KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Danny Cruz got on the score sheet as Bodo/Glimt got a big win over Mjondalen, while Alex DeJohn and Start earned three points on the road at Haugesund in the latest action from Norway.
Bodo/Glimt 5-1 Mjondalen
It was rough for defender Rhett Bernstein and the Mjondalen backline as Bodo/Glimt took out their frustrations at being at the bottom of the standings with a convincing win at the Aspmyra Stadium.
After several minutes in which both teams had some good chances, Glimt would open the scoring in the 19th minute. Danny Cruz dribbled the ball towards the penalty area and passed it off to an onrushing Henrik Furebotn who slotted it home.
Mjondalen would find the equalizer 10 minutes later as Christian Gauseth sent in the ball from a corner kick and Morten Sundli would get his head on to it.
From then on the game belonged to Glimt and they re-took the lead in the 40th minute. Cruz would be the scorer as teammate Trond Olsen sent in a cross from the left and the winger headed it past diving goalkeeper Ivar Forn for a 2-1 lead.
Bodo/Glimt maintained their momentum in the second half and extended there lead to 3-1 in the 61st minute. Olsen once again was the provider as he sent in the ball from a corner kick and Ulrik Saltnes would head it in.
The home side made it 4-1 in the 70 minute with Olsen turning from provider to scorer. Forn made a poor pass of the ball to Bernstein who was then dispossessed by Alexander Sorloth. The forward would get a pass to Olsen who had his initial shot saved by Forn, but he was able to collect the rebound and bury it home.
Olsen rounded out his man of the match performance by scoring the final goal in the 87th minute. Papa Ndiaye sent a pass to the forward who chipped it over the helpless Mjondalen goalkeeper.
Cruz played saw 56 minutes of action, while Zarek Valentin played the entire game in defense. With the win, Bodo/Glimt moved of the bottom of the standings to 14th place, while Mjondalen drops to 12th.
Haugesund 0-2 Start
Start snapped their two-game losing streak with a shutout win over Haugesund at the Haugesund Stadium.
Both teams had some good chances to score in the first half, but it would end 0-0.
The second half would be a different story and it would be the visitors that would make the most of their chances.
Start would open the scoring in the 50th minute with some good passing from the team. Mathias Vilhjalmsson headed down a crossed ball into the path of Kristoffer Ajer who stuck it past Haugesund goalkeeper Per Bratveit. Haugesund appealed for an offside, but the flag stayed down.
The goal was a wake-up call for Haugesund and they tried desperately to find the equalizer. However, each attack they made on the Start goal was squandered.
Start then found the insurance goal they needed in the 85th minute. Solomon Owello sent a through ball to a running Ajer who collected it and cooly slotted it past the goalkeeper.
DeJohn played a solid 90 minutes in defense to help Start walk away with the three points.
Start now move up to 10th place in the standings.
Cole Grossman played the entire game as Stabaek got back in the win column with a 1-0 over Sarpsborg. Quentin Westberg got the start in goal for the home side in the loss.
Ethan Horvath returned to the bench, while Josh Gatt did not dress for Molde's 6-1 thrashing of Sandefjord.
A.J. Soares played the full 90 minutes as Viking were done in by a stoppage time goal to lose 4-3 to Valerenga.