Sunday, September 27, 2009
Troy Perkins and Valerenga rebounded from Cup disappointment to beat Bodo/Glimt on the road while Tyrel Lacey and Lyn were shutout at home versus Tromso.
Bodo/Glimt 0 - 2 Valerenga
An impressive shutout win on at Aspmyra Stadion in Bodo may just help ease the disappointment of Valerenga midweek's Cup loss as Troy Perkins and company downed Bodo/Glimt on Sunday afternoon.
Perkins started in his usual position of goalkeeper for player/coach Martin Andresen and went the distance.
After giving up six goals in Wednesday's loss to Molde, the Ohio native rebounded nicely to register his fifth shutout on the season.
Both Valerenga goals would come in the second half with the first from Serbian midfielder Bojan Zajić who took a pass Birger Madsen and sent a worm-burner through the Bodo/Glimt defense that went just inside the far post.
Harmeet Singh doubled the margin in the 81st minute when teammate Kristian Brix's shot was deflected by Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper Pavel Londak only to see the ball land at Singh's feet who then sent a rocket past two defenders and into the back of the net.
The victory shoots Valerenga up the Eliteserien standings to ninth place with 34 points all but assuring safety for Andresen's squad from relegation.
Perkins and company return home to face Viking next weekend.
Lyn 0 - 1 Tromso
An emotional evening at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo saw Tyrel Lacey and Lyn lose what may be their last home match ever to Tromso on Sunday.
Lacey started at goalkeeper for head coach Gunnar Halle and went the distance in the defeat.
Lyn are still looking to avoid bankruptcy but with Monday's deadline approaching, it may appear that the capital city club will be folded for good.
It has been reported recently that a group of investors from the city of Aalesund might be interested in purchasing the club thus allowing the club to continue to operate.
It should be noted that should Lyn go bankrupt, the Football Association of Norway would deduct points from all other Eliteserien teams who either tied or defetaed Lyn during the season.
Coincidentally, Aalesund defeated Lyn twice earlier in the campaign and with American Adin Brown's club just barely above the relegation zone currently, a subtraction of six points would drop Aalesund into last place and thus be in position to be relegated to the 1. Division.
As for the action on the field, Lyn created the majority of the chances in the first half which included Jo Inge Berget's goal that was disallowed due to offsides.
In the second half, Tromso was able to net the game's only goal in the 56th minute when Lars Iver Strand took Hans Åge Yndestad's quick pass and shot past Lacey into the back of the net.
Should Lyn meet its financial requirements on Monday, Lacey and company will hit the road to take on Lillestrom next weekend.
Sandefjord 1 - 0 Start
The road woes continued on Sunday evening for Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson as Start fell to Sandefjord at Komplett.no Arena in Sandefjord.
Both Freeman and Goodson started in their usual spots on Start's back line and went the full 90 minutes for head coach Knut Torum.
Sandefjord reserve goalkeeper Matthew Allen watched this one from the bench.
Both clubs had their share of chances in the first half but were unable to break through until after halftime when Sandefjord notched the game's only goal in the 51st minute.
Martin Jensen's free kick from 25 meters out caught Kenneth Hoie flat-footed as the netminder was anticipating a header by a Sandefjord attacker only to see the ball sail over everyone's head and into the left corner of the net.
The loss drops Start down to 10th place in the Eliteserien standings with 34 points and all but eliminates them from gaining a spot in next year's Europa League.
Torum's squad hits the road again next weekend to take on newly-crowned league champions Rosenborg who are still undefeated on the season.
Brian Waltrip did not suit up for Molde who lost at 2-0 at home to Rosenborg.
Mikkel Diskerud is with the US Under-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and did not take part in Stabaek's 3-1 home win versus Stromsgodset.
Adin Brown watched Aalesund's 1-1 road draw with Viking from the bench.
Jay Needham was forced to watch Alta's 3-1 road loss to Bryne from the stands due to being suspended for last week's double-yellow card against Skeid.
Connor Tobin did not make it off the bench in Nybergsund's 3-3 draw at Mjondalen.