DAVID SMITH - Thursday, May 12, 2011
Steve Clark and Hønefoss pitched a shut-out to reach the third round of the Norwegian Cup, while Josh Gatt made positive strides as Molde also pushed through to the next round.
Hasle-Løren IL 1 - 2 Stabæk IF
Mikkel Diskerud played the full 90 minutes in Stabek's midfield on Wednesday night, as the team had a tougher time than expected to overcome Hasle-Løren IL on their way to the Norwegian Cup third round.
Stabaek were predictably the first team on the scoreboard, after Ollé Ollé stormed up the left side from the backfield, split the defenders and forced the Hasle-Løren keeper to come off his line, before sliding a pass over to Pálmi Rafn Pálmason to put away for the 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
The hosts made a game of it, pulling even five minutes into the second half, after a corner in their attacking end was cleared out of Stabaek's area by a crowd of defenders, only to fall at the feet of Nikola Gresko who put it away for the equalizer.
Stabaek would avoid an upset, however, nabbing the winning goal in the 67th minute, after Torstein Andersen Aase tried a cheeky lob from the edge of the 18-yard box towards goal, and beat the Hasle-Løren keeper, who had come off his line.
Diskerud and his teammates will find out their opponent for the third round on with Friday afternoon's draw, however in the meantime will hope to climb to the top of the league after their next game on Monday evening against Sogndal.
SK Træff 0 - 2 Molde FK
Sean Cunningham and Josh Gatt both went the distance for Molde on Wednesday night as the team rode a pair of goals on their way to the next round of the Norwegian Cup.
Gatt got the start on the right side of a three-man front line, while Cunningham held down the team's left side of defense and picked up a yellow card just past the hour mark.
Molde took the lead three minutes before the half-hour, as Daniel Chukwu Chim squirmed through the defense and picked up a pass from teammate José Mota, which he flicked past the Træff keeper for 1-0.
Gatt was a continual factor in Molde's attack, getting a number of good chances on goal, with a pair of close calls just inside the second half, first when he had a shot cleared off the line by a Træff defender in the 47th minute, then two minutes later as he came out on the losing end of a one-on-one with Træff keeper Andreas Beinset.
While the overpowered hosts kept the game close, Molde finally put the result out of question, after Chukwu Chim netted his second of the evening, heading in a fine cross from Magne Simonsen for 2-0.
With their passage to the next round sewn up, Cunningham and Gatt will both depart for the US U-20 camp in France and will miss the team's next two games, beginning with a visit to seventh-place Lillestrøm on Monday.
KFUM Oslo 0 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes in goal for Hønefoss on Wednesday, picking up a yellow card and helping the team to a shut-out win over KFUM Oslo to advance to the final 32 teams of the Cup.
Hønefoss got onto the scoreboard in the 35th minute, as a shot from Kevin Larsen was cleared out of the KFUM penalty area, but right to the feet of David Hansen whose shot from the edge of the 18-yard box flew in for the lead.
Clark picked up a yellow for time wasting in the 57th minute, however it was of no consequence as the team made it a two-goal lead four minutes later as Larsen rocketed a cannon of a free kick which beat KFUM keeper Stian De Wahl.
Clark will be back in goal for his team on Sunday afternoon when they return to Superettan action with a game at home against sixth-place Asker Fotball.
Jonathan Borrajo did not take part as Ham-Kam saw their hopes for a Cup run end in humiliating fashion, falling by a 3-1 score in front of the home crowd to lower-league Byåsen IL on Thursday.
Colin Burns was not included on Sandefjord's bench on Wednesday as the team came out 2-1 winners on the road over Kvik Halden FK in Cup action.
Both Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton are injured, and missed Mjøndalen's 2-0 road victory over FK Tøsnberg on Wednesday which took them to the third round.
Joe Bendik watched from the bench as backup keeper as Sogndal moved into the third round of the Cup with a 2-0 win on the road over Fyllingen IL.