MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, May 25, 2012
Josh Gatt and Molde used a strong second half performance to record the win, and Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen and Hønefoss stole a point on the road.
Molde FK 3 - 2 Tromsø IL
Molde used three goals in the second half to earn another three points in title defense Thursday against Tromsø.
American winger Josh Gatt started and played 77 minutes on the right wing for Molde.
Tromsø found the back of the net first in the 35th minute. Saliou Ciss centered to Zdenek Ondrasek, who took a touch with his left foot before shooting from a tough angle six yards out from the net.
Molde turned it around early in the second half, though, scoring two goals in six minutes.
The first goal came in the 51st minute, when a cross somehow went through two defenders, Tromsø's goalkeeper and Davy Claude Angan before Jo Inge Berget only had to tap it in front of the net.
The second goal came in the 57th minute. Angan received a pass from Berget and got by two defenders before rearing back and letting loose from nine yards that beat Benny Lekström to the near post.
After allowing two goals in quick succession, things continued to get worse for Tromsø, when Serigne Kara Mbodj picked up two yellow cards in six minutes to get sent off.
Molde added a third goal in the 69th minute off a corner. Even Hovland headed home from the edge of the goal area after beating his man to the ball.
Remi Johansen gave Tromsø another goal in the third minute of stoppage off a 22-yard free kick, but Molde has able to hold on for the win.
Molde still occupies second place in the Tippeligaen, one point back from leaders Strømsgodset. Molde returns to action Monday against Hønefoss.
FK Haugesund 1 - 1 Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss stole a point at the end of the game to continue its dream run in the Tippeligaen.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes for Hønefoss, while forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen played 62 minutes before being substituted.
After a scoreless first half, Haugesund opened the scoring in the 51st minute on a Clark mistake. Haugesund's Maic Sema took a shot from 25 yards out that glided barely over the ground. The ball bounced off Clark, skipped underneath him and into the net.
Hønefoss' chances to get back into the game took a turn for the worse in the 69th minute, when Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson picked up his second yellow in the game and was sent off.
Despite this setback, Riku Riski saved the point in the 90th minute on Hønefoss first chance in the game. He beat goalkeeper Per Morten Kristiansen to a through ball, took a touch around him and put the ball into the back of the net.
With the tie, Hønefoss sits in sixth place. The team returns to action Monday against Molde.
Viking Stavanger - Stabæk IF
Stabæk gave up a late goal to extend its losing streak to nine games Wednesday evening.
Americans Sean Cunningham and Ricardo Clark started in central defense and central midfield for Stabæk. Cunningham recorded a yellow card in the third minute of stoppage time.
Although the game started with limited opportunities for both sides, Viking's offense picked it up toward the end. This included a Vidar Nisja shot from 19 yards in the 44th minute that went off the crossbar.
The second half saw Viking pick up right where it left off in the first half, but a combination of a stout Stabæk defense and wasted opportunities in front of the net left Viking without a goal for much of the half.
Viking earned the three points in the 87th minute, when a cross from André Danielsen went toward Nisja. The Norwegian midfielder jumped up, kicked the ball from his side and scored from 10 yards out to erase any hope Stabæk had of recording its second point of the season.
Stabæk returns to action Monday against Lillestrøm.
Mjøndalen IF 2 - 1 Bærum SK
Americans Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton started and went the distance on the right side of the defense for Mjøndalen. Sebastian Troupe did not play.
Bernstein recorded a yellow card in the 16th minute, in his first game back from seeing double yellow a week ago. He came in late on a tackle against Bærum's Lars R. Sandbu to earn the card.
Two minutes later, Mjøndalen got the first goal. Bjarne Kortgaard Ingebretsen rose up the highest on a corner from Joachim O. Solberg and put the ball in the back of the net.
In the 35th minute, Bærum's Rozhat Shaswari evened the game. Lars R. Sandbu sent a cross into Shaswari, who headed home for the goal.
Mjøndalen's game-winning goal came in the 61st minute, once again off a header. Solberg sent in a free kick that met Knut Rønningene's head before going into the net.
Both teams return to action Monday- Bærum at Sarpsborg 08 and Mjøndalen at HamKam.