haugesund goalkeeper Per Morten Kristiansen saved it to keep it at 2-0.
Coming out of the break, Diskerud gave his team some break in the 51st minute. The American midfielder came in from the left wing at a tight angle and placed a shot into the right netting from 10 yards outs.
That was the only bright spot for the Troll Kids, however, as right back Cristian Gamboa picked up his second yellow card of the match in the 66th minute. From there, Haugesund took care of business, adding a goal in the 89th minute through Tor Arne Andreassen.
Despite the loss, Rosenborg continues to hold onto second place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action next Sunday against Sandnes Ulf.
Bodø/Glimt 3 - 0 Elverum
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt moved into second place with a dominating win over Elverum on Sunday.
Valentin started and went the distance at right back for the winning team.
Bodø/Glimt controlled the match right from the start, and it paid off in the 16th minute. A weak clearance off a corner went to Bodø/Glimt's Christian Berg, who headed back on net. Thomas Braaten met the header and fired it into the back of the net.
Braaten doubled the lead in the 28th minute off a 22-yard free kick. His shot rocketed past a helpless Fredrik Tervaniemi to give the home team a two-goal advantage into the break.
Bodø/Glimt cruised to victory from there, adding another goal in the 60th minute through Ibba Laajab.
With the win, Bodø/Glimt has six points through three matches. The team returns to action next Sunday at Bryne.
Kristiansund BK 1 - 2 Vard Haugesund
Anthony Avalos and Vard beat one of its fellow promoted teams in Kristiansund on Sunday.
Avalos started and played 80 minutes on the right wing in the winning effort.
The American winger started off the match with a bang, scoring just 10 seconds after the opening whistle. Harald Vindenes sent in a long ball from the kickoff to the right wing, where Avalos picked it up and fired the ball into the back of the net.
That lead stuck until the 33rd minute, when Liridon Kalludra tied it for Kristiansund. Jan Tømmernes headed a long throw into the crossbar, and Kalludra came in for the rebound to equalize the match.
Vard took the lead back for the last time in the 40th minute. Alexander Stølås sent in a cross from the left wing, which Simen Grov met eight yards away from net and shot into the right side of the net.
Vard held onto the lead from that point, also thanks in part to Avalos. Kristiansund's Mahoud El Haj took down the former Cal-soccer player from behind in the 60th minute and earned a red card from the referee.
With the win, Vard moved into 11th place, and the team returns to action on April 29 against Fredrikstad.
Rhett Bernstein did not dress for Mjøndalen in the team's 1-1 tie against Strømmen on Sunday.