Klepp showed class when they beat Team Strømmen 4-1 in a highly dramatic Cup Final at Åråsen Stadium. History's first Junior Cup Final had everything. Five goals, a red card, a penalty and an outplayer as keeper were some of the ingredients. At the end Klepp raised the trophy after a highly deserved win.
"It was completely crazy. We have a fantastic team of footballers and we showed that the club is good at developing talent", said a happy Hanne Laland Egeland to fotball.no after the Final.
Klepp had to play almost 60 minutes with ten players on the pitch, but it did not appear to be worth mentioning it. "It was a blow on the nose to have a sending-off, but we agreed to stick together and compete. I felt we controlled the match well, and don't think much about playing with ten", said Egeland.
Hanne Laland Egeland was judged the day's best player by national team trainer Bjarne Berntsen and Under-19 chief Jarl Torske. It came quite unexpectedly to the young player. "It went well today but it was a shock to find I was the best player. It was great, but this was first and foremost a team win", said the new champion modestly.
Klepp's captain Astrid Grøttå Ree was also brilliantly pleased after the Final. "This is fantastic. I don't know what to say, I am completely empty. It is unbelievable to win", she said.
It was a really unusual final for the defender. After 28 minutes Klepp keeper Caroline Reitan Hausø was controversially sent off. To the surprise of many, it was Grøttå Ree who took the gloves. "We had no reserve keeper on the bench and agreed beforehand that I would stand in if anything happened, but never in the world did I think I would actually have to stand in goal. It went well. I was stressed several times but those in front of me did a fantastic job", said the new-baked keeper.
The Cup Final started fantastically well for the west-coast team. Cathrine Dyngvold scored after only seven minutes, and Anette Tengesdal made it 2-0 three minutes later. In the 18th minute Team Strømmen failed to clear a corner and sent the ball into their own goal instead.
After 28 minutes the drama began. Team Strømmen's Ida Erlandsen was played free. The striker tried to go round the keeper but was tackled. The ball sprang up again where another Team player put the ball into goal. But instead of a goal the referee blew for a penalty and gave the Klepp keeper a red card. Astrid Grøttå Ree took the gloves, and Team Strømmen's Cathrine Dekkerhus was secure from the 12-yard spot.
Klepp did not let this incident deflect them and carried on as normal. They were the best team even when missing one player, and came near scoring several times. Team Strømmen did not produce a single proper chance in the second half, and nine minutes before the end came the last nail in the coffin. Hege Hansen did the buildup work and Andrea Medalen placed the 4-1 goal in.
The game's most unlucky player, Caroline Reitan Hausø, could not keep the tears back after the match. The road from heaven to hell and back can be short in football. "I thought I had ruined the match for the whole team. It's the first time I have been sent off and it was unpleasant. But Astrid was good in goal and it went well. Now I am relieved and happy", said Reitan Hausø. "It's the high point of the season - fantastic".
Team Strømmen were naturally disappointed after losing, even though they were pleased with silver medals. "We did not do what we had to do today. Klepp were strong and pressed us back. They had many who played well", said Cathrine Dekkerhus. She said they had had hopes of a comeback after the red card, but Klepp were too good. "They continued to come forward after the card, and made it difficult for us. We created a few chances before half time, but in the second half we had no real chances", she said.
The midfielder was disappointed straight after the game, but thought she could be happy with silver after a while. "It was disappointing to lose, but we are second best after all. We are happy with silver and that is something we take forward with us", said Dekkerhus. Erlend M. Aashttp://www.fotball.no/t1.aspx?p=51831&x=1&a=236089
Team Strømmen 1 (1), Klepp 4 (3)
Goals: 0-1 Cathrine Dyngvold (7), 0-2 Anette Tengesdal (10), 0-3 og (17), 1-3 Cathrine Dekkerhus (pen. 29), 1-4 Andrea Medalen (81)
Referee: Marte Sørø, Malmefjorden IL
Yellow cards: Marte Hyttjan and Brita Hansen, Team Strømmen
Red card: Caroline R. Havsø, Klepp (28)
Caroline R. Havsø -
Astrid Grøttå Ree, Maren Storhaug Fosse (Marte Vigrestad 15) (Hanne Wold 86), Hanne Laland Egeland, Eirin Bjerkreim Kleppa (Tina Tollefsen 86) -
Marte Hole (Maren Storhaug Fosse 46), Ann-Ilin Osland (Ingrid Hjelmbrekke Holdø 86), Maria Thorirsdottir (Else Vassbø 45), Anette Tengesdal (Hilde Selvikvåg 86) -
Hege Hansen, Cathrine Dyngvold (Andrea Medalen 61).www.jbl.no