DAVID SMITH - Monday, July 18, 2011
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek returned to winning ways with an impressive victory over reigning champions Rosenborg, while Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam extended their unbeaten streak in disappointing fashion.
Stabaek IF 2 - 1 Rosenborg Trondheim
Mikkel Diskerud played the full 90 minutes in Stabaek's central midfield on Sunday, helping the team hang on for an important victory over previously-surging Rosenborg BK.
The season was nearing a crisis point for Stabaek, as their five-game run without full points had seen them drop ever-closer to the division's relegation zone.
They demonstrated they had shaken off their earlier futility by leaping ahead already in the seventh minute. Veigar Páll Gunnarsson slipped the ball to Pontus Farnerud at a tight angle to the right of goal, and the Swedish international nailed his shot to put Stabaek ahead.
Both defenses held strong for more than an hour, until Rosenborg looked to have earned an equalizer with 17 minutes remaining as Trond Olsen got his head on a fine cross from Mikael Lustig to beat Stabaek keeper Jon Knudsen for 1-1 in the 73rd minute.
This scoreline would only hold true for another six minutes, as Stabaek earned their winner with 11 minutes on the clock, as Torstein Andersen Aase was sent clear into the left side of the area by Johan Andersson and slotted his shot past Rosenborg keeper Daniel Örlund for the victory.
With the win, Stabaek climb to seventh place, still amazingly only tree points out of European placement despite their previous five-game winless streak. They will next take the field on Sunday when they visit Aalesunds FK.
Ham-Kam 2 - 2 Sandnes Ulf
Jonathan Borrajo extended their lossless streak to nine games, but will nevertheless be disappointed that they were forced to a second straight draw as they squandered a second-half lead against visiting Sandnes Ulf.
Ham-Kam were first on the board, after Emil Dahle sent Niklas Tilley Solhaug free in on goal with only the keeper to beat for 1-0 in the 13th minute, however Ulf quickly equalized two minutes afterwards with Kamal Saaliti lobbing a high shot over veteran keeper Ivar Rønningen to bring the game level.
Ham-Kam striker Tore Andreas Gundersen put his team ahead one minute before the break as his solo effort from the edge of the penalty area beat Bo Andersen, and they looked headed for their eighth win in nine games until their hearts were broken by their visitors.
An 83rd-minute corner was cleared to the edge of the area, where Morten Eriksen nailed a fine cross for Andreas Westlye to head in to give each team one point on the afternoon.
The result drops Ham-Kam to third place in the Adeccoligaen standings, and they will face another tough test on Sunday when they host sixth-place FK Bodø/Glimt.
Hønefoss BK 2 - 1 Kongsvinger IL
Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes in the Hønefoss goal while Kenneth Di Vita Jensen saw the final 17 minutes of action on Sunday in an impressive come-from-behind win against visiting Kongsvinger IL.
Kongsvinger boldly took the lead in the tenth minute as Kim Holmen split the defense and aimed a lob over the defenseless Clark's head and into goal.
Hønefoss did well to hold their ground, and turned the game on its head in a five-minute space of time shortly past the halftime break.
An attack by the hosts left Kevin Larsen with room to run, before he beat Martin Linnes into the penalty area and dropped of a short pass to Alexander Hassum, who lost his marking defender with a quick move before smacking the ball in for the 52nd-minute equalizer.
They netted the winner five minutes later, as David Hanssen picked out Kevin Beugre as he streaked towards goal, with the Ivorian striker splitting the defense and placing his shot between the legs of Kim Deinoff for the final 2-1 winner.
Hønefoss remain fifth place with the result, and will next host eighth-place Sandefjord to kick off the second half of the season.
Joseph Bendik did not take the field on Sunday, sitting on the bench as the Sogndal backup keeper for their 1-0 home win over Sarpsborg 08 FF.
Josh Gatt was in uniform for Molde but did not make it off their bench while Sean Cunningham did not suit up in for their impressive 3-1 win over FK Haugesund.
Kyle Helton did not take part for Mjøndalen on Sunday in their 4-1 road loss to Alta IF.
Colin Burns watched from the bench as Sandefjord's backup keeper on Sunday for their 3-0 road win over Strømmen IF.