Of thirty games, eleven has been played. ODD Grenland aimed for medals before the season, but has failed miserably so far. Let’s take a look back on what has happened.
The season kicked off with a horrible 4-0 loss home against Sogndal. Everything went wrong that day, and Sogndal was closer to get a fifth goal than ODD was to get a consolation. The performance was slightly better in the next game away against Viking, but they couldn’t prevent a 1-0 loss as André Danielsen struck a perfect thunderbolt from 20 meters.
Lillestrøm was the next opponent, and it was time to get the first threepointer. Torgeir Børven sat the first one of the season, and later on Lars Kristian Eriksen scored his first premier divisiong goal after NINE years in the business! In hope of keeping the trend of winning games, the team found the way to Ålesund. Two evenly battling teams fought for the points. The game will be remembered for two things. As the standing stood on 0-0 Simen Brenne had the ball in front of a open goal, and managed to drive it wide, shocking himself and everybody who watched. The second incident happened minutes later. A Aalesund player strucked a long range shot, who clearly hit a fellow player, who was clearly in offside, and rolled into the goal. The linesman waved his flag, but the head ref overruled him, and approved a illegal goal! A unbelievable decicion that marked the game, as Aalesund won 2-1.
All of a sudden the ball started to roll the right way. Though only one point was picked home against Fredrikstad, they created lots of chances. The first three away points came unsurprisingly against the the completely lost bottom side Stabæk. A defending blooper sent Frode Johnsen on a open goal, and it was easy for him to score his number 100 in Tippeligaen. Torgeir Børven finished the second, and final one, just 20 minutes later on a beatifully struck freekick. Though Stabæk came back stronger later in the game, they didn’t manage to score. Next one up was a trip to Gvarv, and the first round in the cup.The aim was to win the game early, of which they did. Two goals by Elba Rashani, in the fifth and 14thminute decided it all. 2-0 at half time, a score that could have been significantly higher if the Gvarv keeper had been in such a great form. Gvarv started to state their prescense in the second half, but being harmless in front of goal won’t win games. 4-0 it ended, due to a own goal and a fine solo performance by talented Mathias Fredriksen.
ODD vs Tromsø was started in the worst possible way. Poor defending paved the way for Tromsø, and they scored two in succession after 10 minutes. Only a brilliant leg parade from André Hansen made sure they didn’t put a third one. The first half was nothing to remember. Luckily Frode Johnsen had found the way to the goal. A cross found the way to his leg late in the scond half, and he scored with ease. And if that wasn’t enough, Simen Brenne managed to put one in just before the end, and by that securing a draw.
Another cup tie was there to be played, as Arendal was waiting. As expected, they was no match, and ODD went home with a 5-0 win. Next game was supposed to be a bit harder. Hønefoss hadn’t lost a point at home before ODD came. HBK had slightly more chances, but effective ODD strikers found the net four times! The finest one was a Snorre Krogsgård solo performance, as he gained the ball on his own half, ran to the opposite box, and finished it into the opposite cross. That was the third goal in the 4-1 win.
The odds for a ODD win against Sandnes Ulf was low. Everyone figured that after the performance against Hønefoss, Sandnes Ulf most go home with zero points. And it started perfecly. Torgeir Børven got the ball on 25 meters, dribbled past a few defenders before he beautifully chipped the ball over the keeper. Simply outstanding goal! The optimism rose after 40 minutes, as Morten Fevang scored on a penalty. But unfortunately the game was far from over. A unlucky Steffen Hagen and a penalty made it 2-2 just minutes into the second half. The game levelled out after that, untill the 75th minute, as ODD geared up. Everyone thought thad ODD was given a penalty after 78 minute, as the Ulf keeper Bo Andersen clearly fouled Adem Güven. The linesman waved for penalty, but similar to the Aalesund game, the head ref overruled him and gave Güven a yellow for diving. And it wasn’t over there. Just passing full time, Herolind Shala and Andersen rushed for the ball. Andersen took it in his hands, and at the same time kickend Shala with the studs straight onto his face! And what did the ref give? A freekick to the keeper! Shala was lucky not to be given a serious injury.
This was followed by two of the worst games I’ve ever seen by ODD. Away against Rosenborg they created absolutely nothing. Rosenborg had the ball all the time, but weren’t lucky enough to score. It was a robbery to get a point from this one. And it went the same way in the last game against Strømsgodset at Marienlyst, except from that former ODD player Alexander Aas managed to score just before full time …