Toppserien Week 22 Review: LSK finish their title-winning season with a flourish

After sealing the Toppserien championship last weekend, LSK ended the season with a big home win while runners-up  Avaldsnes ended their season with a draw.

Toppserien Week 22 Review: LSK finish their title-winning season with a flourish
Toppserien week 22 review

As the Toppserien closed off the 2016 season, the league champions Lillestrøm SK ended their fantastic season on a high while Urædd dropped down to the second division after finishing at the bottom of the Toppserien.

LSK thump Sandviken, celebrate third title in a row

After winning the league last weekend, LSK wanted to perform well one last time in front of their home fans before they were handed their third Toppserien title and perform they did as they trounced Sandviken by a 4-0 win. Ingrid Spord got the first goal of the match in the 25th minute and then the Toppserien's top goal scorer, Isabell Herlovsen then grabbed a brace in the 44th and 47th minute to bring her season total to 30 goals. Emilie Haavi who recently announced her transfer to the Boston Breakers in the NWSL finished her LSK career by getting her 13th goal of the season in the 59th minute. After that, LSK took their foot of the gas as they began to celebrate a well-won title defense.

LSK celebrated their third title in a row on Saturday after a big win over Sandviken | Source: osg-ua.com
LSK celebrated their third title in a row on Saturday after a big win over Sandviken | Source: osg-ua.com

Sandviken ended their season with a respectable sixth place finish and even though they were soundly beaten in their last match of the season, they will be happy with how the season has gone and will look to finished higher up the table in the next Toppserien season.

Urædd end a dreadful season with relegation

It was a season to forget for Urædd as they spent the entire season at the bottom of the table, and thus, found themselves with the prospect of playing football in the second division next season. The home side went down to a 3-0 loss against Vålerenga which emphasised their poor performance overall. Silje Blackstad scored the first goal for Vålerenga and then Sofie Christiansen and Anne Olsen piled on the misery for Urædd with goal sin the 81st and 87th minutes respectively.

Vålerenga finished in ninth place this season and although it is definitely not where the club aims to be, after spending most of the season just above the relegation zone, a ninth place finish and the emphatic win over Urædd will offer some encouragement to their fans for next season.

Avaldsnes stutter at the end of the season

After being involved in a title tilt with LSK for most of the season, Avaldsnes knew that the result did not matter in this last round of matches and thus, ended their season with a 1-1 draw at home against an impressive Stabæk side. Stabæk opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Melissa Bjanesoy and Maren Mjelde leveled things up in the 33rd minute for Avaldsnes. Both teams had opportunities in the second half to win the game but neither could break the deadlock and it ended all square to wrap up the season for both teams.

Stabæk were on the perifary of the title race for most of the season and finished in third, 18 points off of LSK and 14 points away from Avaldsnes in second. After finishing as champions in 2013 and then runners-up in 2014, Stabæk will look to be back in the title challenge next season and if they can find a similar type of consistency then you cannot rule them out.

Cesilie Andreassen in action for Medkila | Source: ht.no
Cesilie Andreassen in action for Medkila | Source: ht.no

Medkila stay in the Toppserien with an impressive win over Klepp

Medkila may have finished the season after a long relegation scrap with Urædd but that did not stop them from entertaining their fans with a 4-1 win over KleppAriana Calderon scored the first of three first half goals for Medkila in the 3rd minute which was then followed by goals from Tatiana Matveeva and Sigrun Dybvik. Captain Cesilie Andreassen put an exclamation mark on the performance with the fourth of the day in the 49th minute. Klepp did not cause any damage to the score line until the 89th minute when Maria Hiim scored a consolation goal for the visitors.

After a run of no wins in their last five games, Klepp found themselves finishing in tenth place overall this season. This downturn in fortunes will have caused some concern amongst their fans and the expectation during the off season will be that of quite a bit of player turnover to ensure that Klepp finishes higher up the table next season.

Trondheims and Kolbotn produce some late drama

After a fairly dull game between Trondheims-Ørn and Kolbotn both teams scored goals within one minute of each other to end the game in a 1-1 draw. Guro Reiten struck first for Trondheims in the 83rd minute but they were immediately penned back by Kolbotn when Camila Huseby got the equaliser from almost right after the kick-off. Kolbotn thus found themselves ending their season in fourth, two points away from third and in a respectable position for a team that has undergone some transition over the last few years.

Trondheims will also be happy with the seventh place finish at the end of the season as they never realistically thought they would challenge for the title. This finish does give them something to build on for next season though and their fans can expect another good campaign at the DnB Nor Arena next season.

Arna-Bjornar and Roa end seasons in a scoreless draw

Arna-Bjørnar hosted Røa in their last game of the season at Arna Idrettspark but neither team could find the goal that would give them their final three points of the season. This draw saw Røa finish in fifth place overall while the home side Arna-Bjørnar climbed no higher than eighth overall. It has been a disappointing season for both teams as they had finished within the top three places in previous seasons and a fifth and eighth place finish will have been disappointing ends to their seasons.