DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek couldn't get their attack going in a shut-out loss to Sogndal while Steve Clark and Hønefoss were unable to defend their home turf against Asker.
Stabaek IF 0 - 1 Sogndal IL
Mikkel Diskerud went the distance on the wing for Stabaek on Monday evening, but was unable to help push the team out of the gutter as they lost by the narrowest of margins to visiting Sogndal IL.
Sogndal backup keeper Joseph Bendik did not take the field for his team.
The visitors grabbed the only goal of the game late in the first half, as Sogndal midfielder Henrik Furebotn passed up a risky shot to drop the ball off to his teammate Mats Solheim, who blasted it into the upper right corner from 28 yards out for the lead.
Stabaek made a late push for an equalizing goal with Diskerud in the thick of the attack, but were unable to break down a resolute Sogndal defense and finished the game empty-handed.
The loss drops Stabaek to sixth in the standings, and they will have a short break until their next contest, a Thursday evening visit to Odd Grenland.
Hønefoss BK 0 - 1 Asker
Steve Clark went the distance in goal for Hønefoss on Sunday, however his usual solid performance wasn't enough to stop Asker from netting a last-minute winner.
The hosts had a good start to the game, clearly holding the upper hand and spending most of the first half in Asker's half of the field with little action for Clark to contend with.
A compact Asker defense limited their bite around goal, with the two teams looking headed for a goalless deadlock heading into the final minutes.
This all turned on its head, however, as Asker broke their hosts' hearts with a goal three minutes from full time. Kristoffer Tollås fired a good shot towards the post which Clark managed to block, however the ball landed at the feet of Armin Sistek, who poked his shot one yard behind Clark for the 87th-minute winner.
The loss drops Hønefossfurther down the standings into tenth place, and they await their visit to Ham-Kam for their next game on Sunday.
Strømmen IF 1 - 0 Ham-Kam
Jonathan Borrajo played the first 84 minutes for Ham-Kam on Monday evening, as they fell deeper into relegation troubles with their loss on the road to Strømmen.
Strømmen put their mark on the game in the early going, already taking the lead in the ninth minute. A pass into the HamKam area fell to midfielder Andreas Moen, who volleyed the ball into goal for the lead.
Borrajo and the HamKam defense were able to quickly recover and prevent any further damage by their hosts, however the attack did little to improve the team's cause.
Borrajo occasionally got involved in his team's attack with a pair of nice crosses hit into the box, and was eventually pulled with six minutes later as HamKam head coach Vegard Skogheim pushed unsuccessfully for the win.
The result leaves Ham-Kam in 14th place, two points back from safety. They next take the field on Sunday when they host Hønefoss BK and Steve Clark.
Both Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham are on U-20 international duty, and missed Molde's 3-0 thrashing of Lillestrøm on Monday.
Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein are recovering from injuries, and missed the team's 2-1 win at home over Sandnes Ulf on Monday.
Sandefjord backup keeper Colin Burns did not take the field on Monday for his team's 4-2 road loss to Nybergsund.