KENYA BROWN - Friday, October 9, 2015
Cole Grossman and Stabaek continued their winning ways at Mjondalen, while Ethan Horvath and Molde earned a shutout win over Tromso.
Mjondalen 1-4 Stabaek
It looks like the league is wrapped up for this season, but with only five games left in the season, Stabaek are fighting until the very end in hopes that Rosenborg will slip up. Their latest win on the road at the Isachsen Stadium showed they are not going away that easily.
Grossman started in the midfield for the Blue Ones, playing the entire 90 minutes in the victory. Rhett Bernstein was not in the team for this game, but Erik Hurtado got a rare start for the home side.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute as Ernest Asante had the instinct to follow up on a fumbled ball by Mjondalen goalkeeper Ivar Forn after a long range effort.
Stabaek made 2-0 in the 31st minute when Yassine El Ghanassy sent in a cross from the left and Lu Kassi would be in the box to get his foot on the ball and volley it in the back of the net. The goal even had Stabaek head coach Bob Bradley celebrating on the sidelines.
Mjondalen would get one back early in the second half. Amahl Pelligrino took a shot from distance that went through a crowd of players and Hurtado, who is on loan from the Vancouver Whitecaps, headed the ball past Stabaek goalkeeper Mande Sayouba to get them back in the game.
However, Stabaek would turn it up a notch and find two more goals to put the game out of reach.
The first would come in the 65th minute as El Ghanassy scored from the penalty spot after being taken down in the area.
The final goal was scored in the 76th minute on a counter attack. Asante brought the ball up through the middle and passed it over to Kassi who finished it off quite well.
The win keeps Stabaek in second place on 53 points, still eight points behind league leaders Rosenborg.
Molde 4-0 Tromso
Molde will be relinquishing their league crown, but they are looking to finish the season strongly. Their shutout win at home was just the start as they try to push themselves further up the standings.
Horvath was between the sticks for Molde, but was rarely challenged as his teammates dominated the majority of the game.
The host got the ball rolling in the 19th minute when Mushaga Bakenga's effort at goal was denied by Tromso goalkeeper Pal Heigre, but the netminder was too far out of his goal, allowing Eirik Hestad to put in the rebound.
Molde extended their lead in the 36th minute with Magne Simonsen scoring the goal of the game. A cross was deflected into the path of the defender who trapped the ball off his leg and sent a dipping shot over the outstretched hand of the Heigre.
The home side kept the momentum going in the second half and found a third goal in the 54th minute. Per Egel Flo headed in the ball from a free kick by teammate Etzaz Hussain.
Ola Kamara wrapped up the scoring for Molde in the 79th minute as he converted a penalty.
The win puts Molde in seventh place in the standings on 40 points.
A.J. Soares was in the starting lineup as Viking posted a 1-0 win over Lillestrom.
Zarek Valentin took his place at right back for Bodo/Glimt as they shared the points with Valerenga in a 1-1 tie.
Alex DeJohn was once again on the bench as Start were thrashed by Rosenborg 4-0.