Elney nets both as RBNY II tops St. Louis, 2:0
August 2, 2019 (Official Game Summary)
Sebastian Elney scored both goals as Red Bulls II took their 10th home win of the season against St. Louis FC.
The Red Bulls II had the first big chance in the 12th minute as a corner from the right was met by Tom Barlow at the near post for a flicked header, but Saint Louis' Collin Fernandez made the clearance off the goal line. New York's Jared Stroud also had a shot that was deflected over the crossbar from 20 yards.
The hosts took the lead in the 34th minute as Stroud played Elney into the right side of the penalty area for a first-time finish to the near post. Saint Louis almost hit back immediately as Fernandez slid in Kadeem Dacres only for New York goalkeeper Evan Louro to come off his line quickly to block the finish.
Red Bulls II went close to doubling their lead 12 minutes into the second half when a free header by Preston Kilwien off a free kick went wide of the left post. New York threatened again with eight minutes to go on a counterattack that set up Barlow for a first-time shot that was saved by Saint Louis goalkeeper Tomas Gomez.
Saint Louis was reduced to 10 men in the 87th minute when Oscar Umar was sent off for denial of a goalscoring opportunity after bringing down New York's Vincent Bezecourt just outside the penalty area. From the ensuing free kick, Elney bagged his second on the rebound after Bezecourt's initial shot was palmed onto the crossbar by Gomez to seal all three points for the hosts.