DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Steve Clark and Hønefoss stayed within shooting distance of the Adeccoligaen lead with a blow-out win over Randaberg, while Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam slumped to their fifth straight without a win.
Fredrikstad FK 1 - 2 Stabaek IF
Mikkel Diskerud nabbed his third goal of the season for Stabaek, as they fought back from an early deficit on the road to Fredrikstad to take all three points on Friday night.
Stabaek had momentum on their side with two straight wins heading into Friday's contest, however were dealt an early blow when Celso Borges got his head on a fine cross from Alex Valencia to give Fredrikstad the 11th-minute lead.
Stabaek stopped the bleeding and equalized thanks to their American star, as a slick display of passing by the visitors ended with a long diagonal pass by Alex Valencia to Diskerud, who blasted his short shot through the arms of Fredrikstad keeper Jørgen Horn in the 61st minute.
Six minutes later, Gilles Ondo brought down a long pass and quickly flicked it to Johan Andersson, who skillfully broke free of his marking defender and struck it into the far post for the win.
Stabaek remain seventh with the win, however only three points out of the Tippeligaen's Europa League spots. They next host Strømsgodset IF on Saturday.
Rosenborg Trondheim 3 - 1 Molde FK
Josh Gatt went the full 90 minutes as Molde's right winger on Sunday, however he was unable to match his goalscoring feats of the previous games in their road loss to defending champs Rosenborg.
Sean Cunningham was included on Molde's bench however was not called upon to enter the game.
Despite the hosts exerting continual early pressure, Molde briefly took the lead two minutes before the half-hour, when Rosenborg defender Mikael Lustig did well to block a six-yard shot by Daniel Berg Hesta, however the rebound fell directly to Magne Hoseth whose high shot bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and over the line for 1-0.
Undaunted, Rosenborg continued to push heavily and equalized four minutes later when a corner was headed to the far post by Lustig, where Simen Wangberg was waiting to awkwardly put it just inside the upright.
Lustig was again the provider in the 66th minute, launching a long ball from his own backfield, which fell between two Molde defenders and directly into the path of Rade Prica, who headed it on the bounce over the keeper and into the open net for the lead.
Prica then struck again with 16 minutes left in the contest, getting his head on a free kick from the right flank by Borek Dockal and sending the ball out of Espen Bugge Pettersen's reach for the final 3-1 win to the hosts.
While the loss puts an end to Molde's five-game winning streak, they still remain atop the league standings with a five-point gap, and will look to get back to their winning ways on Sunday when they visit Fredrikstad FK in the quarterfinal of the Norwegian Cup.
Ham-Kam 2 - 2 Løv-Ham
Jonathan Borrajo played the full 90 minutes at right back for Ham-Kam, as they fought back twice to earn a point at home against Løv-Ham.
Løv-Ham took the lead in unusual fashion after 20 minutes of play, when a corner by Petter Martinsen flew unimpeded through the penalty area and directly into goal for a fantastic 1-0 to the visitors.
Six minutes after the intermission, Ham-Kam momentarily equalized as Kristoffer Hagen found Emil Dahle just outside of the area, and the midfielder did well to put his shot on frame for his fifth goal of the season.
The visitors however needed only six minutes to regain the lead, as Ham-Kam left back John Anders Rise and Belisti Dessalegn battled for the ball in the area, with the latter gaining control just long enough to shift it over to Bjørn Dahl who powered it over the line for 2-1.
Ham-Kam had the final say, as Vegar Bjerke received a long pass just inside the area, and put his low show under the reach of ohan Thorbjørnsen for the equalizer.
With their fourth draw in five tries, Ham-Kam remain sixth in the Adeccoligaen standings, still within reach of the division's promotion spots. They next face seventh-place Bryne FK on Monday evening.
Hønefoss BK 6 - 0 Randaberg IL
Steve Clark did a fine job in the Hønefoss goal on Sunday, as the team clicked on all gears to destroy relegation-bound Randaberg IL in a lopsided shut-out.
Hønefoss forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen was included on the team's bench but was not called into action.
Hønefoss were quick to all but guarantee the victory, taking the lead in the tenth minute when Remond Macougne Mendy hit a lot shot out of the reach of Randaberg keeper Olav Dalen, then doubling it two minutes later as Rune Bolseth hit from the spot after Kevin Bosse Beugre was taken down in the area.
Randaberg put up a valiant fight to end the half, however the hosts piled on another trio of scores shortly after the break.
David Hanssen made it 3-0 in the 50th minute with a reflex shot from six-yards out, then Beugre added a fourth six minutes later as he stormed into take advantage of a costly defensive mix-up and fire the ball into the open net.
Lennart Steffensen then added to Randaberg's misery two minutes later, hitting an acute-angled shot from the left side to the near post which Dalen should have easily saved.
The blowout was completed with 20 minutes left, this time with Remond Macougne Mendy getting in on the action to one-foot a shot from the left side of the area out of Dalen's reach for the final 6-0 score.
A third win in four by Hønefoss leaves them in fourth place, just three points out of the top spot with a league's-best defense and goal differential.
They next pay a visit to FK Bodø/Glimt on Sunday.
Sogndal backup keeper Joseph Bendik watched from the bench on Sunday as his team earned a point with a 1-1 draw at Valerenga.
Colin Burns did not take the field for Sandefjord on Sunday for their 2-1 road win over IL Hødd.
Kyle Helton sat as an unused substitute for Mjøndalen on Sunday for their 4-2 loss at home to FK Bodø/Glimt.