RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Stabaek returned to their winning ways with a victory over Kongsvinger while Steve Clark and Honefoss are still searching for their first Eliteserien points.
Stabaek 4 - 2 Kongsvinger
Mikkel Diskerud aided Stabaek with an assist as they defeated Konsvinger at Telenor Arena and earned their first win since the Eliteserien season opener.
It was a long ball to striker Kai Risholt six minutes into the game that initiated the Kongsvinger goal, putting them on the score board first.
Risholt, standing 30 yards out, headed the ball just inside the right corner of the 18 and to the feet of Adem Guven. With one touch Guven cut inside defender Bjarni Eiriksson and drilled a left footed, far-post goal past Noreweigan National Team keeper, Jon Knudson.
Four minutes later Stabaek responded with one for the highlight reel.
Diskerud played in Johan Andersson up the middle with a back heel flick from 20 yards. Coming off his line Thomas Myhre made the initial save but gave up the rebound to his defender whom, instead of clearing it out, mishit it directly to Andersson lying on the field in front of an empty net.
A half collapsed Andersson easily found the back of the net and tied up the game at a goal a piece.
It was Diskerud's assist to Daniel Nannskog's 62nd minute goal that allowed Stabaek to take their first lead of the game. Diskerud, chargin up the left side, one touched a ball from Andersson into Nannskog waiting on the six yard box who one timed it past a diving Myhre.
But the lead was short lived as Kongsvinger fought back with a goal by Olav Tuelo Johannesen, just five minutes later.
Two additional Stabaek goals in the 77th and 82nd minutes by Nannskog and Espen Hoff, respectively, sealed the much anticipated victory and three points for the home squad.
Diskerud started and was subbed out for Hoff in the 71st minute.
Stabaek now sits at eigth in the Eliteserien rankings and will host last placed Honefoss on Wednesday.
Honefoss 0 - 1 Viking
Honefoss, with American keeper Steve Clark, remain without any points in the Eliteserien after week six ended in a home loss to Viking FK.
With the assistance of veteran Erik Hagen, who has yet to play this season due to a hip injury, Clark and the rest of Honefoss' defense consistently held off the Viking attack for the first 45 minutes.
And while the offense, even with out injured Madiou Konate, created several scoring opportunites they, again, failed to finish.
The first near miss came in the 12th minute when an advancing Kamal Saaliti received a through ball on the right side, eight yards out. Saaliti beat Viking keeper Rune Jarstein with a perfect cross along the ground to Davy Angan, far post, who couldn't get a foot on it for the tap in.
Ten minutes later Angan made the identical run as an earlier Saaliti, beat a lone Viking defender, and miss hit a left footed shot two feet wide of the near post.
After a scoreless half, Viking struck first with a penalty kick. In the 47th minute Clark gave up a rebound and in a scramble to recover the ball, took down Vidar Nisja. The penalty, taken by Patrik Ingelsten, sailed over a diving Clark and marked the only goal of the game.
Viking stole both the lead and the momentum after Ingelsten's goal and controled the remainder of the game on both halves of the field.
Norwegian-American Kenneth Di Vita Jensen was subbed in during the 77th minute for Kjetil Byfuglien but was unable to produce for the offense who have scored a mere two goals in six games.
Honefoss heads to Telenor Arena Wednesday where Clark and Di Vita Jensen will face fellow American Mikkel Diskerud.
Stromsgodset 3 - 1 Start
Stromsgodset's young pups proved to be too much for Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson as Start suffered their first defeat of the season on Sunday evening at Marienlyst Stadion in Drammen.
Goodson started and went the distance at center back while Freeman also started and went the full 90 minutes at right back.
Freeman received a yellow card in the 27th minute for a tackle on Stromsgodset forward Jim Johansen.
It was the second match in a row that Knut Torum's squad only managed to score one goal, a considerable drop-off from the totals they had in their previous matches with their all-out attacking style.
The hosts sent a message early with a goal in the fifth minute as Glenn Brevil Andersen poked in Lars-Christopher Vilsvik's corner kick much to the dismay of Start goalkeeper Kenneth Hoie.
Andersen's goal would hold up the rest of the first half but ten minutes into the second half, Start would get the equalizer courtesy of wonderkid Christer Kleiven.
It all started in the back with Goodson playing a long ball forward to Christian Bolanos. The Costa Rican flicked it on to Kleiven who took care of the rest with a sizzling 25 meter shot that stung the left post and deflected into the net.
But Stromsgodset head coach Ronny Deila saw his squad answer seven minutes later with a brillian individual effort by Fredrik Lund Nordkvelle who weaved his way past four Start defender before depositing a shot past Hoie.
Just four minutes later in the 66th minute the home fans saw their team stretch the margin as Start was victim to another corner kick goal.
Jo Inge Berget's served a perfect ball into the area and Ola Williams Kamara was there to head it home and ensure the three points for Stromsgodset.
Start now sit in fifth position with 12 points in the Eliteserien standings and return to action next weekend when they host Steve Clark and winless Honefoss.
Goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey continues to recover from his knee injury and did not suit up in Lyn's 1-1 draw at Strommen.
Colin Burns watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper in Sarpsborg's impressive 1-2 away win at Sogndal.