Jamaican ballers on target in contrasting results

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Jamaican Brian Brown scored his sixth goal in nine appearances to help Reno 1868 FC rout Sacramento Republic FC 4-1 and move into the top-four of the Western Conference last weekend.

Playing in the latest round of United Soccer League matches, the 28-year-old netted the visitors' second goal at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento, as they regained control of the contest after falling behind to Mitchell Taintor's 12th-minute wonder strike from 30 yards out.

Corey Hertzog found the equaliser in the 24th minute with a sharp finish from close range and Brown then put Reno ahead seven minutes later when his left-footed volley from Lindo Mfeka's through-ball burst through the fingers of goalkeeper Josh Cohen.

Brown set up Raul Mendiola seven minutes from time as Reno stretched their lead and Hertzog added his second in the 88th to put the finishing touches on the win.

Reno now sit fourth in the Western Conference on 16 points, two points adrift of leaders Portland Timbers II.

Jamaican Deshorn Brown also notched his sixth goal of the season, but it came in a losing cause as OKC Energy slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Austin Bold at Bold Stadium in Texas.

He gave the visitors the lead in the 28th minute when countryman Omar Gordon stormed down the right and crossed into the box for an easy tap in from close range.

Up 1-0 at the half, Energy saw their lead disappear in the 61st minute when Valerii Saramutin equalised and more disappointment followed when Kleber got the winner from the spot 10 minutes from time.

Energy are eighth in the Western Conference on 14 points, while Bold are also on 14 but sit just above in seventh.

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