MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, September 23, 2013
Steve Clark and Hønefoss picked up a crucial three points on the road, while a late goal forced Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg to settle for a tie.
Rosenborg Trondheim 1 - 1 FK Haugesund
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg gave up a late goal to drop points against Haugesund on Friday night.
Diskerud started as a No. 6 in the Troll Kids' 4-2-3-1 formation and went the distance.
Rosenborg dominated the first half and took advantage of that domination by taking the lead in the 21st minute.
Mike Jensen dribbled toward the box and forced two defenders to converge on him before putting John Chibuike through on net, and Chibuike beat Haugesund goalkeeper Per Morten Kristiansen to his right.
The Troll Kids took that lead into halftime and tried to ice the match in the second half, but they couldn't get a second goal, thanks to a few saves by Kristiansen.
Not finding that second goal came back to haunt Rosenborg in the 84th minute, when Christian Gytkjær equalized for Haugesund. Joakim Våge Nilsen received a lob passdeep on the left side of the 18-yard box and crossed it to the far post, where Gytkjær was to head it intot he back of the net.
Neither team could find the back of the net after that, as the match ended in a tie. Rosenborg holds onto first place in the Tippeligaen standings despite the tie and plays at Sarpsborg 08 next Sunday.
Lillestrøm 1 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Scoring two goals in quick succession early in the second half, Steve Clark and Hønefoss recorded a huge away win against Lillestrøm on Saturday.
Clark started and went the distance at goalkeeper as per usual, and he received his first yellow card of the season in the 62nd minute for time wasting.
Hønefoss played the first half like a team mired in the relegation zone, as Lillestrøm controlled the match.
The home team took the lead in the 15th minute off a corner, with Frode Kippe beating Hønefoss defender Simon Larsen to it and heading it into the back of the net.
Not much happened after that until the 51st minute, when Hønefoss turned the match upside down on Lillestrøm by scoring two goals in three minutes.
First, Riku Riski sent in a cross from the end line on the right side of the box to the far post, where Mikkel Vendelbo headed it into the back of the net.
Then, after a couple of cross field passes in the 54th minute, Riski had a shot blocked by a Lillestrøm defender on the line, but the rebound went straight to the Finn, who, with his momentum carrying him away from the ball and net, fired the ball into the top netting.
Lillestrøm was shell-shocked by this turn of events and never recovered, giving Hønefoss the three points. With the win, Hønefoss sits two points away from the relegation-playoff spot, and the team returns to action next Saturday against Viking.