DAVID SMITH - Monday, October 31, 2011
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen's hat-trick helped Hønefoss capture the Adeccoligaen title in the final game of the season while Josh Gatt watched from the stands as Molde clinched their first ever league title.
Sogndal IL 0 - 0 Stabaek IF
Mikkel Diskerud played the full 90 minutes in the center of midfield for Stabaek, as their poor run continued with a scoreless draw at Sogndal IL.
Sogndal backup keeper Joseph Bendik was in uniform but watched the entirety of the game from the bench.
The hosts were the dominant team throughout the contest and held the edge on possession and scoring chances, however failed the necessary precision in front of goal that was needed to take the victory.
The closest call from either team came in the 65th minute when 38 year-old former Chelsea and Rangers striker Tore André Flo hit the upright, however the clock ran out before either team could get their act together and create a winner.
With two games left in the season, Stabaek are in tenth place with 39 points, and will have a three-week break until they host FK Haugesund on November 20.
Løv-Ham 2 - 5 Hønefoss BK
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen had a career day for Hønefoss, netting a hat-trick in the game's first 50 minutes as their huge victory at last-place Løv-Ham allowed them to overtake Sandnes Ulf for the Adeccoligaen title.
Jensen left the game at the hour mark with his team four goals ahead, while Hønefoss keeper Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes in goal.
With promotion already wrapped up and knowing that a win combined with a loss or draw by erstwhile leaders Sandnes Ulf in their simultaneous game at Bodø/Glimt would give them the silverware, Hønefoss wasted no time in fulfilling their end of the bargain.
Jensen nabbed his first goal of the afternoon after just eight minutes when he was sent through on goal for an easy finish, then provided the means for the second moments later when he was brought down in the box for a penalty, with Rune Bolseth converting from the spot.
Løv-Ham pulled one back in the 21st minute when Matias Møvik slid the ball to Mats André Kaland for a clear shot past clark, but Hønefoss quickly canceled it out, six minutes later restoring the two-goal lead as Bolseth picked up a poor clearance and coolly finished for 3-1.
Two minutes past the break, Jensen scored his second of the game with a far-post shot that rolled in out of the keepers reach, then completed his hat-trick three minutes later when another poor clearance by the defense gave him a free shot from eight yards out which he put away for the insurmountable 5-1 advantage.
Jensen left the game at the hour mark to much applause from the contingent of traveling fans, and while Petter Martinsen did latch onto a fine through-ball from Mats André Kaland to cut the lead to three goals, it did nothing to alter the final outcome.
The victory coupled with a 3-1 loss by Sandnes Ulf in their final game sees Hønefoss take home the league title. They will have a five-month winter break before beginning next season in Norway's top flight.
IL Hødd 3 - 1 Ham-Kam
Jonathan Borrajo returned to Ham-Kam's lineup after an injury lay-off, but was unable to help the team prevent a season-closing 3-1 road loss at IL Hødd on Sunday.
Borrajo started in his usual right back position, and was substituted out of the game with the team trailing by a single goal in the 87th minute as they unsuccessfully pushed everything forward for an equalizer.
Poor playing conditions on Hødd's home field set up a sloppy first half as both teams tried to cope with a soaked turf. Shortly before the half, Ham-Kam was first to awaken, and were close on a pair of occasions, most dangerously in the 43rd minute when John Anders Rise rose high to head a cross from Borrajo that forced the keeper into a diving save.
Hødd were first on the board seven minutes into the second half when Vegard Heltne laid the ball off to Erik Sandal who struck a hard shot into the corner for 1-0.
Six minutes later, Ham-Kam did manage to scrape an equalizer, as Thomas Lehne Olsen headed on a pass from Borrajo to Emil Dahle, who was able to put away his subsequent tight-angled shot.
The game looked headed for a draw until Hødd erupted for a pair more goals in the final minutes.
With eight left on the clock, a free kick from Victor Grodås flew into the box and took a slight deflection off of the head of a Ham-Kam defender on its way in, then with two minutes left, Bendik Torset was played through on goal by Sandal on a late counter-attack, winning the one-on-one to bring the final score to 3-1.
With the loss, Ham-Kam finish the season in sixth-place on 51 points, well off the total which would have been needed for promotion.
Both injured Josh Gatt and fellow American Sean Cunningham watched from the stands as Molde drew even 2-2 at home against Strømsgodset IF on Sunday afternoon. A wild 6-3 by Brann over the lone remaining challengers Rosenborg in the evening Tippeligaen gave Molde an eight-point advantage with only two games left in the season, confirming their first-ever Norwegian top-flight title.
Colin Burns finally saw his first action of the year in the season's closing moments, coming on for injured Sandefjord keeper Iven Austbø on Sunday in the team's 5-1 home victory over Asker.
Kyle Helton was not in Mjøndalen's gameday roster on Sunday for their season-ending 2-1 loss at home to Ranheim IL.