Huntington, NY – The Long Island Rough Riders stay on top of the 2015 USL PDL Eastern Conference’s Mid Atlantic Division after a great 3 – 0 victory over F.A. Euro last night. Stephen Roche and Keith Detelj (2) scored the goals of the night leading their team to this important rematch victory.
The game started fast, with good chances on both sides. A long shot from Jason Lamkin marked the first shot on target, but Joe Martin was there to save starting off a Rough Riders counter attack that was intercepted by Euro’s defense just outside the box. Only one minute Joe Holland got himself free on the left, starting a counter attack but his ball failed to connect to Junior Rosero inside the box.
A F.A. Euro foul in the 9th minute led to a penalty kick that brought the Rough Riders to the front 10 minutes into the game. Stephen Roche shot the ball into the lower left corner, leaving goalkeeper Thomas Zehner chanceless. The game continued with several good chances for the Rough Riders, but Euro’s defense was there to clear. Minutes after Rosero’s shot from 18 yards out in the 22nd minute went over the cross bar, Colin Murphy started a speedy solo run but his pass failed to connect to Holland about 10 yards out.
After the Rough Riders defense deflected a shot from Yussuf Olajide in the 32nd minute, it was yet again Holland starting a counter attack on the left side but his shot was saved. The first half came to a close with several good Rough Riders chances but the score staying at 1 – 0.
The second half started with the Rough Riders pushing for the second goal of the night but a speedy counter attack by Keith Detelj in the 53rd minute was called offside. A good pass from James Nealis found Murphy just outside the box in the 60th minute but his shot went far over the cross bar. Minutes later a good interplay between Danny Kramer, Murphy and Nealis led to another good Rough Riders chance but Zehner was there to save.
Five minutes after a shot from Detelj was cleared by Euro’s defense, Kramer’s pass found Detelj about 10 yards out. Detelj shot the ball into the lower left which brought the Rough Riders to a comfortable 2 – 0 lead in the 77th minute. The game came to a close with another Rough Riders goal through a F.A. Euro own goal, bringing the final score to 3 – 0.
“Playing a local rival is always tough,” said Rough Riders General Manager and Assistant Coach Flavio Ferri. “After loosing to F.A. Euro earlier in the season we were determined to get the win this time around.”
The Rough Riders men will resume USL PDL competition on June 26th when they go on the road to take on the Western Mass. The Rough Riders return home to CY Donnelly Stadium on July 10th when they take on the Baltimore Bohemians during the last home game of the season.
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BOX SCORE First Half Final
Home Team 1 3
Away Team 0 0
9: Long Island Rough Riders: Stephen Roche (PK)
77: Long Island Rough Riders: Keith Detelj (Danny Kramer)
90: Long Island Rough Riders: own goal F.A. Euro
About the PDL
The Premier Development League is the proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure. Featuring 65 teams within four conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2015, the PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. In addition to league play PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup.
About the Long Island Rough Riders
The Long Island Rough Riders have established themselves as one of North America’s premier soccer franchises. Since their inception in 1994, the Rough Riders have won four National Championships playing in the United Soccer Leagues. The Men’s and Women’s teams have featured many star athletes over the years, including U.S. National Team members, MLS All-Stars, and renowned international players many of whom have represented their country in World Cups.
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