RECAP: WEEKEND NORWEGIAN ACTION
Josh Gatt saw substitute minutes for Molde as they inflicted a severe beating on IK Start while Jonathan Borrajo and Ham-Kam surged to a fourth straight win at the expense of Kyle Helton and Mjøndalen.
Molde FK 5 - 1 Start Kristiansand
Josh Gatt was used as a second-half substitute for Molde on Monday evening, playing the final 25 minutes in their thrashing of Start Kristiansand.
Gatt's US U-20 teammate Sean Cunningham did not take the field for the hosts.
Molde were already ahead in the seventh minute when Pape Pate Diouf picked up a loose ball near the Start goal and immediately knocked it into goal, then doubled the lead six minutes later as Magnus Wolff Eikrem worked near the endline and set up his teammate Davy Claude Angan for 2-0.
Diouf then made it three in the 24th minute in eye-popping fashion, launching a spectacular strike from the left side that sailed just inside the far corner.
Start did cut the lead back to two shortly after the teams returned from halftime, although not by their own doing as Espen Børufsen clumsily turned the ball into his own while under little pressure.
Any damage was inconsequential, however, with Daniel Chukwu Chim finding El-Hadji Makhtar Thioune free in the area with a precision set-up pass that set him up for a strike in the 77th minute, then the team added a fifth and final score with nine minutes on the clock, as Chim mopped up a deflected save from the Start keeper to bury his close-range blast.
This keeps Molde in fifth place in the Tippeligaen standings, remarkably within two points of first-place. They next pay a visit to second-place Strømsgodset IF on Thursday.
Stabaek IF 1 - 2 Aalesunds FK
Mikkel Diskerud was a 90-minute man for Stabaek on Monday evening, playing an advanced role in the team's attack for their tough 2-1 home loss to Aalesunds FK.
Aalesund took an early lead, going up in the seventh minute as Michael Barrantes Rojas stormed up the right side and nailed a cross which Jonathan Parr had no problems to bury.
The score stayed the same until 11 minutes into the second half, when Stabaek equalized after Ollé Ollé eventually collected a centering pass from Vegar Eggen Hedenstad and hit his shot on the turn, leaving the keeper no chance to save.
Diskerud and his teammates then went up for good with 17 minutes left in regulation, as a give-and-go between Fredrik Ulvestad and Christian Myklebust left the latter with a clear line on goal as he charged into the penalty area, which he took full advantage of by placing his shot between the legs of the keeper for the winner.
This drops Stabaek down to fourth place, with their next outing on Thursday on the road against Sarpsborg 08 FF.
Hønefoss BK 3 - 2 FK Bodø/Glimt
Steve Clark played the full 90 minutes in the Hønefoss goal while Kenneth Di Vita Jensen saw garbage time off the bench on Monday as the team held on for a home win over FK Bodø/Glimt.
The two teams traded goals in the opening minutes, with Kevin Beugre initially putting Hønefoss ahead in the seventh minute with a short poke past the opposing keeper, then Bodø equalizing 15 minutes afterwards after Jim Johansen wrong-footed the usually infallible Clark.
Hønefoss did take a lead into the halftime break, with Joachim Magnussen picking out the sprinting Beugre with a long pass, which he controlled and put away to the left of Bodø keeper Jonas Ueland Kolstad.
Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson added an insurance goal for the hosts 11 minutes after the break, as a perfectly-timed cross by Rune Bolseth was put away by the Icelandic international for 3-1.
The visitors pulled one back with ten minutes left on the clock as Thomas Rønning connected from the edge of the 18-yard box, however no comeback was in store, with Hønefoss taking home all the spoils.
The result brings Hønefoss up to sixth place on 15 points, two behind the promotion spots and three ahead of the relegation zone. They have a second straight home game on Thursday when hosting Nybergsund IL.
Mjøndalen IF 1 - 3 Ham-Kam
Jonathan Borrajo and Kyle Helton both were in the starting lineups for their respective teams on Monday, as Ham-Kam rolled out their fourth straight win to jump into the Adeccoligaen's top five teams.
Borrajo played the full 90 minutes at right back for Ham-Kam while Helton got the start on the right side of midfield for Mjøndalen, playing one hour. Rhett Bernstein is out for the season with an ACL injury and did not suit up for the hosts.
Ham-Kam took the lead midway through the first half, with Emil Dahle beating the Mjøndalen keeper with a fine direct free kick, then were up by two in the 36th minute thanks to a weaving solo display by Niklas Tilley Solhaug that left the entire defense in the dust.
Mjøndalen pulled to within one barely two minutes later in equally eye-popping fashion as Bajram Ajeti found target with a dramatic bicycle kick that had the entire stadium awed.
Whlie still a close game at the half, Ham-Kam stamped their final authority on the proceedings three minutes past the hour, as Emil Dahle was first to pounce on a bad giveaway by Aziz Idris, and had no issues to put it past Mjøndalen keeper Anders Rotevatn to give the final 3-1 score.
Ham-Kam's fourth straight win sees them rise all the way to fifth place on 15 points, and they will go for a fifth straight win on Thursday when they host dead-last Randaberg IL.
Mjøndalen fall to tenth place, and will try to stop their four-game winless run on Thursday when visiting Strømmen IL.
Sogndal backup keeper Joseph Bendik was an unused substitute on Friday when the team visited Brann Bergen for a 2-0 loss on Friday.
Sandefjord backup keeper Colin Burns watched from the bench on Sunday as his team drew even at home with Bryne FK with a 1-1 score.