Sogndal Progress With Last Minute Wonderstrike

Piece of invention by Helena Træland Navarsete decides matters.

Sogndal – Skedsmo : 2-1
Class R, A-Playoffs – Last 32 (Under 16 Girls)
Pitch 3, Ekeberg
4th August 2016

Report and Photos: Krister Halvorsen

The game was a dormant and cagey affair for long periods.  But when it did spark into life we were treated to a superb game of football – decided by a dramatic finish right at the death.

Just moments after her first attempt to lob the goalkeeper was narrowly saved by Skedsmo goalkeeper Christina Hjelvik, Helena Træland Navarsete headed the ball down, and catching it on the half-volley, sent an unstoppable chip from 40 metres over the stranded goalkeeper and into the back of the net to send Sogndal forward to the Last 16 where they will take on SF Grei later on Thursday evening.

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Sogndal started the stronger with the creation of several half chances trying to break down the Skedsmo defence – all without reward.

The first chance for the whites came after two minutes, Sofie Kvist Rydvang attempting to latch onto a pass down the right wing – only to be denied by an offside flag from Assistant Referee Lars Johan Hammer of Vartdal TIL.

Two minutes later came the best chance of the half for Sogndal, Navarsete shooting narrowly over from the edge of the penalty area.

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Skedsmo then launched their first real attack straight away – a mazy run down the left wing from Hanne Christine Engelsen, whose low cross across the front of the Sogndal goal could not be converted.  A chance which deserved more of a result than it got.

Referee Peter Ibbotson from Brompton in Ontario, Canada was not called into action much in the first half – mainly down to the excellent tackling technique from both sides.  The only major decision he had to make was the award of a free kick to Sogndal on 7 minutes for an offence just short of the half way line.

The rest of the first half followed this pattern – with no real clear chances from either side.  Christina Hjelvik called into action 4 minutes from the break to save well whilst under pressure from the Sogndal attack.

Sogndal finished the stronger of the two forcing a succession of corners in the couple of minutes leading up to the break.

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Whatever was said by the Sogndal coach at half time paid immediate dividends in the second half.

Within 60 seconds of the whistle their first real clear chance of the game came.

A free kick from wide on the left was swung in by the captain Vilde Slåen Nornes.  Unluckily for her it swung the wrong side of the right hand post with goalkeeper Hjelvik beaten.

However – they finally broke the deadlock a mere minute later, a corner from the left was played high into the near post – causing panic in the defence.  Despite three Skedsmo players being in and around the area, Tuva Eitun was on hand to get a touch on the ball under pressure from Linda Berg.  The shot, hit down into the ground, took a wicked bounce – sending it looping over goalkeeper Hjelvik, who despite her best attempts could not get a hand to the ball as it looped up over her and into the back of the Skedsmo net.  It was a brilliant bit of improvisation from Eitun and handed the whites a thoroughly deserved lead.

Skedsmo’s heads did not drop though – and they levelled matters only 3 minutes later.  A surging run down the right wing was nearly brought to a halt by a late challenge by Kristin Bergheim Lykkslett.  However, the Skedsmo winger rode the challenge and tried to continue the run forward.  Seeing that no advantage was to be gained, Canadian referee Ibbotson stopped play, awarded the original free kick and cautioned Lykkslett, resulting in her going to the line for 5 minutes.  It was a great bit of refereeing and a textbook example of how to apply the Laws of the Game correctly.

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From the resulting freekick just outside the area Skedsmo captain Emma Spets sent a high cross-shot towards the back post.  It drifted over Julie Årøy in the Sogndal goal, dropping just inside the far post to give Skedsmo the equaliser.

The game then settled back into what we had seen for most of the first half, with neither team fashioning a clear cut chance until the last few minutes – where Sogndal applied the pressure that would ultimately see them take victory.  Indeed most of the crowd watching were preparing to settle down to watch what looked like would be extra-time and possibly penalties.

3 minutes from time came the first of the Sogndal chances – a header narrowly wide at the near post with the goalkeeper beaten.

Then came the final drama.  With barely 45 seconds of the 50 minutes remaining Navarsete came forward, and spotting the goalkeeper off her line, tried to beat her the first time from just outside the centre circle.  Not content the first time to try her luck from that range – from the next phase of play, and with just 20 seconds of normal time remaining, hit home the winner and wrote her name into Norway Cup history – sending the Sogndal supporters and the onlooking Jon Arne Riise into wild celebrations.  There was barely time to restart the game when Referee Ibbotson blew the final whistle to start the party for the team from Sogn and Fjordane.

Scorers:
1-0 Tuva Eitun (Sogndal) – 27 minutes
1-1 Emma Spets (Skedsmo) – 30 minutes
2-1 Helena Træland Navarsete (Sogndal) – 49 minutes

Sogndal (4-4-2): Julie Årøy; Martine Orrestad Andersen, Ronja Bøe Øygard, Lina Stalheim Seidal, Ingvil Dybwad Mundhjeld; Anna Fimreite Borger, Sofie Kvist Rydvang, Vilde Slåen Nornes (capt.), Kristin Bergheim Lykkslett; Amalie Sjøvoll Hauglund, Helena Træland Navarsete.

Subs: Tuva Eitun, Sofie Kvist Rydvang, Sigrid Foss, Hedda Solheim Håkonsen, Cecilie Ylvisåker Vernes.

Skedsmo (4-3-3): Christina Hjelvik; Vilde Svardal, Linda Berg, Eline Øverli, Tiril Skøyum Moe; Sara Hauge, Emma Spets (capt.), Tonje Cecilie Holm; Veronica Stranger Larun, Hanne Christine Engelsen, Marlene Karlsen.

Subs: Ingrid Jørgensen, Emilie Olsen, Hanna Revelsby, Jeanette Fjeldstad, Susanne Valbjørgsløkken.

Referee: Peter Ibbotson (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)
Assistant Referee: Lars Johan Hammer (Vartdal TIL- Fotball, Sunnmøre Fotballkrets)
Assistant Referee: André Iversen (Farsund IL – Fotball, Agder Fotballkrets)