RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Josh Gatt and Molde put four goals past Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss to pick up their second win, while Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg held onto second place in the Tippeligaen.
Molde FK 4 - 0 Hønefoss BK
Josh Gatt and Molde ripped apart Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss on Saturday for their second win of the season.
Gatt started on the right wing and played 59 minutes for Molde. Clark went the distance between the sticks for Hønefoss, while di Vita Jensen started at forward but lasted 75 minutes in the losing effort.
Molde came out pressing for a goal early and got that opening goal in the 12th minute. Right back Magne Simonsen sent in a cross, and Daniel Chima beat defender to it and headed it past Clark.
The match went into halftime with Hønefoss still having a chance, but Molde put away the match early in the second half by scoring three goals in nine minutes, starting in the 51st minute. Magnus Wolff Eikrem fired a shot from 30 yards out on the right wing, and the ball went into the top left corner of the net for a goal.
In the 30th minute, Zlatko Tripić took a chance with a 23-yard shot, which should have been a grab for Clark, but the American goalkeeper drove too far to his right. The ball went to his left, and Clark could only watch helplessly as the ball went into the net.
Chima capped off the scoring in the 60th minute, dribbling into the box with little challenge from the Hønefoss defense. Clark charged off his line to slow him down, and Daniel slipped a 13-yard shot underneath Clark's outstretched left leg and into the right side of the net.
Molde finally climbed out of the basement of the Tippeligaen standings and are now in 15th place, while Hønefoss dropped into 11th place with the loss. Both teams return to action on Wednesday in the third round of the Norwegian Cup, with Molde travelling to Hødd and Hønefoss going to Alta.
Vålerenga Oslo 0 - 2 Rosenborg Trondheim
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg scored two goals in the second half to get the win over Vålerenga on Saturday.
Diskerud started and played 61 minutes at central attacking midfielder for the Troll Kids.
Although the first half saw both sides have multiple goal-scoring opportunities, especially in the final five minutes, neither team found the back of the net before the break.
Rosenborg broke the scoreless tie in the 65th minute. Off a deep free kick, Tore Reginiussen rose up in the 18-yard box and placed a headed into the left side of the net for the opening goal.
Then, in the 84th minute Jonas Svensson received the ball 28 yards away from the net, and after taking a couple of dribbles, he let a shot go that found the back of the net. While this seemed to put the match away, Jan Lecjaks pulled one back in the 87th minute for Vålerenga by curling a 29-yard shot into the back of the net, but Rosenborg held on from there for the win.
Rosenborg kept its second-place position in the Tippeligaen with the result, and the team returns to action on Wednesday against Levanger in the third round of the Norwegian Cup.
FK Bodø/Glimt 2 - 0 Kristiansund BK
Zarek Valentin and Bodø/Glimt kept pace with the top teams of the Adeccoligaen with a win over Kristiansund on Sunday.
Valentin started at right back and helped Bodø/Glimt get the shutout.
Kristiansund kept Bodø/Glimt on its toes for much of the first half, but the home managed to turn it around just before halftime. In the 43rd minute, Papa Alioune Ndiaye sent in a shot from 22 yards away that took a deflection off a Kristiansund defender. The deflection went in the opposite direction than where goalkeeper Roger Berntzen dove, and there was the opener.
That scoreline held until the 82nd minute, when Ndiaye scored again. Ulrik Berglann sent in a cross in front of net that ended up with Ndiaye, who had an easy tap in from 4 yards out.
With the win, Bodø/Glimt continues to hold onto third place in standings. The team returns to action on Wednesday for its third round matchup with Elverum in the Norwegian Cup.
American winger Anthony Avalos played the final 25 minutes in Vard Haugesund's 2-1 to Follo on Sunday.
Rhett Bernstein played the final 13 minutes in Mjøndalen's 1-0 loss to Hødd on Sunday.