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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, September 17, 2012
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg dominate Chad Barrett and 10-man Vålerenga, while Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen put themselves into a tie for second place in the Adeccoligaen.

Hønefoss BK 2 - 2 Viking Stavanger

Steve Clark and Hønefoss stole a much-needed point with a late goal against Viking Sunday.

The American goalkeeper went the distance once again for Hønefoss, while fellow American forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen did not make the lineup.

Both sides had chances to score early, with Viking looking the most menacing, but it was Hønefoss that took the lead in the 29th minute. Arnor Adalsteinsson sent in a cross from the right corner that landed at the feet of Mats-André Kaland, who tapped it in from six yards.

Hønefoss almost took the lead into halftime but gave up a goal in the first minute of stoppage time. Clark made two saves back-to-back, only to see the second rebound headed past him by Viking's Erik Nevland from close distance.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to convert, but as has been the recent trend for Hønefoss, the team gave up another late goal. In the 81st minute, Hønefoss' Helge Haugen handed a ball in the box, leading to a El-Hadji Makhtar Thioune penalty.

Just when it seemed that another late goal would sink Hønefoss, Kevin Beugre gave his team the tie. Kevin Larsen passed to Beugre, who was unmarked in the six-yard box, and Beugre didn't miss from close range.

With the tie, Hønefoss jumped into ninth place in the Tippeligaen. The team returns to action Sept. 24 against Vålerenga.

Rosenborg Trondheim 3 - 0 Vålerenga Oslo

Mikkel Diskerud went the distance for Rosenborg, as Rosenborg dismantled 10-man Vålerenga Sunday.

Chad Barrett started and played 56 minutes at forward for Vålerenga, which, along with a yellow-red card for Pape Diamanka right before halftime, lost its starting goalkeeper due to a facial injury.

Rosenborg had a 2-0 lead long before Vålerenga's woes started, beginning in the 32nd minute. Daniel Holm received a cleared corner that he sent back into the box to an unmarked Rade Prica, who sent it toward goal. Although the ball wasn't hit cleanly, it sailed through a Vålerenga player and into the net.

Then, in the 41st minute, Prica scored yet again- this time in a near collision with Vålerenga goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld. On a 50-50 ball at the edge of the box, Prica barely beat Hirschfeld to the ball by sliding into it, forcing Hirschfeld into the air to avoid contact and the ball into the net.

Rosenborg continued to control the game in the second half and added its final goal in the second minute of stoppage time. Ole Kristian Selnæs curled a 20-yard free kick into the upper right corner of the net to seal the deal.

Although Rosenborg won, the team still sits in third place, one point behind Strømsgodset and Molde. The team returns to action Thursday against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League Group Stage.

Vålerenga lies in eighth place and returns to action Sept. 24 against Hønefoss.

Mjøndalen IF 2 - 1 Ranheim IL

Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen put themselves into a tie for second place with a vital win over Ranheim Sunday.

The American defender started and went the distance at right back for Mjøndalen, while fellow American Rhett Bernstein missed due to injury.

Mjøndalen pressured the Ranheim defense early and often, and it paid off in the 22nd minute.

Vamouti Diomande accelerated past three defenders on the left side before picking out Anders Karlsen, who put Stian Ohr alone on the goalkeeper in the back. Ohr thundered the ball into the corner of the net to give his team the lead.

Mjøndalen took that lead into halftime and continued to control the game as the team did for much of the first 45 minutes. Mjøndalen eventually doubled its lead in the 69th minute, when Benjamin Stokke shot through the legs of Ranheim defender Brede Moe and scored from 18 yards out.

After that, Mjøndalen seemed to take a bit off the gas pedal and let Ranheim back into the game. In the 80th minute, Emeh Izuchukwu was left unmarked and scored an easy goal in front of net.

Mjøndalen held on for the win, despite Ranheim's pressure for the equalizer. With the win and Sarpsborg loss, the team moves into a tie for the last automatic promotion, behind only on goal differential.

The team returns to action Sunday against Bærum.

Notes

American winger Josh Gatt missed Molde's 1-0 win over Haugesund Saturday, as he continues to recover from his hamstring injury.

Defender Sean Cunningham was not in the lineup for Stabæk's shock 2-1 win over Odd Grenland because of a hip injury.

Forward Villyan Bijev did not make Start's lineup in the team's 2-1 win over HamKam.

American defender Sebastian Troupe was suspended for Bærum's 3-2 win against Tromsdalen.
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