DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A pair of goals by Mikkel Diskerud weren't enough to guarantee the three points for Stabaek, however Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam were able to keep their grip on the Adeccoligaen first-place with an important home win over Hødd.
Tromsø IL 3 - 3 Stabaek IF
A pair of goals by Mikkel Diskerud nearly gave Stabaek the win over second-place Tromsø on Sunday, however a late collapse saw them forced to make the trip back home with only a single point earned.
Tromsø took the lead after just 11 minutes had passed as Tore Reginiussen stormed into the box to head in a long free kick by Thomas Drage, however Stabaek roared back over the next 20 minutes to take an imposing lead.
They pulled even in the 18th minute as a break saw several attackers storming forward in numbers towards the Tromsø goal. Palmi Rafn Pálmason was at the head of the attack and rolled slid a short pass to Diskerud, who slammed home from close range for 1-1.
Pálmason then put Stabaek in the lead three minutes later, picking up a stray shot that had luckily landed at his feet, and needing just one touch before burying his tight-angled shot.
The team needed another eight minutes to extend their lead, with Veigar Páll Gunnarsson chasing down a ball in the Tromsø half of the field. Just as the lone defender and keeper both committed to the Stabaek forward as he neared their penalty area, he dropped a short pass to Diskerud, who had no problems to put the ball away into the open net.
With the result seemingly in hand, Stabaek held the lead until Tromsø managed to pull one back seven minutes after the break, as Fredrik Björck headed in a fine corner delivery from Thomas Drage.
The hosts continued to push as the game neared its completion, and almost grabbed a shocking equalizer with 14 minutes left as Diskerud mistimed a tackle on Tom Høgli, conceding the late penalty.
Mostafa Abdellaoue stepped up to the spot and drilled his shot just to the left of center, however Jon Knudsen guessed right and blocked away the poor effort to maintain the lead.
Tromsø earned their point at the death, however, as a long ball from the left side by Yttergård Jenssen found its way to the far edge of the six-yard box, where Serigne Kara Mbodj made a headed pass towards the center of goal in perfect position for Abdellaoue to knock it over the line for the 95th-minute equalizer.
The result drops the team one point into sixth place. They will try to break their four-game streak without a win when they host Strømsgodset IF in midweek action on Wednesday.
Odd Grenland Skien 1 - 0 Molde FK
Josh Gatt was brought on as a halftime substitute for Molde on Sunday, as the team conceded the winning goal to Odd Grenland after 90-plus scoreless minutes to head home empty-handed.
Sean Cunningham was included on Molde's substitutes bench, but did not take the field during the game.
The opening half saw both teams pushing towards their opponent's goal in a fairly open game, albeit without any score to show for it.
Odd slowly gained more control headed into the half, and went into the break with all momentum on their side.
This continued through the beginning of the second, however as the game wore on, the game was marked by imprecision in passing and a slow dragging of the tempo.
Just as the game looked to be confirmed as a scoreless draw, an injury-time corner for Odd by Paul Addo was met in midair by the head of Frode Johnsen, who put away the dramatic last-second winner to secure the three points for the hosts.
The loss drops Molde barely behind Tromsø in race for the Tippeligaen's top spot as they trail only by goal differential. They will try to reclaim the league lead on Wednesday when they host seventh-place Valerenga IF.
Bodø/Glimt 1 - 0 Mjøndalen
Kyle Helton saw one half of action on Sunday, playing the first 45 minutes but being pulled at halftime in Mjøndalen's narrow loss on the road to Bodø/Glimt.
Mjøndalen defender Rhett Bernstein is recovering from knee surgery and did not suit up.
After a scoreless first half during which neither team could find its rhythm, Bodø grabbed the only goal of the game five minutes after the intermission.
Mounir Hamoud won the ball near midfield and took off upfield towards the Mjøndalen goal. Left with too much space to work, he hit a perfect pass into the danger area which Jim Johansen put away with a nifty back-heel flick for the winning goal.
Mjøndalen drops down to tenth place with the loss, and will next face seventh-place Bryne FK in weekend action.
Ham-Kam 2 - 1 IL Hødd
Jonathan Borrajo went the distance for Ham-Kam as they had few problems to rack up a seventh straight win against visiting IL Hødd on Sunday.
Ham-Kam needed just 11 minutes to spring ahead, after Edmir Asani stormed up the field before dropping the ball off to Tore Andreas Gundersen, who touched it back to his teammate on the edge of the six-yard box for a spectacular shot which flew just inside the far corner for 1-0.
They extended the lead to two goals just after the halftime break, with John Anders Rise slipping the ball to Niklas Tilley Solhaug in stride for a short shot which beat the wrong-footed Ørjan Nyland.
Hødd did reduce the lead to a single goal in the 65th minute when Michael Karlsen pounced on a poorly-cleared corner to beat Ivar Rønningen, however Ham-Kam held strong until the end, taking all three points for their seventh straight win.
Ham-Kam remain atop the Adeccoligaen standings with yet another three points in the bag. They will go for an incredible eighth straight on the bounce on Sunday on their visit to Kongsvinger IL.
Hønefoss BK 2 - 0 Alta IF
Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes in Hønefoss's goal on Sunday while forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen sat the bench for the hosts in their 2-0 shut-out win over visiting Alta IF.
Following a scoreless opening half, Hønefoss took the lead after 51 minutes as Joachim Magnussen set up Rune Bolseth for a 22-yard beauty for 1-0.
Alta were reduced to ten min on the field in the 64th minute when Aleksandar Vasilev was sent off for a second yellow card, and Hønefoss put the game on ice with ten minutes left in regulation.
Leo Olsen battled for the ball and hit a fine cross to the far post, where David Hanssen's volley was on-target for 2-0.
The three points brings Hønefoss up to third place in an incredibly packed standings, with their next test coming on Sunday afternoon at fifth-place Sandnes Ulf.
Joseph Bendik was be on Sogndal's bench on Sunday when they lost at home to Fredrikstad by a 1-0 score.
Colin Burns was backup keeper for Sandefjord on Sunday for their 2-1 loss on the road to Ranheim IL.