MEGHAN BRENNAN - Monday, October 25, 2010
Start and Clarence Goodson emerged victorious in their clash with Mikkel Diskerud's Stabaek while Kenneth Di Vita Jensen netted for Honefoss.
Start 3 - 2 Stabæk
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk fall to Start with fellow Americans Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman on Sunday at Sør Arena.
Diskerud started at right midfield for Jan Jonsson's squad while Knut Tørum lined up Clarence Goodson at center back.
Both Diskerud and Goodson played a full 90 mintues.
Start's usual right back, Freeman, did not play due to a knee injury he sustained a few weeks ago in training.
It wasFreeman's replacement, Avni Peppa, who stunned Stabæk keeper Jon Knudson in the 21st minute with a header off a corner for the first goal of the game.
Sixteen minutes later Stabæk responded with a goal of their own goal off a corner.
This time it was Johan Andersson who secured the goal with a bicycle kick from the six yard box.
Just before the half time whistle, Stabæk put it one more for the lead.
Striker Marius Helle bent a beauty of a shot just inside the far post from just outside the corner of the 18.
In the 77th minute, Start tied it up with another corner to header goal thanks to the efforts of Petter Bruer Hanssen and Espen Knudsen.
The game winner came with just seven minutes left of play.
A free kick by Jesper Mathisen from the dead center, 20 yard out spot, snuck past the five man wall and bounced off the right post before going in.
With two games remaining in the 2010 season Start will travel to ODD Grenland next weekend while Stabæk stays home to host Sandfjord.
Strømsgodset 4 - 1 Hønefoss
Norwegian-American Kenneth Di Vita Jensen came off the bench and secured the lone goal for Hønefoss in their loss to Strømsgodset Sunday at Marienlyst Stadion.
When Di Vita Jensen entered the game the hosts were up by three as they scored in the 26th, 49th and 52nd minutes.
Compatriot Steve Clark watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper.
The onslaught of goals began when with a cross from 20 yards wide that Hønefoss keeper Thomas Solvoll tipped far post.
Solvoll's tip wasn't wide enough as Ola Williams Kamara found the rebound but whiffed his shot. It was Gardar Jóhannsson who dribbled the ball into the net among the chaos.
Jim Jonhansen was responsible for goals number two and three. His first, in the 49th minute, was a beauty of a shot from 12 yards wide that snuck in under the cross bar, far post and left Solvoll stunned in his tracks.
Three minutes later Williams dished to Jonhansen atop the 18 where he fired one near post for goal number three.
Di Vita Jensen entered the game in the 57th minute and scored in the 61st.
Umaru Bangura found Di Vita Jensen attacking in the box with a long pass. With a few touches Di Vita Jensen fired a low ball far post for the goal from 10 yards out.
But Di Vita Jensen's lone goal was no match for a lackluster defensive and goalkeeping effort by Hønefoss.
A Williams one-on-one goal resulted in the fourth and final Strømsgodset goal in the 81st minute.
With two games remaining Hønefoss occupies the Eliteserien relegation playoff spot. Next weekend they face league powerhouse Vålerenga at home.
Sogndal 0-1 Sandnes Ulf
Joe Bendik made his third regular season start Sunday in Sogndal's defeat to Sandnes Ulf.
With promotion secured as of Wednesday, Bendik was granted another opportunity to start for the 1. Division leaders.
It was an exchange of corner kicks in the first half which allowed Sogndal scoring opportunities in the sixth and eighth minutes while Sandnes Ulf had their chances in the 29th and 45th.
The game remained scoreless through regulation as neither team could find a goal.
It wasn't until a 94th minute penalty called against Bendik for a run-in with Sandnes Ulf Tom Erik Maldal that a provided a penalty kick opportunity for the guest.
Maldal secured the goal in the 95th minute for the win.
Bendik is expected to start for the last regular season game on November 7th versus Ranheim.
1. Division keeper Colin Burns watched from the bench as Sarpsborg overcame NIL-Trysil 1-0 and moved up to second in the rankings. Should they remain there through the rest of the 2010 season they will be automatically promoted to the Eliteserien.
Mjondalen defender Graham Dugoni did not dress for the disappointing 1-1 tie with a last placed Moss due to a knee injury.