DAVID SMITH - Saturday, May 28, 2011
The fourth round of the Norwegian Cup has been drawn, once again pitting Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and their Hønefoss teammates against upper division American opposition.
Hønefoss did fine work to generate the upset of the third round with a 3-1 win over Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek, and have been rewarded with a trip to visit Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham at Molde FK in the final 16.
Jensen scored the first Hønefoss goal of the game to put his team ahead in the opening minutes, and Clark held down the back to see the team through to the fourth round.
They will meet a Molde squad which has breezed through their first three games against a trio of fourth-tier teams with a bawdy 20-1 advantage, most recently demolishing Tiller IL by a 7-1 margin.
Josh Gatt netted two goals in that game, and both he and fellow US U-20 teammate Sean Cunningham received their third starting nod in cup play for Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Clark and his teammates will be looking to reach the quarterfinal stage for the first time since the team's semifinal run of 2005, while Molde are hoping to repeat their heroics of that edition of the Cup, when the took home the ultimate prize, knocking out Hønefoss along the way.
The only other American remaining in the competition is Sogndal's backup keeper Joseph Bendik, who will play fellow Tippeligaen team SK Brann after beating Asker 2-0 in the third round.
Bendik has not played for the team in cup action, and will likely not participate in the game against Brann.
Both games are scheduled to be played on Wednesday, June 22.
Norwegian Cup fourth round draw
SK Brann - Sogndal IL
Molde FK - Hønefoss BK