After 21 fun-filled match days, with the top and bottom two already decided there was still time for a few teams to push for a better placing as the 2018 Toppserien season drew to a close.
In a match without much polish in a forgettable season for both, the story of the day started and ended with Luana Paixão. The Brazilian involved early on as she saw her weak penalty saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth before she found the right touch to send the ball home ten minutes into the second half with a super strike. Seeing the majority of the chances, Avaldsnes wrapped the match up ten minutes from time when Luana’s hopeful strike from outside the box took a deflection en route to the back of the net.
Arna-Bjørnar 0-0 Klepp
With Champions League football waiting for them next season for the first time in their history, Klepp were unable to sign off with a flourish. Against a strong Arna side, there was little room for error for the Tractor Girls, the push and pull of the match not bringing about a goal for either the second or third placed team.
A little goal-shy in the last few outings, LSK made sure to finish with a glut against the Dynamite girls. A goal to the good nine minutes in when Anja Sønstevold converted from the spot, the lead was instantly doubled by Guro Reiten as she ran through less than 60 second later and chipped the ball over Kirvil Odden.
The traffic wasn’t all one-way though and Cecilie Fiskerstrand was soon robbed of her clean sheet when the ball slipped through to Therese Sessy Åsland to prod home at the back stick. The match rather calmed down until after half-time when the hosts fired in another two in six minutes, Ingrid Byrøygard Kvernvolden lifting the ball into the roof of the net before Ingrid Syrstad Engen slipped Reiten’s cutback beyond Odden.
LSK’s tally added to five minutes later by Sophie Roman Haug two minutes after coming on, the substitute with time and space to bring Emilie Haavi’s cross under control before picking her spot. With the match out of sight, Røa pulled another conciliatory goal back, the second of the day to be created by Rebecka Holum with Guro Bell Pedersen the player on the scoresheet. There was, of course, still time for a sixth and final goal for the hosts, Reiten grabbing her 21 goal of the season, converting the champion’s second penalty of the afternoon.
Destined for relegation but having found some semblance of form late in the season, Grand wrapped the season up with a credible draw away to TØ, suggesting, if they can keep their team together, they might be back in Toppserien sooner rather than later. For Trondheim it was a match of missed chances and wayward shots to cap their season off, knowing they’ll need big improvements ahead of next season.
Heading into the relegation play-off with second placed Division 1 side, Grei, the young side from Oslo put up a good fight against Sandviken but came a cropper. A goal to the good 25 minutes in through Vilde Hasund’s close range finish, the hosts were pegged back two minutes later when Ajara Nchout’s effort evaded Oda Bogstad. It wasn’t until the second half that the visitors found their advantage, Camilla Ervik’s goal ten minutes after the restart added to by Joanna Bækkelund as she beat her own ‘keeper with a bizarre flicked header. Three fast became four as Kennya Cordner rounded off a flowing move between herself and Nchout, the two having formed a formidable strike-partnership this season. With the match already lose, Mimmi Löfwenius ensured the hosts at least had the final say, slicing the ball high into the net.
Knowing they could finish as high as third at the start of the day, Kolbotn did well to see of VIF but results elsewhere kept them in fifth. A cagey affair saw the two teams go in to the break deadlocked before Emilie Østerås picked out the bottom left corner just before the hour. The lead didn’t last long however, as Marit Lund pulled the two level from the spot, two late goals enough to tip the tie. My Haugland Sørsdahl’s sublime dipping effort from 25-yards added to five minutes later by Eline Hegg who went alone as the visitors pushed up, the attacker happy to slot the ball around Guro Pettersen.