MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, April 23, 2012
Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss continued to enjoy life in the Tippeligaen, while Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabæk struggled against Sandnes Ulf.
Hønefoss BK 3 - 1 Aalesund FK
Hønefoss' unbeaten-streak to start the season stretched to five games after its win over Aalesund.
American Steve Clark started at goalkeeper, and striker Kenneth di Vita Jensen logged 29 minutes for Hønefoss. Di Vita Jensen recorded an assist and a yellow card.
Hønefoss opened the scoring in the sixth minute, when a clearance landed at Rune Bolseth's feet. Bolseth shot from 16 yards out through a player and curved it into the far post.
Aalesund answered only two minutes later, however. Jo Nymo Matland scored from 33 yards out on a free kick.
In the 50th minute, Hønefoss took advantage of a defensive mistake by Aalesund's Daniel Arnefjord, who passed the ball in front of his own net. Riku Riski picked the pass and scored.
Di Vita Jensen helped to put the game away in the 76th minute, assisting on Riski's second goal of the night. He passed a through ball to Riski, who converted the one-on-one against the goalkeeper.
The win catapults Hønefoss to fifthplace in the Tippeligaen.
Hønefoss return to action Saturday, when it faces second place Tromsø.
Sandnes Ulf 2 - 1 Stabæk IF
Stabæk's woes continued, losing to fellow bottom feeders Sandnes Ulf Sunday night.
Americans Ricardo Clark and Sean Cunningham played the full 90 minutes minutes for Stabæk at central midfield and central defender, respectively.
In the 50th minute, Steinthor Freyr Thorsteinsson gave the home team the lead, executing a give-and-go with Anel Raskaj in the box, before chipping over goalkeeper Jan Kjell Larsen from six yards out.
Sandnes Ulf doubled its lead in the 58th minute, when Aksel Berget Skjølsvik converted a penalty.
Stabæk made things interesting in the 65th minute, as Fredrik Brustad got behind the defense, received the long pass, fought off a defender and scored from seven yards out.
Although two red cards in the 84th and 85th minutes made it 10-on-10 soccer for the rest of the match, Stabæk was unable to force a tie. With the loss, Stabæk has only one point through five games and sits in last place.
Stabæk returns to action on Saturday against Odd Grenland.
Alta 3 - 3 Bærum SK
Bærum recorded a point after another entertaining tie at Alta.
American leftback Sebastian Troupe went the distance for Bærum, who was
promoted to the Adeccoligaen this season.
After Bærum goalkeeper Magnus Hjulstad fouled Magnus Nikolaisen in the box, Håvard Nome converted the penalty in the seventh minute. Bærum equalized less than five minutes later, when Rozhat Shaswari came from the left side of the box to put the ball into the far-right side of the net.
The tie was short-lived, as in the 19th minute Bærum defender Krister Aunan gifted the ball to Nikolaisen, who scored from 17 yards out.
Like in its first match, though, Bærum would not go away. Shaswari equalized for Bærum once again in the 62nd minute, and Andreas Aalbu got a rebound and scored in the 71st minute, to give Bærum the lead.
Once again, the lead was short-lived for Bærum, as Jesper Törnqvist scored off a free kick in the 77th minute.
Bærum returns to action Saturday against Ullensaker/Kisa.
American winger Josh Gatt will not be in the lineup for Molde on Monday because of a muscle injury.
American centerback Rhett Berstein and Kyle Helton played the full 90 minutes for Mjøndalen in its 5-0 thumping at the hands of Ullensaker/Kisa. Normally a defender, Helton played in central midfield and picked up a yellow card.