RECAP: SARPSBORG 2 - 2 HONEFOSS (3-5)
Colin Burns and Sarpsborg exited out of the Norwegian Cup in heartbreaking fashion succumbing to Kenneth Di Vita Jensen and Honefoss in penalty kicks on Wednesday evening at Sarpsborg Stadion.
Burns started in net for the 1. Division club for the third time this year and nearly helped Sarpsborg to an upset victory over their Eliteserien foes.
Di Vita Jensen was substituted on in the 13th minute of extra time when he took the place of Lennart Steffensen. Teammate and compatriot Steve Clark watched this one from the bench as the reserve goalkeeper.
The third round match-up started off with the visitors taking an early lead ten minutes in as Madiou Konate pressed deep into Sarpsborg territory before dishing off to Davy Claude Angan who was left all alone in front of Burns.
The striker formerly of now-defunct FC Lyn cooly stroked home the game's first goal.
Sarpsborg answered Angan's goal 18 minutes later when Berat Jusufi found Martin Wiig with a pass 16 meters out that Wiig fired into the back of the net.
An upset looked to be in the works 12 minutes after the halftime break when Sarpsborg took a deserved lead.
Seventeen year old Magnar Odegaard gathered in a deflected shot and sent a laser that Honefoss goalkeeper Thomas Solvoll had no prayer of stopping.
The hosts look to have taken firm control of the match following Odegaard's strike, but a late lapse in the defense allowed Honefoss to draw level two minutes into added time when Leo Olsen threaded a pass through to Konate who beat Burns much to the dismay of the Sarpsborg faithful.
Konate's goal gave Honefoss the momentum and the Eliteserien club nearly added a third in the extra 30 minutes only to see Burns turn away dangerous efforts in the 110th, 113th and 114th minutes sending the match to penalty kicks.
Already having one penalty kicks victory under their belt in Cup play this year, Honefoss confidently strode up to the spot each time and converted all five of their kicks.
The pressure of the moment may have gotten to the young Odegaard as Sarpsborg's young striker was the lone player to miss sending a shot right into the hands of Solvoll which proved to be the difference.
With the victory, Di Vita Jensen, Clark and company advance to the fourth round where they will face Odd Grenland on next Wednesday. Honefoss resume Eliteserien action on Sunday when they host Stromsgodset.
Burns and Sarpsborg get back to action in the 1. Division as well on Sunday when they travel to Nybergsund.