Kenyan goalkeeper Arnold Origi amassed full minutes as his side Lillestrom lifted the Norwegian FA Cup in a hard fought 3-2 win over Sarpsborg 08 on Sunday 3 December at the Ullevaal Stadion.
Norwegian defender Simen Mikalsen gave Lillestrom the lead in the second minute with Mats Haakenstad doubling their lead eight minutes later but Denmark’s’ Patrick Mortensen pulled one back for Sarpsborg in the 24th minute but Lillestrom held on for a 2-1 lead at half time.
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It was a night of defenders for Lillestrom as Norwegian defender Frode Kippe restored the two goal cushion 13 minutes after resumption with Sarpsborg getting a lifeline in the game in the 64th minute when Kippe turned from hero to villain in a span of six minutes after diverting a crossed ball to his net to the amazement of Origi but Lille held on to claim the trophy.
Lillestrom began the Norwegian Cup with a 2-0 win over Skjetten before thumping Brumunddal 3-1 in the second round. The team then booked a date with Ull/Kisa in the third round; a match they saw off with a 4-2 win. Tromso Provided the next challenge in the fourth round with Lillestrom sailing through with a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
Lillestrom Cup Journey
Stabaek were to be Lillestrom opponents in the quarterfinals with the home side managing to pull a 3-1 win; a score that saw them book a date with Molde, who finished second this season in the Eliteserien, in the semifinals; Origi’s Lillestrom strolling to a 3-0 win to book a date with Sarpsborg 08 in the final.
The good tidings mark a revival for Lillestrom under coach Arne Erlandsen after having escaped relegation by a whisker last season. The team finished 12th in the just concluded Eliteserien (Norway top flight) with 12 points.
In the just concluded season, out of the 30 games, Origi featured in 26, all being starts and played full time in all the games.