With Luis Felipe Fernandes scoring twice just five minutes apart, and Dariuz Formella tacking on another goal, the Sacramento Republic FC downed the New York Red Bulls II, 3-1 as the two former USL Championship Final-winners met for the first time on Saturday night.
Republic FC midfielder Luis Felipe Fernandes got things going for the home side in the 17th minute as he headed in the set-piece goal from close range, with Dariusz Formella providing the cross from a corner kick.
The Republic doubled their lead just five minutes later as Felipe Fernandes once again punished the New York backline with a great team goal, with Duke Lacroix heading in a pass to complete the finish.
Just as the New York Red Bulls II were starting to get into the match with some scoring chances provided by Omar Sowe and Emir Tombul respectively. With the Republic streaking down the pitch on the counter-attack, Daniel Edelman fouled Jerome Kiesewetter in the box in the 40th minute, of which he received a yellow card for voicing his opinion to the referee a little too harshly.
Dariusz Formella then converted the penalty after it was initially saved by New York goalkeeper Anthony Marcucci, but Formella was able to get to the rebound first to put it home and put the home side up by three. Omar Sowe had a chance to put the visitors on the board shortly afterward, but his shot whistled wide from 35 yards away as the first half came to a close.
The second half began with New York Red Bulls II knocking on the door trying to get on the scoreboard, and it paid off in the 62nd minute when Jeremy Rafanello took a pass from Kyle Zajac, and he let loose a blast from well outside the box that fooled Republic goalkeeper Tomás Gomez as the ball flew over him and into the net.
However, the two early goals scored in the first half proved to be too much for the New York Red Bulls II to overcome, as Sacramento Republic FC was able to withstand their attacks to hand John Wolyniec's side their ninth loss of the season before heading back to Montclair for a three-match homestand, starting with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Friday night.
Sacramento Republic FC: Tomás Gomez, Shannon Gomez, Dan Casey, Hayden Sargis, Duke Lacroix, Luis Felipe Fernandes (17, 22'), Petteri Pennanen, Kharlton Belmar (Mitchell Taintor 79'), Mario Penagos (Fatai Alashe 67'), Jerome Kiesewetter (Cameron Iwasa 84'), Dariusz Formella (41')
New York Red Bulls II: Anthony Marcucci, Matthew Acosta, Joseph Zalinsky, Emir Tombul, Juan Castillo, Kyle Zajec (Austin Brummett 83'), Daniel Edelman, Jeremy Rafanello (62'), Jake LaCava, Serge Ngoma (Mathias Jørgensen 77'), Omar Sowe
17' (Sacramento Republic FC) Luis Felipe Fernandes, assisted by Dariusz Formella
22' (Sacramento Republic FC) Luis Felipe Fernandes, assisted by Duke Lacroix
41' (Sacramento Republic FC) Dariusz Formella, unassisted
62' (New York Red Bulls II) Jeremy Rafanello, assisted by Kyle Zajac
11' (Sacramento Republic FC) Luis Felipe Fernandez - Yellow card
26' (Sacramento Republic FC) Mario Penagos - Yellow card
36' (New York Red Bulls II) Emir Tombol - Yellow card
40' (New York Red Bulls II) Daniel Edelman - Yellow card
72' (New York Red Bulls II) Kyle Zajec - Yellow card