The Riverhounds have been on the edge for results for much of the past month and half, they finally broke through for a big win — and did so with a lot on the line — beating the Harrisburg City Islanders to take the Keystone Derby Cup.
For the second time in three years, the Riverhounds lifted the Cup with 2-0 victory defeating rivals City Islanders, and earned their first win since June 22 as Romeo Parkes scored in the first half, and Chevy Walsh scored a pair of goals in the second half. Goalkeeper Trey Mitchell earned his sixth clean sheet of the season.
Here’s the celebration immediately following the match:
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In the 28th minute, Parkes made something out of nothing for the game’s first goal.
After playing a ball from the central midfield to Walsh that was deflected, Parkes gathered the ball that bounced back toward him and made a run toward the center of the box. The Jamaican sent a low shot toward the left side that beat Harrisburg keeper Brandon Miller.
The Hounds stayed in control in the second half and kept pressing forward, continuing to take advantage to a weary City Islanders squad that was playing in its fifth game in the past 15 days.
In the 56th minute, Walsh capitalized on a mistake made by City Islanders defender who redirected a Corey Hertzog long ball into the final third toward Miller. The ball slowed down just outside box, and Walsh beat Miller to the ball — collected it and sent it into the open net for the two-goal lead.
The Hounds had a few more close calls but Miller made a pair of dazzling saves in one-on-one showdowns with Parkes and Kay Banjo, who came in for Hertzog, who limped off the field.
In the 76th minute, Hounds captain Kevin Kerr sent a ball to far side of the box to Parkes.
Parkes quickly made a one-time pass with inside of his right foot directly to Walsh in the center of box as Walsh finished off the scoring to give the Hounds a commanding three goal lead.
“I’ve said it for a while now, Kevin, Corey, Chevy and Romeo have been building some really good chemistry the past few weeks,” Dave Brandt, Hounds head coach said after the match.
The win was critical for the Hounds (6-8-9, 27 points) to stay right in the thick of the playoff race, as NY Red Bulls II drew, Orlando City, Ottawa both won on Saturday to keep a logjam of teams.