RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek could not take down undefeated and league leading Rosenborg at home while Kenneth Di Vita Jenson got his second start in Honefoss' home win over Lillestrom.
Stabæk 1 – 2 Rosenborg
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk fell victim to league leaders Rosenborg with a last minute game winning goal at Telenor Arena on Sunday.
Diskerud started at left midfield and was subbed out during the 39th minute for the young Jørgen Skjelvik.
It was a quiet first half with only three shots on net. In the 23rd minute Espen Hoff dished the ball to striker Jan Tømmernes on the 12 yard line whose shot was stopped when Rosenborg keeper Daniel Orlund came off his line for the challenge and won.
With the exception of a 42nd minute Rosenborg shot by Mikael Lustig from the ten yard line that missed just high of the cross bar, the first half remained uneventful.
It wasn't until twenty minutes into the second half that the scoreboard lit up.
In the 65th minute Rosenborg striker Steffen Iversen ripped a low shot far post from 20 yards out. Keeper Jon Knudson came up with the initial diving save but gave up the rebound to Trond Olsen who was left with an open net volley.
Between the 70th and 75th minutes, Stabæk missed a series of three chances, but finally prevailed with a game-tying goal ten minutes later.
Veigar Pall Gunnarsson was responsible for the 85th minute goal with a shot from atop the 18 yard box that deflected off the far post and past a diving Orlund.
But the tie would remain short lived as Rosenborg's Morten Moldskred stole the ball from Jon Inge Høiland, carried it up the field and scored the game winner with a mere 34 seconds left on the clock.
Next Sunday Stabæk head north to the land of the midnight sun to face a third placed Tromø.
Molde 1 – 2 Start
Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman help Start secure their third win in a row with a road victory over Molde Sunday at Aker Stadion.
Goodson and Freeman started at center and right back respectively and played a full 90 minutes. They both received first half yellow cards.
Start lit up the scoreboard first with a goal in the 15th minute by Mads Stokkelien off a Freeman throw in. The giant throw landed inside the six, took an awkward bounce and allowed Stokkelien to redirect it with his head for the far post goal.
But Molde responded just five minutes later when they capitalized on a penalty kick caused by Goodson's take down of Baye Djibi Fall just inside the box.
Although Goodson vehemently protested the call, the end result was an easy goal by Magne Hoset.
The game would remained tied until the second half thanks to Start keeper Kenneth Høie who came up with a huge, single hand reaction save of a point blank header by Fall in the 29th minute.
Molde came out on fire at the start of the second half with four shots in ten minutes. Again, fantastic goalkeeping by Høie kept Start alive.
Despite their efforts, Molde would fall short when Espen Børufsen secured the game winning, 83rd minute goal when he chipped the ball inside far post.
Start plays the Eliteserien's second placed team, Vålerenga, on Monday at Ullevaal Stadion. They currently sit in sixth.
Hønefoss 3 -2 Lillestrom
Norwegian-American Kenneth DiVita Jensen made his second start in as many games on Monday as Hønefoss secured a win over Lillestrom at AKA Arena.
Di Vita Jensen started at right midfield and played a full 90 minutes.
It was a dramatic showdown to say the least as it opened with Hønefoss keeper Thomas Solvoll's head colliding with Lillestrom striker Anthony Ujah's knee. The result was on field stitches and bandaging for Solvoll who played the entire game.
Just minutes later, Lillestrom defender Lars-Kristian Eriksen saw his first and then second yellow cards in the tenth and 31st minutes.
The second yellow was a result of a handball in the six yard box that stopped Lennart Steffensen's spot-on shot and potential Hønefoss goal.
Eriksen saw red and watched Paul Obiefule secure a penalty kick goal as he easily beat Lillestrom keeper Stefan Magnusson.
Up one goal, Di Vita Jensen charged the net and rifled a shot from a Steffensen cross, just high of the cross bar.
As if that wasn't enough action for one half, Davy Angan secured the Hønefoss lead with a six yard goal that deflected off the far post and in.
Moments later, Lillestrom would respond with their first goal, a Frode Kippe header during injury time.
After the half time whistle, Lillestrom tied it up with a goal in the 53rd minute. Solvoll gave up a rebound off a Nosa Emanuel Igiebor shot to Ujah who forced the ball in with a slide.
But it was Steffensen who would secure the game winning goal when he charged the box in the 62nd minute and sent an incredible diving header off an Angan cross for the far post goal.
Next weekend Hønefoss faces ODD Grenland at home.
Colin Burns watched Sarpsborg's 4-1 win over Moss from the bench as the reserve goalkeeper while backup netminder Joseph Bendik did not play in Sogndal's 0-1 win over Mjondalen.