RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen started for Honefoss who upset Valerenga while Graham Dugoni and Mjondalen were yanked back into the 1. Division relegation race with a loss at Follo.
Hønefoss 3 - 1 Vålerenga
Norwegian American Kenneth Di Vita Jensen got the start in the surprise win over the Eliteserien's second ranked Vålerenga Sunday at AKA Arena.
Di Vita Jensen started at right midfield and played 83 minutes before being subbed out of Leo Olsen. Fellow American Steve Clark watched from the bench as the reserve keeper.
Right out of the gate, Vålerenga took offensive control when Harmeet Singh beat Di Vita Jensen in the corner and crossed one in from just outside the 18. Midfielder Mostafa Abdellaoue got his head on it for the goal.
A few minutes later Hønefoss got lucky when Stefan Strandberg, attempting to clear a Di Vita Jensen header out of the box, flicked the ball over keeper Lars Hirschfeld's head and into his own goal.
It wasn't until late in the second half that the home team secured the win with an 85th and 90th minute goals by striker Davy Angan.
Aleksander Dmitrijev assisted the go ahead goal with a dish to Angan atop the 18 who ripped a far post shot past a diving Hirschfeld.
Thanks to a penalty drawn by fellow striker Kamal Saaliti, Angan secured his second goal of the game with a low hard driven penalty shot to the left.
This is the first win for Hønefoss since August 29th. With 27 points they have secured the Eliteserien playoff spot which will pit them against the fifth place team from the 1. Division.
The regular season ends at Sandfjord next weekend for Hønefoss before the playoffs begin.
ODD Grenland 2 - 1 Start
Clarence Goodson again manned Start's back line without fellow American defender Hunter Freeman Sunday in their loss to ODD Grenland at Skagerak Arena.
As usual Goodson started in center back and played a full 90 minutes. Freeman was forced to sit out his third game in a row due to a knee injury.
The first half proved to be quiet on both offensive fronts with few attempts and no goals.
It wasn't until the 81st minute that one of the league's leading scorer's, Ole Martin Årst secured Start's first goal. Solomon James Owello initiated the goal with a steal and dish to Årst atop the 18.
Årst beat defender Morten Fevang with one touch and rifled a low ball just inside in the right post for the goal.
Unfortunately for Start the hosts responded with an 83rd minute goal, a corner kick by Chukwuma Akabueze that bounced untouched on the three yard line and bent in for the goal.
In the 90th minute it was Akabueze who touched the ball wide to Anders Rambekk in the midst of a scramble inside the box for the far post goal.
A seventh placed Start will host Haugesund next weekend for their final game of the 2010 season.
Stabæk 2 - 1 Sandefjord
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabæk secured an easy win over the Eliteserien's last placed team Sunday at Telenor Arena.
Diskerud started at right midfield and played a full 90 minutes.
Veigar Páll Gunnarsson opened up the game by beating three Sandefjord defenders just inside the 18 and firing a near post shot for the 10th minute goal.
The final minute of the first half saw Fredrik Gulsvik head the ball back to Panojotis Dimitriadis who scored a near post goal from 20 yards out.
But the game-winner came from a Gunnarsson set piece, 22 yards out, that bounced of the near post and ricocheted inside the box until Stabæk defender Jørgen Paulov Hammer got a foot on it on the 12 and scored near post.
Stabæk currently sits at 19th in the rankings and their final game will take place at Molde next Sunday.
Follo 2 - 0 Mjøndalen
Graham Dugoni found himself in the midfield Sunday when Mjøndalen fell to hosts Follo at Ski Stadion.
As opposed to his usual center back spot, Dugoni started at right midfield and played a full 90 minutes for the guests.
Both of Follo's goals came in the second half, with the first in the 50th minute by Eirik Markegård.
It was a Edward Skagestad corner that allowed Markegård to tip in from close range for the goal.
It was Boniventure Maruti who got the second goal assist with a cross to Alexander Ruud Tveter for the near post goal from just inside the 18.
Mjøndalen sits at 11th in the 1. Division with one game remaining. Next weekend they host NIL-Trysil.
First division keeper Colin Burns watched at the back-up in the 3-2 victory over Sandnes Ulf. Joe Bednik and Sogndal did not play this weekend.