MATCH REPORT: Islanders Unable To Contain New York Bulls II, Fall 0-5

Harrisburg, PA (August 2, 2016) – The point streak for City Islanders FC was snapped at three games as they were shutout 0-5 by New York Red Bulls II at FNB Field on Tuesday night in front of 1,837 fans.

New York was able to take both games from the Islanders this season by an aggregate score of 6-0. With the win, the Red Bulls have jumped into first place over Louisville FC in the Eastern Conference with 44 total points. City stays static at four spots out of the last playoff spot.

Similar to their last outing City took the early momentum with quality chances to open up the scoring in the first few minutes including two one-on-one chances that were both met by the foot of Rafael Diaz.

Garret Pettis had the first chance, but chose to place his shot instead of chipping it over the keeper and Matt Bolduc’s hard shot was redirected on its way to the net.

After controlling the pace of play for the first 20 minutes, City’s defense started to concede more of the field, which led to the Red Bulls almost grabbing the opening goal on their first chance of the match. Keasel Broome came out to challenge the oncoming Red Bull, when the ball was chipped over his head. Josh Hughes made sprint and sprawled out to clear the ball off of the line to preserve the score.

The constant pressure from New York didn’t let up and it ultimately led to the opening goal of the game. Hughes was involved in the play again when he took down a Red Bull player in the box, which led to a penalty kick. Anatole Abang lined up for the shot and blasted it passed Broome for what would be the eventual game-winner.

City had a few more quality looks on goal, but went into the locker room still down by the lone goal scored off of the penalty kick.

The Isles continued the momentum into the beginning of the second half. They had a few chances off of corners and open looks on goal. Either Diaz was up to the task, or the shot was just off.

New York pounced upon the missed Islanders opportunities with four straight goals all starting with a hard long shot from outside of the box from Dan Metzger. New York would tack on three more goals to the final score with 73rd minute substitute Vincent Bezecourt grabbing two of those three goals.

City will be on the road for their next two matches as they take on Louisville FC on Wednesday, August 10 and Toronto FC II on Sunday, August 14. The next home match will be Saturday, August 27 at 7 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the final leg of the Keystone Derby Cup.

For tickets and more information on City Islanders FC visit www.cityislanders.com or call 717-441-GOAL (4625).

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Scoring Summary:
NY – Abang (PK) 28′
NY – Metzger (Valot) 64′
NY – Simpara (Unassisted) 76′
NY – Bezecourt (Flemmings) 78′
NY – Bezecourt (Unassisted) 86′
City Islanders Starting XI: Keasel Broome (GK); Josh Hughes, Liam Doyle, Dante Leverock, Shawn McLaws; Cardel Benbow, Bobby Warshaw, Mouhamed Dabo (DiPrima 81′), Matt Bolduc (Wilson 45′), Jose Barril (Jankouskas 77′), Garret Pettis (Foster 63′)
Substitutions Not Used: Nick Noble (GK)
New York Red Bulls II Starting XI: Rafael Diaz, Justin Bilyeu, Tim Schmoll, Zach Carroll, Mason Deeds (Mingachos 75′), Devon Williams, Dan Metzger, Florian Valot (Bezecourt 73′), Junior Flemmings, Brandon Allen (Simpara 68′), Anatole Abang
Substitutions Not Used: Xavier Kennedy, David Nasem
Disciplines:
HAR – Hughes (YC 27′)
NY – Abang (YC 45′)
HAR – Barril (YC 66′)
NY –  Deeds (YC 69′)