The Long Island Rough Riders, exclusive USL League Two affiliate of New York City FC, ended their 2019 campaign with a 3-3 draw against Ocean City Nor’easters on July 14 at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, N.J.
Long Island finishes the year at 5-1-8 (23 points) good for third place in the Mid Atlantic Division, trailing Reading United AC (10-1-3; 33 points) and Ocean City (6-3-5; 23 points), who hold the tiebreaker.
The Rough Riders fell behind early on Sunday as Deri Corfe put the home side ahead 1-0 after three minutes.
Long Island took a 2-1 advantage after 40 minutes thanks to two goals in a three-minute span. Gabriel Fernandes tied the score at 1-1 in the 37th minute before Manu Ferriol gave Long Island a 2-1 lead in the 40th.
Jason Ramiez assisted on both scores.
Unfortunately the lead didn’t last as Ocean City scored two consecutive goals of its own just before the halftime interval. Dan Kozma tied it at 2-2 in the 45th minute, while Corfe gave the Nor’easters a 3-2 lead in first half stoppage time. Corfe finished the season as the league’s joint top scorer with 14 goals.
Ocean City lead 3-2 at the break.
The back-and-forth game saw another swing in the second half as Ferriol’s second equalized in the 70th minute as the two teams shared the spoils to end the season.
Long Island finished the year on a 10-match unbeaten run with eight draws during that stretch.
Reading United AC (Mid Atlantic), Western Mass Pioneers (Northeast) and North Carolina Fusion Under-23 (South Atlantic) were the 2019 Eastern Conference division winners, advancing to the conference semifinals along with GPS Portland Phoenix as the wild card.
BY: Michael LoRé