River City Rovers won its last home game of its inaugural Premier Development League campaign with a thrilling 5-4 win against Cincinnati Kings last night.
Albert Edward was the hero of the hour, netting four of the goals, with Ace Gonya scoring the fifth to give Rovers its second win of the season.
Gonya opened the scoring in the seventh minute, with an assist from Ryan Smith.
Kings responded a minute later courtesy of Kemar Jackson, then took the lead in the 19th minute with an Andre Sharp effort.
Rovers tied it at 2-2 after Edward scored the first of his haul in the 37th minute with an assist by Sam Brooks, but it was Cincinnati who went in at the break 3-2 ahead after Alex Hadley put the visitors in front for the second — and final — time in the game.
It took Edward just two minutes of the restart to fire Rovers level, and his third and fourth goals were notched up in the 55th and 58th minutes.
Kings bagged a consolation fourth in the 90th minute through Dylan Lax.
Rovers’ head coach, Muhamed Fazlagic, said, “We had more of the game in the first half, but we didn’t convert our opportunities, and we committed a few defensive mistakes.
“After the second half, we addressed weaknesses in the Kings defensive, and Albert Edward and the team beautifully executed the plays.”
The Rovers, who play in the nine team PDL Great Lakes Division, have two away games this week to finish off its season, playing Wednesday against Indiana Invaders, before a rematch on Saturday with Cincinnati.