Cranston, RI.- Mass United FC North Shore traveled to Cranston on Saturday to take on Rhode Island Reds FC (NPSL), coming away with a 4-0 win and claiming the inaugural Billy Gonsalves Cup. Powered by two goals and an assist by Denivaldo DaSilva and stifling defense from both its backline and midfield, United was in control for much of the match. Especially so in the second half after being urged by Head Coach Stefano Franciosa at halftime to push forward.
Scoring was opened in the 29th minute by DaSilva, the goal capping a long stretch of United pressure and coming from a Romeo Zeqo (2 assists) corner kick. United would not extend the lead in the first half but would find the net again 10 minutes into the second when Marc Djessouho sped and weaved his way through four opponents and slid it into the net, following it up with a goal celebration worth watching. The Reds had a great opportunity to get back into the game in the 62nd minute but their penalty attempt was saved and United’s momentum grew. United put the match away in the 80th minute after a feed from DaSilva found Darko Knezewic, who notched the third United goal. DaSilva would get the final tally of the night, giving himself the brace and United a well-deserved final scoreline.
United next travels to Ludlow, MA for a much-anticipated Commonwealth Derby against Western Mass Pioneers on Friday for the Pioneers’ Fan Appreciation Night. The match will of course take place at the venerated Lusitano Stadium with a 7pm kickoff. United was in Ludlow last year for the re-opening of Lusitano Stadium, a match the fired-up Pioneers won 5-3.