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Goals from Agustin Cazarez and James Kiffe give Sacramento Republic FC the win over Liverpool Footba

May 21, 2016 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Sacramento Republic FC News Release

After an uneventful first half hour, Republic FC broke the scoreless tie in the 30th minute. Defender James Kiffe was able to get a cross off from the left wing that sailed over the box, midfielder Danny Barrera collected the cross on the right wing, took a touch towards the middle and sent a left-footed curling shot at the net. The shot deflected off a Liverpool FC U21s defender to forward Harry Williams who sent a perfectly timed header to the left foot of midfielder Agustin Cazarez. Cazarez then sent a one-touch rocket of a shot into the top right corner of the net for the 1-0 lead which held until the half.

Liverpool FC U21s would find an equalizing goal in the 75th minute when second-half substitute Herbie Kane was able to find space in the middle of the pitch. Kane made the Republic FC defense commit to stopping him and he sent a well timed through ball to forward Ryan Kent, who was in behind the Republic FC defense and calmly curled a right-footed shot around Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek and into the back of the net.

Republic FC pulled ahead late when Kiffe took it upon himself to give the home side the lead. Kiffe attacked up the left wing and cut inside. Liverpool FC U21s sent four defenders at Kiffe but he was able to weave through all of them and promptly slotted a left-footed driven shot past keeper Lawrence Vigoroux and inside the far post. The late goal from Kiffe proved to be the winner for Republic FC.

Republic FC had numerous chances go begging throughout the match, due in large part to the play of Liverpool FC U21s keeper Vigoroux. The young keeper made 5 saves on the night keeping Liverpool FC U21s in the match. Cazarez and newcomer Daniel Trickett-Smith were among the attackers stifled by Vigoroux.

"I think we all needed this game", said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. "I thought it was a thoroughly entertaining game. We knew we'd have to be solid, but I think we've been solid all season. We looked dangerous"

"The defenders were kind of frozen and I was moving with speed so when I took my touch I was by them", said defender James Kiffe after his superb winner. "It's starting to click. Every day we train together, things get better."





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Sacramento Republic FC Celebrate a Goal vs. Liverpool FC U21s

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Sacramento Republic FC Goal Celebration vs. Liverpool FC U21s

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Sacramento Republic FC Possess the Ball vs. Liverpool FC U21s


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