RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek fell to Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham's Molde in the Eliteserien while Steve Clark earned Man of the Match honors for Honefoss in their win at Randaberg in the 1. Division.
Molde 3 - 2 Stabaek
The home fans at Aker Stadion went home with smiles on their faces as Josh Gatt and Sean Cunningham's Molde downed Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek on Sunday.
Gatt was a late substitute at forward for Molde coming on in the 72nd minute for Daniel Berg.
Cunningham made the matchday 18 for the first time for Molde however he did not see any playing time however earning a spot on the bench is a positive step for the towering 18 year old left back.
Diskerud lined up at left midfielder and went the distance for Stabaek who now have two wins and two losses on the young Eliteserien season.
Molde struck first scoring in the 32nd minute when Pape Pate Diouf deftly poked a short pass to Davy Claude Angan who outraced the Stabaek defense before slotting home the goal.
Then right before halftime Diouf doubled the margin when he pounced on poor pass in the Stabaek defense and created enough space for himself on the right side of the area to send a trickling shot past Stabaek reserve goalkeeper Jan Kjell Larsen.
Veigar Pall Gunarsson halved the deficit for Stabaek in the 70th minute scoring off of Pontus Farnerud's pass.
But Molde responded one minute later when Makhtar Thioune scored a thumping goal from outside the area to increase the lead to two again.
Yet four minutes after Thioune's strike, Gunnarsson would net again for Stabaek with some help from Diskerud.
The US international sent in a cross deep in the Molde area that was intended for Gunnarsson. The Icelandic forward barely got his left foot on it but not enough to score. Still, the ball remained in play and Gunnarsson regained his footing and scored.
In the end, Molde was able to fend off additional chances by the guests to claim their first win of the season.
Next up for Molde is a trip to Bergen to face Brann while Stabaek returns home to play Fredrikstad.
Randaberg 0 - 2 Honefoss
Steve Clark earned Man of the Match honors for Honefoss who used two penalty kicks to pick up their first win of the season beating Randaberg at Randaberg Stadion on Sunday.
Clark started in net and secured his second shutout on the current 1. Division campaign.
Fellow American Kenneth Di Vita Jensen was relegated to the bench for this one but did see a few late second half minutes up top at forward.
Honefoss earned their first goal in the 15th minute when Lars Lafton scored from the penalty spot after he had previously been fouled in the area by Lars Marvik.
For the next 75 minutes Randaberg applied pressure including seven corner kicks but Clark denied the hosts any chances at goal with his solid play.
Finally Honefoss put the match to bed in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time when Paul Obiefule scored from the spot.
Honefoss will next return home to face Lov-Ham.
Lov-Ham 2 - 2 HamKam
Jonathan Borrajo started again for HamKam who battled to a draw with Lov-Ham in 1. Division action on Sunday.
Borrajo took his now customary starting spot at right back for the guests and played the first 78 minutes before being substituted out.
After a fairly uneventful first half, things heated up in the second half with HamKam drawing first blood in the 51st minute when Tore Andreas Gundersen scored off a corner kick giving the visitors the lead.
However seven minutes later Lov-Ham equalized when Efe Ehiorobo headed in Petter Mathisen's cross from the left side.
Then in the 65th minute things took a turn for the worse for HamKam when Oddbjørn Lie was sent off with a direct red card for a foul in the area that was whistled for a penalty.
Ehiorobo easily converted the penalty kick sending the 118 fans at Varden Ampitheater into delirium.
Yet HamKam were not to be denied and they found the tying goal just two minutes from time as Thomas Lehne Olsen banged in a header to stun the Lov-Ham defense.
Borrajo and company will next face Bodo/Glimt.
Joseph Bendik watched from the bench as the backup goalkeeper for Sogndal who played to a scoreless draw with Tromso.
Neither Kyle Helton nor Rhett Bernstein saw action for Mjondalen who drew 2-2 at Hodd.
Colin Burns was the reserve keeper for Sandefjord who drilled northerners Alta 3-1.