Riverhounds win Keystone Derby Cup against Islanders

Posted on Aug 13 2017 - 9:50am by Rachael McKriger
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Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Keystone Derby Cup is back on the west side of Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds clinched a much-needed 0-3 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday night. The match, which was played at FNB Field in Harrisburg, was the finale of the Keystone Derby, a three-game series between the two in-state rivals.

The Riverhounds claimed victory, thanks to two Jamaican players finding the back of Brandon Miller’s net.

Romeo Parkes put the Riverhounds on the board first, scoring in the 28′ minute, unassisted. Another unassisted goal came from Chevaughn Walsh in the 56′ minute, to open up second-half scoring.

Walsh then tacked on the game-winning, three points clinching goal in the 76′ minute. Parkes assisted the final goal of the match.

The two Jamaicans had a busy night. Parkes, who featured in the attacking midfield role, took five shots, with two being on target. As for Walsh, he took four shots, with three going on goal.

Other Riverhounds to take shots and be counted on goal were Ritchie Duffie, Shannon Gomez, Kevin Kerr and Kay Banjo.

For the Islanders, goalkeeper Miller made six saves. Meanwhile, Riverhounds goalkeeper Trey Mitchell had an easier night, only making two saves to deny Jonathan Mendoza and Ropapa Mensah.

The Islanders had four yellow cards shown to their players in the match, while the Riverhounds didn’t have any shown. The recipients for the Islanders were Mensah (41′), James Thomas (61′), Lee Nishanian (85′) and Paul Wilson (87′).

The Riverhounds are bringing back the Keystone Derby Cup back to Highmark Stadium, but in the end the three points are what matters. It’s a tight race in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs, and currently the Riverhounds sit in 11th place with 27 points.

Right above the Riverhounds is the Ottawa Fury, with 27 points as well. The team currently right above the playoff mark is the New York Red Bulls II, who only have 28 points.

The Riverhounds will return to action on Saturday to face St. Louis FC, who sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. The match will be held at World Wide Technology S.P. in Fenton, Missouri. Kick off time is slated for 8:30 p.m.


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