H - Humor
U - Underholdning
M - Motivasjon
Ø - Øving
R - Respekt
Although Vegar Olsen was suspended after his hilarious tackle as the last man standing last time out at Tydal 2 he met up as a motivational figure and standingplayer. It was up to old time regulars Bent Skretting and Ketil Thorsø to shut the defence shut and keep the CSK-strikers at bay in front of the the hand-shaken Tor Martin Olsen who was undoubtly affected by promotion nerves.
Eikebrokk started his second game in a row on the bench, along with the other old timers Hoff, Haaken and Killer Hiller plus the new guy, the chopper pilot, Richard Nilsen, who had prepared for this game as his debut-game for a long long time.
Bruno Coelho started for the second game in a row as anchorman, with his pal Marius Strand as the offensive minded midfielder. The rest of the starting lineup was unchanged from the 2-1 win against Tydal 2.
IL Tempo had to win to keep the pressure on Nardo 3, Vestbyen and Vikvarvet, who all still could win the division and get promoted to the 4th division. Nardo 3 beet Vestbyen yesterday and three points today could actually be enough to secure promotion for IL Tempo, if, and only if, Nardo 3 beats Vikvarvet at Rødmyra sunday 28th september, the day before Vestbyen entertains IL Tempo at Hammersborg.
The pressure was hanging over the IL Tempo-players, who clearly found it hard to produce the kind of performance who has made the players being idolized worldwide and being headhunted by big clubs and agents. Escpecially Cannonball Nielsen, Svindal Larsen Strand and Bruno Coelho had a hard time getting up to their usual standards. Even though the away team hardly ever threateened Olsen in the IL Tempo-cage, IL Tempo didn't maintain the expected focus and concentration. Several players where already warming up midway through the 1st half.
The tactial stroke of genius happened in the half time break. Hiller, Nilsen, Eikebrokk and Thomas Mjølhus entered the pitch while Thyge Nielsen, Cannonball Nielsen, Bruno and Svindal Larsen was withdrawn. The changes would make an immediate effect. IL Tempo threw players forward and the passes sat as a shot. There was surely only a question of time? Of chances?
Thomas Mjølhus was maybe the most unexpected saviour of them all. Of course, he stood behind the decisive breakthrough. Eikebrokk won the ball back on the sixteen yard line, and Mjølhus was alone. He smacked his shot via both posts for his first of the season. The next 5 minutes won IL Tempo the game, and again Eikebrokk was the man with the plan. Eikebrokk won the ball on the halfway line and advanced meeting no pressure what-so-ever. Solem was alert on the left, and ran away from his markers. The ball from Eikebrokk was picture perfect, and Solem easily dribbles his way past the keeper and put the ball in the open net.
Two minutes later Solem was on the end of a quickly taken free kick on the right. The CSK-player had to use dirty tricks to stop the aggressive Eikebrokk. Solem met the ball on the first post and the goalkeeper could do nothing with it. 3-0, game, set and match?
The stage was set and IL Tempo was flowing out there. Charlottenlund hardly had the ball, and infact only had three shots the entire game. Three free kicks. Olsen did what he is payed for. Stood on his ground, counter attacking with precise five-meters and outthrows. When Bent Skretting stole the ball on his own half midway through the second, something special was about to happen. Even though his pass was broken up, Bjørgum got the ball back and his pass eventually reached Eikebrokk who was on the run again. Skretting followed up and was set up for a tap-in, again by Eikebrokk, who chose to pass with the goal gaping.
The fifth goal was of a special kind. Erik Hoff sped through some markers and passed to Eikebrokk who flicked the ball back to Hoff. Hoff didn't let him self ask twice and smacked the ball into the winkel. Reit-im-winkel, Hoff shouted and made signs with his fingers. Apparently looking for a place in the starting line-up for the must-win game against Vestbyen in about two weeks time.
But IL Tempo hadn't had enough just yet. Haaken wanted to be a part of the pram, and curled a corner straight into the net. "Fucking one-man-show" Eikebrokk shouted, but Haaken didn't care. He had finally got his first goal of the season. Eikebrokk though, signed his sixth assist for the game right at the end, when he set up Solem for his third goal. Solem did no mistakes and placed IL Tempo in seventh heaven. Thank God for Eikebrokks sixth sense, Preller sighed relieved after the game.
The players have stars in their eyes now. And it's not only because the nights are getting longer and that the summer is on hell.