MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. | The Long Island Rough Riders scored four goals in overtime en route to a 6-3 victory against Kingston Stockade FC in the first round of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday evening at John J. Burns Park.
The Rough Riders, the exclusive PDL affiliate of New York City FC, advance to play Louisville City FC in the second round at 7 p.m. May 16 at Lynn Stadium in Louisville.
“Overall it was a very good performance, but we have some work to do because the first half wasn’t good enough so hopefully we learn from that,” first-year head coach Stephen Roche said. “Obviously we’ll have some confidence and learned some lessons tonight.”
With the score knotted at 2-2 following regulation and the first extra time period, Long Island took its first lead of the game thanks to a pile driver from Junior Rosero from outside the box following an attempted clearance from a corner kick. The Rough Riders, playing with a man advantage after Kingston’s Bernardo Mattos was shown a second yellow card in the 90th minute, extended their advantage to 4-2 thanks to Charlie Ledula’s first goal for the club.
Long Island continued the pressure by adding a third consecutive goal as Tyler Botte scored his second of the match. Stockade FC answered back with a penalty kick to make it 5-3, but Ledula and the Rough Riders responded again to solidify their place in the second round.
“At halftime I told them we have to compete,” Roche said. “We got bulled in the first half and we knew that about Kingston; they’re a very physical team, they work hard, and they simply just worked harder than us in the first half. Unfortunately, we conceded a goal straight away, but credit to our guys and having the leaders like Tom (Wharf), Dan (Gwyther) and Fozzy (Shaun Foster) because we didn’t drop our heads and played the right way and got ourselves back into the game.
“I was very proud of what we were able to do at the end, especially being 2-0 down.”
Making their first appearance in the U.S. Open Cup since 2016, the Rough Riders got off to a sluggish start, falling behind 1-0 in the 11th minute as Kingston’s Bruce Jeter tapped in a low cross from Pedro Espindola. The NPSL side doubled their advantage in the 52nd minute thanks to Michael Creswick.
The Rough Riders responded four minutes later. Alexander Dexter drove down the left side and crossed the ball to the near post for Botte to head home and make it 2-1. Jørgen Oland slammed home a header in the 82nd minute to tie the match, forcing extra time.
Long Island begins its 2018 PDL season against New York Red Bulls Under-23 at 7 p.m. at Red Bulls Training Facility in Whippany, N.J.