RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Steve Clark and Hønefoss snapped a five-match losing and a nine-match winless streak against relegation rival Sarpsborg.
Hønefoss BK 3 - 1 Sarpsborg 08
Steve Clark and Hønefoss scored two goals late in a win over relegation rival Sarpsborg at home on Sunday.
Clark started and went the distance in goal for Hønefoss, as the team ended a five-match losing streak and a nine-match winless streak.
During the first half, however, those streaks looked in danger of extending for Hønefoss instead of ending, as the home team couldn't create much offense. Sarpsborg, meanwhile, managed to take the lead in the 11th minute through a Martin Wiig goal from distance. The forward picked up the ball off a clearance, took a dribble and fired a knuckling shot from 26 yards out that deflected off Clark's hand and went into the net.
Sarpsborg continued to look the better team the rest of the half and took that one-goal advantage into halftime. Out of the break, Hønefoss made two offensive substitutions to signal the change in mentality, and the more offensive mindset resulted in an equalizer in the 51st minute. Mats Andre Kaland put Riku Riski alone on net from the left side of the 18-yard box, and the Finnish forward placed a shot into the far side of the net for his seventh goal of the season.
The goal gave Hønefoss the initiative for much of the second half, as the team created most of the scoring opportunities, but it took until time was running away for Hønefoss to take the lead. In the 87th minute, captain Tor Øyvind Hovda fired a laser from 22 yards away that went past Sarpsborg goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr and into the net.
Less than one minute later, the home team put the match away, when a Riski through ball put Mikkel Vendelbo alone on net. Vendelbo dribbled around Kerr and slotted home into the empty net.
With the win, Hønefoss jumped in 14th place and the relegation playoff position, and the team returns to action next Sunday at Tromsø.
Mikkel Diskerud came on as a substitute in the 84th minute during Rosenborg's 3-2 win at Sandnes Ulf on Sunday, as the Troll Kids maintained a two-point lead on top of the Tippeligaen standings.