Riverhounds, Islanders finish with scoreless draw

Riverhounds, Islanders finish with scoreless draw

May 24, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger

The Keystone Derby Cup is still up for grabs between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Harrisburg City Islanders.

The two clubs fought to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night at FNB Field. The two sides meet up three times this season for the Keystone Derby Cup.

Right now, the Riverhounds lead with a win against the Islanders, which occurred on April 29. The Hounds won that match at Highmark Stadium with a 1-0 final score.

The Riverhounds had the opportunity to get the job done on Wednesday, but weren’t able to find the back of Sean Lewis’ net. Lewis made five saves, denying Corey Hertzog, Romeo Parkes, Kevin Kerr, Ben Fitzpatrick and Stephen Okai.

Parkes received his first USL start since signing with the Riverhounds earlier this month. The Riverhounds made room for Parkes by moving captain Kerr down into the midfield. Okai also got his first start of the season, with Victor Souto being absent.

On defense, Jamal Jack resumed his place back in the starting XI. Against Louisville City FC, Jack did not start in favor of Lalas Abubakar, a loanee from the Columbus Crew SC. However, Jack was back, teaming up with Joseph Greenspan at the centerback position. They were joined on the defense with Taylor Washington and Ben Fitzpatrick.

The defense blocked three shots delivered by the Islanders.

In goal, Trey Mitchell started once again, and made three saves, denying James Thomas, Rasheed Olabiyi and Aaron Wheeler.

The Riverhounds did not have a single yellow or red card shown throughout the entire match. Meanwhile, Harrisburg had two yellow cards shown to Mouhamed Dabo in the 29’ minute and Pedro Ribeiro in the 47’ minute.

The Riverhounds will face the Islanders again at FNB Field on August 12 for the final match of the Keystone Derby.

However, way before that match the Riverhounds will host Orlando City B on June 3 at Highmark Stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available.

Mike Sparks

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