RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Kyle Helton got his first start for Mjøndalen in their road loss to Ranheim, while Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam continued their recent tear through the league with a win over Nybergsund.
Bryne FK 0 - 1 Hønefoss BK
Steve Clark and the Hønefoss defense put on a fine display, holding the league's leading attack scoreless as they knocked Bryne out of first place on Sunday.
Kenneth Di Vita Jensen got the start for Hønefoss, but was an early departure, making way just before the half for goalscorer Joachim Magnussen due to an injury.
The erstwhile league leaders Bryne were responsible for nearly all of the game's best chances, although they were still lacking that final bit of precision to convert their brief moments of hazard into goals.
Hønefoss had only one scoring opportunity throughout the 90 minutes and made the most of it, as substitute player Joachim Magnussen rose high to head in a corner from Rune Bolseth in the 73rd minute.
Clark and the Hønefoss defense withstood a barrage by Bryne over the final minutes, and were lucky that one of the best attempts was saved by the crossbar, holding on to their thin lead to take all three points.
The result raises Hønefoss all the way to ninth place, in the middle of a three-team pack on 12 points. They have a long break until their next outing, when they host Bodø/Glimt on Monday, June 13.
Ham-Kam 1 - 0 Nybergsund IL
Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam continued their stunning turn-around, with the American serving up the assist on the team's winning goal as they fought for their third straight win on Sunday.
Heading into the game with a pair of consecutive victories behind them, Ham-Kam were looking to extend the run to three, which would all but erase what had been an awful start to the season.
An action-packed first half saw both teams barely miss on several golden opportunities, although the only game-changing moment before the pause came in the 44th minute when Nybergsund's Demba Traore as given his marching orders for picking up his second yellow card of the game.
Ham-Kam netted the first and only goal of the game in the 52nd minute, as Borrajo served up a brilliant cross from the right side, which Tore Andreas Gundersen rose high to head in for the 1-0 lead.
Nybergsund continued to push for the final 40 minutes, although they were thwarted at every step by Borrajo and the resilient Ham-Kam defense, with the home team finally being rewarded at the end of 90 minutes with all three points.
The win lifts the once dead in the water team into the upper half of the standings in eighth place, with their next outing on Monday when they visit Mjøndalen.
Ranheim IL 3 - 0 Mjøndalen IF
Kyle Helton got his first start of the season for Mjøndalen on Sunday, playing just over the first hour on the right side of the midfield as the team were handily beaten by Ranheim IL.
Rhett Bernstein was not present for Mjøndalen as he is recovering from a season-ending knee injury.
Ranheim needed only 19 minutes to open the scoring, jumping ahead after Finn Magnus Johannesen was played open on the right side and saw his shot take a deflection off of a Mjøndalen defender and loop over the keeper's head for 1-0.
The home team added a second two minutes before the break, after an attack up the left side saw the ball struck to the near post, where Jo Sondre Aas was waiting to tap it in for 2-0.
They proceeded to put the game entirely out of hand six minutes after halfitme, with Osei Kwaku Oviasu heading the ball into the penalty area to Johannesen, who smashed it over the line.
The third straight Adeccoligaen game without a win continues Mjøndalen's drop from the top of the league, as they now sit seventh. They will next face Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam on Monday.
Colin Burns was on the bench for Sandefjord on Sunday for their 1-0 road loss to Sandnes Ulf.