Union Pick Up First Ever Win at RFK
- Updated: April 21, 2013
It was a big day for the Union as they not only picked up their first win at RFK Stadium in team history, but young up and coming striker Jack McInerney also became the league’s leading goal scorer, notching himself a brace on the day. For United, it was the next stage in a continuing nightmare that saw them drop yet another match at home, as they now shockingly sit in last place.
On the other hand, it was a dream start for the Union, as Jack McInerney got the Union on board early in the 7th minute. Conor Casey would eye McInerney making a run up the field, and proceeded to send a perfectly timed through ball his way. The 20 year old striker would take the shot from right inside the box, giving Philadelphia the early advantage.
If that wasn’t enough, Conor Casey would slot home the Union’s second just four minutes later, after picking up a nice pass from Danny Cruz. Casey would take the low shot from just outside the area, padding the U’s lead to two. Unfortunately for Philly, they would not hold the two goal lead for long, as Perry Kitchen would bring one back for DC. Kitchen would come running into the PK area, picking up Dwayne De Rosario’s pass, rocketing it into the back of the net in the 17th.
Not happy holding just a one goal lead, Jack McInerney would strike again, this time off a trademark Sheanon Williams throw in. The throw first found the head of Jeff Parke, who’s rebound found McInerney who quickly shot the ball, beating Bill Hamid for the second time, and third time in the game. The U would take a 3-1 lead into half time.
The two goal lead would not last long into the second half however, as former Union striker Lio Pajoy would bring it back to within one, heading the ball past Zac MacMath off a cross from Daniel Woolard. United would be unable to pick up a third though. A strong defensive outing from the Union and an outstanding performance in net from MacMath, despite giving up the two goals saw the match, and the victory through. Even with five minutes of stoppage time, DC was unable to claw back.
It’s a historic win for the Union, as they pick up their first ever win at RFK Stadium. Surprisingly for a rivalry such as this one, there were only two yellow cards shown all match long, unlike the three red cards that were handed out last season during the last time these two sides met at RFK. In fact, there was only one real scrap to speak of, and even that in itself was tame.
The Union continue their road trip as they head to Gillette Stadium next Saturday to take on the Revolution. The Revs are coming off an embarrassing loss this past Saturday to the New York Red Bulls in which they were defeated 4-1. Philadelphia have already seen New England once this season, as the U defeated the Revs 1-0 at PPL Park on March 16th. Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with the match being broadcast on The Comcast Network.