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Recap: Memphis Shutout NYRB II 3-0

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Powered by a brace scored by Kyle Murphy, including one resulting from a handball called in the penalty area, Memphis 901 FC pushed aside the New York Red Bulls II, 3-0 at MSU Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.

Both teams started off in a frenetic fashion, and Memphis nearly had an early chance with Leston Paul sent a sweeping ball into the space behind a high Red Bulls II back line only for defender Kyle Zajec to shepherd the ball to safety as Murphy went in pursuit.

However, New York defender Emir Tombul was whistled for a handball in the penalty area, and Memphis forward Kyle Murphy easily converted the penalty kick to give the visitors the lead in the 21st minute.

Memphis 901 FC would double their advantage just a scant five minutes later as defender Skylar Thomas took a header off a corner kick delivered by Andre Fortune, which left the New York Red Bulls II's defenders helpless. to assist their goalkeeper.

In the 36th minute, A.J. Marcucci started the play with a longball kick that was headed over to Luther Archimede, but he sent his shot high and over the bar, prompting loud groans from the home supporters in the stands.

As the Red Bulls II fighting to get back in the match, their numbers were abruptly subtracted when Daniel Edleman received a second yellow card and a subsequent red card in the 39th minute for a rough tackle on Andrew Fortune, ending his appearance for the afternoon.

The home side had their closest chance to get on the scoreboard in the 43rd minute when Cameron Harper delivered a nice cross from a corner kick over to Emir Tombol, who got his head to it, but it went just wide to his left.

But a careless giveaway by Skyler Thomas created several chances for New York to get on the scoreboard but was denied by a kick-save from 901 FC goalkeeper Cody Cropper. New York kept the attack alive, and Sam Williams fired a shot from 20 yards that Cropper parried before a cross from the right by Harper gave Sowe a chance to head on goal, only for his chance to be blocked by Thomas.

But Kyle Murphy was able to pounce on the loose ball to score his second goal of the match in the 79th minute, effectively putting the match to bed and sending the Red Bulls II to yet another hard-fought but frustrating defeat.

Starting XI:

New York Red Bulls II: AJ Marcucci; Michael Knapp (Curtis Ofori, 85’), Mandela Egbo, Emir Tombul, Juan Castillo (Sam Williams, HT); Kyle Zajec, Daniel Edelman, Cameron Harper (Nico Rabiu, 85’), Jeremy Rafanello, Omar Sowe (Mathias Jørgensen, 80’), Luther Archimede (Jake Lacava, HT)

Memphis 901 FC: Cody Cropper; Mark Segbers (Raul Gonzalez, 66’), Andre Reynolds (Brecc Evans, 83’), Niall Logue, Skylar Thomas; Dominic Oduro, Leston Paul, Dre Fortune (Michael Salazar, 76’), Laurent Kissieddu, Alan Winn (Rashawn Dally, 76’), Kyle Murphy

Scoring Summary:
21' (Memphis 901 FC) Kyle Murphy converted penalty kick
26' (Memphis 901 FC) Skylar Thomas assisted by Andre Fortune
79' (Memphis 901 FC) Kyle Murphy, unassisted

Disciplinary Summary:
28' (New York Red Bulls II) Daniel Edelman - Yellow card
33' (Memphis 901 FC) Mark Segbers - Yellow card
39' (New York Red Bulls II) Daniel Edelman - Second Yellow card/Red card
67' (New York Red Bulls II) Emir Tombul - Yellow card
70' (New York Red Bulls II) Mandela Egbo - Yellow card


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