RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Kenneth Di Vita Jenses aided Honefoss in their home victory over ODD while Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek would rather forget what happened in Tromso on Sunday.
Hønefoss 2 - 1 ODD Grenland
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen made his third consecutive start for Hønefoss in their victory over ODD Grenland Sunday at AKA Arena.
Di Vita Jensen started at right midfield and played almost the entire match until being subbed out for Leo Olsen in the 84th minute.
Eleven minutes into the game ODD Grenland striker Hårvard Storbæk ripped a near post shot, just wide but close enough to make Hønefoss uncomfortable and get keeper Thomas Solvoll fired up at his defense.
It wasn't until the 20th minute that the home team lit up the scoreboard first with a goal by Umar Bangura.
Bagura's second goal this season was a bending rifle from 20 yards out that dipped under the far post and into the upper 90.
Each team would only produce one more unsuccessful chance to complete a quiet first half.
Following the half time whistle, ODD Grenland dominated possesion and pressured Hønefoss' defense with a series of five unanswered shots.
In the 80th minute ODD Grenland would see their efforts come to fruition with a game-tying goal by Peter Kovacs who volleyed a perfect Torgeir Børven cross, near-post past a diving Sollvol.
With under ten minutes to go, Hønefoss strikers Kamal Saaliti, Madiou Konate and Davy Angan missed easy scoring opportunities that left head coach Reidar Vågnes enraged and the crowd stunned.
But in the last minute of regulation Konate, with the help of ODD Grenland's defense, came through. An easy touch by Angan to Konate standing 12 yards out was one-timed and deflected in off Torjus Hansen for the game-winning goal.
Hønefoss is slowly and steadily climbing their way out of the relegation zone and currently sit in 14th with 19 points.
Next weekend they face Kongsvinger at Gjemselund Stadion.
Tromso 3 - 0 Stabaek
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek were sent home licking their wounds after getting flattened by Tromso way up north at Alfheim Stadion in Tromso on Sunday.
Diskerud started at right midfielder and went the full 90 minutes in the defeat.
The lackluster loss dropped Stabaek down to the precarious position of 11th in the Eliteserien standings and just five points above the relegation playoff spot.
Ironically, Stabaek were overall the better looking team in the first half but it was Tromso who got on the scoreboard first with a fifth minute goal.
The visitors failed to clear a ball in their own area and Tromso's George Mourad was there to take advantage and poke home a shot from just beside the penalty spot.
Diskerud almost helped Stabaek earn an equalizer but Henning Hauger was not able to score off a ball played to him by the former US Under-20 star. Hauger's effort was saved by Tromso goalkeeper Marcus Sahlman who had to fully stretch to stop the shot.
The second half saw the northerners take control with Remi Johansen doubling the margin in the 65th minute.
Hans Åge Yndestad played in a cross to Johansen who had been left unmarked at the six yard line and had an easy header for a goal.
Mourad capped off the decisive victory in the 90th minute when he snuck in a penalty shot to the left of Stabaek goalkeeper Jon Knudsen.
Stabaek defender Jon Inge Hoiland had brought down Tromso's Yttergård Jenssen in the penalty area leaving the referee no other decision but to blow his whitsle and point to the spot.
Stabaek will hope to regroup on Sunday when they host Stromsgodset.
Both of Start's American defesenmen, Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson were suspended for Monday's 1-8 loss to Vålerenga, due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
Neither 1. Division American keeper's saw action as Colin Burns and Sarpsborg lost 0-4 to Bodø/Glimt and Joe Bednik and Sogndal won 5-0 over Strømmen on Saturday.