MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, May 10, 2013
Steve Clark and Hønefoss climbed out of the relegation zone with a win, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg ended a one-month winless streak.
Vålerenga Oslo 1 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss picked up a win thanks to a late against Vålerenga on Wednesday.
Clark manned the net once again for Hønefoss, while di Vita Jensen came off the bench deep in stoppage time to play one minute.
Despite Vålerenga's dominance early in the match, it was Hønefoss which took the lead just before halftime. Following a cross by Riku Riski, Vålerenga's André Muri headed the ball away from a couple of Hønefoss forwards, only for the ball to run into Mikkel Vendelbo. The Dane bundled home the ball.
Vålerenga managed to find an equalizer in the 63rd minute. From the right wing, Jan Lecjaks sent in a free kick that Giancarlo Gonzalez met with his head and squeezed it insdie th left side post and a Hønefoss defender.
That scoreline held until the 88th minute when Hønefoss scored the match-winner. Off a Riski corner, Heiner Mora headed the ball from inside the six-yard box back to Aleksander Solli, who volleyed the ball from 10 yards out into the back of the net.
With the win, Hønefoss moved into 10th place in the Tippeligaen standings, and the team returns to action Monday against Rosenborg.
Rosenborg Trondheim 2 - 1 Tromsø IL
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg won their first match in over a month against Tromsø on Wednesday.
Diskerud came on in the second half and played the final 30 minutes to help see Rosenborg to the finish line.
Rosenborg did most of its damage in the first half, scoring both goals. In the 18th minute, Tobias Mikkelsen sent a free kick into the box, where Stefan Strandberg met it with his foot and hammered the ball into the back of the net.
The Troll Kids doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Mikael Dorsin passed to Tarik Elyounoussi at midfield, and the left winger took it from there. He dribbled past a few Tromsø defenders and beating Tromsø goalkeeper Marcus Sahlman.
Tromsø managed to pull a goal back in the 55th minute through a Zdenek Ondrasek goal, but outside of that, it was Rosenborg who controlled the match. The home team looked more likely to put the match to bed rather than give up an equalizer.
With the win, Rosenborg jumped up to third place, and the Troll Kids travel to Hønefoss on Monday for its next match.
Vard Haugesund 2 - 2 FK Bodø/Glimt
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt got a goal in stoppage time to steal a point at Anthony Avalos and Vard on Thursday.
Both players went the distance for their respective teams with Avalos playing on the left wing and Valentin playing at right back. Valentin recorded a yellow card in the 60th minute.
After a bland first half, things heated up in the second half, starting in the 55th minute. Simen Grov five-holed a Bodø/Glimt defender and put the ball in the back of the net. That lead was short lived, as Ibba Laajab finished off a Bodø/Glimt counterattack following a Vard corner.
Vard retook the lead in the 69th minute, when Vetle Myhre headed a ball toward Sanel Kapidzic. Kapidzic's finish seemed to be enough for Vard to take all three points, but Laajab struck again in the second minute of stoppage time off a 20-yard free kick to give Bodø/Glimt the equalizer.
Because of the tie, Bodø/Glimt held onto fourth place in the Adeccoligaen, while Vard moved up to 13th place. Both teams return to action on Sunday, with Vard traveling to Strømmen and Bodø/Glimt hosting Hødd.
Josh Gatt played the final 22 minutes in Molde's 4-1 win over Aalesund on Thursday.
Defender Rhett Bernstein was an unused substitute in Mjøndalen's 2-1 win over Kristiansund.