MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Steve Clark earned his third shutout of the season as Hønefoss recorded three points over Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabæk.
Stabæk 0 - 2 Hønefoss
In a matchup of possible relegation contenders, Hønefoss picked up a crucial win over cash-strapped Stabæk.
Steve Clark started and went the distance for Hønefoss, while Ricardo Clark and Sean Cunningham played the full 90 minutes for Stabæk.
Riku Riski gave Hønefoss the lead in the 47th minute, when he put away a penalty after he was fouled by Stabæk's Tor-Marius Gromstad in the box.
Riski added another goal for Hønefoss in the third minute of stoppage time as he and Heiner Mora led a two-on-one counter attack.
It turned out that one goal was enough, though, as Steve Clark recorded his third shutout in four games. Clark made crucial saves late in the first half, including a fingertip save in the 42nd minute from a 25-yard shot from Stian Sortevik.
The American goalkeeper also palmed away a shot in the 70th minute from 12 yards away, keeping his team's slim lead at that point.
With the win, Hønefoss jumps to seventh place in Tippeligaen, while Stabæk stays in last place.
Both teams return to action on Sunday- Hønefoss plays Aalesund at home, while Stabæk travels to Sandnes Ulf.
Josh Gatt did not suit up for Molde in its 1-0 loss against Viking Stavanger. He should return to the lineup next Monday when Molde play Lillestrøm.