Akinyode Rescues NYRB II in Dramatic Finish over Louisville

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

HARRISON, N.J. – New York Red Bull II defeated second place Louisville City FC with a late goal by Bolu Akinyode at Red Bull Arena Saturday night.

The goal came in the eighty-sixth minute when both sides seemed destined to finish deadlocked. NYRB II earned a corner and Bolu Akinyode headed the ball in for a dramatic finish to the team’s last home game of the 2015 USL regular season.

Despite being a late winner, it was the first lead New York had all game. Louisville goals by McCabe and league leading scorer Matt Fondy kept NYRB II on the back foot seemingly all game long.

“You want to get results at home and defend home turf,” said head coach John Wolyniec when asked about winning the team’s last home game. “If you’re going to find a positive, our response coming out of halftime was good.”

Louisville used New York’s famed high-press against them early in the first half, controlling the game and forcing Castano into action. Niall McCabe found the back of the net first in the seventeenth minute when Michael Da Fonte played him onside after an overhead pass. New York responded quickly with a Manolo Sanchez goal, his fourth of the season. USL league leading scorer Matt Fondy added another to his record breaking season, putting Louisville City up again just before the half.

New York wouldn’t stay down as they played a far more effective second half. The game’s equalizer came in the seventy-first minute as Dan Bedoya scored what should be a nominee for goal of the year. His free kick found the top left corner and, despite his best diving effort, Scott Goodwin could do little to stop the goal. From there, Akinyode’s goal solidified New York’s win – their third in a row.

“Bedoya is obviously a talented player,” said Wolyniec about the game tying goal scorer. “He clearly has talent and can make plays that can make differences in games.”

New York now heads out on the road for their remaining two games of the season; first against FC Montreal and then finally in Rochester to face the Eastern Conference’s best team the Rhinos. With the win, New York has a firm two point hold on third place and moves within six points of second. New York has yet to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs but the odds are certainly in their favor.


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