MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, May 17, 2012
Almost every American playing in Norway picked up at least a yellow card, as Josh Gatt and Molde and Steve Clark and Hønefoss recorded wins.
Molde FK 2 - 0 Fredrikstad FK
Molde extended its winning streak to three games with its win over Fredrikstad.
American winger Joshua Gatt started on the right side for Molde and played 86 minutes.
Davy Claude Angan gave Molde the lead in 30th minute, when Mattias Moström found him open in the middle of the middle of the box. Angan controlled the pass, turned around and fired into the back of the net from 10 yards out.
Angan scored his second goal of the match in the 52nd minute, when Jo Inge Berget got behind the defense on the right side of the box and centered to Angan. The Ivorian forward stretched out his left leg and scored from right in front of the net.
In the 78th minute, Gatt got into a shoving match with Fredrikstad's Jørgen Horn, leading to both receiving yellow cards. That marked the second time in three games that Gatt has received a yellow card for getting pushy with an opponent.
With the win, Molde lies in second place in the Tippeligaen, one point back from leaders Strømsgodset. Molde returns to action Sunday against Sandnes Ulf.
Rosenborg Trondheim 0 - 1 Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss ended its losing slide and shocked Rosenborg on the road.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark started in the net for Hønefoss and received a yellow card in the 68th minute for time wasting. Forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen made the bench but did not play.
Clark was not really troubled much in the first half, with his defense snuffing out most signs of danger from Rosenborg.
Hønefoss' best chance came in the 25th minute. Riku Riski almost put the visiting team ahead, taking a shot from 22 yards out. It tailed toward the end and barely sailed wide.
Meanwhile, Rosenborg shouted for a penalty in the first minute of first half stoppage time, when Fredheim Holm tumbled to the ground in the box. The referee judged it to be a clean tackle, however.
The second half wasn't a cakewalk for Clark, though, with the home team pressing for the three points.
Clark made a save from point blank range in the 52nd minute, in order to preserve the tie. Jonas Svensson got behind the Hønefoss defense and let one rip, only for Clark to stretch out and make the stop.
Clark blocked another Rosenborg chance in the 62nd minute. Fredrik Midtsjø, who had entered the match two minutes earlier, hit a volley from seven yards out toward the near side post, only strike Clark's legs. Clark held onto the ball and once again frustrated the home side.
In the 87th minute, the visitors scored against the run of play. Christoffer Dahl juked a couple of defenders outside the box in order to create some room for a shot. He then reared back from 21 yards out, and his shot curled into the upper left corner of the net.
It turned out to be enough, as Clark recorded his fifth shutout of the season.
Hønefoss jumped to sixth place following the win. The team returns to action Saturday when it takes on Vålerenga.
Bryne FK 3 - 1 Bærum SK
Bærum's woes in the Adeccoligaen continued with its third straight loss Wednesday night.
American defender Sebastian Troupe started at left back for Bærum and also received a yellow card in the 93rd minute.
Bryne needed less than two minutes to score. Geir André Herrem picked up a rebound off an Aleksander Midtsian shot and put it into the back of the net.
Bærum managed to even the game in the 10th minute, as Rozhat Shaswari sneaked a shot past Bryne goalkeeper Anders Kristiansen.
After going into halftime tied, Bryne took back the lead in the 49th minute. Bærum struggled to clear a corner. With the ball landing at Diogo Fernandes' feet, he fired away from 15 yards out and into the net.
Kris Bright put the game away in the first minute of stoppage time on a 20-yard free kick.
With the loss, Bærum did not improve on its last place position. The team returns to action Sunday against Hamarkameratene.
American duo Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein started on the right side of the defense for Mjøndalen in its 3-1 loss to Sarpsborg 08. Bernstein was sent off in the 91st minute for receiving his second yellow card, while Helton played only the first half and added a yellow card of his own.
Americans Sean Cunningham and Ricardo Clark were not in action because Stabæk's game against Vålerenga was postponed.