Forward Leke James came off the bench to grab a goal in Molde’s 2-0 win over Vikings in the Norwegian Eliteserien at the SR-Bank Arena on Sunday.

In a keenly contested affair, the Tornekrattet had to wait until the final ten minutes to see off their resolute hosts.  

The game was open right from the start with both teams seeking an immediate advantage. However, it stayed goalless until the interval. The tempo was upped in the second half and Molde should have gone ahead with Erling Knudtzon and Ruben Gabrielsen going close.

With little over ten minutes left to play, Molde boss Erling Moe sent on Leke James. Three minutes later the Kaduna-born striker put Molde into the lead, tucking away Ruben Gabrielsen’s well-placed cross. With time running out for Vikings, Molde got their second to take all three points: Fredrik Aursnes with an amazing pass to substitute Magnus Eikrem who made no mistake to beat the keeper in a one-on-one situation. 

The goal takes Leke’s tally for the season to seven compared to the three strikes he got in the whole of last campaign.

The former Bridge Boys of Lagos player moved to Molde on a three-year deal in 2018. Leke will look to continue his good form when Molde host Aris Thessaloniki in the UEFA Europa League qualification game on August 8.

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