CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, August 1, 2011
Josh Gatt provided the heroics in Molde's victory, and Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk rolled past IK Start in this weekend's Tippenligaen action.
Molde 2 - Vålerenga 1
Molde maintained their grasp on the top of the Tippenligaen thanks to American Josh Gatt's first goal since transferring to Norway.
Molde midfielder Magne Hoseth got the Aker Stadion crowd on their feet in the 43rd minute with a 30-yard golazo into the upper left netting that gave the hosts the 1-0 lead at the half.
Josh Gatt scored the winner for the hosts in the 61st minute, corraling a crossfield feed from Hoseth, blowing past a defender into the box, and slotting past keeper Lars Hirschfeld for the 2-0 lead and eventual game-winner.
Norwegian midfielder Harmeet Singh tried to arouse a comeback for Vålerenga with a 85th minute chip over Espen Bugge Petterson, but the hosts held on for the 2-1 win.
Michigan native Sean Cunningham remained an unused substitute for Molde skipper Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Stabæk IF 4 - IK Start 1
Stabæk moved into fifth place with a resounding win, pinning Start in the back of the pack in the Tippeligaen standings. Defender Mikkel Diskerud went the distance for the Blues in central midfield in the winning effort.
Start commenced the scoring after 11 minutes, when Ole Martin Årst tapped in a cross from the left side at the backpost.
The lead didn't last long as Swedish midfielder Johan Rickard Andersson slotted home from ten yards out just a minute later.
Nifty passing led to Veigar Páll Gunnarsson's shot past Kenneth Høie a minute before the break to give the hosts the 2-1 lead. The Iceland national team veteran added another goal five minutes into the second half after a long delivery down the left side from compatriot Bjarni Ólafur Eiríksson.
Andersson's 74th-minute replacement Torstein Andersen Aase helped himself to the final goal of the evening with two minutes to play, driving through the midfield and firing past Høie from the edge of the box to round out the 4-1 win.
[b]Hødd 0 - Hønefoss BK 4[/b]
Hønefoss humbled Hødd at home thanks to a four-goal rout, and leapfrogged them into third place in Adeccoligaen standings.
Michigan native Steve Clark recorded the clean sheet between the posts for the Green and Blacks.
Kevin Bosse Beugre got credit for the opening goal in the fourth minute that took a Fredrick Klock deflection on its way past keeper Ørjan Nyland.
David Hanssen doubled the advantage in the 28th minute with a crisp chip over Nyland's head for the 2-0 lead.
With the game in Hønefoss' hands the Ivorian striker Beugre added a consolation strike in the 87th minute, as did Erik Bjørnstad Hagen two minutes later.
Norwegian-American forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen stayed on the bench in the win.
Nybergsund 4 - HamKam 0
Jonathan Borrajo was the only American to play on the losing side this weekend, as Ham-Kam succumbed to a potent Nybergsund attack.
The New Jersey native exited the game after 74 minutes for Håkon Aalmen.
The bad day for HamKam keeper Ivar Rønningen began after six minutes when Remond Macougne Mendy pounced on a loose ball in front of the net for the early 1-0 lead. The Senegalese striker notched another on the counter-attack in the 42nd minute to take a 2-0 lead into the locker rooms at the half.
Swedish midfielder Mirza Durakovic added a third in the 69th minute, while Mendy competed the hat-trick ten minutes later with a defense-defying tally for the 4-0 win.
Sogndal keeper Joe Bendik stayed on bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Rosenborg.
Netminder Colin Burns was not in the gameday roster for Sarpsborg 08 FF in their 0-3 loss to Haugesund,
Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton were not on the bench to see their Mjøndalen IF teamates let six goals in against Sandefjord.