KENYA BROWN - Sunday, October 19, 2014
Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg won a wild one at home against Valerenga, while Michael Stephens and Stabaek scored another late goal to earn a point over the weekend in Norway.
Rosenborg 3 - 2 Valerenga
A second half goal by Tomas Malec would prove to be the decider as the Troll Kids claimed another three points at the Lerkendal Stadium.
However, it was the visitors that would get the upper hand early on in the game as they would score first in the 10th minute. Vidar Kjartansson would slot the ball home after some great passing in the final third.
Valerenga increased their lead nine minutes later as Niklas Gunnarsson got his head onto a ball and watched it sail past the hands of the helpless Rosenborg goalkeeper.
Despite the 2-0 deficit, the home side would find a way to get themselves back in the game. Pal Heland ran through Valerenga's back line to collect a pass from Mike Jensen and push the ball past the keeper.
Rosenborg would find the equalizer just before halftime as Mikael Dorsin scored on a header.
The team maintained their momentum in the second half and were rewarded in the 75th minute as the Slovakian Malec would get his foot on a cross and send the ball to the far post.
Diskerud had a quiet game as he only played 36 minutes before being subbed out in the first half.
The win sees Rosenborg keep their hold on third place, while Valerenga remain in sixth.
Stabaek 1 - 1 Viking
Jon Inge Hoiland's 73rd minute penalty helped the Blue Ones gain a point against Viking at the Nadderud Stadium.
The visitors got on the scoreboard first as Venton Berisha latched on to a cross from teammate Jon Daoi Boovarsson to send their supporters into wild celebrations.
Viking had several chances to increase their lead, but once again Stabaek goalkeeper Mande Sayouba would step up to make some crucial saves to keep the host in the game.
Stabaek would be rewarded with a penalty in the second half when Viking's Joackim Jorgensen brought down Anders Trondsen in the area. Hoiland stepped up to blast the ball past the keeper and level the score.
Stephens played the entire 90 minutes, while Andrew Jacobson was suspended for this game due to yellow card accumulation.
Stabaek remain in eighth place, while Viking hold on to tenth in the standings.
Jeb Brovsky once again did not make the team as Stromsgodset walked away with a 2-1 victory over Lillestrom.
Down in the first division, it looks like two Americans could be helping their teams secure spots in the promotion playoffs. Defender Rhett Bernstein and Mjondalen IF currently sit in fifth place after knocking off Nest-Sotra 3-2. Meanwhile, midfielder Bobby Warshaw and Baerum SK are sitting just outside the playoff spots in seventh place. Despite a 2-1 defeat to Fredrikstad, they still have a good chance to overtake sixth place Ranheim for the final playoff spot.