Recap: Henry hits winner as RBNY edge Revs 2-1
HARRISON, N.J. – Thierry Henry’s second-half tally, an own goal, plus
a penalty kick save by goalkeeper Greg Sutton helped give New York a
2-1 victory over New England on Friday night at Red Bull Arena.
WATCH: Full Match Highlights
The Red Bulls used the momentum from Sutton’s huge PK save on
Shalrie Joseph to thrust forward and to open the scoring in the 37th
minute via an own goal from Ryan Cochrane. However, it would be Henry’s
50th-minute goal that would prove the winner when the Revs’ Zak Boggs
pulled one back four minutes later.
It was a strong first half by New York, who repeatedly squandered
their chances to take a commanding lead. Luke Rodgers in particular
struggled to put the ball on frame, sending his attempts wide despite
having four good looks on goal.
New England, while certainly defensive, had some chances to get on
the scoreboard early in the match, including a 17th minute shot by Rajko
Lekic from just yards out that somehow rolled across the mouth of the
goal but failed to go in.
The best shot of the first half for the Revolution, however, came from the penalty area.
For the fourth time in five games, the Red Bulls conceded a penalty
kick when, in the 33rd minute, defender Stephen Keel got tangled with
Lekic in the penalty area. Feinting to his right, Sutton fully-extended
to his left and saved Joseph’s attempt from the spot.
WATCH: Sutton stones Joseph on PK
The miss would prove costly for the visitors, as just minutes later,
Cochrane would mistakenly sink the ball into his team’s net.
In the 37th minute and with New England still reeling from Joseph’s
penalty kick miss, Rodgers found the ball about 35 yards from goal. With
time and space, he put Henry alone on goal with a through ball. Henry
then centered a pass towards Austin da Luz, but it met by Cochrane, who
inadvertently poked into goal.
New York’s winner in the 50th minute again featured Henry and
Cochrane. The French star controlled a pass on the left flank and took
advantage of Cochrane’s backpedaling, driving his way into the penalty
area. With the Revolution defenders on his heels, Henry cut the ball
back, catching Cochrane flat-footed, and fired a shot past Revs goalie
Matt Reis and into the net.
It was a goal that they needed, as the Revolution finally found some
offense in the 54th minute. Taking the ball down the left wing, Chris
Tierney, who was active all night for New England, took advantage of
some loose marking from Jan Gunnar Solli to serve a quality ball into
the box. The cross, which evaded the head of Roy Miller, fell perfectly
onto the right foot of Zak Boggs, who one-timed a shot past a diving
The Revolution had chances to equalize, but just couldn’t guide the
ball home. First, in the 72nd minute, a poor Solli backpass was
intercepted Sainey Nyassi. The forward, in alone on the Red Bulls goal,
inexplicably sent his shot well wide right of the target.
Three minutes before stoppage, Lekic scored what he thought was the
tying goal, but he was deemed offside and the tally was called off.
With the loss, the Revolution drop to 3-7-4 on the season. The
victory kept New York in second place in the Eastern Conference with a
5-2-7 mark and gave the Red Bulls their first win since Apr. 30.
The Red Bulls will hope to continue their winning touch next
Saturday, when they make their first ever trip to Portland to battle the
Timbers. The Revs will look to rebound with a home game this Wednesday
against Toronto FC.
NY -- own goal (Ryan Cochrane) 37
NY -- Thierry Henry 7 (Stephen Keel 1) 50
NE -- Zak Boggs 1 (Chris Tierney 1, Didier Domi 1) 54
NY -- Stephen Keel (caution; Reckless Foul) 33
NY -- Mehdi Ballouchy (caution; Reckless Foul) 57
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Ryan
Cochrane, A.J. Soares, Didier Domi, Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 85), Pat
Phelan (Kenny Mansally 56), Shalrie Joseph, Ousmane Dabo (Stephen
McCarthy 20), Chris Tierney, Rajko Lekic.
Substitutes Not Used: Darrius Barnes, Franco Coria, Kheli Dube, Bobby Shuttleworth.
New York Red Bulls -- Greg Sutton, Jan Gunnar
Solli, Carlos Mendes, Stephen Keel, Roy Miller, Mehdi Ballouchy, Teemu
Tainio, Joel Lindpere, Austin Da Luz (John Rooney 84), Luke Rodgers
(Corey Hertzog 65), Thierry Henry.
Substitutes Not Used: Sacir Hot, Matt Kassel, Tyler Lassiter, Teddy Schneider, Bouna Coundoul.
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: -Fabio Tovar; Ian Anderson
4th Official: Juan Guzman
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