MATHEW WAGNER - Sunday, August 5, 2012
Steve Clark and Hønefoss took a point against the league leaders, while Chad Barrett made his Norwegian debut for Vålerenga.
Hønefoss BK 1 - 1 Strømsgodset IF
Steve Clark and Hønefoss gave up a late goal as they split the spoils with Strømsgodset.
Clark played the entire game in net, while forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen made the bench but did not step on the field.
In a game dominated by the league leaders, it was the home team that scored first.
In the eighth minute, Joachim Magnussen laid a pass to Riku Riski that only the striker could've gotten. The Icelander held off his defender and fired from the corner of the six-yard box, giving his team a shock lead.
After the goal, Hønefoss returned to its usual defensive strategy, hoping to catch Strømgodset on the counter. Strømgodset, wary of the threat, controlled most of the possession but didn't commit everyone forward for the rest of the first half.
Strømgodset pressed for the game-tying goal in the second half, and the team finally broke through in the 88th minute. Stefan Johansen dribbled through the heart of the defense before finding Øyvind Storflor behind the defense. Storflor chipped over a charging Clark and gave his team the point.
With the tie, Hønefoss dropped into fifth place with 28 points. The team returns to action Sunday against Lillestrøm.
FK Haugesund 4 - 2 Vålerenga
On-loan forward Chad Barrett made his Norwegian debut in Vålerenga's loss to Haugesund Friday night.
Barrett played an ineffective 56 minutes before he was substituted.
Haugesund outplayed Vålerenga for most of the first half, and the score line showed it. In the 21st minute, Alexander Søderlund held up the ball just outside the box before dropping the ball off to Amer Osmanagic. From 22 yards out, Osmanagic sent a low shot into the corner of the net.
It took Haugesund until the second half to double its lead. In the 50th minute, Nikola Djurdjic found Eric Mæland in transition. Mæland shot into the top of the net from 18 yards.
Vålerenga finally got back into the game, starting in the 58th minute, when Mohammed Fellah drilled a shot from 20 yards out and into the net. Fellah then set up the tying goal in the 72nd minute, sucking in the goalkeeper and a defender before passing to Martin Pusic for the wide-open goal.
The drama wasn't over, however. Haugesund came charging at the end, scoring two goals in the final three minutes.
In the 90th minute, Søderlund scored off a 30-yard free kick that went through the wall and into the right side of the net. Haugesund caught Vålerenga pushing forward in the 92nd minute, with Pontus Engblom finishing a two-on-one.
With the loss, Vålerenga falls into seventh place. The team returns to action Friday against Odd Grenland.
Bærum SK 2 - 4 Sarpsborg 08 FF
Bærum's struggles continued Sunday in its loss to Sarpsborg.
American defender Sebastian Troupe played 90 minutes at right back for Bærum.
Despite giving up the first goal in the 8th minute, Bærum held its own in the first half. In the 26 minute, Eirik Nervold equalized for Bærum, knocking in a clearance from goalkeeper Haraldur Björnsson.
Bærum took the lead in the 37th minute, when Andreas Aalbu converted an easy rebound.
That lead was short lived, as Tom Erik Breive put a 17-yard free kick around the wall and into the right corner of the net.
Bærum stayed in the game early in the second half, but two goals in nine minutes finished any hopes of gaining a point.
In the 69th minute, Martin Wiig dribbled through the defense and rolled a shot under the goalkeeper. Wiig put the game away in the 78th minute, when Wiig caught the Bærum defense asleep and converted a one-on-one against goalkeeper Magnus Hjulstad.
With the loss, Bærum still occupies last place in the Adeccoligaen. The team returns to action Sunday against Bodø/Glimt.
American winger Josh Gatt missed Molde's 2-1 over Sogndal as he continues to recover from his strained hamstring.
American defender duo Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein did not dress for Mjøndalen's 2-1 win over Ullensaker/Kisa.
American defender Sean Cunningham should earn the start for Stabæk in Monday's game against Brann Bergen. Stabæk sits 10 points behind the promotion playoff spot and 12 points from safety.