MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, September 24, 2012
Steve Clark and Hønefoss waited too long to start a comeback on the road and couldn't stem their recent struggles with a loss at Vålerenga
American forward Chad Barrett made the bench but did not play for the home team in the winning effort.
The game started with a bit of controversy, as Vålerenga substituted out its goalkeeper, Lars Hirschfeld, for Gudmund Taksdal Kongshavn in the second minute. Although this might have boded horribly for the home team, the change did not stop Vålerenga from controlling the game.
Vålerenga struck first in the seventh minute, although it was Hønefoss' Leo Olsen who scored into his own net. Benjamin Dahl Hagen took a long throw that went over his initial mark, only to bounce off Olsen and past Clark.
Despite going down, Hønefoss didn't panic and tied up the game in the 14th minute. Joachim Magnussen passed from the left side of the field to Mats-André Kaland, who curled in a shot from 22 yards out.
Hønefoss was grateful to go into halftime tied, with Vålerenga charging to retake the lead, but Clark and Co. couldn't hold off in the second half. Mohammed Fellah's 20-yard strike in the 60th minute gave Vålerenga the lead once more.
Vålerenga thought it put the game away in the 82nd minute, when Morten Berre put Chuma Anene alone on net against Clark, but Kevin Larsen's goal in the 93rd minute made it interesting for the last three minutes of stoppage time.
Hønefoss couldn't find the game-tying goal, and the home team took the three points. Vålerenga now sits in eighth place with 34 points and returns to action Monday against Fredrikstad.
With the loss, Hønefoss sits in ninth place with 30 points. The team returns to action Sunday against Sogndal.