DAVID SMITH - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek will hope to have less trouble beating their minnow opposition this time around while Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam should have no issues to advance to the next round of the Norwegian Cup.
Hasle-Løren IL - Stabæk IF
After their first-round scare in the Cup, Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek will be ready to down local minnows Hasle-Løren IL.
Stabaek barely squeezed by Holmlia SK on a single goal two weeks ago to avoid what would have been a major embarrassment. This should make assure the team will not take third-tier Hasle-Løren lightly as they look to make it to their first Cup final since 1998.
The Blue were eventual winners over the weekend in an exciting 4-3 goalfest at Haugesund, and head coach SverigeJörgen Lennartsson will hope this attacking prowess will lead his team to a huge win on Wednesday night.
Diskerud has already been pinned by his coach to be included in the team's starting lineup, which is only missing midfielder Johan Anderson to a thigh problem.
The hosts are reporting no absences.
SK Træff - Molde FK
Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham could both earn starts for Molde on Wednesday night as they visit fourth-tier SK Træff.
Both Americans were in the starting lineup for their first-round victory, a 11-0 smashing of Eidsvåg IL, and could once again be on the field from the get-go as the team looks for a similar victory over Træff.
Should they play, this will be a good warm-up for both Americans before they head to France to spend several days with the US U-20 squad which will meet for the first time under interim coach Tab Ramos.
The team is still feeling the bite of their 2-0 home loss to Rosenborg over the weekend, but should have a full squad available to take their frustrations out on Træff.
The hosts are listing no injuries for the game.
Ham-Kam - Byåsen IL
Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam will look to thrill the home crowd with a huge victory on Thursday when they host lower league team Byåsen IL.
Ham-Kam needed a strong second-half showing to finally surge pat Moelven IL in the first round, however will hope that they can to settle matters much earlier against Byåsen.
They could use the pick-me-up after the weekend's tough 2-1 loss at home to Bryne left them in the Adeccoligaen's relegation zone. The team was knocked out at this stage of last year's cup when they lost a long penalty shootout to Nybergsund, but should be able to overpower their opponents over the course of 90 minutes.
Neither team is reporting any absences for the game.
Sandefjord backup keeper Colin Burns will hope to see action on Wednesday night when his team visits Kvik Halden FK for their second round game.
Steve Clark could be once again rested in Cup action on Wednesday as Hønefoss visit the capitol city to take on KFUM Oslo.
Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton are both out with injuries and will miss Mjøndalen's trip to FK Tønsberg on Wednessday.
Sogndal backup keeper Joseph Bendik could take the field on Thursday night should head coach Harald Aabrekk choose to dip into his reserves for their game against lower-league Fyllingen IL.