KENYA BROWN - Friday, November 28, 2014
Rhett Bernstein and Mjondalen are heading to Norway's Tippeligaen after thrashing Brann in the highly-charged second leg of their promotion/relegation playoff final on Wednesday night.
Two goals from forward Sanel Kapidzic and one from midfielder Vamouti Diomande were enough to guarantee that Mjondalen will be spending next season in the top division after knocking off a demoralized Brann in front of 2,500 fans at the Mjondalen Stadium.
The home side came into the game brimming with confidence after leaving the Brann Stadium on Sunday night with a 1-1 tie, and they certainly used it to their advantage in the return leg.
Both started the first half aggressively and missed on a few opportunities to score. However, Mjondalen proved to be the stronger of the two when in the 27th minute Kapidzic got his head on the ball from a corner kick and put it past Brann goalkeeper Oystein Ovretveit, sending the home supporters into a frenzy.
Brann would push for the equalizer towards the end of the half just like they did in the first leg, but they squandered each chance they were given.
Mjondalen subsequently made their guests pay for their missed opportunities and in the second half they extended their lead.
Diomande took a pass on the left wing, ran towards the box and fired a shot that beat the Ovretveit at the near post. The score was now 2-0, and the host could feel their passage to the Tippeligaen was certain.
Kapidzic added a third goal in the 67th minute in similar fashion. The Bosnian-born Dane got his head on the ball from a corner kick and put it past Ovretveit.
The Mjondalen supporters were is shear pandemonium, while Brann head coach Rikard Norling, players and the traveling supporters were left in utter shock as they knew their fate was sealed - life in the First Division.
Bernstein was once again in the starting lineup and played the full 90 minutes for the victors.
After winning the two-leg final 4-1 on aggregate, Mjondalen will now prepare for life in the Tippeligaen.