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Pittsburgh Amateurs @TartanDevilsFC Battle Back, Win Open Cup on Penalties



DERBY CITY ROVERS (Louisville, KY) 1


Summary of Penalties:

After both teams missed one PK each in the first two rounds — both teams made their in the 3rd and 4th shots setting up the stage for Greg Fischer‘s attempt in the 5th round of kicks for the Rovers.

The shot banged off the bar — and over.  This set up the stage for the Pittsburgh amateur club, which was formed only three years ago while sitting around at Pipers Pub, to advance to the 2nd round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

That set the stage for Travis Mackenzie — and the former Char Valley, Duquense and Riverhounds standout put it through to clinch the win for the Tartan Devils who advance to the second round.

The Devils will now host Louisville City FC at Highmark Stadium on Wednesday, May 17.  Time to be announced later.


10:10 p.m.  2nd OT ends — we’re going to PKs!

Devils had to fend off a lot of balls into the box.  Have to be at least 10 headers in the final 15-20 minutes of action.  They’re defending well.

9:52  End of 1st OT.  Lots of guys stretching

9:51 As first period of extra time ends, having to defend their hearts out. Doublette surrounded by red shirts – can’t get shot

9:50 Devils lose ball near middle of field — and Rovers counter — ball into box and Varga comes out sliding to deny shot 105′ 1-1

9:47   Devils with nice chance — T. Mackenzie delivers clever through ball from midfield to Solis — but Rovers defender does nice job to deny shot.

9:40  Few minutes into extra time — Rovers trying to re-establish possession, but Devils staying organized.

9:26  Whistle blows.  End of Regulation.  We’re now getting Extra Time — two 15 minute periods.   What an effort by the Tartan Devils keep hanging around — tilt the momentum — then tget the equalizer.

9:24   After Rovers advance it in to final third, but only can manage a high header that Varga grabs.  Devils counter and set up free kick.    After delay — try to sneak kick to right of goal but Rovers clear it away.

9:21   GOAL TARTAN DEVILS FC — in the 89th minute!!

Free kick lined to the far post area on the left side — and Robert Heuler heads it in!!

Yellow card issue to Kang.  Devils free kick from 28 yards.  88′

9:19  Goal by Rovers waved off.   Nice bit of possession — leads to chip by Tashiro

9:14  as we hit 80′  it’s been mostly Devils with the foot on the gas — applying all kinds of pressure. Can they get the equalizer??

9:12  Another Corner kick opportunity for Devils — and there’s a big time scrum in front of goal.  Looks like Durbin came up with it.  That was very close.

9:10  Couple of great chances for Devils.   Corner kick — header saved by Durbin. Solis fouled — Then Travis Mackenzie tries to bend it with left foot — but it goes over right corner

9:05   Ryan Hueler came in earlier too — I must have missed that one.  Devils have used all their subs at this point.  These are the 11 that will have to carry them to the finish. (72′)

9:01  Clarified that Turnley came in for Ryan Brode.   Devils have one sub left.

Rovers also brought in Yojoon Kang — not sure if he’s any relations to Jung Ho.

8:57   After smoke clears, referee issues Solis with yellow card.

8:56   Devils get a free kick — ball in box to far post — and then crazy sequence — on  they get three headers on ball — then scrum in front of Durbin.  But GK gets it.   Then LOTS of pushing and shoving again.  The boys from Pittsburgh not backing down.
Tyler Solis and Justin Turnley have entered the game.  I believe McCormick is off, not sure who else.

8:52  Free kick for Rovers — nice ball to far post area and Varga collides HARD with Doublette.   Devils and Travis Mackenzie wanted a foul called — pleading with officials.

8:51   Ibrahkimkadic corner goes into very crowded near post area of box, and ball squirts away.

8:47  Consecutive through balls for Devils but Travis Mackenzie called offside each time.

8:43   Devils give ball away playing ball back.  Doublette lays it off to Thomas but shot goes over bar.   Doublette then gets another shot from top of the box that Varga punches away to the right of goal.  Danger averted for Devils.

8:42  Rovers force corner – as Doublette takes it deep to end line – but it’s cleared away by Devils.

8:41  2nd half now underway here — as @TartanDevilsFC get a great ball in from Luffy to T. Mackenizie, but GK Durbin grabs ball in box

8:25   HALFTIME  — 1-0

Igor Ibrahkimkadic with game’s lone goal.

Devils settled down after feeling lot of pressure in first 10 minutes.   Still, will have to generate better scoring chances in 2nd half to get the equalizer.

8:23  Vukoder gets into the act for Devils, takes low shot from left side — about 30 yards out — and easily collected by Rovers keeper Durbin.

8:22  Sam Luffy tries to go around a few Rovers on right side, but goes down.

8:20  Ryan Brode, comes up from left back to send shot from distance for Devils that goes 10 feet over bar.

8:19   Corner for Rovers as Devils try to clear ball played to end line.   It’s cleared away by Devils.   We’re at the 40th minute mark now.

8:15  Doublette fouled — free kick in box.  Ibrahkimkadic drills it low to left but Varga with nice extension save.

8:11   McCormick gets a finger in the eye.  Inadvertent.   He’s not happy with the no call though.

8:02   Things getting chippy now. Annan gets fouled by Igor Ibrahkimkadic — and then I believe it was Travis Mackenzie comes over an pushes Ibrahkimkadic.   Devils can’t do much with free kick opportunity — as there’s a lot of pushing and shoving in the box.
8:00   Devils tilting things a bit — with a few more possessions into final third.   Can’t get any shots though.
7:55   Tartan Devils respond with chance of their own (15′).  McCormick beats defender to ball played back, and nearly sneaks it past keeper but misses shot to the right of post.
7:52    GOAL  1-0 Rovers (12′).   Nice diagonal thru ball from Thomas slices through to Igor Ibrahkimkadic — who finishes with grass-cutting shot from right side of box.
7:44 p.m.  Rovers with most of the early chances already.   One cross in that Varga had no problem with.  Then Corey Thomas with ball near feet, went down in box, but no call despite pleas from fans.
7:39 p.m.  After a brief delay — as officials wanted to make sure net was secure — we’re off!


7:32 p.m.  Line-ups announced and we’re just about ready to go.
Devils wearing traditional Red tops with black shorts and socks.  Rovers Blue tops, back shorts and white socks.

7:27 p.m.  Teams getting ready to take the field.
Not a bad sized crowd here.  The Coopers’ — Louisville City’s Supporters Group has some members here to cheer on the Rovers.
6:41 p.m.  Here’s your starting line-ups
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon
Zach Varga (G)
Gregory Annan, Daniel Braun, Ryan Brode, Matthew Fonagy, Andy Kalas, Samuel Luffy, Derek Mackenize, Travis Mackenzie, E.J. McCormick, Tyler Vukoder
(Reserves:  Tyler Solis, Justin Turnley, Robert Heuler)
Derby City Rovers 
Sean Brooks, Kenny Doublette, Wyatt Durbin, Greg Fischer, Moustapha Fofana, David Ibrahkimkadic, Igor Ibrahkimkadic, Joey Kunkel, Jean-Phillipe Rutabayiro, Yudai Tashiro, Cory Thomas
(Reserves:  Jack Fasteen, George Mason, Yoojun Kang, Geongmyeong Kim, Brett Royster)
6:30 p.m.    Apparently, an angry mom in front of us, near press box letting other Derby City fans and supporters know that she’s not happy that her son is not playing tonight.
6:20 p.m.    I had a chance to get in some touches on the field, warming up with some of the Tartan Devils supporters and family members who made the trip.
In case you missed it…
Although there have been a few outlets that have been promoting a live stream for the game, it appears that there will NOT BE A LIVE STREAM FOR THIS GAME.

5:49 p.m.   The Tartan Devils Oak Avalon have crossed the Ohio River Bridges Downtown Crossing — and are now in Indiana, after leaving hotel in Louisville.
It’s a warm and muggy evening.  While thunderstorms were potentially in the forecast, it looks like it’s clear, and we should be able to get this game in.
12:15 p.m.  Neither team has ever won a U.S. Open Cup match.
A few Tartan Devils players, along with team club president John Battersby and Pittsburgh soccer icon, Dave Mackenzie, father of Travis and Derek, are sitting around the hotel going over and seeing opponents roster — some for the first time.
Derby City Rovers are indeed a young squad from looking at their roster…
10:30 a.m. — Morning Notes…
This is the first-ever appearance for Pittsburgh-based Tartan Devils Oak Avalon in the first round, while the Rovers fell to the Dayton Dutch Lions in the first-round of the 2013 tournament.
Here’s some of the breakdown of what you might want to know regarding U.S. Open Cup history and other information for both teams.
If Tartan Devils win … home (@Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh) vs. Louisville City (USL) on May 17
If Derby City wins … at Louisville City (USL) on May 17

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon Open Cup records
Overall: 0-0-0 | Home: 0-0-0 | Away: 0-0-0 | vs. Amateur: 0-0-0
Last entry: N/A (First entry)
Best finish: N/A (First entry)

Derby City Rovers Open Cup records
Overall: 0-1-0 | Home: 0-0-0 | Away: 0-1-0 | vs. Amateur: 0-0-0
Last entry: 2013 (Lost 3-0 at Dayton Dutch Lions of USL in Round 1)
Best finish: 2013 First Round (Lost 3-0 at Dayton Dutch Lions of USL)

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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