BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, July 10, 2014
Mix Diskerud returned to Rosenborg in style with a goal while Sean Reynolds and Pablo Punyed each helped their teams advance in Europa League qualifying.
Rosenborg 2-0 (6-0 aggregate) FK Jelgava
In his return to action following the World Cup, Mix Diskerud did not disappoint as he scored in the 73rd minute to help Rosenborg to a 2-0 win over Latvia's FK Jelgava.
On a damp day at Zemgales Olimpiska center in Jelgava, Rosenborg was in control of the series following a 4-0 win in the first leg in Norway.
The second leg did not start off well for the hosts as Danish midfielder Mike Jensen gave Rosenborg a 1-0 lead when he hammered home a low cross from Alexander Soderlund from close range for a 1-0 lead.
In the 73rd, Diskerud put his stamp on the game when he took a long ball from midfield and chipped it over Jelgva keeper Kaspars Ikstens for a 2-0 lead and a 6-0 win on aggregate.
Diskerud and Rosenborg will return to action on Sunday in Norway's Tippeligaen when it visits fifth place Valerenga.
Rosenborg will face off against Ireland's Sligo Rovers FC in the second round of Europa League qualifying.
Brommapojkarna 2-0 (3-2 aggregate) VPS
VPS was not able preserve its slim lead from the first leg and crashed out of Europe league qualifying after conceding two second half goals to Sweden's Brommapojkarna.
American Jordan Seabrook was a halftime substitute for VPS but was not able to prevent the collapse.
VPS won the first leg in Finland 2-1 in the first leg but Brommapojkarna equalized the aggregate in the 64th minute when Jacob Une-Larsson headed home a corner kick.
In the 78th minute, Brommapojkarna move in front for good when Bosnian midfielder Gabriel Petrovic headed a free kick past VPS keeper Jenne Henriksson for a 3-2 series win on aggregate.
VPS will return to Finland and host Honka in league play.
Glenavon 2-3 (2-6 aggregate) FH
Iceland's Hafnarfjordur, better known as FH, advanced to the second round of Europa League qualifying following a 3-2 win on the road against Northern Ireland's Glenavon at Mourneview Park in Lurgan.
American fullback Sean Reynolds played the entire 90 minutes for FH in the win.
If the hosts were to attempt any comeback in the second leg, it was quickly put to rest when Ingimundur Oskarsson put FH up 1-0 and 4-0 on aggregate in the third minute following a botched clearance from Glenavon defenders.
In the 37th, Kristjan Emilsson doubled the lead off a half volley from close range. Glenavon struck back with two goals early in the second half but Emilsson struck again from the penalty spot to give the Icelandic club a 3-2 win in the game and a 6-2 win on aggregate.
Reynolds and FH return to action on Sunday with a visit to Stjarnan in the Icelandic Premier League.
FH will take on FC Neman Grodno of Belarus in the second round of Europa League qualifying.
Bangor City 0-4 (0-8 aggregate) Stjarnan
Stjarnan easily progressed to the second round of Europa League qualifying with a 4-0 win over Wales' Bangor City at The Book People Stadium. The win combined with a 4-0 win in the opening leg gave Stjarnan a 8-0 lead.
American midfielder Pablo Punyed started and played a full 90 in the win.
Danish midfielder Martin Rauschenberg gave Stjarnan a 1-0 lead on a long distance shot. Second half substitute Arnar Bjorgivinsson struck twice in the 68th and the 81st minute. Atli Johannsson scored in the 85th to round out the scoring.
Stjarnan will now return to Iceland where it will host FH in league play. It will square off against Scotland's Motherwell in the second round of Europa League qualifying.