RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen scored his first goal for Honefoss who upset ┼alesund while Mikkel Diskerud also found the back of the net in Stabaek's win over Lillestrom.
┼alesund 1 - 3 H°nefoss
Norwegian-American Kenneth Di Vita Jensen secured H°nefoss' first goal and also an assist in the win over Eliteserien powerhouse ┼alesund Sunday.
Di Vita Jensen started at right midfield and played 79 minutes until he was subbed out for Leo Olsen. American goalkeeper Steve Clark watched from the bench as the backup.
During those 79 minutes, the young midfielder, who has now started six consecutive matches for H°nefoss, put the visitors on the board first with a goal in the 16th minute.
Midfielder Kjetil Byfuglien skipped a low ball across the top of the 18 yard box to Aleksander Dmitrijev who re-directed it to Di Vita Jensen. Di Vita Jensen sent a far post, low shot under a diving Anders Lindegaard for his first goal in the Eliteserien.
In the 30th minute, Byfuglien and Di Vita Jensen swapped places as the Norwegian-American sent an identical ball from the right field to Byfuglien who one timed it from 12 yards out and sent in goal number two just under the cross bar.
┼alesund did little to respond in the first half with the exception of an almost-goal off a Ville Jalasto set piece in the 28th minute.
The second 45 began with a red card on ┼alesund defender Daniel Arnefjord following his take down of Madiou Konate on a break away.
A handful of chances were traded back and forth by both teams following Arnefjord's ejection but it wasn't until the 81st minute that H°nefoss striker Lars Lafton widened the gap to 3-0.
A long ball sent up the left field landed at the feet of Kamal Saaliti who crossed a low ball to Lafton for a point blank shot from the six yard box.
Just two minutes later the home squad finally chalked up a goal when Magnus Sylling Olsen one timed a ┼alesund corner for a manificient upper 90 goal.
Although ┼alesund followed up their lone goal with two additional chances in the fleeting moments of the game, it was too late as they were unable to score again before the final whistle blew.
H°nefoss has now moved out of the relegation playoff spot and is sitting safely at 13th in the Eliteserien. Next weekend they host Haugsund at AKA Arena.
Stabaek 2 - 1 Lillestrom
Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud scored his fourth goal of the season in StabŠk's victory over Lillestrom Sunday at Telenor Arena.
Diskerud started at left midfield and played a full 90 minutes in his team's second consecutive win. Fellow dual citizen Erik Benjaminsen did not see any action for the hosts.
The hosts wasted no time securing the lead with a goal by Pontus Farnerud in the 12th minute.
Veigar Pall Gunnarsson carried the ball up the midfield, picking off Lillestrom players in his path and set up Farnerud with a quick back pass, 25 yards out.
Farenrud ripped a shot just inside the right post and out of the reach of a diving Stefan Magnusson.
Diskerud followed up StabŠk's first goal with a chance and goal of his own in the 32nd and 44th minutes respectively.
A chip from Farnerud landed inside the 18 where Diskerud got a foot on the bouncing ball and lobbed it over Magnusson, who came out for the challenge, and dropped it just inside the far post upper 90 for the 2-0 lead.
The second half opened with a Lillestrom goal by striker Anthony Ujah in the 56th minute. Edwin Eziyodawe carried the ball into the 18 beating right back Vedar Hedenstad and sent a cross to Ujah who headed it in far post.
Lillestrom continued the offensive pressure with four separate scoring opportunities through the remainder of the game. But their efforts were to no avail as their shots sailed just wide or high of the target.
StabŠk now sits at ninth in the rankings while Lillestrom is in 11th.
Next weekend StabŠk will visit the league's second placed team, Vňlerenga at Ulleval Stadion.
Start 2 - 3 Rosenborg
Rosenborg exacted a bit of revenge on Hunter Freeman and Clay Goodson's Start by using a second half comeback to continue their undefeated season on Sunday evening at Sor Arena in Kristiansand.
Both Freeman and Goodson started and went the distance in the disappointing loss for the hosts. Freeman played at his usual right back position while Goodson once again anchored the back line from the center back spot.
The victory for Rosenborg was payback for the loss they suffered to Start at the end of last season that had spoiled their then-undefeated season.
The visitors from Trondheim have once again yet to experience defeat this season but that looked to be in doubt in large portions of Sunday's contest and it started with the native Texan injecting some offense for the hosts.
In the 20th minute Freeman delivered a precise cross into the area that Costa Rican Cristian Bolanos flicked on towards the far post for the goal.
Undeterred, the 2009 Eliteserien champions showed their quality 12 minutes later when Rade Prica collected a ball on the right side and fired towards goal. The shot beat Start goalkeeper Kenenth Hoie but Goodson was able to miraculously head the ball off the line.
Unfortunately for the US international, it fell right back to Prica who headed it back towards goal and Goodson was unable to replicate his initial feat.
Six minutes after the halftime break, Start took back the lead when an Espen B°rufsen cross from the left side found an unmarked Espen Hoff who did not miss from close range.
However it was after Hoff's blast that Rosenborg was then able to grab control of the match.
In the 64th minute a Markus Henriksen looping cross from the left side found an on-rushing Trond Olsen who did well to send a thumping volley past Hoie.
The game-winner came 15 minutes from time and it was Prica who literally rose to the occasion to secure the three points for the visitors.
Mikael Dorsin's long cross into the area barely flew over the top of Goodson's head and right to Prica who struck a perfect header to the far post past the outstretched arms of Hoie.
The defeat keeps Start in seventh place with 32 points as Freeman and Goodson do not return to action until September 12th when they visit Lillestrom.
Joseph Bendik watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper for Sogndal who topped Moss 2-0.
Sarpsborg's Colin Burns had the weekend off due to the fact that they were originally scheduled to play now-defunct FC Lyn.