KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 27, 2014
Mikkel Diskerud assisted on a goal as Rosenborg easily beat Sandnes Ulf, while Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek had to settle for another tie in Norway.
Rosenborg 3, Sandnes Ulf 1
The Troll Kids solidified their hold on third place as they had no problems handling their guests at the Lerkendal Stadium.
The home side got the scoring going in the 35th minute when midfielder Mike Jensen took a shot just outside the box. It wasn't the hardest of shots, but it took a deflection off a Sandnes defender and found its way in the goal.
Rosenborg extended its lead nearly ten minutes later when forward Pal Helland got his foot on a lobbed pass from Diskerud and with a deft touch got it past the goalkeeper.
The host continued their momentum in the second half as forward Tobias Mikkelsen would slot in a cross from Tomas Malec in the 58th minute to seal the game.
Sandnes would get a a consolation goal in the 79th minute from midfielder Aksel Skjølsvik.
Diskerud played very well in his 77 minutes of action.
With two games left in the season, Rosenborg will finish in third place - good enough to qualify them for the Europa League qualifying phase.
Sarpsborg 08 1, Stabaek 1
The two sides exchanged two quick goals in the second half to end the game in a tie at the Sarpsborg Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, Stabaek would take the lead in the 61st minute when forward Franck Boli followed up on a shot by Stephens that the Sarpsborg goalkeeper could not handle.
Six minutes later the home side would level the game when midfielder Kristoffer Tokstad was able to get the ball past goalkeeper Mande Sayouba and it just trickled across the goal line.
Stephens and Jacobson played the full 90 for the Blue Ones as they have now gone unbeaten in four games.
Stabaek remain in eighth place, while Sarpsborg sit in seventh.
Jeb Brovksy was not in the team as Stromsgodset fell to Haugesund 3-2.
It will go down to the last game of the season in the first division as teams still fight for the promotion playoff spots. Rhett Bernstein was on the bench for Mjondalen as they whipped Bryne 5-0. Bobby Warshaw played the full 90 as Baerum hammered HamKam 6-2.