Long Island overpowered the Northern Virginia 4-1 at the RFK Auxiliary Field yesterday in USL Second Division play. The Royals broke a 351-minute scoreless drought with a late goal from Elvis Mnyamuru.
The Royals (0-4-0) held Long Island scoreless until a 43rd minute goal from the Rough Riders’ Paul Caffrey. The sequence started with Wilmer Cabrera’s pass out of the back and ended with Caffrey taking a feed from Derrick Ettiene and scoring from 16-yards.
The mid-afternoon rains, which forced the match to be moved from Trinity University to the shadows of RFK Stadium, delayed the match for nearly an hour.
However, once the match resumed, the Rough Riders continued to dominate, and put home their second goal in the 55th minute. Alex Toben-Villa, after eluding two Royals defenders, fed Shaun Higgins, who finished from 18-yards.
James Hunt made a strong showing on his Rough Rider debut, and tallied the third Rough Riders’ goal in the 66th minute, and then Caffrey continued to pad his stats assisting on the fourth goal by Gary Sullivan, who capped his solid Rough Riders debut with a bullet header into the top corner, finishing a 20-yard cross from the left-hand side.
The lone score for the Royals came in the 82nd minute off a strike from Mnyamuru on a counterattack. The Royals had 10 shots in the match, and broke a 351 minute scoreless drought.
Rough Riders goalkeeper Paul Grafer made nine saves, including a rare breakaway opportunity for the Royals in the 28th minute.
Yellow cards were awarded to Royals defensive midfielder Whitney Minnis and Caffrey in the first half. Reacting to a bad challenge by a Royals’ player in the second half, Caffrey picked up a second yellow card in the 85th minute as Long Island closed out the match with 10 players.
Cabrera, Long Island’s captain, had to leave the match after a slight hamstring pull and replaced by Joshua Allen, which forced the Rough Riders to move Hunt to central defense.
Northern Virginia 0–1—-1
Long Island 1–3—-4
LIR: Paul Caffrey (Derrick Ettiene) 43
LIR: Shaun Higgins (Alex Toben-Villa) 55
LIR: James Hunt (Gary Sullivan) 66
LIR: Sullivan (Caffrey) 74
NVA: Elvis Mnyamuru 82