MEGHAN BRENNAN - Monday, October 11, 2010
Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen were unable to continue their winning streak as they fell to 1. Division hosts Sarpsborg Sunday.
Dugoni made another start at center back and played a full 90 minutes against third ranked Sarpsborg.
Sarpsborg's American reserve-keeper Colin Burns watched this one from the bench.
Mjøndalen was first to fire on net when Daniel Reinoso ripped a side volley, in the second minute of play, from eight yards out into the chest of Sarpsborg keeper Magnus Hjulstad.
In the 30th minute a goal by Mjøndalen striker Abdurahim Laajaab was disallowed on an offside call.
The goal was initiated by a long Mjøndalen throw in that was headed out of the box and then fired back on net by Abdou Darboe from atop the 18.
A redirection from Laajaab atop the six sent the ball under Hjulstad before the linesmen called him offside.
The hosts responded with an almost goal by midfielder Michael Røn when he sent a beautiful 18 yard shot just wide of the near post in the 34th minute.
Sarpsborg continued the offensive pressure through the end of the first half with additional chances in the 38th and 45th minutes by Røn and striker Martin Wiig.
Following the half-time whistle, the lone goal of the game was secured in the 56th minute by Morten Giæver.
Wiig sent a clean pass along the 18 to Giæver who took two touches into the box and ripped the shot over Mjøndalen keeper, Anders Rotevatn.
With four games remaining Mjøndalen occupies the 12th spot in the league. They face 11th placed Tromsdalen next weekend at home.