Flemmings Goal Keeps NYRB II Perfect on the Road

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

New York Red Bull II maintained their perfect road record in 2016 with a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal, thanks to a dazzling header by 20-year-old Jamaican international Junior Flemmings in the 90th minute.

Flemmings, who made his first start in the striker position this season. A back and forth game saw New York get fantastic chances,but it was Flemming’s touch that was the deciding factor after full back Konrad Plewa provided excellent service into the box from the wing.

The win brings New York’s record to 5-1-3 (18 points) and just three points under Eastern Conference leading Louisville City FC. With one game in hand, the team could be even in the next few weeks should Louisville slip during any of their upcoming results.

While the scoreline may not have reflected it, the game was actually quite competitive and entertaining with both teams going back and forth. Ryan Meara earned his third shutout and the team earned it’s sixth of the season as the starting goalkeeper faced a number of opportunities that FC Montreal simply couldn’t put away. Finishing dificiencies have been the story of the year for Montreal and those woes haunted them at home against New York on Saturday afternoon.

Next week New York will welcome heated rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds to Red Bull Arena for the second half of a doubleheader which includes a game for MLS side New York Red Bulls against Toronto FC.

STARTING XI:

New York Red Bull II: Meara; Bilyeu (Najem 90′), Aaron Long, Zach Carroll, Konrad Plewa; Devon Williams, Derrick Etienne Jr., Tyler Adams, Noah Powder; Junior Flemmings, Stefano Bonomo

FC Montreal: Kronberg; Sukunda, Geffrard, Charbonneau, Domingeuz; Beland-G, Yoseke; Lemire, Lincourt-J, Mkungilwa; Morelli

SCORING SUMMARY:

NYRB II: 90′ Junior Flemmings (1) assisted by Konrad Plewa

DISCIPLINE:

NYRB II: 36′ Junior Flemmings (Yellow card)
NYRB II: 54′ Stefano Bonomo (Yellow card)


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