MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, September 30, 2013
Steve Clark and Hønefoss record a crucial point in Tippeligaen action.
Hønefoss BK 2 - 2 Viking Stavanger
Steve Clark and Hønefoss pulled off another comeback to pick up a point against Viking on Saturday.
Clark manned his usual spot between the sticks for Hønefoss and picked up a yellow card in the 59th minute for pushing an opponent down in the box after grabbing a ball and trying to get it out quickly.
In a rather lackluster first half, Viking managed to take the lead off a Makhtar Thioune corner. The original header went off a Hønefoss defender, but the rebound bounced to Indridi Siguardsson, who fired a six-yard shot into the back of the net.
Coming out of the break, Hønefoss came out with more urgency, but on a conversion call, it was Viking that scored first. In the 59th minute, Clark jumped off his line to grab a free kick and sprinted to get the ball out for a counter, but in the process, he bulldozed a Viking player. The referee called for a penalty, which Patrik Ingelsten converted.
Like in the previous week, Hønefoss scored two goals to turn the match around, although it started much later on Saturday. In the 82nd minute, a cross from the right went deep into the 18-yard box, where it found Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson took a touch to his right and slid it under Viking goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.
Then, when all seemed lost in the second minute of stoppage time, Hønefoss created an equalizer. Playing far up the field, Clark booted the ball down the field, and Sigurdsson ran onto the end of it before sending a centering pass in the box. Captain Tor Øyvind Hovda met it and placed to the left of Jarstein for the goal.
With the tie, Hønefoss moved to one point behind Tromsø in the relegation-playoff spot. Clark and Co. travel to Rosenborg next Sunday in what will be a key match for both teams.
Mikkel Diskerud didn't dress for Rosenborg in the team's 2-1 win over Sarpsborg 08 on Sunday.